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ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 08:15 AM
I'm assuming most people have seen the new Toshiba "kids" PC by now?

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/1284/1284849le.jpg

More images here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat13506&type=page&skuId=1284849&productId=1218246665112&defurl=false&h=403

While the thing is pretty low-end and FILLED with crapware for monitoring your kids online activities, I'm really pretty intrigued by the full 'rubberized' coating on the device. The entire surface is covered by a textured silicone of some type, giving it a nice grippy feeling. Even the keyboard is rubberized.

Obviously, this material was applied during construction and I doubt you could emulate this with any kind of after-market kit.

But I have to say I'd LOVE to have this kind of coating on my MBA. Is there any kind of skin on the market today that gives me a similar texture?



MorganB
Nov 7, 2010, 09:34 AM
No, it would add to the weight and bulk.

bowlerman625
Nov 7, 2010, 09:35 AM
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Yeah I might.

Bluemeanie1976
Nov 7, 2010, 09:46 AM
Rubberized? Ew, no thinks... Could you imagine how much of a dirt magnet it would be? Not to mention that the grip it would give would be annoying on your wrists as you type.

Adidas Addict
Nov 7, 2010, 09:58 AM
Erm let me think, beautiful premium aluminium vs cheap tacky rubber?:D

bcaslis
Nov 7, 2010, 10:13 AM
Rubberized? Not even if they paid me for it.

miata
Nov 7, 2010, 10:16 AM
I think Apple could figure out how to make something like that work. Aluminum is the fad right now, but will eventually be passe.

A rubberized texture in many areas could be very functional. Wait. Functionality is not longer important.:o

HLdan
Nov 7, 2010, 10:22 AM
That's a huge assumption to think that most people on a Mac forum have heard of this machine. At least for me, this is the first time I've seen it and it belongs in the category it's made for, KIDS. I would not want anything rubber built in on my Macs however the first iBook was almost fully covered in rubber and it worked for how Apple designed it but I was glad when the stopped production of that machine, however it was quite successful. The current white Macbook is rubber-like on the bottom and that's exactly where it belongs.

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 10:22 AM
I work in a lot of construction sites and once upon a time even owned a ToughBook for this very reason. I even know a guy who took apart his 13" MBP and sprayed Rhino Liner all over the exterior of it to ruggedize it. It worked pretty well but looks butt ugly.

I think a thin coating/skin that was grippy would be a great option. And for people saying "it adds weight...no way" just look at all the threads here talking about 1+ pound cases or sleeves, or the 3+ pound backpacks/messenger bags. Unless you pull a Jony Ives and keep your MBA sitting on a rotating, elevated glass podium in the middle of your room....everyone puts it inside of SOMETHING for protection. This is just one style (rubberized/ruggedized) I've yet to see and wonder why I haven't (yet).

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 10:51 AM
This is from a company called "Pure" but no idea if it actually exists or is a mockup. Its for a 13" MBP.

http://pureds.com/profile/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Ruggedized_Prote_4bd4cb0a481f8.jpg

That's going a little TOO far, but I dig the conceptual direction. LaCie could do this...I already own one of their ruggedized USB drives with the orange bumper around it.

ayuchan
Nov 7, 2010, 11:04 AM
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No, no way. It's like changing my Silver PS3 Fat to PS3 Slim. Appearance does play a part.

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 11:16 AM
And then there's this beast:

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct9.jpg

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct11.jpg

I can't believe I'm the only user out there who wants a RUGGEDIZED Mac. Surely there must be a market for this?

BENJMNS
Nov 7, 2010, 11:31 AM
And then there's this beast:

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct9.jpg

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct11.jpg

I can't believe I'm the only user out there who wants a RUGGEDIZED Mac. Surely there must be a market for this?

as much as i wouldnt mind a bit more grip, id just be more mindful than go with rubber. it won't look as pretty.

but then "patinaed" al looks like crap too.

Adidas Addict
Nov 7, 2010, 11:57 AM
This is from a company called "Pure" but no idea if it actually exists or is a mockup. Its for a 13" MBP.

http://pureds.com/profile/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Ruggedized_Prote_4bd4cb0a481f8.jpg

That's going a little TOO far, but I dig the conceptual direction. LaCie could do this...I already own one of their ruggedized USB drives with the orange bumper around it.

That's a prototype (not sure if old or new) from Hard Candy

http://www.hardcandycases.com/

They have used that design on their iPhone case, but not for notebooks yet as far as I can see:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-12507765640553_2130_10010618

Bluemeanie1976
Nov 7, 2010, 12:00 PM
And then there's this beast:

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct9.jpg

http://www.radtech.us/images/Products/MacTruck/btyProduct11.jpg

I can't believe I'm the only user out there who wants a RUGGEDIZED Mac. Surely there must be a market for this?

Ruggedise your mac if you want, but it seems to be defeating the object of the air. Tiny, thing computer, with a massive rubber case, or metal box to put it in. Might as well get a MBP

Loonytik
Nov 7, 2010, 12:01 PM
Rubberized, no.

Flat, Matte black....yes, I would love that. There's always the Colorware option but I just don't see paying $500 for a change in color. I like the look of the silver but Matte black would be my first choice.

Tomple
Nov 7, 2010, 12:03 PM
Rubberized, no.

Flat, Matte black....yes, I would love that. There's always the Colorware option but I just don't see paying $500 for a change in color. I like the look of the silver but Matte black would be my first choice.

+1 but i find the aluminum looks beautiful on my 11.6"

Adidas Addict
Nov 7, 2010, 12:08 PM
Rubberized, no.

Flat, Matte black....yes, I would love that. There's always the Colorware option but I just don't see paying $500 for a change in color. I like the look of the silver but Matte black would be my first choice.

I have seen some proper sub-standard end results from Colorware too, in no way reflecting the price they charge. Imagine paying $500 and ending up with something unsellable.

Spacekatgal
Nov 7, 2010, 12:12 PM
I don't have kids, but if I wanted to give my child a bad personality I'd give them expensive things at an age they couldn't appreciate. A rubberized MBA sounds perfect for that.

SamTheeGeek
Nov 7, 2010, 12:16 PM
I Dont think so, i love the aluminum finish on the macbook air :)

but check out GelaSkins (http://www.gelaskins.com) or DecalGirl (http://www.decalgirl.com) they might have stock for the macbook air :)


Good Luck

Loonytik
Nov 7, 2010, 12:33 PM
I have seen some proper sub-standard end results from Colorware too, in no way reflecting the price they charge. Imagine paying $500 and ending up with something unsellable.

Yea, I just don't see it. It certainly doesn't cost that much to paint and to make a profit. They are using the price to establish their branding just like Apple, Under Armour and others do.

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 01:49 PM
I don't have kids, but if I wanted to give my child a bad personality I'd give them expensive things at an age they couldn't appreciate. A rubberized MBA sounds perfect for that.

Yeah I wasn't talking about a MBA for kids, I was talking about rugged-izing a MBA for my own use to make it more durable when on construction sites. I just ran across that Toshiba thing (its called a Spark and is aimed at kids) as an example of a rugged-ized finish without going the route of a ToughBook or a mil-spec case.

People say that this would "ruin" the appearance. I think a few weeks on the job and the appearance will be ruined WITHOUT it.

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 7, 2010, 01:56 PM
That's a prototype (not sure if old or new) from Hard Candy

http://www.hardcandycases.com/

They have used that design on their iPhone case, but not for notebooks yet as far as I can see:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-12507765640553_2130_10010618

Thanks for the info!

fedup flyer
Nov 8, 2010, 08:55 PM
Ever heard of the Toshiba Toughbook?
There is definitely a market for rubberized or toughened laptop for those of us that travel alot and or use a laptop in a industrial setting.

neteng101
Nov 8, 2010, 09:03 PM
I believe its the Panasonic Toughbook, not Toshiba. ;)

And whyever would one want to rubberize the MBA of all things??? :confused: :eek:

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 8, 2010, 09:38 PM
I believe its the Panasonic Toughbook, not Toshiba. ;)

And whyever would one want to rubberize the MBA of all things??? :confused: :eek:

Because its a GREAT small PC but is otherwise somewhat fragile. If you have some desk job I can see wanting to leave it naked. But if you get out into dirty, industrialized areas....why WOULDNT you want the ability to protect it? Do you think laptops only exist in pristine offices? Just visit any construction site, oil/petroleum site, surveyor business, etc. and you'll see that laptops replaced slide rules a long, long time ago.

Ever sat your MBA down onto a piece of plywood lying across two sawhorses and covered with sand and grit and mortar, using it as your "desk" for the day? Trust me...you'll want something more than a thing plastic coating on it or that nice finish will be toast in mere hours. I go through a case of canned air every month as it is just blowing sawdust out of the ports and keyboard!

And the problem with Toughbooks are that they are super expensive and not very powerful. Plus they don't run OSX.

neteng101
Nov 8, 2010, 10:22 PM
But if you get out into dirty, industrialized areas....why WOULDNT you want the ability to protect it?

You don't take a Ferrari offroad into the mud or try to tow logs with it. :rolleyes:

The MBA was clearly not designed for such usage as you describe... if Apple were to make one, it would make far more sense that they had a ruggedized MBP model, but even then, I suspect the market would be rather small to make it worthwhile.

And tradeoffs have to be made - to make something more durable for rough conditions, you'd have to make it more clunky and heavier in the process.

And I don't get where you get the idea that Toughbooks are slow, underpowered machines?

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 8, 2010, 10:26 PM
You don't take a Ferrari offroad into the mud or try to tow logs with it. :rolleyes:


Thanks for perpetuating the myth that Apple users are a bunch of pansies. :rolleyes:

robby818
Nov 8, 2010, 11:11 PM
My favorite finish on any laptop is the one found on the lids of IBM ThinkPads. It's sort of a matte black, textured finish that has hints of sparkly metallic something mixed in so that it has a subtle sparkle to it. I loved the way the material felt- grippy. Only problem was that oil from your hands tended to discolor it in those places that were touched often. They also used a rubber/satin coating on the palm rest of come thinkpads (x22) that felt really good to the touch.

ReallyBigFeet
Nov 8, 2010, 11:30 PM
^ Thats exactly why I clad my 15" MBP in a Speck See Thru Satin. Its the closest I can get to a Thinkpad's finish. Works great.