Black MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by george-brooks, Oct 22, 2012.

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Would you buy a black anodized aluminum MacBook Pro?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. george-brooks macrumors 6502a

    george-brooks

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    I love my black iPhone 5. I loved my BlackBook back in 2008. With Apple now making a black anodized aluminum product, what are the chances of, and would you buy, a black MacBook Pro/Air? I love the look of the aluminum mac, but I'm thinking maybe a black aluminum laptop might look awesome as well, as an option. Thoughts?

    Do any services (besides colorware, I'm not talking about the glossy look here) currently anodize macbook pros?
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    It would look OK until you get the first scratch....just like on a shinny new black car.
     
  3. rmwebs macrumors 68040

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    It would need to be a much stronger aluminium than the one used on the iPhone (i.e more scratch resistant).

    If it was just a surface paint, then no. If it was part of the aluminium compound , then yes - however then it'd need to be a liquid metal shell to effectively make it black all the way through (so if it scratches, you arent left with a silver line)

    I'd imagine it would be quite a complex thing to get right.
     
  4. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

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    They're probably making black iPad minis with black anodized aluminium, so let's see where that is going.

    But as you said, unless they use liquid metal, it's just a layer on top of shiny aluminium and sooner or later it will come off. And especially black will produce very visible marks due to the high contrast.

    Whether one wants their computer, that they paid 1.5-3k for, look like **** after a year or so is up to personal preference, I guess.
     
  5. zipur macrumors 6502

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    My rMBP is black. well the case is black. I think it would be perfect!
     
  6. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    If we can't get an updated Mac Pro in over two years, I doubt they're changing the color of the laptops anytime soon.
     
  7. iLuvMyMacToo macrumors regular

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    Can you imagine the howls coming through this forum blaming Apple and wanting to raise a Civil Case against them when their black MBP gets scratched :p

    If anything I wish they'd bring the aluminium keyboard back, now that was slick.
     
  8. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    I miss them sooooooo bad :(

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  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    There were rumors that Apple had attempted this, people had even seen them around the campus, but that in their testing the finish didn't hold up well enough over time.

    If they can get the finish to be a good enough quality over time I definitely would buy one.
     
  10. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    I remember reading about that as well. After the iPhone 5 fiasco, we can pretty much exclude a black computer for some time, lol.
     
  11. george-brooks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    true dat!! Obviously Apple has much bigger, more important concerns than developing another color option, but maybe once those concerns are taken care of...

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    I much prefer the black keyboard. I like the keys WAY better than the old keyboard, and I like that its black. It looks much nicer with the black bezel around the screen. On my antiglare cMBP tho, I would entertain the idea of aluminum keys (the new keyboard). The keys on the antiglare model are practically the only black on the entire computer and look out of place!
     
  12. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

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    They suffer from longer use though, the black keys. After 2 years my black keyboard was more or less polished to a shine, the keys becoming greasy and unaesthetic due to the lack of texture.

    I got my hands on a 17" MBP from 2008 some weeks ago that was used heavily for 4 years and the keys still look like new once cleaned. It's possible the previous owners only used an external keyboard, though.
     
  13. george-brooks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would say both get about equally polished/greasy. I've seen plenty of shiny aluminum keyboards. More importantly, I had far more problems with characters wearing off of keys on the old keyboard than the new ones.
     
  14. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the insight!
     
  15. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

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    This is pretty much why I wouldn't want one or why Apple has yet to have one. I won't lie having one would look nice but once it's hit with something it's game over.
     
  16. Kavier macrumors 6502a

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    I would def buy one - I have wanted a black MBP ever since the old black macbooks.
     
  17. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a

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    I think it would be nice, I'm not sure if I would buy one though.
     
  18. egy195 macrumors regular

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    i wanted a black macbook pro and then i read your post, didn't really cross my mind
    now to hell with them, let's keep this silver going :)
     
  19. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a

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    That is the exact reason I dont have a black iPhone 5 or 5S, looks great until it gets a couple scrapes
     
  20. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    i wouldn't mind one. a slate grey color like the the iPhone would look nice. even better a gold macbook pro! :eek:
     
  21. dylin macrumors 6502a

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    I remember seeing my cousin with his old 2007 macbook pro, and always like the look of these. Sad to see that they probably wont be coming back.

    But to answer the OPs question, i probably wouldnt want it, only because i know everyone and their mom's would jump at the chance for a different looking macbook. So i think i will just go with a carbon fiber skin to get the look i want :p
     

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