Framework Laptop 13 (2023)

Framework Laptop 13

Framework Laptop 13 (2023)

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.7/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.0/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.0/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.5/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.8/10
BATTERY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.5/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.5/10
SIZE: 13.5"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Repairable and customizable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent general performance
  • Very good build quality
  • High screen pixel density
Cons
  • Limited GPU for 3D tasks
  • No hardware ray tracing support
  • No touchscreen
  • Moderate fast motion screen performance

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use:
4.6
The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) offers robust performance for general use with its AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and ample memory, making multitasking smooth, while the high-quality IPS screen ensures crisp visuals. It also scores well on portability thanks to its light weight and compact design, coupled with a good battery life, making it easy to use on the go.
Software Development:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
4.4
The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) is well-suited for engineering and design due to its high-performance AMD Ryzen 7 processor and 32GB of RAM, which efficiently handle demanding software applications. Additionally, the high-quality screen with a good color range, sharp resolution, and high brightness enhances detailed visual work, while features like portability and a highly rated backlit keyboard support productivity and comfort in various work environments.
Battery Life:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.3
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Gaming & AI:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,699
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
11.7'' x 9'' x 0.62''
Weight
2.95 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
Graphics
Radeon 780M
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
9 Hours
Battery Capacity
61 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.5"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2256 x 1504
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
472 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.8/10
Portability Score
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8.8/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
1
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Scott Gilbertson | July 2023
"If you’re thinking of investing in your first Framework, now is the time. The kinks and rough edges have all been smoothed out and this is a very nice machine with a bright, upgradable future. The only reason I can think of to wait is the AMD model, which I’ll be sure to test as soon as I can get my hands on one."

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