@Mike what I meant was these suggestions:
1. Intel's North Cape
2. a little bit more advanced version of that: a 16:10 near bezel-less screen which would shrink the working area to 3:2 in tablet mode, to provide comfortable grip
3. asymmetric screen placement, like in the OP.
Also, if done right, the button can be incorporated in the design pretty well, and even be a "special" design element you just need to be good at design Look at Samsung phones, or iStuff for examples. I really think they look better than a capacitive Windows logo. And they're so much easier to find and press
When Windows 8.1 came out, I tried using only the on-screen button, but I failed. I love my physical button so much.
By the way, what about putting front-facing speakers on the bottom bezel? From the design perspective, the start button wouldn't be so lonely then and in practice, it would be a great addition for watching movies and similar stuff.
You see, I'm a very practical person and I don't really care about design, especially if I have to sacrifice the usability. IMHO, usability and features should go first, and design should build around that. Not the other way around.
@Artur, it's just some weird shell... I have no feelings towards it, neither warm nor cold