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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 10:42

Bezel wars are with us

Written by Nick Farell


Thin is in
In desperation to carve itself a new niche in the computer market, LG claims that its latest ultra-portable laptops have the “thinnest bezel” in the world. After all if you are going to steal a march on your rivals you have to have something that makes you the “world's best” and if you have not got anything really earth shattering you have to market something else.

In this case it is the “thinnest bezel”. Yeah we had to look it up too. Apparently it is the frame around the screen which means that LG can shave a bit of space from their display without giving up on display size.

LG makes the “world's thinnest Bezel” claim for its Xnote P210 notebook. We guess that will get it buyers in droves. To be fair, LG said that its thin bezel enabled it to fit a 12.5-inch screen in the same footprint as that occupied by an 11.6-inch display without having to skimp on features or portability. The rest of the notebook has a powerful 1.33GHz Intel Core i5 470UM processor that is esigned to be used in ultra-portable computers as it delivers low heat output and power consumption.

It will set you back $1,135 US so less bezel means more cash. Until everyone jumps on the bezel bandwagon and the costs come down.
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-2 #1 robert3892 2010-12-29 11:33
With the recession still ongoing I think LG is taking an awkward and risky position in the marketplace. The best bet for laptops right now is to try and get the price as low as possible. I know of very few individuals willing to pay over 1000 U.S. dollars for a laptop/netbook.
 
 
+11 #2 sirroman 2010-12-29 11:45
I actually yearned for exactly that: smaller frames.

If LG can bring it to PC screens without hurting quality of the build they could have a "killer" feature, multi-screens is a growing trend.
 
 
+8 #3 ph0b0s 2010-12-29 12:23
This would be interesting if it was for desktop screens that are used in surround gaming setups. The smaller the bezel the better, even I would be interested. But elsewhere meh....
 
 
+1 #4 Alereon 2010-12-29 12:23
This is really important on netbooks and smaller notebooks, as all-too-frequently they stick an undersized panel in a larger chassis and waste several precious diagonal inches.
 
 
+7 #5 thetruth 2010-12-29 12:48
Quote:
After all if you are going to steal a march on your rivals you have to have something that makes you the “world's best” and if you have not got anything really earth shattering you have to market something else.


What a horrible, horrible sentence.
 
 
0 #6 DJDestiny 2010-12-29 17:03
That hefty price tag is by intel's means :)
It can barely be called "powerful" .
 
 
+16 #7 gsacks 2010-12-29 17:39
Really? You had to look up the word 'bezel', and you are a tech writer/blogger? That's just sad.
 
 
+1 #8 yourma2000 2010-12-29 20:14
I had a look at the laptop, but it doesn't look right, there's little bezel at the top of the screen but there's still plenty of it on the bottom so they can put the Xnote logo on it, looks uneven, would look better it was the same width all the way around.

pics:

http://en.expreview.com/2010/12/29/lg-shows-off-xnote-p210-notebook-with-ultra-slim-bezel/13478.html
 
 
+5 #9 Scootiep 2010-12-29 22:40
Bah, screw the small bezel laptops! Where are my bezel-less monitors with modular configuration so I can just snap them together like a K'NEX set damn it!
 

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