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I nearly bought a Framework Laptop, but logistical realities got in the way

The Framework Laptop closed on top of a desk with a Verge-branded mug in the background.
Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

“My old Dell XPS 15 has gotten sluggish. The battery dies easily. It’s heavy to cart around, anyhow. Now that I’m going out in public again, I need a new work machine.”

These were the thoughts circling my head at yesterday’s Framework event — where the company known for its easily-upgradable laptops announced new chips and a new, longer-lasting battery. “Battery life has consistently been the main negative for the Framework laptop,” said CEO Nirav Patel, hitting on the one reason I’d only ever admired the company’s laptops from a distance. This morning, without that one reason to hold back, it was time to put down a $100 deposit for my own Framework Laptop 13.

But I didn’t — because Framework wouldn’t sell me that battery unless I…

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