What are limiting factors to MBA thickness?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macbook123, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    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)?
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    It's the motherboard.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I see, with the thickest part being the CPU?

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

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    Here you go its the MB and HDD at the back :) the hdd is probably thicker than the MB tho
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    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?
     
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    gropo

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    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.
     
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    squeeks

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    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...
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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

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