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Framework Laptop (2022) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 02, 2022 at 10:41 am
Framework Laptop (2022) Picture
7.8
School
6.4
Gaming
7.3
Multimedia
8.1
Workstation
8.2
Business
Size
13.5"
Operating System
Windows 11

The Framework Laptop (2022) is an ultraportable Windows laptop. It replaces the Framework Laptop (2021), and like its predecessor, it has a design that allows you to replace or upgrade the components easily. It also sports a modular port system that lets you swap out the ports on the fly. The 2022 model's design is identical to its predecessor, as it's largely an internal spec upgrade to Intel's 12th Gen. platform with Intel P-series mobile CPUs. The Wi-Fi also gets upgraded to Wi-Fi 6E, and there's a new Ethernet expansion card.

Our Framework Laptop is a pre-configured Performance model with an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. You can get a pre-configured model or a DIY Edition, which lets you choose the components individually. Other CPU options include the Intel Core i5-1240P and the Core i7-1280P. For the DIY Edition, you can get 8, 16, 32, or 64GB of memory and up to 4TB of storage.

The Framework Laptop is only available on Framework's website.

Our Verdict

7.8 School

The Framework Laptop is good for school use. It feels very well-built and is easy to carry around. It has a sharp and bright display, a comfortable keyboard, and a large, responsive touchpad. Its Intel CPU performs well and can handle CPU-intensive tasks; however, its integrated graphics aren't powerful enough for graphically demanding workloads, so it isn't ideal for students that require a lot of GPU power. Unfortunately, the battery only lasts about seven hours of light use, meaning you'll have to plug it in at some point to get through a typical 8-hour day.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Comfortable keyboard and responsive touchpad.
  • Modular port system.
Cons
  • Battery doesn't last a full day.
  • Integrated graphics struggles in intensive tasks.
6.4 Gaming

The Framework Laptop is mediocre for gaming. Although its Intel 12th Gen. CPU performs well, its integrated graphics aren't powerful enough to handle demanding games. It also has a 60Hz display with a slow response time making fast-moving scenes look blurry, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Easy to repair and upgrade.
  • Minimal performance loss under load.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics struggles in intensive tasks.
  • Slow response time causes noticeable ghosting.
  • No VRR support.
7.3 Multimedia

The Framework Laptop is decent for media consumption. Its IPS display is sharp and bright but isn't ideal for dark room viewing as blacks look gray, and while its speakers sound natural and clear, they don't get very loud. The battery lasts only around five hours of video playback, so you'll have to bring the charger with you. Thankfully, the laptop and its power adapter are compact and easy to carry around.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Great color accuracy out of the box.
Cons
  • Battery doesn't last a full day.
  • Speakers don't get very loud.
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
8.1 Workstation

The Framework Laptop is good for use as a workstation. Its Intel 12th Gen. CPU performs very well, making it well-suited for CPU-intensive tasks. However, it's only available with integrated graphics, so it isn't ideal for graphically demanding workloads. Its performance over time is excellent, as it doesn't suffer from significant performance loss when it gets hot. It has a modular port system that lets you swap the ports out to anything you want on the fly, and It's easy to upgrade the components to improve performance.

Pros
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Comfortable keyboard and responsive touchpad.
  • Easy to repair and upgrade.
  • Minimal performance loss under load.
  • Modular port system.
  • Fast SSD.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics struggles in intensive tasks.
  • No wide color gamut support.
8.2 Business

The Framework Laptop is great for business use. It feels very well-built and is very portable, which is great if you travel a lot for work. It has a sharp and bright display, a comfortable keyboard, and a large, responsive touchpad. It also has a great webcam for video meetings, and its modular port system lets you swap out the ports on the fly to adapt to any situation. Its Intel CPU performs well and can handle most productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The main downside is that its battery lasts only around seven hours of light use, meaning you'll need to carry the charger with you.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Comfortable keyboard and responsive touchpad.
  • Easy to repair and upgrade.
  • Modular port system.
Cons
  • Battery doesn't last a full day.
  • 7.8 School
  • 6.4 Gaming
  • 7.3 Multimedia
  • 8.1 Workstation
  • 8.2 Business
  1. Updated Nov 02, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 24, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Performance pre-configured model of the Framework Laptop with an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. You can get a pre-configured model or a DIY edition; the latter allows you to choose each component individually. Regardless of the configuration you choose, you have the option to add expansion cards (modular ports and storage drives) before checking out. You can see the options in the tables below.

The Framework Laptop is only available on Framework's website.

Pre-configured Models Specifications
Base
  • 13.6" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.4GHz)
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated, 80 execution units)
  • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Windows 11 Home
Performance
  • 13.6" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.7GHz)
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated, 96 execution units)
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz memory
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Windows 11 Home 
Professional
  • 13.6" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • Intel Core i7-1280P (14 cores/20 threads, up to 4.8GHz)
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated, 96 execution units)
  • 32GB DDR4 3200MHz memory
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E with vPro
  • Windows 11 Pro

 

DIY Edition Options
Screen
  • 13.6" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.4GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-1280P (14 cores/20 threads, up to 4.8GHz)
GPU
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated, 80 execution units, Core i5)
  • Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated, 96 execution units, Core i7s)
Memory
  • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz (1x 8)
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz (1x 16)
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz (2x 8)
  • 32GB DDR4 3200MHz (1x 32)
  • 32GB DDR4 3200MHz (2x 16)
  • 64GB DDR4 3200MHz (2x 32)
  • None (bring your own)
Storage
  • 250GB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 500GB WD_Black SN750 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 500GB WD_Black SN850 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1TB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1TB WD_Black SN850 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 2TB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 2TB WD_Black SN850X PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 4TB WD_Black SN850X PCIe NVMe SSD
  • None (bring your own)
OS
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • None (bring your own)

 

Expansion Cards
  • USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
  • USB-C (USB 4, charging, DisplayPort Alt Mode)
  • DisplayPort (1.4)
  • MicroSD (UHS-I)
  • HDMI (2.0b)
  • Ethernet
  • 250GB Storage
  • 1TB Storage

 

Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar Framework Laptop that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Framework Laptop is among the best ultraportables in its price range. It stands out due to its sturdy build, modular port system, and excellent serviceability. However, its battery life isn't as good as other similar laptops.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laptops, the best business laptops, and the best laptops for college.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022)

The Framework Laptop (2022) and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) are both premium ultraportable laptops. In terms of user experience, the MacBook Air is a little better. It has a keyboard that provides a better typing experience, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and better-sounding speakers. It also has a sturdier build and longer battery life. The most notable difference between these two laptops is their serviceability. The MacBook Air is difficult to repair and isn't upgradeable in any way, as nearly all of its components are soldered onto the motherboard. In contrast, Framework makes it easy to replace nearly every component in the laptop, provides manuals to do so, and uses standard parts that you can get from most PC component retailers. The Framework Laptop also has a modular port system that lets you swap out the ports on the fly, while the MacBook Air only has two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020)

The Framework Laptop (2022) and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) are both 13-inch premium ultraportable laptops. The MacBook Air feels more sturdily built, is more portable, and has longer battery life. It also provides a better user experience with a more comfortable keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and better-sounding speakers. However, the Framework Laptop has a modular port system that lets you swap the ports out on the fly, while the MacBook Air is limited to two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. The most significant difference between these laptops is their serviceability. The Framework Laptop is easy to repair and upgrade, and there are easy-to-follow manuals online to help you. The MacBook Air, on the other hand, is hard to repair and isn't upgradeable since nearly all of its components are soldered onto the motherboard.

Dell XPS 13 (2021)

The Framework Laptop (2022) and the Dell XPS 13 (2021) are both premium ultraportable Windows laptops. The Dell provides a slightly better user experience overall with a brighter display, a more comfortable keyboard, a larger touchpad, and better-sounding speakers. It's also more portable and has longer battery life. However, the Framework has a better port selection, as its modular port system allows you to swap out the ports on the fly. The Framework is also easier to repair and upgrade, as its design allows for easy access, and all its components are replaceable, including the CPU, motherboard, and display.

Framework Laptop (2021)

The Framework Laptop (2022) is a newer version of the Framework Laptop (2021). They're identical in design and features, as the newer model is only an internal spec upgrade to Intel 12th Gen. platform. Intel 12th Gen. processors perform significantly better than the 11th Gen., particularly in multi-threaded workloads; however, they consume more power, leading to a much shorter battery life on the 2022 model. The 2022 Framework Laptop also adds Wi-Fi 6E, which provides faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference, but you need a Wi-Fi 6E-capable router to benefit from these features.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Framework Laptop's design is simple and identical to its predecessor, the Framework Laptop (2021). It has an aluminum chassis with ports on both sides, relatively thin bezels, and a Framework logo on the lid. On the bottom, you can find the speakers near the front and the vents near the back.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Framework Laptop's build quality is excellent. It has an all-metal chassis that feels very sturdy, with a finish that doesn't scratch or smudge easily. There's some flex in the display but almost none in the keyboard deck. There are more gaps than you would typically see on other thin and light laptops; however, that's by design, as it allows for greater serviceability. The feet feel strong and adhere firmly to the bottom of the laptop.

9.4
Design
Hinge
Range
180°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The Framework Laptop's hinge is outstanding. It has a wide range so you can share the screen with someone opposite of you. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it's very stable, with almost no play at all. The screen only wobbles slightly when typing aggressively.

8.8
Design
Portability
Size
13.5"
Thickness
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width
11.7" (29.8 cm)
Depth
9.0" (22.9 cm)
Volume
71.1 in³ (1,165.2 cm³)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
5.9 in³ (97.2 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Framework Laptop and its power adapter are compact and easy to carry around.

8.9
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
9.5
RAM Slots
2
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The Framework Laptop's serviceability is excellent. The internals are easily accessible; you only need to remove five P5 screws and undo a few clips to remove the keyboard deck. You can replace nearly every component in the laptop, including the CPU, motherboard, and display. This means that if you have the Intel 11th Gen, first-generation Framework Laptop (2021), you can simply buy the motherboard and CPU from Framework and upgrade it yourself, which is cheaper than buying a whole new unit. Framework provides manuals with simple instructions to help you service the laptop, which you can find here.

Design
In The Box

  • Framework Laptop 2022
  • 60W power adapter and cord
  • I/O Expansion cards
  • P5 Screwdriver
  • Documentation
  • Stickers

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2256 x 1504
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Pixel Density
200 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
84%

The Framework Laptop's display looks very sharp and provides just enough room for some light multitasking. Its 3:2 aspect ratio is a little taller than a standard 16:9 display. It's good for productivity because you don't need to scroll as much when reading documents and websites; however, you'll almost always have black bars at the top and bottom when viewing standard 16:9 videos.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Framework Laptop is only available with a 60Hz display. It has a slow response time causing noticeable ghosting behind moving objects, so it isn't ideal for gaming or viewing fast-moving content.

7.8
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,621 : 1

The Framework Laptop has a good contrast ratio. However, it's still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. It isn't the best for dark room viewing as blacks look gray.

8.2
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
422 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
9 cd/m²

The Framework Laptop gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings. You can use it outdoors in broad daylight, but you may have trouble with visibility if there's light shining directly on the screen. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which helps reduce eye strain when viewing content in a dark environment.

7.0
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
4.64%
Indirect Reflections
0.44%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.2%

The Framework Laptop has decent reflection handling. Its glossy finish struggles mainly with direct reflections, like a lamp or open window during the day. You can still see these reflections even when viewing bright-color content with the display at max brightness. However, unlike matte finishes, it keeps the bright reflections localized, so you don't get a hazy glow in other areas of the screen.

7.1
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.206%

The Framework Laptop has decent black uniformity. It looks a little patchy as there's backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges of the screen.

7.2
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
31°
Color Washout From Right
29°
Color Shift From Left
50°
Color Shift From Right
57°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
30°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
36°
Gamma Shift From Right
33°

The Framework Laptop has a decent horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate until you reach a moderately steep angle to the left or right, meaning you can share color-critical work with someone else as long as the other person isn't too far off to the side.

7.1
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
25°
Color Washout From Above
25°
Color Shift From Below
45°
Color Shift From Above
45°
Brightness Loss From Below
30°
Brightness Loss From Above
29°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
29°
Gamma Shift From Above
28°

The Framework Laptop has a decent vertical viewing angle. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image remains accurate until you reach a moderately steep angle, which is great in tight places that force you to view the screen from above or below, like a bus or airplane.

8.3
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
2.86
Avg. Gamma
2.16
Avg. Color dE
2.15
Avg. Color Temperature
6,172.9 K

The Framework Laptop's out-of-the-box color accuracy is great. Most color and white balance inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot with the naked eye. The color temperature is a little warmer than the standard 6500K target, resulting in a slight, almost imperceptible, reddish tint. The gamma sticks close to 2.2 instead of following the sRGB curve, making dark scenes too dark and bright scenes too bright.

8.6
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.99%
sRGB uv
99.97%
Adobe RGB xy
77.63%
Adobe RGB uv
87.46%
DCI P3 xy
79.23%
DCI P3 uv
84.67%
Rec. 2020 xy
56.84%
Rec. 2020 uv
62.7%

The Framework Laptop has an excellent color gamut. It covers the entire sRGB color space used in most content. It has great Adobe RGB and DCI P3 coverage; however, it isn't enough to make it suitable for creators working in those color spaces.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The Framework Laptop's backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain for people sensitive to flickering.

Interface
7.8
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
66 gf
Actuation Force
34 gf
Pre-Travel
1.08 mm
Total Travel
1.8 mm

The Framework Laptop has a good keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The plastic used for the keycaps feels okay; not particularly premium but not too cheap either. The keys are stable, have a good amount of travel, and provide relatively satisfying tactile feedback. The operating force is at the higher end but isn't too bad, so depending on what you're used to, it may feel a little tiring to type on for an extended period. Typing noise isn't overly loud, not enough to be bothersome in a quiet setting. You can adjust between three backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely. The light shines around the keys, not through the legends.

8.0
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.0
Size
13.5 in² (87.0 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The Framework Laptop has a great touchpad. It's decently large and feels very smooth. It responds to all movements and gestures, and there aren't any issues with palm rejection or actions like dragging and dropping. However, you can only click in the bottom part of the touchpad, and the click mechanism itself doesn't feel particularly satisfying.

7.1
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
72 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.4 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-3.5
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
344 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
7 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.2 dB

The Framework Laptop has decent speakers. They sound fairly natural and clear, even at max volume, but they lack bass and treble extension, so they're good for dialogue-heavy content but not so much for music or movies. Unfortunately, they don't get very loud.

8.7
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The Framework Laptop's webcam video quality is excellent. The image looks very detailed, with good color reproduction and exposure, and the microphone picks up voices clearly with only a little bit of background noise. The microphone's gain is high, but it isn't as bad as its predecessor. There are physical privacy covers for the camera and microphone. Closing the privacy covers also disables the camera and microphone at the software level.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
1
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 1
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The Framework Laptop doesn't have a preset port configuration. Like its predecessor, the Framework Laptop (2021), it has a modular port system that allows you to change the ports as needed. Each port is a small cartridge called an 'expansion card', and there are also expansion cards with a built-in SSD to increase storage. You can buy as many expansion cards as you want from the following options:

  • USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2, up to 10Gbps)
  • USB-C (USB 4, charging, DisplayPort Alt Mode)
  • DisplayPort (1.4)
  • MicroSD (UHS-I)
  • HDMI (2.0b)
  • Ethernet
  • 250GB SSD (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
  • 1TB SSD (USB 3.2 Gen 2)

The USB-C port doesn't officially support Thunderbolt 4, but it works with most Thunderbolt 4 docks and can output to two 4k displays at 60 Hz. It can output an 8k 60Hz signal; however, the connection isn't stable, as it sometimes cuts out or makes the screen completely green. For charging, it's best to get at least one USB-C expansion card because the USB-C port that the expansion card plugs into is recessed, making it difficult to plug in a power cord.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The Framework Laptop has an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX201 wireless adapter. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features. The Intel Core i7-1280P configuration has Intel vPro enabled, which adds remote management capability for enterprise IT.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i7-1260P
Core Count
12
Thread Count
16

The Framework Laptop is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 18MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1280P (14 cores/20 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)

Intel's P-series CPUs are designed for thin and light laptops, with a base power configuration of 28W. Unlike Intel's 11th Gen, these new chips have a hybrid architecture with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. Only the performance cores have multi-threading–the ability to process multiple threads simultaneously–which is why the number of cores and threads seems a little unusual. Performance-wise, they sit above the U-series CPUs designed for ultraportables with a weaker cooling system but below the more power-hungry H-series CPUs typically found in mobile workstations. The P-series CPUs can handle general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback, as well as some more demanding tasks like photo and video editing.

Choosing between these three CPUs largely depends on your workload. If you only perform light productivity tasks, the Core i5-1240P is more than enough. The Core i7-1260P is faster than the Core i5 due to its higher clock speeds and larger cache memory, but the difference isn't huge. The Core i7-1280P is the fastest and the best option for those with a CPU-intensive workload.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics G7
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The Framework Laptop is only available with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. The Core i5-1240P's integrated GPU has 80 execution units, while the Core i7s have 96. Intel's Iris Xe graphics can handle general productivity tasks and some light photo editing or gaming; however, it isn't powerful enough for graphically-intensive AAA games or high-resolution video editing. The Core i7s' GPU performs slightly better than the Core i5's, not enough to make a huge difference in most workloads.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
2
Type
DDR4
Speed
3,200 MHz

The pre-configured models of the Framework Laptop come with a fixed amount of memory. The base model has 8GB, the Performance model has 16GB, and the Professional model has 32GB. For the DIY edition, you can configure it with 8, 16, 32, or 64GB of memory. Some of the options are in single-channel mode. If you don't plan on upgrading the memory yourself, it's best to get a configuration with dual-channel memory, as single-channel memory can cause a performance drop in some CPU-intensive tasks. For the DIY edition, you can skip the memory configuration if you want to put in your own memory modules.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
460 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN730
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

Like the memory configuration, the pre-configured models of the Frame Laptop have a fixed amount of storage. The base model has 256GB, the Performance model has 512GB, and the Professional model has 1TB. For the DIY edition, you can choose from the following storage options:

  • 250GB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 500GB WD_Black SN750 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 500GB WD_Black SN850 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1TB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1TB WD_Black SN850 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 2TB WD_Black SN770 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 2TB WD_Black SN850X PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 4TB WD_Black SN850X PCIe NVMe SSD
  • None (bring your own)

All of the storage options are PCIe Gen 4 SSDs. The WD_Black SN850X is the fastest drive, followed by the SN850, the SN770, and the SN750. It seems that Framework uses a different SSD in the pre-configured models than the DIY edition. The Western Digital PC SN730 in our model has a slightly faster sequential read speed than the WD Black SN750 but is slower than the SN770. You can skip the storage configuration (DIY edition only) if you want to put in your own storage drive.

Performance
9.0
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,721 points
CPU Multi-Thread
9,356 points
GPU Compute
18,295 points

The Framework Laptop has an outstanding overall score in Geekbench 5. The Intel Core i7-1260P is very fast and can handle demanding tasks like video editing, programming, and other CPU-intensive production workloads. The Core i5-1240P is only slightly slower, while the Core i7-1280P is a good deal faster, as it has two additional performance cores and higher clock speeds. As for GPU compute tasks, the CPU's integrated Iris Xe graphics doesn't perform well. If your workload needs a lot of GPU processing power, it's best to get a laptop with a discrete GPU or an Apple MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro or M1 Max SoC.

9.7
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,742 points
Multi-Thread
10,448 points

The Framework Laptop performs exceptionally well in Cinebench R23 benchmarks, making it suitable for professional rendering work. Some CPUs perform even better, like Intel's own 12th Gen H-series CPUs and Apple's M1 Max SoC, but for a thin and light laptop with a single fan, the performance is very impressive.

8.0
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
4.1 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The Framework Laptop's Intel Core i7-1260P renders the simple 3D image relatively quickly in Blender. However, if you perform 3D renders for work and need it done as quickly as possible, almost any laptop with a discrete GPU can do it faster. An entry-level gaming GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 in the HP OMEN 16 (2022) can complete the render in a little over a minute, and higher-end GPUs that support NVIDIA Optix, like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti in the Razer Blade 14, can complete it in under 15 seconds.

5.2
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
17,353

The Framework Laptop performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Its Intel Iris Xe isn't bad for integrated graphics, but it's still much slower than even an entry-level discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. It can only handle simple or extremely well-optimized games, and even then, you'll likely have to play at a lower resolution or the lowest graphical settings.

9.3
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,460.2 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
2,720.1 MB/s
Random Write Speed
120.2 MB/s
Random Read Speed
49.0 MB/s

The Western Digital PC SN730 SSD in our Framework Laptop has very fast read and write speeds, which help make the system feel snappier and more responsive. For the DIY edition, the performance will depend on which SSD you get. The WD_Black SN850X is the fastest, followed by the SN850, the SN770, and the SN750. You can see the advertised speeds on Western Digital's website.

Framework advertises that the 250GB expansion card SSD has up to 1000 MB/s read and 375 MB/s write speeds, while the 1TB drive has 1000 MB/s read and 1000 MB/s write speeds.

5.8
Performance
Battery
Capacity
55 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
6.8 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
5.3 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.6 hrs
Charge Time
2.9 hrs

The Framework Laptop's battery life is disappointing. It doesn't last long enough to get through a typical 8-hour workday of light productivity, and it's even shorter for video playback and intensive tasks like gaming. You'll have to plug it in for a quick charge at some point during the day. Framework promised an update that will improve battery life in the near future; we'll update the review when it's available. Battery life varies greatly depending on usage.

2.2
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
14 fps
1% Low
10 fps
0.1% Low
6 fps
1% Low Delta
33 ms
0.1% Low Delta
102 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
33 fps

Borderlands 3 runs terribly on the Framework Laptop. The game is very choppy, even at the lowest graphical settings at 1080p. None of the configurations can run this game well.

4.8
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
24 fps
1% Low
16 fps
0.1% Low
15 fps
1% Low Delta
20 ms
0.1% Low Delta
26 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
94 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.56 s

Civilization VI runs poorly on the Framework laptop. The average frame rate is too low at 1080p with high settings, even for a strategy game that doesn't require fast reaction times or precise aiming. However, you can get much smoother gameplay at low settings. The average turn time is decent, about the same as Intel's 11th Gen H-series CPUs. Upgrading to the Core i7-1280P won't improve the turn time by much. The Core i5-1240P will perform slightly worse, with a lower average frame rate and longer average turn time.

6.1
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
82 fps
1% Low
31 fps
0.1% Low
25 fps
1% Low Delta
20 ms
0.1% Low Delta
28 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
111 fps

The Framework Laptop's performance in CS:GO is mediocre. Although the average frame rate is good at high settings, the frametimes are very inconsistent, causing noticeable stutters. It runs much better at the lowest settings, but you'll still experience some choppiness. The Core i7-1280P will perform similarly, while the Core i5-1240P will perform slightly worse.

3.4
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
19 fps
1% Low
14 fps
0.1% Low
8 fps
1% Low Delta
20 ms
0.1% Low Delta
77 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
34 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly on the Framework Laptop. At 1080p, it's only playable at the lowest graphical settings, and even then, you'll likely experience some stutters, which isn't ideal in parts of the game that require aiming. The Core i7-1280P will perform similarly, while the Core i5-1240P will perform slightly worse.

6.6
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
28 °C (82 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
51 °C (123 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
48.5 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The Framework Laptop has okay thermal and noise handling. At idle, the keyboard is cool, and the fans are completely silent. However, the keyboard gets hot under load near the middle, above the letter Y, which can be uncomfortable. The fans are loud at full speed, but the noise isn't annoying as it's mainly the sound of heavy airflow, not a whining or high-pitched noise.

8.5
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
87 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
7% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
86 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
2% loss

The Framework Laptop's performance over time is excellent. Both the CPU and GPU get hot under load, but the temperatures are still within the normal operating range. The GPU's performance loss is extremely minimal and isn't noticeable. The CPU's performance loss is noticeable, but only in heavy, sustained workloads.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
None

You can get the Framework Laptop with Windows 11 Home or Windows 11 Pro. You can also skip the OS configuration if you want to install a custom operating system like Ubuntu or Pop! OS; Framework provides manuals on how to install it. There aren't any additional software applications other than the ones that typically come with a clean Windows install.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Fingerprint Sensor

The Framework Laptop has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, or auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

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