Typing this on my Framework!
I had a bit of an issue getting started. I assembled my DIY very very carefully but could not get my display to show anything. There was memory training of course, but this was 15 minutes with nothing before I realised there was something wrong. Those LED codes fly by pretty quickly! I thought it was indicating “DDR initialized OK”=red (bad) or “internal display initialized OK”=red (very bad). Thinking it might be DDR, I removed a stick. Instantly I got a boot menu. Bad stick? I reinstalled it and the screen came back. OK - all’s well then.
At first it would not boot from my nice fast USB 3.2 Gen 2 UEFI NVMe enclosure. I tried and tried. Then I plopped in my ancient slow ADATA 16GB USB 3.0 drive and it worked like a charm. Installed Linux Mint. In another thread there was an indication that with Secure Boot enabled, I might not be able to boot from some USB drives. But I couldn’t get into the UEFI to disable secure boot at first, so…
Anyway, installed Linux Mint super super quick. The AX210 wireless was recognized and worked right away! Yay!
Boo, I updated the kernel and the wireless broke. Yay - using a wired adapter I found and installed the 5.14 kernel, now wireless works fine again.
With that out of the way, first impressions:
- it’s light, thin and really sleek
- entire assembly feels very solid
- it’s very easy to disassemble
- it’s snappy, responsive, fast!
- the power adapter is much smaller than I thought. Really really nice. I’m glad I got it.
- runs cool! I don’t even think the fan is running at all right now.
- screen is bright, colours are good and text is very sharp
- lots of vertical screen real estate
- keyboard is nice and clicky. Good key travel, nice adjustable backlight.
- trackpad is HUGE, sensitive and responsive. I can just use it without much thinking, it just feels natural.
Could be improved:
- that UEFI timeout is really short! I miss it most of the time!
- display scaling. More to do with Linux than anything else I guess. “Automatic (2x)” is sharp but with big icons and text, lots of wasted space. “Normal” = way too small. “Double (Hi-DPI)” looks the same as “Automatic (2x)”. I tried fractional scaling, 150% and 125% is a good size but text is fuzzy.
Can’t think of anything else. I’m really, really pleased!
I’ll post a complete review once I get Linux Mint configured and do testing and benchmarking.
Thank you Framework!