They’ve already taken out our audio jacks, and many laptops don’t come with an Ethernet port, but the Craob X portless laptop goes even further by completely removing all ports, and relies on a magnetic wireless charger that sticks to the laptop lid, and offers some USB and audio ports, you know just in case you actually need to connect wired peripherals…
The main advantage is that you’d get an ultra-thin 7mm thick laptop that only weighs around 860 grams. As long as you mostly rely on wireless keyboards, mice, headphones, or storage devices that may be a working solution, and if you need to charge the battery simply place the wireless charger on the back of the display.
- SoC – Up to Intel Core i7-1280P Alder Lake processor with Iris Xe graphics (28W TDP)
- System Memory – Up to 32GB LPDDR5 RAM
- Storage – Up to 2TB PCIe 4.0 x4 storage
- Display – 13.3-inch 4K UHD+ display
- Connectivity – WiFi 6E
- Dimensions – 7mm thick
- Weight – ~ 860 grams without wireless charger
The wireless charger & dock also provides USB Type-C and Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt port, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack. We are not told how the wireless charger/dock transfers data to the laptop, but one has to assume WiFI 6E. I’m unable to see any antennas in the exploded view below. A neat little trick is that the top cover can be raised to roll the power cord and save space in your bag.
It will probably ship with Windows 11, and it will be tricky or even impossible to change the OS, but creating a separate partition to install Linux might work, provided no proprietary driver is needed for the wireless dock. Don’t ask me what happens if the laptop won’t boot anymore, and Windows 11 needs to be reinstalled.
If you’ve never heard about Craob before it’s because that’s their very first laptop, and it only appears to be at a concept stage at this time. So it’s still not clear if and when it will happen, or if there will be demand for this type of hardware since it’s would make more sense to have the ports directly in the laptop instead of a dock that ends up taking more space.
You’ll find more photos and a few more details on the company’s website.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.