Guess I'm confused by all these comments about the lack of cooling fans in portables these days. My new HP ProBook has a fan, my MBP has a fan. I don't think I've seena portable yet without one except for the MBAir. I'm sure they are out there but you folks are talking like they are extinct or something. Am I missing the point?
I agree about the disposal issues, tekochip. I have a feeling there are already millions of people with old electronics in their basements that they don't know what to do with because they don't know how to deal with the disposal issues. Designs like this will make it worse.
First, a truly excellent tear down, and I'm not Li-ion (seriously?).
A few thoughts, though; I can't believe that so much of the device is glued together. Talk about fostering a disposal society, which means long lines for the next version. When the batteries fail this thing will end up in a landfill and that seems like some sort of punishable offense. I suppose in some communities it is.
I see that the touch screen is not optically bonded to the display and I'm really impressed by the performance of the complete display package, considering that the two components just sit on top of each other.
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