MBP design/casing: what would you change?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nutts, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. nutts macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I've seen a few people state that they really want Apple to update the casing/design of the MBP, as "the design is now 2+ years old" etc.

    I have a 17" MBP and I love it. I think it's the best-designed and coolest-looking large-screened laptop, and I've previously owned a BlackBook, an iBook, and Dell/HP/Compaq PC laptops (but no Sony :p ). I mean it's a BEAST of a machine, it's metal (mmmmmm) and it's only 1-inch thick (or thin ;) ) - it's awesome how minimalist it looks.

    Anyway, I was carrying my laptop home today and I started thinking about these requests to redesign the MBP, and what *could* Apple really change for the better.

    So my votes would be for:
    - magnetic latchless case closure like the MacBook
    - more display tilt (closer to 180-degrees)
    - sort out airport reception (due to the metal casing)
    - maybe a smaller bezel/footprint (what, 0.5-inch less is possible, maybe) but I'm reaching now...

    Now remember I'm specifically talking about design and the case itself, not internal functionality. What would you change?
  2. sm0 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wellington, NZ
    dreaming here but

    - 2 more usb ports ie 4 total on the 15"
    - black casing: black brushed metal - now that would be nice
    - lighter
  3. jawzzy macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    New York

    1. Remove the gray plastic strip that runs around the edges. It throws off that minimalistic design that you were so enamored with.

    2. Get rid of that fiddly latch and replace it with a beautiful, simple, fully magnetic latch like on the Macbook. This, combined with the removal of that nasty plastic strip would serve to unify the look of the inside screen bezel and make it less distracting to any viewers.

    3. Redesign the hinges so as to allow the display to tilt farther back.

    4. Put some of the ports on the back once the hinges are redesigned in order to reduce cable clutter.

    5. The speaker grilles next to the keyboard don't fit into the overall design principle. They throw off the eye and contrast too much with the sleek, solid metal wrist-rest area.

    6. Offer the MBP in a new gunmetal gray finish. Not anodized black aluminum, but something like what the Macbook Pro pictured on the Apple Store page looks like. In the box where it says "Speed in its most beautiful form," the reflection of the black background make the finish of the MBP look really cool and sleek.

    Seeing as how modern and progressive Apple's industrial designers are, it seems as if they are asleep at the wheel on this one. No design changes since the Powerbook? C'mon Apple, thats not like you. I know the cliche "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," but in this case, it could use some badly needed updates.

  4. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Make one with something more durable than aluminum. I've wanted one for a long time, but can't bring myself to do it as long as the keep making them in aluminum cases. They look nice, but dent too easily.
  5. S600MBUSA macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    Change the case so that it would be easier for a user to replace the hard-drive and RAM.
  6. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Basically... yeah!

  7. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Get rid of the grey line around it because they mark up very easily and it can become annoying although you can only see it in certain lighting.
  8. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I want dual HDDs in the 17 inch like many fatter PC computers. Not that I want my book any thicker but Apple can put two HDDs in it.

    Yes on the magnetic latch from the Macbook

    Yes on the more usb ports, or add a second FW400.


    Yes... make it easier for me to swap out the HDD or HDDs for the 17"

    The RAM is easy enough as is, what could be easier other than putting it on the outside of the machine.

    Get rid of the grey strip on the inside and maybe make it out of another type of material or make it black.

    The best design change.... make it a 12" widescreen UMMac or just make a 13" MacBook Pro mini.
  9. M!K macrumors regular


    May 12, 2007
    Stop complaining about the design

    I totally agree with you. I think the MacBook Pro is the most beautiful portable computer on earth and i am so tired of hearing everyone on this site complain about the design. It's perfect the way it is. In fact, i'm buying mine in exactly 24 days! I can't wait! :) :apple:
  10. M!K macrumors regular


    May 12, 2007
    Are you crazy? That would NOT be nice!
  11. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I like the aluminium casing :D But it would be nice to make the HDD accessible so it was user changeable like the MB. Move the ports from the right hand side to somewhere else, I'm right handed and plugging my external in whilst using a mouse is annoying.
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Where exactly?

  13. shawnj macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2007
    The MBP is probably as close to laptop perfection as we've gotten.

    If anything, I'd make the power adapter more durable. I seem to go through a lot of power adapters since I'm always lugging it around with me to the library. The cable near the power brick frays far too easily. Apple's always had durability problems with its power adapters. At least they solved the connector issue by making it magnetic. Maybe it should be magnetic on the other side too?
  14. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    I've seen laptops that house remotes in their expresscard slots; could Apple not do something similar with their own remote?
  15. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i'm confused, you acknowledge the 2 HD carrying PCs are "fatter", yet you want 2 in your MBP but maintain it's 1" thickness?

    look up the SuperDrive/Hard drive swap.

    -would like more screen tilt, cause this is just ridiculous when pretty much every other laptop can go almost flat.
  16. wallaby macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    I'd get rid of the sharp edge so that it doesn't cut into your wrists while typing. Dumb design, there.
  17. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i believe proper typing technique is not to rest your palms on anything during typing.
  18. hooch macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
  19. nutts thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Sharp? On the MBP? The edge is plastic; I don't find mine sharp at all.

    The MacBook on the other hand can be very sharp...

    Guess that's an advantage to having the plastic surroundings ;)
    Although I agree the case could look more slick with curved aluminium edges.
  20. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    - Get rid of the plastic strip around the edges and the ugly looking latch.

    - Change the speaker grills.

    - Make the keyboard less susceptable to crumbs / soda falling between the keys.

    - Reinforce the case so it doesn't feel flimsy.

    - Enough with silver already I HATE SILVER!!!

  21. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    This was already the case with the Titanium PB; in my opinion not really a success. I definately prefer the current ports...
  22. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    I don't think there will be a case redesign any time soon. Especially now the iMac is rumored -just like the Mac Pro and the MBP- to get a brushed alluminium casing as well. Forget about it and be happy with your machine as it -still- is a very striking and great design! :)
  23. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    Maybe they should go back to Titanium. Also make the hard drive on the MacBook Pro easy user replaceable and give the MacBook Pro a magnetic latch.
  24. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Like several of you, my only complaint is


    I would have bought one last October if the drive could officially and easily by swaped. I *REALLY* want to give Apple my money, :mad: :mad: :mad:

    These other complaints seem silly to me. I admit I love Apple's designs, but I'm 100% for function over form, so I don't care about them changing an already beautiful design just to change it (I wouldn't care if it looked like a Dell, if it met my needs better).
  25. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    stainless steel! :eek:

    have two USB ports together (either adding two more, or just moving one) - those of us who use crappy external drives that require both ports would be grateful.

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