Apple’s new MacBook Air not the thinnest notebook ever

“The MacBook Air, unfurled [yesterday], might be the thinnest notebook on the market today, but it’s not the thinnest of all time,” Michael Kanellos reports for CNET.

“That distinction belongs to the Pedion, an ill-fated notebook developed by Mitsubishi and Hewlett-Packard back in 1997.The Pedion measured 18.4 millimeters thick, which comes out to 0.7244 inch thick. Although the Air gets to 0.16 inch at the thinnest point, the Air is 0.76 inch thick at the beefiest portion, making it minutely thicker. Mitsubishi released the Pedion in early 1998,” Kanellos reports.

“The Pedion, however, wasn’t exactly the paragon of quality or value. The $6,000 notebook came with 64MB of memory and a 1GB hard drive. The notebook came with a magnesium case to make it sturdy. Even with that, though, consumers quickly reported mechanical and other problems. Mitsubishi subsequently withdrew the notebook from the market,” Kanellos reports.

Full article here.


  1. I doubt that Apple’s marketing will be selling it as the thinnest laptop ever, and this is kind of beside the point. What’s nice, actually, is that all this talk about it is generating buzz. The more people debate about whether this is the thinnest ever, the lightest ever, of whatever else ever, the greater mind share this device will get.

    As I said earlier, women will love this one, and that fact should not be underestimated. Their purchasing authority is disproportionately greater than their demographic, and if you have at any point in time in your life sold laptops, you would know that one of the first things women do when they buy laptops is ask how heavy they are.

    MBA nails it on the nose with the most optimised feature set and ideal, impossible to match, weight and size.

  2. I think that Pad this is just a software update where you can mulit touch. Though i’m sure jobs will just introduce it into new laptops so you have to get a new laptop instead of a software upudate

  3. @ Predrag
    Of course Apple marketing will never be selling it as the thinnest laptop ever.

    “We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook — without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release.

    Without difficulty, we all understand that by “the world’s thinnest” Mr Jobs does not mean “the world’s thinnest” but “the thinnest notebook PCWorld has measured this year (through 16/01/08)”.

  4. The article says that the Pedion is 18.4 millimeters thick, making it .7244 inches thick. Ummm, last time I checked, 16 millimeters = an inch, so how in the heck is 18.4 mm less than an inch? Unless they incorrectly reported the Pedion measurements, the MacBook Air would still hold the record as the thinnest laptop ever! Maybe they’re doing that new kind of math…

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