Fairphone’s new camera modules let you upgrade the Fairphone 3

When Dutch smartphone maker Fairphone introduced the Fairphone 3 last year, the social enterprise company described it as a modular phone built using ethically-sourced materials. Up until now that modular design meant you could buy replacement parts if you needed to repair or replace the screen, camera, battery, headphone jack, or other components. But now […]

Lilbits: Apple’s new iMacs, smartphone gaming, and smartphones with… removable displays?

A few years ago it looked like modular smartphones might become a thing. But with Project Ara dead, and LG’s brief flirtation with modularity abandoned, the only major phone maker still offering any sort of modular design is Motorola, which released its fourth-gen Moto Z with support for modular add-ons last year. But it looks […]

Intel “Ghost Canyon” NUC now available for $999 and up (modular compact PC with discrete graphics support)

Intel’s NUC line of computers are small desktop PCs that typically have laptop-class hardware. But this year the company introduced the most powerful NUC to date. And now it’s available for purchase. The Intel “Ghost Canyon” NUC is powered by a removable Intel Compute Element with a 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake-H processor. And the system […]

MNT Reform open source, modular laptop crowdfunding campaign launches in February

The MNT Reform is a modular, fanless laptop designed to run free and open source software and to be easy to repair, upgrade, or customize. It’s been under development for a few years, and now the developers of the project have finalized the design. You’ll likely be able to pre-order one in February when a […]

At least five Intel Compute Element-compatible PC cases coming this year

Intel’s NUC Compute Element is a computer-in-a-module that features a processor, memory, storage, a fan, and other key components. But it’s not quite a self-contained computer — instead it’s designed to be part of a modular system. Slide it into a compatible computer case and you can connect a keyboard, mouse, display, graphics card, or […]

Razer Tomahawk mini modular gaming desktop is powered by an Intel NUC Compute Element (and discrete graphics

Gaming hardware company Razer offers a line of PC gaming accessories and a couple of gaming laptops, but now the company is preparing to launch its first gaming desktop. It’s not a typical tower PC though. The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is a compact, modular computer that’s powered by a removable Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute […]

Alienware’s Concept UFO is a modular handheld gaming PC (much more than a Nintendo Switch clone)

I wouldn’t blame you if you took one look at Dell’s Alienware Concept UFO handheld gaming PC and its detachable controllers and decided it was nothing but a Nintendo Switch clone. But this little device is much more than that — because it’s got the guts of a full-fledged Windows computer. Sure, you could use […]

Intel “Austin Beach” NUC is a fanless, rugged, modular mini PC

It’s been nearly 7 years since Intel started selling tiny desktop computers under its NUC brand. Since then we’ve seen NUC systems designed for gaming, business use, and home use. One thing Intel hasn’t offered in the past is a fanless model, although third-party case makers have helped fill in the gap. Now the first […]