MacBook size should shrink around the display

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NewGenAdam, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

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    Whenever I look at a MacBook Pro or Air, I'm annoyed at how much bezel I see. Empty, black or silver space doing nothing except for increasing the machine's footprint and width.

    I appreciate arguments saying that the extra space is vital for cramming all the components into the admittedly compact form-factor, but it feels like MacBooks could be more efficiently designed as future becomes present. Particularly the 13" machines.

    An inch could be lost from the width with no compromise to the ergonomic experience, which is essential for a productivity machine.

    I see devices of optimum portability and productivity shrinking to around the footprint of an A4 sheet of paper. They'd easily slide into most bags and cases, and would also have the space for a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad, as well as a good 13 inch display.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Well then don't buy one. The bezel doesn't bother me.
     
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    LOL complaining about Apple design and ergonomics. I'm sure if it could be made smaller, it would be made smaller.
     
  4. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    you realize the bezel is there to match the size of the base...and the base is packed with components that aren't that easily shrunken down?
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Apparently not.
     
  6. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    simple solution...make it a 14" screen, same size, slim bezel.
     
  7. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    well, like the OP i don't like the becel. There are other creative solutions to this. other manufacturers have shown it's possible. As a start Apple could stop making the Macbooks thinner. Make them a bit thicker and reduce the footprint. I would prefer that because at least in my experience footprint is more important than a 3mm higher base. Compare it to the old 12"Powerbook.
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ...because the 12" powerbook didn't have a bezel either? Wrong.
     
  9. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

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    Eh, the thick bezels are indeed ugly, but every other laptop has them too. It's probably not feasible to get rid of them for some reason.
     
  10. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I'd rather this than the present redundant space, but all considered a shrinking size would be perfect imho ^^

    also, the MBP glass displays are a blu-ray-style world of pain.
    They're reflective, they're heavy, and they must be thick.

    The MacBook Air's monitor panel is perfect. Small, light, bright, and non-reflective.
    Silly aesthetics!
     
  11. SecretAsianMan macrumors member

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    I learned from my home theater build that a sizable black border increases perceived contrast in the screen.
     
  12. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    what's the story behind your username?? :cool:
     
  13. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a

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    Probably a play off the song "Secret Agent Man" by Johnnie Rivers.
     

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