For anyone that installed the new CNC top cover: how was it been? Is it worth $90, and does it really make the laptop feel that much more premium?
I’ve only seen a couple people talking about it here on the forums.
I’ve been really unhappy with the build quality of the stock top cover. It flexes too much and creaks too. I’m wondering if the new top cover is worth it.
In my case, I’m very happy with it, regarding the “premium feel” I don’t notice any difference, but I don’t care about the feel to be honest… as soon as the laptop performs good and has a good price I’m happy.
When I bought the CNC cover I did it because for me it was too flexible and now is much better, I would say a 50% better but if you’re expecting that it will turns into a macbook, you may feel disappointed. Coming back to your question if it worth the 90$, keeping in mind that this company gives the chance to replace it, in an easy way compared to 99% of the laptops in the market, in a laptop of 1000$+, I think it worth it.
I’ve just installed one, along with the 4kg hinges.
The original cover had made me uncomfortable with both how much it flexed, and how it didn’t seem to provide much protection to the back of the screen.
In this, the new cover, so far, seems to be a considerable improvement, in that I no longer feel uncomfortable with it. I’m not sure if it particularly changes some sort of feel of the laptop: it largely feels and seems similar, it simply doesn’t flex as much, and doesn’t feel as flimsy on top.
I don’t own the original lid as I bought a 12th gen DIY, but I have no key imprinting on the screen. Of course I don’t jam any of my laptops into a backpack full of stuff so it can get sandwiched of course YMMV. No give while pressing on the lid and reasonable amout of flex considering the lid/display/bezel assembly is not glued together.
I did too, and it was rather annoying. I do usually jam all of my laptops into bags full of stuff, but I’m not going to be in situations where I’m likely to have key imprinting in the next few days, so it will be some time until I can add a useful update here.
@Blueprint Now you mention it, yes, I can see a slight keys imprint on the screen but just the imprint over the dust, I see no marking on the screen itself. I didn’t pay attention to that until you mentioned it.
I don’t jam my laptop with books or something like that, I don’t put anything over it.
A note on upgrading from the old top cover per the instructions:
Mind the magnets that attach the bezel to the old top cover.
Mine had somehow become unstuck/unglued from the original top cover, and came off with the bezel, without my knowing. Upon installing the bezel on the new top cover, it did not fit right – it would not seat correctly into its notches, and the bottom “lip” (on the bottom of the screen by hinges) would not click into place.
I removed it again to find 3 of the original top cover magnets stuck over 3 of the new top cover magnets – obstructing the bezel’s fit.
After clearing the extra magnets, it fits now and is again functional. (I’m using it now to type this message.)
Generally though, very happy with the sturdier feel of the new top cover.
– A happy customer appreciating Frame.work’s efforts to produce maintainable, repairable, and upgradeable laptops.