Thin is in – Part 2

Apple has again come out with an exciting new platform. It is the MacBook Air and it has definitely created a new buzz in the PC industry. The Lorado Ultra thin concept had led the path in showcasing what these kind of systems can be (see “The World’s Thinnest Notebook“). Apple has definitely created a wonder in this category – and thin is now definitely in!!!

These systems will soon become the new norm for the industry (just like the Motorola RAZR in cellphones) and does take a lot of innovation in system design to develop a product like this. With Intel’s newly announced CPU and associated platform components in small form factor, system design is simpler and the system thermals is no longer the thickness limiter. Interestingly enough the LAN connector and optical disks are fundamental thickness limiters and these ultra-thin systems will need to remove these components to achieve the desired thinness (as shown in the Lorado Ultra-thin concept).

As this category develops, there will be more and more systems that provide the thin, light and exciting form factor experience to users. The race continues!

4 Responses to Thin is in – Part 2

  1. One thing is confusing – the price of SSD version. Why does it need this lobbying for old-fashioned hard disks – their place is in the RAID systems and not in light-weight and working for the whole day at least notebooks for people.

  2. Burnie says:

    SSD is more expensive because it is a lot faster and a lot harder to break, Michael, no other reason than that ^^

  3. Amazing things, when a USB flash drive – for example, Kingston DTI 4 GB – costs 19,99$ at amazon.com, consumer would expect 64 Gb – 20$ x 16 – * 320$ for SSD * and not 1300$ added to MacBook Air’s price + 200$ – the price of replaced 1.8″ 80 Gb hard drive. Even considering that SSD version has a slighter faster processor (1,6 Ghz vs. 1,8Ghz), the price is too high for SSD notebooks now.