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peapody
Feb 11, 2011, 01:18 PM
I hope I am not breaking forum rules, but I thought I would post this here as well since not a lot of air owners cross over to the mbp forums.

Hey guys,

I have been talking about this for a while here on the forums about the development of a black matte vinyl skin for owners of Macbook Air 13", Macbook Air 11.6" and HR AG 15" MBP ...to go around their bezels for the original macbook unibody look. I just wanted to show you that this solution is out there. (Disclaimer, I am not affiliated with the seller, other than the initial design to fit a need for this customer base..no profit made by me here.)

Here are pictures
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5220/5386107327_fb38d6e426.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/heyjuliette/5386107327/)

After:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5217/5386701306_e7c4deaa6f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/heyjuliette/5386701306/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5217/5386700930_24d70cb151.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/heyjuliette/5386700930/)
I just wanted to gauge the interest on this item..to see if it would be worth it to have these mass produced. Who would be interested? And at what price? This goes for macbook air owners as well.


A full review with more pictures (and place to purchase) will be offered on gadgetmac.com shortly.
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monaarts
Feb 11, 2011, 01:25 PM
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Of it looked clear I might be. Where it says MacBook Pro I think it should look nicer. Matter of fact, I'd rather it say nothing than look like that. Also, the camera hole needs to be exactly lined up with the camera so you don't see the silver there either.

TheRealDamager
Feb 11, 2011, 01:44 PM
I'd be interested.

Helmutek
Feb 11, 2011, 02:10 PM
Problem with skins for the MBA bezel is that the bezel itself is about 1mm thick/thin and the skin will only cover the "top" part of it... so silver-ish "thickness/thinness" is still visible when you're looking at from any other angle than dead center... the other problem is that both the cutout for the isight and especially the name of the computer look amateurish and effectively the overall effect looks cheap.

In my opinion I'd rather cover up the name of the computer all together and skip making a cutout for that... and be more precise when it comes to the isight cutout. As far as the led indicator, well... cover that up too, but then again you may not see if your isight is on or not... I don't think there ever will be a perfect solution for that unless you disassemble it and "paint" it...

One thing is to have a skin for your palm rest area and top cover... another is to try to imitate the glass look from a MBP 13" and make it look cheapo. Anyway that's my opinion though... A for effort though...

Edit: Your second "middle" picture shows that the bleeding silver is also a problem on the MBP... the silver lines between the screen and the "skin" would just annoy me horribly, and I'm not about to "sharpie" around the edges. Sorry.

krimsen
Feb 11, 2011, 02:11 PM
Nice, though I wouldn't spend much on it. I second that the Macbook name should be covered, too.

alan111
Feb 11, 2011, 02:16 PM
Interested.
Would pay $15 max.

Defender2010
Feb 11, 2011, 02:58 PM
The bottom where it says Macbook Pro is not nice, looks a bit amateur. Why not leave it a complete black strip with a printed Macbook Pro on it instead? Cut outs never too good on anything, and this does spoil the overall look. Why bother anyway? For uniformity in case you own several laptops? I dont get it..
That's what I think....:(

peapody
Feb 11, 2011, 03:16 PM
Thanks for all the input so far. I told my designer about not needing to cut out the bottom, and he will be just leaving it either all black or cutting out the words "Macbook Pro" so that the silver shows through.

Any other input guys?

razamataz
Feb 11, 2011, 03:20 PM
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I think it would be great for a duel purpose, I'd get one not just for aesthetic but would also help keep the keyboard imprint off the screen.

miggitymac
Feb 11, 2011, 03:23 PM
i agree that the hole for the camera should be more exact.

And I'd prefer a shiner finish than the matte to make it look more like the unibodys...as it is right now, it looks like a cheap sticker (no offence).

It looks like black hockey stick tape...

peapody
Feb 11, 2011, 03:32 PM
i agree that the hole for the camera should be more exact.

And I'd prefer a shiner finish than the matte to make it look more like the unibodys...as it is right now, it looks like a cheap sticker (no offence).

It looks like black hockey stick tape...

I don't know how you can tell that from my low res picture :rolleyes:

The hole for the camera was difficult to do. I am not sure how we would get around that.

Over Achiever
Feb 11, 2011, 06:28 PM
Thanks for all the input so far. I told my designer about not needing to cut out the bottom, and he will be just leaving it either all black or cutting out the words "Macbook Pro" so that the silver shows through.

Any other input guys?

Actually that sounds perfect for me, especially if it's matte and not glossy. Glad you got it to work!

gonnabuyamacbsh
Feb 11, 2011, 08:09 PM
Can you post pics of it on an 11"? I want to see how it looks on that thick bezel.

PeterKG
Feb 12, 2011, 01:12 AM
Thanks for all the input so far. I told my designer about not needing to cut out the bottom, and he will be just leaving it either all black or cutting out the words "Macbook Pro" so that the silver shows through.

Any other input guys?

Ugly, cheap looking, tacky, not needed. The silver bezel looks perfect with overall design. There is no big slab of glass on the display making a black frame needed.

geox
Feb 12, 2011, 03:05 AM
Ugly, cheap looking, tacky, not needed. The silver bezel looks perfect with overall design. There is no big slab of glass on the display making a black frame needed.
what?

i think it looks good. gives "Pro" look to Air. if i had MBA i'd but this in a heartbeat. (<$20)

Xeperu
Feb 12, 2011, 05:31 AM
I'll buy one if the bottom hole is covered and the price is around 15 bucks. Also try to find a more elegant solution for the microphone hole. I'm not a huge fan of the solution now.

peapody
Feb 12, 2011, 09:09 AM
Also try to find a more elegant solution for the microphone hole. I'm not a huge fan of the solution now.

Hard to do unfortunately. If you have ideas...

Xeperu
Feb 13, 2011, 07:03 AM
Hard to do unfortunately. If you have ideas...

Micro perforation? Might be hard to perfect'y align though, easy to end up just covering all the hole haha.

edit:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=11905590

IMO, for the MBA you can just cover the tiny holes next to the camera. It's just the LED. Small price to pay.

The current solution would not stop me from buying one though. Just cover up the bottom thingy and good to go.

Gom33
Feb 13, 2011, 06:02 PM
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I would be interested in a 13" air version

Lukeyy19
Feb 15, 2011, 06:55 PM
the bottom opening looks silly, it should have 'Macbook Air' printed on it in white,

for the camera, i would cover up the LED, and then if the person buying it wants, they could just use a pin to make a really small unnoticeable hole, which the light would shine through when on.

but it definitely needs to be glossy, or at least glossier than it is now.

the one thing that puts me off the Air is the lack of a black bezel, i know it sounds picky but for 800 it's gotta be perfect in my eyes, and with a silver surround, its not,

so if this was made better, i would maybe consider an Air, plus this bezel.

AlphaDogg
Feb 15, 2011, 07:24 PM
I hope I am not breaking forum rules, but I thought I would post this here as well since not a lot of air owners cross over to the mbp forums.
I think you're fine based on forum rules. You aren't trying to sell anything, you are just trying to gauge interest so you can decide whether or not you should mass produce something.


Honestly, I think it looks terrible. But I would like to help you make it better. Get rid of the cutout where it says MacBook Pro. Get rid of the cutout for the iSight LED (it's not that important), leaving a clean, aesthetically pleasing circle around the iSight. If you end up mass producing it, offer glossy as well as matte versions.

Wiebold
Mar 3, 2011, 01:12 PM
I've got a 15" mid 2009 MacBook Pro with an anti-glare screen. I've actually been looking for something like this for a while now. I'd love it if you produced it. I might be willing to pay up to $20 depending on how good it looks (that you've fixed the cut out for the MacBook Pro text is a great improvement). So I hope you make it!

barebackbadger8
Mar 4, 2011, 02:21 PM
no offense mate but that is terrible!

BeyondtheTech
Mar 4, 2011, 02:30 PM
I'd pay $10 for a black bezel for my Air 11.6".

Hands Sandon
Mar 4, 2011, 02:53 PM
I can't stand it. The silver doesn't show finger prints and looks great.

Best of luck to you though.

sparkomatic
Mar 4, 2011, 03:11 PM
Hmm..it's interesting. Before I got my MBA, I would definitely have picked one of these up cause I thought the silver bezel looked awful (coming from a MBP).

But now that I've got my MBA, I kinda like the overall look with the silver bezel. Doesn't bother me at all.

It's a good alternative though for those who really dislike the silver around the screen.

idunn
Mar 5, 2011, 12:42 PM
In typing this from a Black MacBook, you might see where I'm coming from. I've never regretted this color choice, and love it all the more.

If not an entirely black color computer option, then the black bezel on the MBPs seems to me a decent compromise. People will surely favor different colors, but black perfect in being a neutral surround for that viewed. So, yes, I would very much favor some method for a black bezel on the MBA.

Some thoughts on that. Most products in the Mac aftermarket reflect the same high standards as the computer, and that is the standard one should aim for and meet. Something applied to the MBA bezel may work, but it need fit exactly and look OEM. The cutout for the MacBook logo at the bottom you suggest is a case in point; just wrong, with a better solution, as others have suggested, in covering that type entirely. The best solution, and one your competitors may well introduce if you do not, is the same exact logo printed or embossed on the bezel cover, looking no different than if Apple put it there. If that seems daunting, then no less than the necessary step from hobby to a viable product many might buy.

For those so interested, there are some good options if one would prefer something other than the standard color and look of the MBA. But be forewarned you'll probably choke on the price:

Computer Choppers
http://www.computer-choppers.com/index.html

ColorWare
http://www.colorwarepc.com/p-250-macbook-air.aspx

methnen
Jul 20, 2011, 09:21 AM
Totally cool idea. But have to agree with some of the comments.

The little cutout at the bottom looks terrible. Ideally you'd print the name on there in silver foil or something like that so that it more closely matches how it SHOULD look.

Additionally the cutout at top while not terrible isn't awesome either. Would be better to just cover the led hole (people can poke holes with a needle if they want and get the edge around the camera so that there's no silver showing.

Also hard to tell from the lo-res photos but it looks like a matt finish. Should really be glossy.

If you were able to produce a high quality tightly fitting version of this that makes the above changes this is totally something I'd buy.

Argelius
Jul 27, 2011, 05:32 AM
I'd buy it. Just got my new Air and wish the screen looked like the MBP...

sm0
Mar 2, 2012, 12:35 AM
Any update on this? Would love to give a black bezel a go...

KohPhiPhi
Mar 2, 2012, 02:53 AM
I personally like the MBP-style black bezel better than the MBA silver one. That being said, as far as that skin goes, instead of leaving a whole in the button, they should cover it and simply print "Macbook Air" on it in silver.

Buildbright
Mar 2, 2012, 07:02 PM
I think if this product had MacBook Air on the front instead of the cutout and was made out of a thin gorilla glass or metal, I would consider it. Vinyl is a no go.

boy-better-know
Mar 3, 2012, 08:33 AM
Personally, I would not be interested in it. But I do think it would look better if you didn't have a hole so you can see the "MacBook Air" logo, you should print it in silver on the actual skin rather then having a hole. I think so anyway.

Jobsian
Mar 3, 2012, 08:44 AM
This thread has highlighted just how distasteful people can be in conveying dissatisfaction with something, pretty basic tactlessness.

Personally I wouldn't buy it only because I don't mind the bezel but I know people who don't like the appearance of the stock bezel at all and would love this.

peapody
Mar 3, 2012, 10:53 AM
This thread is like a year old.. Since then the developer took in your suggestions and made it an available product. Can't knock a guy for trying to innovate and produce something people might want.. Better than having no options at all..

Augure
Mar 3, 2012, 11:22 AM
Interesting but I have a problem: The "Macbook Air" inscription.

I don't want it to disappear but I find kind it of ugly that there is a hole to let it appear.

I would suggest going all the way black and printing the name Macbook Air in the reverse color.

Also have you thought about other kinds of black of dark grey ?

peapody
Mar 3, 2012, 11:38 AM
Interesting but I have a problem: The "Macbook Air" inscription.

I don't want it to disappear but I find kind it of ugly that there is a hole to let it appear.

I would suggest going all the way black and printing the name Macbook Air in the reverse color.

Also have you thought about other kinds of black of dark grey ?

Like I said he has made that option already. But the recommendation to change up the colors might be an interesting one. Thanks.

sm0
Mar 29, 2012, 06:35 AM
This thread is like a year old.. Since then the developer took in your suggestions and made it an available product. Can't knock a guy for trying to innovate and produce something people might want.. Better than having no options at all..

Where can I get one please?