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macbook123
Jan 19, 2008, 07:58 PM
Just wondering what everybody's guesses are. Is the thickest part of the MBA the hard drive, in which case it could have been built even thinner if it were only manufactured with the SSD (which can be made very thin of course)?



heatmiser
Jan 19, 2008, 08:01 PM
It's the motherboard.

macbook123
Jan 19, 2008, 08:04 PM
It's the motherboard.

I see, with the thickest part being the CPU?

Do you happen to know how thin those 1.8" hard drives are?

DannyBres
Jan 19, 2008, 08:15 PM
It's the motherboard.

Here you go (http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/2008/01/dsc_0200.jpg) its the MB and HDD at the back :) the hdd is probably thicker than the MB tho

macbook123
Jan 19, 2008, 11:01 PM
Here you go (http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/2008/01/dsc_0200.jpg) its the MB and HDD at the back :) the hdd is probably thicker than the MB tho

I see, so I guess it could have been made even thinner with SSD only. Means if you get the $999 upgrade you have some extra room in there for what?

gropo
Jan 19, 2008, 11:47 PM
The HDD clearance is apparently even compromised. Consider that they likely could only squeeze a single platter (80GB) rather than the higher capacity multi-platter Toshibas available these days.

As for the thickest part of the innards: the CPU with its weird little heat duct.

squeeks
Jan 20, 2008, 12:17 AM
that entire thing is the battery and they can only get 5 hours out of it?!? my ibook can do 5 hours on half brightness...

aiongiant
Jan 20, 2008, 12:39 AM
that entire thing is the battery and they can only get 5 hours out of it?!? my ibook can do 5 hours on half brightness...

5 hours for a laptop is pretty good..
and considering how thin it is.. explains why it's so wide