Acer, Asus, Lenovo Borrowing MacBook Air Design

Apple's MacBook Air has always prided itself on being one of the slimmest laptop computers on the market. The new 2010 refresh of the MacBook Air made things even slimmer and more compact.

Part of that was thanks to neat tricks with the LCD assembly, by having the LCD makers finish only the cell portion of the LCD module and passing it off to the backlight manufacturer to finish the rest of it. This sort of process shaved off between 3 to 5 millimeters off of the thickness of the LCD.

While Apple was the first to put this into use, the same process is now available to Acer, Asus and Lenovo. Digitimes believes that this will mean that we'll see some thin 13.3- and 14-inch notebooks using Sandy Bridge chips by the end of the first quarter.

So, if you've been lusting after that sleek form factor of the MacBook Air, but you want a PC, there could be the answer in just a few months.

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  • ik242
    When is THG going to stop merely reporting news on laptops and start actively reviewing them?
  • ik242
    sure thin and light is in, but how about display resolution, battery life, cool vs. bad features etc.

    Example bad features (from my angle, your view may differ) is low display resolution, no dedicated video card with own ram, weird keyboard layout (give me my standard QWERTY please with CTRL key in right place), running hot, 90deg power connector (laptop side) on power supply, glossy surfaces, view angle of display, poor number crunching performance, little RAM, features protruding out of housing (battery, fans etc. some units look like docking station is attached to laptop), etc.