Framework is selling refurbished versions of its modular laptops

Framework, which makes modular, easy-to-repair laptops with the idea of ​​reducing e-waste, is now selling refurbished models. Coming from “the small number of returns we receive under our 30-day money back guarantee”, they promise a brand new laptop with decent specs, a full warranty and a discount on brand new models. The company also sells refurbished versions of its expansion packs (USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, etc.)

Returns go through a detailed testing process, and the company will replace any parts that don’t meet its specifications. They are then tested to confirm functionality and cleaned. There are what Framework calls “cosmetic limitations,” but the company has set “rather strict” limits for the first batch of refurbished laptops.

Framework begins selling refurbished versions of its modular laptops

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The cheapest refurbished model on the market has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor for $600, with no memory, storage, WiFi, PSU, OS, and expansion cards. In comparison, the same model costs $680 new. With 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 1TB of storage, WiFi, a power adapter, and a refurbished expansion card pack (2 USB-C, 1 USB-A, and 1 HDMI), you’re looking at $905 total – not bad for a decently equipped laptop , which is easy to repair and upgrade. The other options are a Core i7-1165G7 model for $800 and a Core i7-1185G7 model for $1,069.

Allowing previously purchased devices to be sold is part of the company’s promise to “reimagine consumer electronics to respect people and the planet” while allowing shoppers to contribute to the circular economy. The revamped program is only available in Canada and the US so far – it hasn’t received enough returns to launch the program in Europe.

Framework has always said it wants to sell PCs to compete with models like the Surface Laptop or Dell XPS 13, and in terms of specs its latest 12th Gen Intel models are at least competitive. And so far, the company has offered motherboard updates that you can install yourself should you want more performance later. Either way, most buyers will likely be just as interested in helping to reduce e-waste, and the refurbished models give Framework another way to do that.

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