Today most of us are completely dependent on our laptops, and to be honest I couldn’t survive without mine either! It stores almost everything I hold sacred, and I need it for a variety of purposes – from work to play! And most of us spend most of our day working on our laptops, and are able to maintain consistently high levels of productivity and efficiency, thanks to them. There is no doubt that the Apple MacBook is hands down one of the most popular laptops out there! I mean I own one myself and I’m a die-hard MacBook fan. But every now and then a super cool and innovative laptop design comes along that makes me question my commitment and loyalty to Apple. And we managed to organize a whole collection of such designs! From a maverick laptop concept that lets you adjust the height and angle of its screen to a flexible laptop that could revolutionize the computer category – these inventive laptop designs just might be the perfect replacement for your beloved MacBook!
Meet the Landscape, a conceptual computing device that targets both laptop and desktop users with a unique hybrid design. Its design features a two-part construction – the main processor, which sits in the keyboard unit (like most laptops), and the screen, which rather than resting on top of the keyboard, comes with it. a flexible construction that wraps around the top and bottom, sandwiching the keyboard in between. This unique construction is what sets the Landscape apart. Open half the screen and you’ve got a standard laptop / netbook, equipped with a keyboard, trackpad, four USB-C ports, Aux input, and its dedicated speakers.
For someone who’s used to multiscreen setup and uses a laptop for simple portability, the Compal Airttach is reason enough to rethink traditional setups. The Taiwanese manufacturer reinvents the general perspective of a multi-monitor setup and gives you the freedom to improve your productivity. This laptop has a 13-inch main screen with slanted edges with the option to join the other two 13-inch screens for a 48: 9 widescreen display. removed for a seamless workflow.
The NeckBook, as the name quite well suggests, is a laptop computer with a screen with a “neck”. Unlike conventional laptops which connect their displays directly to the base using a set of hinges, the NeckBook adds a sliding rail (or neck) between them. Once you open your lid, as you would with any conventional laptop, the NeckBook allows you to pull the screen up, adjusting its height. The screen slides up and down the neck and can also rotate left and right, giving you endless control over your viewing experience, which a regular laptop can’t.
Meet the Cubitus, a unique concept in itself as it fuses the portability of a laptop while bringing the elevation of a laptop stand. The name Cubitus comes from the Latin word for elbow, which is an ancient unit of length. So, in a way, this portable machine reproduces the flexibility of the movement of the human arm. Adding to the premise of an all-in-one design, the Cubitus includes a digital display keyboard and trackpad. In addition, these accessories will be customizable according to the user’s needs, making the configuration more individualized.
The AIO phone book does a bunch of incredibly drastic things, let’s count them down. First, it comes with a built-in smartphone that detaches when you need it and reconnects to turn into a trackpad. Second, to account for the size difference between smartphones and conventional trackpads, the phone sports a rolling screen that not only allows it to expand, but also folds, turning into a mouse. If that wasn’t enough, the empty docking area on the laptop even acts as a wireless charging area, for items like your AirPods. It’s possible that the AIO phone book, even as a concept, bites off more than it can chew… but hey, being creative and innovative isn’t a crime, right?
The way the Framework laptop is built reminds me of Phonebloks – a video that went viral in 2013, describing a modular phone with swappable components. Phonebloks would present the holy grail of consumer electronics by putting the power in the hands of the consumer. The block-based smartphone would allow you to change batteries, upgrade storage, or replace an old camera or broken screen by simply sliding out the old part and inserting the new one. The idea seemed simple, and Google even gave it a go at building it but complications arose halfway through (I suspect this also had something to do with the marketing team saying it was bad for business. )… However, Framework brings this idea to laptops, which could really use modularity given the high price of laptops, and how people tend to keep laptops for at least 3-5 years, if not longer.
Discover the Aurora 7, a real estate space with seven screens to increase your productivity, and that too with the promise to pack it in an instant and take it to your living room or even to your friend’s house. The company is in its infancy and has created the prototype Aurora 7 laptop that it already plans to sell to enthusiasts – heading into the future. The company plans to have the commercial version ready as soon as possible. Speaking of design and shape, the laptop looks more like a Swiss Army knife of the PC world with a 17.3-inch main screen. Then, three more 17.3-inch display panels rotate outward – one in landscape orientation that sits above the main screen and the other two on either side in portrait configuration. All of them have a resolution of 3840 × 2160, running at 60Hz.
Equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, the Lavie is slightly larger than the iPad Mini. The convertible laptop comes with an Intel Iris Xe graphics card and an integrated 11th generation Intel Core i7 mobile processor (you could say the LaVie is presenting Intel with its Hail Mary after a series of commercial failures), as well. as 256 GB of SSD storage and 16 GB of RAM. That makes it pretty much a good portable laptop to have with you for work sessions and quick presentations (and an interesting alternative to Chromebooks), but fold up the laptop keyboard completely and the LaVie Mini is a whole lot. new beast.
Charley Bircumshaw designed a modular laptop-tablet hybrid so that creatives who feel inspired by more than one artistic outlet always have their own ‘one-stop-shop’. By inserting custom hinges on the shelf, the lens, structure and front of the overall design change to provide alternative forms of use. By simply removing the keyboard from the laptop and connecting a music creation unit, the product turns into your very own DJ module. The design includes key elements: two full-screen tablets, a music module, a computer keyboard, a few custom-made hinges, and power grooves. Each part understands the mutability that turns that particular design into something special.
As a refreshing take on what a laptop could be, Seoul designer Heesung Choi came up with the conceptual idea he calls “Clutop”. A laptop with a chic design, as it folds up on itself to become a sleeve for elegant portability. Adapting the “normcore” design means you’ll have a lightweight laptop that matches your fashion quotient. Heesung claims that this is the smallest laptop in the world which on its own is mind blowing. Clutop has a screen aspect ratio of 16: 9, and when closed, the 1: 2 body ratio makes it fairly easy to carry. Open it for your tasks and you get a widescreen which is beautiful.