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Black bezel for MBA UPDATED

UncleSchnitty

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Oct 26, 2007
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So I just ordered a skin bezel for the Macbook air. I really like the look of the Pros with the black bezel and wish it was an option on the Air. From my understanding there is a company that will do a screen replacement and put on a black bezel but i don't need that, anyway I picked up a skin from this website HERE and I think it looks pretty good. Now normally I am not a fan of skins on my electronics but I think that one could be pretty good as an option.
What do you guys think?

UPDATE: I finally got the bezel in the mail and put it on right away(for the people who just couldn't wait).
The bezel has a great quality, its not like a sticker more like a thin piece of vinyl maybe a quarter of the thickness of a credit card, there is no issue with closing the screen or it staying closed.

The adhesive side is strong enough to not feel like it is going to peel off but does leave you room for proper alignment and does not leave a residue.

There really isn't too much to say about a bezel except over all quality is fantastic, Fit is great, and I think it does enhance the overall look. The only downside is the ~$30 price tag (after tax and shipping) I think a more realistic price would be ~$20 but compared to the quality of its competition its worth it for the look.

 
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0983275

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They should have went with black bezel by default, because it looks so much better.

edit: oh, there's one for 13", missed it earlier.
 

UncleSchnitty

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Oct 26, 2007
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I like it! you should post pictures of it on your MacBook Air!
As soon as it comes in I will post pictures and a small review on how it is to place the skin (sometimes it can be tough as we know) and how well it actually fits. Im excited its a glossy finish too.
 

gmanist1000

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Sep 22, 2009
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So I just ordered a skin bezel for the Macbook air. I really like the look of the Pros with the black bezel and wish it was an option on the Air. From my understanding there is a company that will do a screen replacement and put on a black bezel but i don't need that, anyway I picked up a skin from this website HERE and I think it looks pretty good. Now normally I am not a fan of skins on my electronics but I think that one could be pretty good as an option.
Image What do you guys think?

Oh my.... it's beautiful!
 

molala

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Oct 25, 2008
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Cambridge, UK
Looks nice, but I'm not sure why people want a black bezel. One reason I like the MBA is because of the aluminum bezel. Just a cleaner look, I think, reminds me of the old matte screen aluminum Powerbooks. It's a personal preference. If I could live with the black bezel, would have gotten rMBP instead.
 

sracer

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Apr 9, 2010
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Looks nice, but I'm not sure why people want a black bezel. One reason I like the MBA is because of the aluminum bezel. Just a cleaner look, I think, reminds me of the old matte screen aluminum Powerbooks. It's a personal preference. If I could live with the black bezel, would have gotten rMBP instead.
It is a highly subjective choice, but I prefer a black bezel over silver (or white on the iPad). I find the black to offer a less jarring view of the screen... the black simply "fades" at the edges whereas silver creates a sharp defined edge.
 

Ronnoco

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Oct 16, 2007
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It is a highly subjective choice, but I prefer a black bezel over silver (or white on the iPad). I find the black to offer a less jarring view of the screen... the black simply "fades" at the edges whereas silver creates a sharp defined edge.

I agree. The black bezels seem to make the colors "pop" more to my eyes. I felt the same about my white bezeled iPad 2, which I ended up exchanging for a black bezeled version. The colors just looked faded to me on the white bezel. I'm really hoping the Retina Air has a black bezel.
 

UncleSchnitty

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Original poster
Oct 26, 2007
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Looks nice, but I'm not sure why people want a black bezel. One reason I like the MBA is because of the aluminum bezel. Just a cleaner look, I think, reminds me of the old matte screen aluminum Powerbooks. It's a personal preference. If I could live with the black bezel, would have gotten rMBP instead.
I really dont mind the silver but prefer the black thats why this was a good choice. Plus as a second computer the air was perfect, portable with decent specs. Owning an 08 Mac Pro with the old 30" cinema display (silver bezel;))

I really didn't need the specs of a rMBP hence my decision to get a used 2011 11"MBA. I love the form and weight but sometimes I look at the bezel and think "wow its like they went back to the 80s and saw what people thought future computers should look like. It reminds me of Bill and Teds when they go to the future haha

No I really do like it but this quote sums it up perfectly...
It is a highly subjective choice, but I prefer a black bezel over silver (or white on the iPad). I find the black to offer a less jarring view of the screen... the black simply "fades" at the edges whereas silver creates a sharp defined edge.
 

stfwayne

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Apr 10, 2011
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Very interested to see how the skin fits on the bottom edge of the bezel

Hopefully it looks good because at $25 that isnt exactly cheap
 

UncleSchnitty

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Original poster
Oct 26, 2007
851
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Very interested to see how the skin fits on the bottom edge of the bezel

Hopefully it looks good because at $25 that isn't exactly cheap
Ill post pictures as soon as I get it. And no it wasn't cheap but all the other ones I saw were cheap but also cheap looking, most looked like someone took 4 pieces gaffers tape and made a rectangle.
Like i said I normally don't advertise products here but I really thought this one was a nice option instead of spending $300+ if you dont need the pro and just want a black glossy bezel
 

sracer

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Apr 9, 2010
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Ill post pictures as soon as I get it. And no it wasn't cheap but all the other ones I saw were cheap but also cheap looking, most looked like someone took 4 pieces gaffers tape and made a rectangle.
Like i said I normally don't advertise products here but I really thought this one was a nice option instead of spending $300+ if you dont need the pro and just want a black glossy bezel
I appreciate the pointer to that product. I've had my MBA only a few days and love it, but having a black bezel would help improve the experience. I too am looking forward to your photos of it applied to your device.
 

entropi

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May 20, 2008
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I'm glad the air looks like it does now (with silver bezel, fits nice with the over all alu look) - looks as nice as my MBP17 with Hi-Res AG screen.
 

g35

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Dec 13, 2007
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Please post pics when you can! I've been thinking about ordering too because I love the black/aluminum look but didn't want to spend $25 on a totally unknown product. I'd love if they offered all-black computers again.
 

g35

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Dec 13, 2007
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Clearly 3 requests for the OP to post pictures and 2 replies that he will isn't enough. :rolleyes:
How many internet threads have you seen where someone says they'll report back with results or how something went or whatever then they never do? Too many times for me. The more people who say they want to see will make OP feel like it's more important.
 

Kryckter

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Mar 12, 2009
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How many internet threads have you seen where someone says they'll report back with results or how something went or whatever then they never do? Too many times for me. The more people who say they want to see will make OP feel like it's more important.

I wanna see!!!

But really, I do. This seems interesting. Will someone else get it and report back?
 
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