what does unibody mean?

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  1. prabhg

    prabhg Notebook Evangelist

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    I am not a mac person, therefore forgive my ignorance. What does unibody mean (as in aluminum unibody macbook-pro)?
     
  2. Seshan

    Seshan Rawrrr!

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    The body is one piece.
     
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    Jervis961 Hall monitor

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    Underpantman Notebook Virtuoso

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    Before the unibodies came out last year, Apple made aluminum Macbook Pros as well, but they were not laser cut from a single block of aluminum. Thus the unibody name is also there to help distinguish the older models from the newer models.
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    clusty1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    they are not laser cut even now. They are simply precision milled.
     
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    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    The only thing i have seen getting laser cut is the speaker grill holes.
     
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    SP Forsythe Notebook Evangelist

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    The term "unibody" is borrowed from the automotive industry term of the same name which denotes a construction technique that supports structural load by using an object's external skin as opposed to using an internal frame or truss that is then covered with a non-load-bearing skin.

    Which is to mean that the external surfaces are not merely a covering, but actually the entire support structure and covering as one piece, hence "uni" and "body" as one component.

    Typical notebook/laptop construction uses a frame and many "skin" components that comprise the external surfaces. By using a unibody concept, the design is not only simpler, but actually stronger and more rigid as there are no weaknesses or potential loosening created by attachment points.

    The unibody construction also yields aesthetic charm with a very smooth surfaces with little or no gaps or seams. The only panel openings on the Macbook is a main access panel on the current model, and an additional battery door on the previous generation unibody MacBooks.
     
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    masterchef341 The guy from The Notebook

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    the only reason we use the term unibody is to differentiate from the classic macbook pro machines, whose form factor stayed essentially the same for about a decade.

    the design changed significantly just recently.
     
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    surfasb Titles Shmm-itles

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