Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Feb 2009 21:48 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Asustek is going to start shipping only 10-inch and 7-inch Eee PCs, reports have claimed. Separate reports have also revealed how the manufacturer is contemplating putting the Android operating system onto netbooks.
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RE: 11"
by arpan on Sat 21st Feb 2009 20:01 UTC in reply to "11""
arpan
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2006-07-30

I don't think the additional space has anything to do with the screen.

I think it has to do with having a keyboard large enough. Also they probably need the space for the mother-board, hard disk, battery etc.

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RE[2]: 11"
by darknexus on Sat 21st Feb 2009 23:34 in reply to "RE: 11""
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2008-07-15

Well, to have that kind of keyboard is why they have as large a form as they do. That doesn't answer why the screen doesn't go all the way to the edge of the lid's bevel, which is what the question was. The original eee pcs had speakers there (a design that, imho, they should have kept as they sounded damn good for laptop speakers that way), but the new ones don't and could easily ditch the extra bevel in favor of actually allowing the screen to fill the entire lid. The motherboard and hd don't come into the equation at all, seeing as how they're beneath the keyboard in the case proper. The NC10, in fact, has a design like this where there is almost no bevel at the left and right edges, allowing the screen to be a 10.2 rather than a 10. There does need to be a bit of space at the top, where they put the webcam, but other than that they need not have as much blank bevel as they do. I think they should do something with it, my personal preference would be to put the speakers back to the left and right of the screen, but that's not likely to happen.

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