Increased use of aluminium for notebook casings
04.05.09 -Rapid growth in memory space has made a decisive contribution to the success of portable computers. The problem of reconciling small size with a high degree of rigidity has also been solved successfully by use of a rigid aluminium casing. After Apple presented the first aluminium casing about a year ago, more and more suppliers are now following suit.
Dell has presented a new computer, the Adamo Thirteen, that is even thinner than the extremely slimline Apple MacBook Air, which was previously regarded as the thinnest notebook. The extremely rigid aluminium casing is only about 17 mm high and thus 3 mm thinner than the MacBook Air.
Like the Apple MacBook Air, the lower shell of the casing of the Dell computer is also milled from of a single block of aluminium. The technology was originally developed for aircraft construction and is referred to as ‘integral construction’. Integral construction means the Dell notebook is extremely stiff but has a weight that is not quite compatible with its slimline appearance: 1.83 kg. Something that is not without intention: the computer is very easy to carry but feels very solid and has a high perceived value.