The main computer is released. PrimeBook is a modular laptop with a circular design

 The main computer is released.  PrimeBook is a modular laptop with a circular design

You may feel there is something familiar about the PrimeBook Circular, and that is because it appears to be a Prime Computer-branded version of the Intel NUC P14E whitebook design. The specs of the host laptop match, as does the replaceable modularity. Though it isn’t mentioned in the press release or official product pages, the video below includes a short section that confirms the PrimeBook relies on Intel NUC 11 Compute Element modules. Moreover, the three PrimeBook SKUs align with three of the available NUC 11 Compute Element modules you can see in the Intel Ark.

Prime Computer of Switzerland has released the PrimeBook Circular, a revolutionary laptop that is modular and “100% climate neutral,” according to the company. The PrimeBook appears to include some high-quality components, including a premium chassis, screen, and input devices. This is critical because these aren’t replaceable parts. The processor (Intel Tiger Lake), RAM, and Wi-Fi solution, on the other hand, are all housed in a replaceable module approximately the size of a 2.5-inch SSD.

Highlights

  • Starting from the outside, the laptop body is made of CNCed anodized aluminum. Inside this sturdy frame are a 13.9 inch IPS touch screen with 3000 x 2000 pixels with 100% sRGB coverage and a max brightness of 400 nits. There’s an HD webcam in the bezel that supports IR for Windows Hello.

  • Prime Computer brings some of its green and sustainable ethos to this laptop design, making it more than just a rebrand. For example, Prime Computer will offset the average 408kg of CO2 used when manufacturing this device to make the product “carbon neutral.” It is also setting up a program to repurchase and repurpose the modules which you no longer want/need, as and when you upgrade. Before going on to look at the module specs you can choose, let us have a look at the rest of the Prime specs which, if you buy in, you will have to live with for multiple processor generations.

On the other side of the clamshell, you will find a backlit keyboard (various layouts are available for your language/region) underlined by a large glass surface touchpad, and there’s a fingerprint reader too. A decent set of ports is available on this thin (34 x 23 x 1.6cm) and light (1.5kg) design. It has HDMI 2.0b, Mini DisplayPort 1.4a, Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 via Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, Gigabit Ethernet, and a 3.5mm stereo jack. There are built-in speakers and a mic too, naturally. Users will be able to fast charge the laptop, or rather its 77Whr battery, via a 65W USB-C power supply.