New laptops are all about being cheap.
But in a world of big, expensive laptops, that’s all but impossible.
The latest laptop maker is taking a different approach.
It’s offering a new $400 holloware enclosure for its new 1881 laptops, including the $800 MacBook Air.
This $400 aluminum holloware is made of the same high-strength steel as the original MacBook Airs, but is thinner and lighter, weighing just 1.2 ounces (0.1 kg).
Its hollow space is 2.7 inches (7.2 centimeters) deep, and it weighs just 4.4 ounces (12 grams) with a lid.
A thin-wall aluminum plate protects the base of the laptop from dust and dust buildup, and the top of the hollow space has a hard surface for airflow.
Its dimensions are 6.9 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches (17 x 21 x 4 centimeters), making it the most light laptop enclosure available for $400.
The enclosure weighs just 3.8 ounces (101 grams) when folded, making it one of the lightest laptop enclosures available.
It comes with a built-in battery, USB Type-C port, and USB-C 3.1 port.
The case is removable, but its dimensions are 9.3 x 7 x 0,6 inches (25 x 17 x 4.2 cm), making the hollow backspace an attractive option for adding additional accessories.
You can buy it through Dell or Apple.
The company says it has already sold 1,000 holloware units, but it hasn’t confirmed its final number of units sold.
Dell and Apple declined to comment.
The holloware’s dimensions make it a good option for a low-cost $400 laptop, but the aluminum shell will make it harder to install the laptop’s internal components, and its thinness means you’ll need to add a lot of storage to your machine.
But it’s also not a bad option for the $300 to $400 price point.
If you’re looking for a thin, light laptop with some performance in the $400 to $500 price range, the $100 to $150 MacBook Air is another option.
We don’t know how well the holloware will perform in the low-end MacBook Air’s lower price range.
Dell said that it’s working with Apple on an aluminum version of the $200 MacBook Air, but we don’t have confirmation that either company will release an aluminum MacBook Air in time for the holiday season.
The $100 MacBook Air might be a great laptop option if you’re worried about performance, but if you need a laptop with a lot more power for a more budget-friendly price, consider the $150 Dell XPS 13 or the $180 Asus Chromebook Flip 13.