Chinese device maker GPD has made a name for itself in recent years with a series of handheld gaming PCs that run Windows. But GPD actually got its start making Android devices, and the company is sort of going back to its roots with the new GPD XP handheld game system… but it’s also looking […]
Gigabyte has unveiled a concept for a modular gaming PC that’s designed to be customizable, versatile, and compact. While most gaming PCs are modular in the sense that you can pick the CPU, GPU, and other key specs you’d like, the Gigabyte AORUS Project Cielo takes a different approach toward modular design. Project Cielo is […]
The Framework Laptop is a thin and light notebook with a 13.5 inch display and an Intel Tiger Lake processor. But what really makes the notebook stand out is its modular design and emphasis on repairability and customization. When the Framework laptop went up for pre-order earlier this year, customers could choose from a couple […]
At first glance, you could easily mistake the Fairphone 4 for any modern mid-range Android smartphone. It has a 6.3 inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and a microSD card reader, but no headphone jack.
But unlike most phones, the Fairphone 4 is designed to last a long time.
It has a modular, repairable design that means not only can you remove and replace its battery, but also the speaker and camera modules, among other things.
The Intel NUC P14E Laptop Element is a thin and light notebook computer with a 13.9 inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel touchscreen display, an aluminum body, and a modular design: the brains of the system are on an Intel NUC 11 Compute Element card that can be removed and replaced when it’s time to upgrade or […]
The Intel “Beast Canyon” NUC is a gaming PC with an 8 liter chassis and a modular design. You can easily add just about any high-end graphics card (assuming you can get your hands on one these days). But the brains of the computer, including the processor, memory, and storage are all on a removable […]
Laptop computers have gotten thinner, lighter, and more powerful over the years. They’ve also gotten harder to upgrade or repair, as most PC makers have sacrificed user-accessible components to get those thin and light designs. The Framework Laptop is something different. It’s reasonably compact for a notebook with a 13.5 inch display, but it’s designed to […]
Panasonic’s latest Toughbook computer is a rugged tablet 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard and a modular design. The Panasonic Toughbook G2 has a 10.1 inch display, support for up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with vPro, and three modular expansion areas that you can use to customize the computer or swap out components on […]
The DevTerm is a new portable computer with a very old aesthetic. Designed to look like an old school portable terminal, this modular, open source computer features a 6.8 inch, 1280 x 480 pixel IPS display, a keyboard, and battery module plus an optional built-in thermal printer. Under the hood is a ClockworkPi v3.14 mainboard […]
The Framework Laptop is a notebook computer with a 13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 pixel display, an 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processer with Iris Xe graphics and a selling point that truly sets it apart from most other laptops on the market: it’s designed to be repairable and upgradeable thanks to a modular design. Not only […]
The MNT Reform modular, open hardware laptop that went up for pre-order last year through a crowdfunding campaign at Crowd Supply is now starting to ship to backers after running into several delays (it was originally supposed to ship in December). MNT says the first 25 units have shipped to backers in the EU and […]
Modular computers and mobile devices haven’t really taken off in a big way, but it’s not for lack of trying. Google may have scrapped its Project Ara modular smartphone project years ago, but today smaller companies like Fairphone and Pine64 sell phones with upgradeable and replaceable components. And a new company called Framework recently announced […]