Will the Space Gray model be more prone to scratches and general wear and tear?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by saintforlife, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    We have all seen how the space gray iPhone tends to show signs of aging sooner than the silver model. Do you think it will be the same with the rMacBook? Will the silver rMacBook look better when it gets older?



  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Those are photos of the slate colored iPhone 5, which was much darker and prone to visible wear and tear than the newer, lighter space grey color they are using.

    Space grey is now the standard for black-screen iPhones and iPads and I haven't seen any real complaints about it. Of course scratches and nicks will be visible, but they are on the silver anodized aluminum as well.
  3. gregvet macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2008
    Brighton, UK
    Yes I think the standard silver colour will age better. However, most of us use our phones a little more carelessly than we do our laptops.

    Speaking for myself, I have dropped my phone too many times to recall, however I have only dropped my laptop once, and I remember it vividly :)

    I wouldn't let it stop me getting the colour rMB I wanted.

    I know several Mac users who prefer their MacBooks to show some age. One friend was particularly proud that his MBP had survived dropping out of his backpack while cycling, got run over by a car, and still worked perfectly.
    Mind you, it looked a little worse for wear!
  4. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I think silver would be better but I think the space grey on my iPhone 6 has held up pretty well. Certainly better than the black of my iPhone 5 as you show.

    The thing is that I don't like space grey as much as did initially. My rMB will be gold.
  5. Nee412 macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Sunny England!
    My space grey iPhone 6 Plus hasn't got a single mark on it yet. In my opinion a MacBook will be in a lot less danger of getting scratches than an iPhone.

    Phones are constantly in and out of pockets, picked up, placed down, moved around. MacBooks move around with you in your bag, but when you're using them they just sit in one place. Stationary.

    I'm buying the space grey model and I have absolutely zero concerns about it becoming marked by scratches.
  6. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
  7. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Indeed, that's a slate grey iphone 5. Very susceptible to dings on the black anodised edges, although yours is much more hammered than mine ever got! You can draw around the edge with a black permanent marker which brings it back again... but I would say the space grey will be much less obvious when damaged than that dark finish.
  8. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    These pictures only show how careless people can be. Seriously, no way you can get to that point unless you do it on purpose or you keep dropping it on concrete.

    I have a space grey iphone 5S and it's not scratched. Of course, I suppose if it was, it would show more than on a sliver one, simply because the underlying color is silver.

    My space grey iPad mini isn't scratched either, and it doesn't have protection - even when I sometimes carry it in my purse (rarely, but it happens).

    But a computer... if it's going to be in such a situation that it can get heavily scratched, maybe one should consider a case or a sleeve.
  9. catalyst07 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2013
    Apple built, and was slated to release, a black MacBook Air years ago but Jobs himself demanded that they be the silver finish that we've all come to know and love because wear testing showed that it handled scratches and rubbing much better than the darker colors they were experimenting with at the time.

    Short answer: Standard silver/grey will wear better over time and look "new" longer. Darker colors will develop a "patina" and show their wear more. Up to you what you think is cooler. They both function the same
  10. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I wonder how gold (being a slightly lighter color) will do?

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