Aluminium or plastic case?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cool11, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    I wonder why aluminium in macbook pro is considered better case than the one of the macbook(plastik).
    What do you think?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    ...Maybe because it's a "pro" machine? I dunno, anodized aluminum just seems sexier (though it isn't necessarily tougher, at least not in the thicknesses used for notebooks).

    Also, talk about opening a can of worms. This thread is going to get ridiculous. :rolleyes:
     
  3. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it all about aesthetics and nothing else?
     
  4. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    The nice thing about aluminum is it doesnt make any of the cracking/creaking noises associated with a plastic case. You could get into the thermal advantages of aluminum over plastic but really the aluminum just feels more solid. IMHO. ;)
     
  5. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    I've dropped plastic notebooks and broken them, my Powerbook has been dropped (from 1-2ft, normally onto a corner) and been fine.

    It also doesn't discolour, and you get the awesome electric buzz from the Apple metal laptops.
     
  6. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    the aluminum definitely looks sexier and SLIGHTLY less cheesier.
    Also aluminum dissipates heat better.
     
  7. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    while i think that aluminum is "sexier" i see the white plastic on the macbook as the true style of apple.... and also i was using my macbook in the airport and many people took double takes at my laptop..
     
  8. Gosh macrumors 6502

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    Don't you just love the "double takes" - one of the privileges of owning a Mac - any Mac!;)
     
  9. 00hkelly macrumors 6502

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    you can say my laptop is made of METAL!!! how many other laptops are made almost entirely of metal, thats pretty cool in itself i think.
     
  10. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I like how the case acts like a giant heatsink and fries your baby makers when it gets really warm (under heavy load) on your lap! :eek: Thank goodness for smcFanControl!
     
  11. 840quadra Moderator

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    I choose plastic.

    In my opinion and experience, the thin metal on the powerbooks / MacBook Pro is not going to be as tough as the poly used in the iBook / MacBook. The plastic is more flexible, and absorbs more shock. The metal is thinner, and transmits more of the shock energy into the internal case components.

    How many dented or warped iBooks or MacBooks do you see on these forums? A search for the same question on Powerbooks and MacBook Pro laptops is going to give you quite many results.

    I like the look of the Aluminum much better, however it isn't durable enough for me to take out into the field.

    Yes this is a can of worms subject.
     
  12. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    what field?
     
  13. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    what he means by the field is just using it in everyday life
     
  14. 840quadra Moderator

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    That, and I am a freelance motocross photographer, and also like to cover automotive events such as auto shows, and track events.

    I am somewhat hard on my equipment :( .
     
  15. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

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    i used to own the MBP
    but now i'm buying MB cause for me the design is better and the material is also better on the MB :p
    if only there's a 15" MB :p
     
  16. whawhat macrumors 6502

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    i have both - honestly, the aluminum is better. you can't see all the dust and fingerprints, etc. that builds up on the plastic macbook. after a week of use my black macbook looks filthy while u can't even tell w/ the aluminum pro.
     
  17. 840quadra Moderator

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    Dust and fingerprints does not fall under the damage category, unless you are a rich supermodel ;) .

    And what do you expect with black! ? :confused:
     
  18. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    840quadraYou do realise you contradicted yourself, don't you?

    You said the plastic is more flexible, then said that you haven't seen any dented or warped. If it was more flexible, it would warp easier.

    You also said it absorbed more shock. Something that is easier to bend would absorb more, think of a crumple zone on a car.

    However, I'm not going to try to say you're wrong about the plastic ones being stronger; I've never had an iBook, only a Powerbook which I've had no trouble with and a Toshiba where the plastic broke in a fall.
     

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