Apple’s reign of having the best looking notebooks has ended and it’s Intel that trumps the sexy, aluminum Macbook Pro.
One of my biggest complaints about most laptops is that they’re just too damned…big. I mean, I’d say a good 90% of consumer laptops are bordering on 1.5-2.0″ thick and an average of 7-8 pounds. Some 17″ models are over 10 pounds and a certain Dell is nearing 20. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want something that big in my bag when I’m walking around all day. I usually look in the ultra-portable category for stuff under 4 pounds.
Intel recently showed off a new design, code-named “Metro”, which looks great. At 0.7″ and 2.25 pounds, it certainly fits the bill of ultra-portable. Intel calls it “the world’s thinnest” but that’s not necessarily true. The Sharp Mebius started getting below 0.7″ six or seven years ago and the Sony X505 was at 0.38″ on the front side. Heck, my old (and now not-working…) Acer Travelmate was 0.7″ and that was a Pentium III.
Unfortunately, there aren’t too many details on the specs as far as processor, RAM, etc go but it will feature WiFi, EVDO, WiMAX, and a built-in webcam. It also supposedly has a flash-based hard drive which pushes battery life to an astounding 14-hours per charge.
The real party piece, however, is the bag that the laptop comes with. While it’s not the best looking bag I’ve ever seen, it has a screen built into the side which works in conjunction with Windows Sideshow…which is great news since there haven’t really been any products that truly work with Sideshow at the moment. The bag also also has an extra battery which charges the laptop when it’s connected inside.
I think the whole things looks fantastic with the gold accents and black with red backlight keyboard. I hope this brings more thin, portable laptops rather than more bulky, gigantic behemoths. There’s no word on a retail price either but anything this good looking has to be expensive.
(Thanks to GizModo for the pictures)
Oh yeah, one of the first videos on the Metro!