The Framework Laptop Is Great For A Linux-Friendly, Upgradeable/Modular Laptop

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 10 November 2021 at 04:00 PM EST. Page 4 of 4. 49 Comments.

With also having a Dell XPS with Core i7 1165G7, under Ubuntu 21.10 I did run some side-by-side benchmarks between the Dell XPS and Framework Laptop with same processor. During the testing the Phoronix Test Suite was also monitoring the component temperatures.

The Framework Laptop was running noticeably cooler than the Dell XPS laptop with the same Tiger Lake processor. Across the span of dozens of benchmarks, the Framework Laptop's CPU temperature was about 8 degrees cooler than the Dell XPS' TGL CPU.

But the Dell XPS was operating more aggressively and overall did deliver higher performance than the Framework Laptop out-of-the-box. See those benchmarks via this result file.

Additionally, those wanting even more benchmarks form the Framework Laptop with i7-1165G7 can see this result file with tons of standalone benchmarks such as if wanting to compare your own system's performance against this upgradeable laptop using the Phoronix Test Suite.

Overall it was a real pleasure using the Framework Laptop for about a month with its good build quality, great and intuitive design, hardware kill switches, and all-around a solid Linux-friendly laptop. The pricing is fair for all things considered, but the main concern is the long term viability and how practical the pricing and upgradeability will be when moving to new motherboard/platform designs and the range of upgrade modules offered by the company. If they can sustain themselves and remain agile, the Framework Laptop should see a well deserved following.

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