Intel claims new plastic chassis will rival aluminum in quality, price

By Rick · 8 replies
Jun 4, 2012
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  1. Intel has announced what it considers to be a breakthrough in structural design for Ultrabooks and possibly other portables. The chip maker claims it has engineered a plastic chassis which rivals the...

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  2. $75 less sound good but on the price level I can personally buy one these days .. I will never do it ;)
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    $25 to $75

    I would pay up to $100 extra for the metal frame. It feels better, and seems to hold up better.

    To me this is worth the price, and plastic has not been good enough for me.... at least, what I've seen from manufacturers... Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo... plastic is crap IMO
  4. Go ahead and pay $100 more, it is your money. But this new plastic (did you see the word NEW) may be superior to aluminum. Who knows until they come out, my guess is it's got carbon fiber embedded in the plastic.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Of course they will say that. Companies are having a hard time meeting Intel's "Ultrabook" specs. Drop off some cost in the shell and its easier to make them under a grand.
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I hope so.
    I loved the brushed aluminum on my Dell L702X.
    Has a great feel and its truly scratch resistant. Just ask our furball cat.

    We just ordered some HP Probook's for a department at work and they have brushed aluminum tops as well.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I have to wonder how this new plastic case will do thermally? One little advantage to the aluminum unibody is that can serve a secondary function as a large heat spreader, helping to minimize what would otherwise be some seriously hot spots.
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    I'd be hard pressed if it was carbon fiber, more likely its a nylon blend, maybe with some fiberglass for stiffness. Technology that already exist, just being re-purposed then re-branded to be used in a different market. I do agree however that the feel of the aluminum laptops out now is very nice and I to prefer it to anything plastic.
  9. Anyone dreaming that even a $75 cost reduction will go towards their own wallet is forgetting: cost savings go to shareholders, not consumers.

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