Looks like you've got some competition?

Acer’s Asprie Vero Laptop

…at least on the sustainability side of things.

Doesn’t really change anything, no? The more, the better. Looks to me like two distinctly different approaches towards the same goal. Framework goes a lot farther in some aspects and Acer in others.

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Good news in a way, but “upgradeable disk and ram” are hardly new concepts. No promise of motherboard upgrades, for example, and probably not much open source in there. Still, “baby steps”…

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This laptop is interesting, but I would be hesistant about calling it competition until more information is available about it. Acer hasn’t released its specifications, its price, or even what parts of the world they plan on selling it in.

In addition, Acer’s press release and other media coverage of this laptop focus only on sustainability, not repairability. For example, the Verge’s reporting on Acer’s press conference suggests that this is a normal laptop containing some recycled plastic:

I asked if Acer has done anything to increase the Vero’s durability — given that e-waste is a cardinal sin of electronics manufacturing from a sustainability standpoint — and [Acer CEO] Chen said it will have Acer’s usual warranty and that he expects it to have the same lifespan as any “normal” PC.

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When a new market is growing, the competitors can appear later. But in my opinion, there is a big difference between a company that started with a mission first and another company creating a product as a way to gain a profit. If a company starts with money or a market first, they can easily stop it when they cannot gain the profit enough.

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In my assumption, if a company which already has their laptops will apply the Framework’s business model seriously, it is destructive for the company’s existing laptop products, that is called “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. So, it’s hard for existing laptop companies to do it.

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acer doesn’t exactly have a good track record for repairability so I’ll hold my breath.

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