"the new systems will eschew the use of module-based components in favor of directly soldering components to the motherboard."
Hmm... so basically these systems are being designed to be thrown out when something breaks down. With laptops electronics will almost always fail at some point at least in the experience that I h ave had with them. Don't accidentally drop one of these that's for sure.
if it's module based, wouldn't it be easier to replace the damaged modules?
Easier, but more expensive. Remember, the point is to give OEMs cheaper options. That doesn't mean ALL Ultrabooks will use soldered components--it means the option is there as a means of saving money.
If we look at the technical level of most consumers, when their computer breaks they buy a new one anyway. With that in mind, a system designed for that makes a lot of sense, with the exception of RAM. I wish I could upgrade my netbook past the 2gb limit. It's just too restricting.
I suspect that very much depends on the nature of the break. Most owners I know replace the cheap components (RAM, hard drives) and only jump for new systems when a screen fails or a motherboard blows out. Given how low notebook ASPs are (below $600 in 2010), it doesn't make much sense to repair a system that's more than two years old.
See I look at this from a slightly different perspective as an enterprise user supporting 1000 laptop systems. When a component breaks it gets replaced under a 3 year warranty regardless. With these systems if they all components are soldered you end up replacing huge amounts of the system which are more labor intensive.
omegadraco: "Don't accidentally drop one of these that's for sure."
…A delightfully absurd statement, if you think about it. :D
broken ones being fed to recycling robots then transferring material to other robots to build new ones with
Dropping a laptop and breaking plastic... the parts are cheap, the labor is expensive...
Dropping an "Ultrabook" and breaking Carbon fiber???? That's expensive all around.
Carbon fiber is pretty strong. Stronger than plastic, that's for sure... but it is not very flexible. If you put a lot of pressue on a plastic case, it will give and bounce back to an extent. Carbon fiber will crack. If it's dropped it can chip. And fixing it will be expensive.
Hopefully tho... if they do use carbon fiber, they should make it VERY strong.
They should just make the cases out of titanium :-)
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acarzt:They should just make the cases out of titanium :-)
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