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Dell prepping ultra-thin designer notebook?

updated 09:20 am EST, Tue January 15, 2008

Dell Carbon Fiber Notebook

Dell is in the process of developing a notebook that will attempt to glean some of the cachet normally reserved for designs from Apple and other high-end brands, according to a newly escaped prototype image from Engadget. The unnamed system will be based heavily around materials rarely if ever seen in Dell's lineup. An aluminum outer shell will provide relative durability outside; inside, the system will represent Dell's first-ever use of carbon fiber and will greatly reduce the weight without compromising strength. When paired with a thin LED-backlit display, the entire system may be just 0.79 inches deep, the claim suggests.

Still in mid-development, most details of the system are unknown, though the image hints at a 15.4-inch or ultra-wide 16-inch system with a slot-load optical drive on the side, similar to the existing XPS M1530 or the 15-inch MacBook Pro. A lid-mounted webcam is also confirmed as one of Dell's design objectives. No estimated timeframe is given for the notebook's ship date, though the design is most likely to appear no sooner than the unveiling of Intel's Montevina platform in May.

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  1. chas_m



    You know ...

    ... I already have a super-thin notebook that runs Windows. Made of carbon fibre, it's super-strong. It has a built in webcam, it's light and has a led-backlit widescreen display.

    It's called a MacBook Pro, and we Mac users have been able to enjoy this "future" technology for quite some time now.

  1. Grrr

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    Joined: Jun 2001



    Who's the bright spark that put a PC on the "MAC"nn site? DUH! Dell, Dull, who gives a c***, honestly.

  1. bjojade

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    Joined: Jun 2007


    Keep trying.

    They'll do all the design work, then slap it full of Windows and Intel inside stickers to class it up a bit.

    I love Apple for NOT having that stupid intel sticker on the machine.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: keep trying

    Yet more people probably like the cost savings vs. an annoying little sticker on their computer...

  1. Glasspusher

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    Joined: Oct 2000


    more people

    Testudo, m'man, most people don't have a clue. Your point is?

    With Dell, you get what you pay for, unless you want to hack OS X to run on it (not a bad idea). Even so, their hardware is kind of second rate.

  1. Glasspusher

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    other hardware

    You know, I priced out some Sony Viaos last year, looking to hack OS X to run on them. They are the only other machines that are really classy and give Apple a run for their money. After finding out the ones I liked were more expensive than Macbooks, I decided to stick with Apple hardware, but I'm keeping my eye out for a used Vaio...unless Apple makes good on a mac subnotebook.

  1. jarod

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    shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders!

  1. eldarkus

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    Joined: Feb 2004



    How much of a cost savings do we get with that Logo Testudo?? youre the expert, so let us know how much!

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999



    The thing I find amazing is that I've NEVER seen people that have actually REMOVED those nasty little logo stickers.

    They probably figure they paid extra for those, along with several dozen superfluous back-lit buttons, and want to get their money's worth.

    How else do you pay for all that "security" software?

  1. t6hawk

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2001


    Did anyone notice that...

    This Dell seems to have Windows XP on it?

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