Framework Laptop prices go as low as $639 thanks to refurbs and “factory seconds”

Enlarge / The Framework Laptop 13, with Framework’s gear logo on the lid.Andrew Cunningham

Part of Framework’s sales pitch is that the company’s modular laptops are a (somewhat) more sustainable, responsible alternative to buying a hermetically sealed and non-upgradeable model from one of the big PC makers. The company has attempted to encourage reuse and recycling by offering refurbished models and 3D-printable cases for repurposing laptop motherboards as tiny desktop computers.

Earlier this month, the company took another step in that direction, opening up a Framework Outlet section in its online marketplace to sell refurbished products and things that have

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