Experienced shopper questions

PC shopper (power user) questions:

Does anyone have experience running Parallels on any (large DRAM) version of the Framework laptop to run another OS? (Parallels runs on Chromebooks, Windows, and MACs.)

How drop resistant is the outside and inside?

Does the laptop get hot to the touch running i7’s?

Is there or will there be a 5G module?

Can anyone design a module for it working from supplied specs?

How long will the battery last under ‘normal’ web surfing and email access when it has 32GB/1TB installed?

Being a recent product intro, is three a policy in place for how long to keep modules in stock or available for upgrades?

Sorry for the barrage. Opinions are welcome where facts may be scarce.
Thanks in advance.

Not aware that it runs ON Windows.

Forget it. Can it survive a fall…? Depends on the fall. It’s just not structurally sound enough for any drop comfortably. Baby this one.

Depends where on the laptop you’re touching, and how you’re running the i7.

Is there? No. Will there? God knows.

Anyone could, not but not everyone can.

5-6 hours… 32GB memory and SSD model will impact battery life. 9+ hours if you only send one email within 5 minutes of the 9 hours.

No official word on this.


Likely no, I haven’t seen anyone able to Hackintosh the computer, and if you’re asking about the chromeOS version, other than chromeOS Flex, the official chromebook version is not available to customers yet. If you’re asking about Parallels RAS, you may want to clarify that for others.

The new CNC lid has made that part of the computer more durable, but the bottom case is still pretty easy to damage.

Thanks for the feedback so far everyone. To clarify the Parallels question: it is known to run on windows and on some chromebooks. It thereby might allow running Windows or Linux on a Framework chromebook, or running Linux on a Framework Windows laptop. I was getting at the performance anyone had observed running parallels on either machine.

As to the 5G module, one of us hardware designers could do that with proper documentation and depending on the host interface the module has. Drivers are a different question. This might be preferable to a dongle added to a USB-C dongle.


I’m confused about the parallels part. On their site they only list the mac and chrome os clients. What would you be planning as the bare metal OS to achieve this?

I asked Parallels support and they confirmed that for the recent ASUS CX9 laptop you can run parallels to host Windows for example. So if you like Chromebooks, it’s doable at least for that one.

To host windows makes sense. That means you’d be running windows in parallels. Windows as the host would be different.
The CX9 is a chromebook which again makes sense to it running natively on chrome os and mac

It might run on the framework chromebook but if running the regular framework laptop running windows or linux you’d need to utilize a different hypervisor or virtual machine tool

I have used mine for compiling Gentoo, and it does get hot, but if you are using it at a desk the keyboard is usable(almost at human temperature in worst case)

Idle curiosity - is there a reason you’d want to use Parallels instead of something like VirtualBox?

Battery life depends on load and starting charge. I can expect 4-6 hours when I take mine out since I float the charge at 85% to increase battery longevity. That’s mostly doing things like web, office apps, remote desktop, and using a utility VM for some Linux tools. Shorter end of the range when I’m doing a lot, longer end when it’s mostly e.g. RDP and terminal.

Heat is also very workload dependent. I find it runs relatively cool. I’ve only seen it get hot when doing compiles or when running sustained data analysis (e.g. parsing / processing a non-negligible amount of logfiles or whatnot.) I don’t do photo/video editing though - those loads might be enough to work it up a good bit.

Laptop isn’t fragile, but it’s not reinforced either. Let’s call it “market perform.”

Hope this helps! Pretty happy with mine.

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