Aluminum or Titanium?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iMacZealot, Apr 13, 2007.


Aluminum or Titanium?

  1. Aluminum

    33 vote(s)
  2. Titanium

    19 vote(s)
  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    In your opinion, does the aluminum design of the PowerBook G4's and MacBook Pro's look better than the titanium design of the early PowerBook G4's?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    definitely. but its starting to get a little old looking.
  3. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2007
    How about a new 19-inch X1800 mobility radeon 2.33GHz 3GB RAM Gamer edition MacBook Pro made of some Silver AND titanium AND aluminum. Woot.
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i liked the darker colour of the TiBook, but i didn't like all of the edges, and that hinge wasn't the best innovation to come out of the Loop.

    I wouldn't mind a MacBook Pro in a darker shade a grey.

    what, a MacBook Pro Pro? :p
  5. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Yeah, I think a darker metal looks better for the PowerBook/MacBook Pro. I was really hoping for new designs for all Macs when Apple transitioned, but I was wrong. I find it odd, though, that Apple hasn't really changed any design in almost 2.5 years:

    >Mac Mini is the newest, from January, 2005.
    >iMac is pretty much the same from the original, August, 2004.
    >Displays have same design, June, 2004.
    >iPod Nano can be traced back to the iPod Mini, January, 2004.
    >PowerMac/Mac Pro untouched since the first G5, July, 2003.
    >PowerBook/MacBook Pro is similar to their introductions, January and July, 2003.
    >The iPod has been flattened, thinned, and widened since the original, but still pretty much the same, October, 2001.
    >iBook/MacBook is pretty much the same since May, 2001. Sure, they revised it a little bit when the G4 version came out, but the two designs are closer together than the Titanium and Aluminum PowerBooks.

    I sense that these designs (perhaps leaving iPods out of this) will not last much longer.
  6. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Titanium for sure. :) I may be a bit biased, however, due to the fact that I have grown accustomed to the looks of my MBP and yearn for something different.
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I think that the Aluminum looks far better than the Titanium. For some reason I don't like the Titanium look too much. I would be interested to see what Apple's next design for the MacBook Pro is though.
  8. iLoveMyMBP macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2007
    New York
    mos def!!
  9. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    I just can't stand two aspects of the Alumin(i)um Laptops...

    1) Ports on the side only. I don't know if I'm the only one, but I often carry my PowerBook around, and I could not stand feeling those ports when I was hold it, plus, I usually have very little space to work, and having ports on the side would take up valuable desk space.

    2) Why or why does Apple have the screen drop down on a professional laptop? This design severely limits the locations one can use the screen and limits the angle the screen can be set to. I often have to use my system while standing, with the system on a table, and I could not see the screen if it was limited in angle like the newer systems are.

  10. ElderscrollsV macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2007
    Ive never really seen a Ti book, but the aluminum books arenot very durable
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    Looks? yes, the newer aluminum machines do look nicer, I was never a fan of the black keyboard.

    But having owned both, I have to say I prefer the form factor of the ti-book. Anyone who's spent time using both forms and tell you the tibook is thinner and smaller, and the screen can be adjusted to a much wider angle.

    Not that I'm trading in my MBP for a tibook. But when I did get my MBP there were a few things I missed about the tibook.
  12. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Aluminum all the way.

    For the next iteration, I hope they come out with a thinner more durable version.
  13. dumbduck macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2007
    I go with aluminum by far. The titanium was a terribly design for a computer. I understand that Jobs was trying to make it skinner but the hinges of my aluminum broke and the screen would press up against the screen and over time it left damaged pixels completly across the screen. Also the bottom of the case fell off. Terrible. Aluminum has superdrive capibilities, and mine still works ok. The aluminum took care of the serious flaws the titanium had.
  14. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    If i could gut my current MB and put it into a TiPB case I would.
    My first laptop was a TiPB and it still is kicking butt for most everything that I do. I never liked the keyboard on the Albooks nor the port placement.
  15. macjay macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
    Titanium powerbooks had a warmer design, although as someone else said, not a fan of the black keyboard. Also once you get used to side ports, rear ports seem like a step backwards IMO.
  16. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    It's not the fact of getting used to them as they are not the best placement for me. I have a MB with the side ports and the placement is always in my way, as I often like to place control interfaces to the left and right of my computer. The cable routing on the side ports makes this a bit problematic, where as the TiPB kept the cables totally out of the way, not to mention they are less likely to be bumped with the hand at the back of the computer.

    Though i can see how the side design is a better option for most.
  17. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've only seen the aluminium models so I can't comment. My MBP seems to get "blemishes" rather easily, but I don't know whether it's better or worse than the old TiBooks.
  18. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Titanium is a much better metal, but I found those old tibooks not as nice looking as the MBPs. A MBP made with titanium would be sweet, even more durable and maybe a little lighter?
  19. Veracon macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2007
    I'm a fan of aluminium. Looks so professional (not that titanium doesn't).

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