What you need to know
- Craob is advertising an incredibly thin laptop that only weighs 1.9 lbs.
- The Craob X is 7 mm thick, which would likely be the thinnest laptop ever sold.
- The laptop uses a wireless charger and does not have any ports.
A company called Craob has a new idea for laptops. Rather than focusing on delivering a device that's practically as thin as a USB-C port, Craob decided to take things a step further. The Craob X lacks ports of any kind, including a wired charger. As a result, it's only 7 mm (0.27 in) thick. If the device ever sees the light of day, it could be the thinnest laptop ever sold.
The website for the Craob X claims that the laptop has up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and up to 32GB of RAM. The laptop supports Wi-Fi 6E and comes with up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. The display of the Craob X is a 13.3-inch 4K panel.
The most important specs, however, are the size and weight of the laptop. Craob claims the laptop is just 7 mm (0.27 in) thick and that it weighs only 861 g (1.9 lbs). That would make the Craob X thinner and lighter than the LG gram 14 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano.
While there aren't any physical ports on the Craob X, it supports a wireless charger that magnetically attaches to the back of the device. That charger has a USB-C port, USB-A port, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack.
It's unclear when, or if, the Craob X will ever ship. The site states that the device is coming soon but lacks pricing information or specifics about a release date. Craob is also an unknown company.
Regardless of if the Craob X is ever released, it raises a question about what people will sacrifice in the name of thinness. If people value thinness over all else, a more established brand such as Dell or Apple could ship a portless laptop. There have been rumors of a portless iPhone and iPad for years, so the idea has been floated around before.
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"There have been rumors of a portless iPhone and iPad for years, so the idea has been floated around before." Both only have charging ports that they can do without since Apple have since added wireless charging.
Remember this, When apple started removing headphone plug ports, folks went nuclear, nobody is whining about it anymore. You call what some do in the name of thinness, when Apple was doing that that was not what most of you called it, Y'all called aesthetics, now that word is not good for this said device. Update:
I have just checked it out on their website, It is amazing and personally did not see anything wrong with the charging style. As long as it has good performance for whatever the SPEC and price, I can buy this device.
I have an iPhone and not having that port is a pain in the a%^. Example, I have an older car with a Aux port but I can't run both the audio and charge the device unless I rig up a wireless charger, which is exactly what I did. But that wireless solution failed on me. I was also traveling and my Airbuds were completely dead and I could not just buy a $5-10 mic/headphone for calls and meetings. Again, just a pain in the a%$ with literally no benefit for me compared to the Android phone I moved from.
While I like the idea, Bluetooth must get so much better before this could become truly viable in the market. I'd love to see it come to life, but I have my doubts. This website reminds me so much of the Cerulean Smartphone website, and I'm sure it will have the same fate.
In real world terms, what do people hook up to laptops that can't be done wireless?
Power, online, printing, backup? All can be done via WiFi. A much faster wireless data system to improve/replace Bluetooth might help *some* users but a strong plurality of laptop users would actually be *better off* with a sealed computer. Notice I said *sealed*.
Thin for the sake of thin buys very little.
But a sealed, waterproof, dustproof, ruggedized laptop would be very useful in many use cases. Worth exploring.
I'm all for moving the ports to the charger, since I always take my charger with me when travelling, but I have some big questions. 1) How good is the battery life, no point compromising here to save weight only to need an external battery pack.
2) Can the charger port work without it being plugged in.
3) Can I plug the wireless charger into a large capacity battery, to cover use on long flights Still a very interesting concept, if it truly can take 1/3rd the weight off from a Dell XPS 13, that's something to look into.
We can't rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 24/7.........when my Wi-Fi goes crazy, and all I do is pull out the Ethernet cable and plug it on the back of my laptop and I'm golden. Unless you get a very reliable Wi-Fi signal I won't buy any of those thing laptop.
What about upgrades? are you able to upgrade the hard drive by yourself? What about replacing the keyboard? I am not ready for this yet.....
I know what you mean
Whithout USB port for my audioquest dragonfly, connected to Maranz amp, JBL speakers biwired; everything is a nonononono situatian
All those foolish people with Bluetooth Airpods for 200 to 300 dollar?
The bandwith of bluetooth is approx 1 Mbit, my lowest flacs are uncompressed CD quality which are 1.4 Mbit,
most are 24 bit 44 / 48 /96 to 192 Khz sample rate.
Image what happens to a perfect recording of Tangerine Dream with a bitrate of 9.2 Mbit.
There are smaller reasons for school shootings.
I'm frecking 65 years old, 165 pound, 6 feet 23 and if I can't carry my 7.4 pound laptop (including charger) around, then you can call me *****, ***** or whatever
Device name PeterPC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz 2.21 GHz
Installed RAM 32,0 GB (31,8 GB usable)
Device ID 64A372E3-3A6A-4700-A5C4-26BEBE6BE9DE
Product ID 00330-80000-00000-AA345
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor 256 gb nvme system drive
1.8 tb WD hdd music and data
uhd 630 graphics
nvidia gtx 1050 4gb
hdmi 24inch acer nitro gaming monitor 165 hz ( which I don't carry around ;) )
You can't get that in a 7 mm thick laptop, how hard you try.
Have a good day
*****, ***** stand for F$^$^got. Pu#%sy. (I am so sorry Editor, I'm not worthy ;) )
Admittedly looks cool and I'd probably be interested in something like this as an occasional companion to a desktop, but the thing screams vaporware to me.
Possible, considering the source.
But somebody else might pick up the gauntlet.
The original MacBook (not Pro/Air), the 12" one, was 0.14"–0.52". It tapered. Weighed 2.03 pounds, so not far off. It had a USB-C port for charging, USB and video, and a headphone jack (remember them). This was ca 2005. If Apple brought back this design with an M1 in it...... I'd give up the headphone jack for another USB-C on the other side.
Just because you can do a thing does not mean you should.
It's perfect for the movie Portless in Seattle.
Where does the heat go?
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