You can turn Framework’s modular laptop into a tablet (unofficially)

The Framework laptop is a modular computer that lets you choose your own ports and swap them out whenever you want. It’s also designed to be easy to repair or upgrade, since each component can be removed and replaced using a single screwdriver/opening tool that comes in the box.

This modularity makes it easy to use Framework components to assemble an entirely different type of computer, such as a desktop or a cyberdeck. Instructables user whatthefilament also posted a guide to turning a Framework laptop into a Framework tablet.

Since the Framework motherboard, wireless and audio cards, speakers, and battery are all removable, they can all be reused without the need to purchase new components. But since the laptop’s 13.5-inch screen doesn’t support touch, you’ll need to buy a different screen.

Whatthefilament involves 3D printing a custom case designed for use with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, then digging out the innards of a Framework laptop and placing it inside this new case.

The end result is a slightly chunky Windows or Linux-compatible tablet that not only uses Framework hardware, but also retains some of the laptop’s modular features: you can use Framework’s add-in card system to decide which type of ports that the tablet will have.

While the Framework motherboard has four USB-C ports which are usually used for expansion cards, this tablet design however only allows you to use three expansion cards as one is used as a connector for the touch screen. But you can decide whether the other three will be USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort or SD ports. There are also expansion cards which are basically tiny USB-C SSDs.

You can find more details on Instructables. Or check out Liliputing’s Framework laptop review for more information on the design and performance of Framework’s modular laptop with 12th Gen Intel Core processor.

via Hacker News

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