Originally Posted by solarein
The chassis of the new Vaio Z is actually about 1" thick throughout, it's measured as 1.3" at the back because the battery has protruding feet that raise the machine up a bit, for the airflow reason as you said. It's still a bit thicker than the MBP, but not much. If I had to choose between not needing 0.3" of raised airflow space and powerful performance, I would choose the latter. But unfortunately I'm not optimistic that Apple would feel the same way. But at some point this form-over-function thing really needs to stop, especially on the Pro line that is supposed to be more about performance.
Those are valid points but I wouldn't say it's necessarily form over function and simply being "Faster" doesn't mean that the Vaio Z is more function over form as that isn't the only measure we need to consider.
The Pro line is more
about performance over the non-Pro line of Macs, but not only
about processing performance and not usually trying to be the fastest PC in that display size for that machine type.
I answer the rest under Aquatic
Originally Posted by Aquatic
Definitely. Sacrificing 20% performance just so the laptop doesn't have to stand up mere fractions of a inch off a table is the classic "new" Steve Jobs Apple. I agree it sucks. Same thing for it having to be paper-thin. To a point, it's good to have a solid case, minimalist design, good UI, keep things compact, etc. But yeah I agree they take things a bit far in several areas on the laptops. There is definitely room between the current design ethic and becoming a fugly 3" think luggable Dell. I particularly think the 15" and 17" don't need to be quite so thin. What good does thin do you when it's so large planimetrically?
There are some things to consider with Sony's design. How rigid/durable is it compared to the 13" MBP? How big is the battery and how much of the battery sticks out to make that 1.3" height?solarein
states that the average thickness of the Vaio Z is 1" but the MBP is 0.95" inches. How much of that 5% over the footprint of the machine helps with cooling and making components that can be built higher?
What purpose are the feet on the Vaio Z? Presumably for cooling, but most laptops are often used on the lap where the feet become pointless and the bottom is firmly resting on an object nearing 100° F. Is the machine tested well to operate under those conditions? If so, then why have the feet at all.
If there is an issue with Apple's machine it's likely not form over function so much as marketing over "spec listing". In other words, Apple choose not to make a 13" notebook that starts at $1,800 to compete with Sony but instead to offer a quality machine that starts at $1500, which they latter dropped to $1200. Apple's goal is to make money, as is any other PC company but it seems the only way for others is to go below or above the performance Apple is willing to offer for a machine class.