As laptops have gotten thinner and lighter in recent years, they’ve also gotten harder to upgrade or repair. It’s always been rare to find a laptop with an upgradeable CPU or GPU, but these days it’s increasingly difficult to find one with a user replaceable battery, memory, or storage. Swiss PC maker Prime Computer is […]
Dell has unveiled a new concept PC that the company says would have about a 50% lower carbon footprint than a typical laptop. That’s achieved through a series of design choices that not only bring down the up-front environmental impact, but also the long-term impact by making the computer easy to repair and making parts […]
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 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 Teracube 2e is a budget smartphone with one killer feature: the warranty. While most modern phones come with a one or two year warranty and many offer an option to pay extra for extended coverage, Teracube’s phones come with a 4-year warranty. That’s despite the fact that the Teracube 2e is a budget phone […]
Most Android phone makers expect you to replace your device every few years. Even Google only promises 3 years of OS and security updates for its Pixel phones (the last update for the Pixel 2 is set to drop in December). But a startup called Teracube is betting that there’s a market for inexpensive phones […]
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 […]
German smartphone maker Shift makes phones that are designed to be modular and easy to repair. And now the company has introduced a tablet with the same design ethos. The SHIFT13mi will be a 2-in-1 tablet with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, a detachable keyboard, support for Windows 10 or Linux, and upgradeable, replaceable, and repairable […]
The Fairphone 3 is a mid-range smartphone that stands out due to its easy-to-repair design that features components partially made from ethically-sourced materials. When the phone launched last summer it was only available with Android 9. But folks who prefer a Google-free experience now have another option. The /e/ foundation is selling the Fairphone 3 […]
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is the first tablet in the Surface Pro lineup to feature an ARM-based processor. And while that means it has integrated LTE and theoretically long battery life (which in fact varies depending on usage), early reviews suggest the $1,000+ tablet struggles with app compatibility issues. On the bright side, Microsoft […]