This modular laptop promises durability and DIY upgrades

primebook circular modular laptop



Modular laptops are a niche but growing segment of the PC market, aimed at DIYers and eco-warriors. Now a new option has been launched that hopes to reduce waste while providing users with more choice and upgrade options.

The PrimeBook Circular is the first laptop from the Swiss company Prime Computer, offering users a product whose parts can be interchanged at will, theoretically helping to extend its life as old and obsolete parts are replaced over time with more modern alternatives. .

For example, the laptop’s CPU, GPU, memory and Wi-Fi are all housed in modular sections, meaning you could upgrade to a better processor if you want to get a little more performance (assuming that the chip shortage is back under control as a result). point).

As for options, you have a few choices. The base model comes with an Intel Celeron 6305, 4 GB of memory and Intel UHD graphics. You can increase that to an Intel Core i5-1135G7 with 8 GB of memory and Intel Iris Xe graphics, or an Intel Core i7-1165G7 with 16 GB of memory and Intel Iris Xe graphics. You can equip the laptop with up to 1TB NVMe SSD storage. There is currently no US keyboard layout.

Using 11th Gen Intel chips is a bit disappointing, but then again, the whole point of the PrimeBook Circular is that you can upgrade them in the future, so hopefully they won’t be obsolete for long. However, the lack of discrete graphics options means this is definitely not a gaming laptop.

Based on an Intel design

Not every part is replaceable as it seems you can’t upgrade the screen, chassis or trackpad. And speaking of the screen, the PrimeBook Circular comes with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution panel with 400 nits of brightness and 100% coverage of the sRGB color space. That’s not the brightest laptop screen we’ve ever seen, but you might find the high resolution appealing.

As for ports, you get a Thunderbolt 4 slot, two USB-A ports with USB 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0b, Mini DisplayPort 1.4a, a 3.5mm headphone jack and Gigabit Ethernet. For connectivity there is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.

According to Tom’s Hardware, the PrimeBook Circular is a rebranded version of the Intel NUC P14E laptop, another modular device launched in September 2021. What makes the PrimeBook Circular different, however, is that it promises to offset 408kg of CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process, making the laptop carbon neutral. The company also claims that this covers the distribution of the laptop and the first five years of life.

It’s not the first modular laptop we’ve covered here at Digital Trends. In July 2021 we tested the Framework laptop and we were very impressed with the upgradeability and the bright screen. Hopefully the PrimeBook Circular can offer something just as good.

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