I would wait until reports of crashes / freezes / instant power loss are sorted out first…at the very least. I got burnt with the 11th gen, left a sour after taste…so I’m more cautious this time around with the 12th gen.
Depends on your baseline expectation…some people find it suitable as their daily driver…others, not so much.
In your case of “usually plugged in”…you have one less issue to worry about.
That’s a bit disconcerting- on the one hand I’m not afraid to roll my sleeves up- I run an Ubuntu computer as well, and I think I’d want dual boot for a new computer, but for the most part it needs to work- I can’t be fixing my computer when I have actual work to do, at least not often.
Battery life is not too good. You can get a better laptop for cheaper, but this is the best for modularity and repairability. I have not had problems with it crashing or shutting off while I use it, but I have had a couple of kernel crashes under Linux while it was plugged in and closed. I’m not so sure about that. I’ve got Linux on the SSD and a expansion card with windows.
I bought this as a ‘grab and go’ device for writing, web-surfing, minor technical work, light gaming. My points of comparison are a Dell 5280 and a Toshiba C855.
The Framework is light, looks sharp, and is thoughtfully designed. The aspect ratio has grown on me since I started using it.
My big complaints are:
The case is very light. It seems to be well designed, in that I’ve gotten a few dents already and there’s no performance impact. And it looks easy to repair (as opposed to plastic cases).
Because the pitch is modability, I now am spending way too much time thinking about all the things my laptop does not do. For example, I hate thumbstick mice. I used them and couldn’t wait to stop. But I absolutely must have one now, because someone said it’s nice and I love the choice of being able to put one on. I spent $100 on a transparent keyboard. Why did I do that? I have no idea. The only reason I go on the Dell forum is because something broke and I want to know if I’m stuck with that forever. I go on Frame.Work because someone has some whackadoodle thing they want to put on their device, and now I want one as well. What is wrong with me.
The components selected are frequently cutting edge, and I need to take extra steps to get them working on Linux Mint.
Would you mind to be more specific?
I was searching really hard to find a Notebook with a 14" screen (3:2 or 16:10), a good CPU (1280P) and 64GB RAM.
Framework was the only one I could find below € 3,000.-- and most Notebooks of that size only have 32GB RAM.
(Battery life is not that important to me)
The biggest downside for me is not the battery life: I’ve actually managed to tweak that to my satisfaction, including suspend life. It’s pretty peachy now, but maybe I don’t have big enough expectations? Details in my review.
The biggest downside is the lack of ports. The framework only has four ports, and that’s kind of a hard limit. If you’re going to have two monitors, the SSD device and power, boom, you’re out of ports already. There’s no room for a 2.5" drive in there, so just converting from my previous laptop (a Purism Librem 13v4), I quickly ran out of ports.
This means dongles and so on, which might not be your cup of tea. The expansion ports are really nice, and there’s a really cool modding community around it, but it also means carrying around half a dozen of those things, so it’s kind of dongle hell all over again, except kind of different.
Don’t get me wrong: I love my laptop, this is an awesome product. But that’s the downside I find…