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Current CULV notebooks too cheaply built

updated 09:05 am EDT, Thu July 2, 2009

CULV NBs Too Cheaply Made

Many of the Windows PC makers building ultraportable notebooks based on Intel's low-cost CULV platform are learning first-hand that their cheaper case designs aren't enough to sustain the systems, a research note from AmTech analyst Doug Freedman says. Many of the companies design the systems with plastic shells to keep their prices down but are discovering that the cases are cracking, often forcing major replacements. Which companies are affected aren't mentioned, but Lenovo and MSI are some of the first making systems in the category with the IdeaPad U350 and X-Slim line respectively.

The problem is endemic enough that the contractors tasked with assembling the systems are urging the designers to switch to metal shells to maintain their build quality. Plastic design techniques that have worked for trimming prices on netbooks and full-size netbooks are now believed to be ineffective.

"Cost-reduction features are going to be hard in that form factor on the industrial design side," Freedman says.

The discovery partly validates approaches embraced by companies like Apple and Dell, whose respective MacBook Air and Adamo systems are more expensive partly due to their uses of aluminum casing that maintains the rigidity of the system while simultaneously allowing even thinner cases than most CULV systems and using faster if more expensive components.

Intel for its part has told CNET that the the CULV platform itself isn't at the heart of the issue and that it's the designs framing the processor and mainboard that cause the failures.

by MacNN Staff



  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This just in... get what you pay for. Film at 11.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This just in

    More PC makers copying Apple. Many reports of MacBook cases cracking and splintering, and now, all of a sudden, PC makers laptops are doing the same thing?

    Can't these guys come up with their own flaws???

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Actually, not

    The discovery partly validates approaches embraced by companies like Apple and Dell, whose respective MacBook Air and Adamo systems are more expensive

    They're also more expensive because THEY ARE NOT NETBOOKS and aren't intended for that market.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This would not be

    unusual to happen for low cost goods. Netbooks are basically disposable computers. Keep them six months and discard them. I guess their quality would be on the level of cheap cellphones. It really doesn't matter, netbooks aren't going to be popular much longer. They've served their low budget purpose for the recession and it's time they get replaced.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    testudo go away!

    so mac laptops were the first EVER laptops to show cracks? there were never any reports of a crack in a laptop before mac ones? so obviously "all of a sudden" pc's are copying macs right?

    do you ever give thought to your ridiculous posts or are you just so happy to have come up with any thought that can trash a mac that you go with it?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: testudo go away

    It's called sarcasm nat. Look it up.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    so suddenly, after years of barbs and digs at the whole mac universe, we're supposed to tune into THIS ONE being sarcastic. ok pumpkin, you go with it.

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