After my Framework Laptop recently fell down, bending all three of the aluminum covers in one corner, I had a look at the purchase options for replacement parts.
Unfortunately, while the top and bottom cover can be purchased separately, this is currently not the case for the input cover. To get the aluminum part replaced, you therefore need to buy the full assembly with a keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint sensor included.
Both from an environmental and financial standpoint it is undesirable for me to purchase parts that I will most likely never need. Especially considering that the keyboard contains potentially harmful materials like Nickel and BPA.
Since all of the mentioned input devices can be ordered and replaced individually already, it should not be a problem to replace just the aluminum input cover while reusing an existing keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint sensor.
Therefore, I would like to ask the Framework Team: Is such a purchase option for the input cover without keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint sensor planned in the near future?
If so, what would be the time frame for that?
And for the community, who would like to see this option added and do you see any other potential issues with this that I overlooked?