: Opinion on Powerbook Skins/Tattoos?


da_jonesy
Aug 9th, 2005, 06:31 PM
Hey, has anyone used any of these products?

http://www.welovemacs.com/po15taprsk.html

These are ahesive vinyl skins.

Mt problem is that the 15" PB I now have has three pretty big dents on the top case. These will certainly cover them up, but do these things look cheap? Or should I just pay the $150 (99 plus shipping) for a replacement case lid?

andrewenterprise
Aug 9th, 2005, 08:51 PM
Hmm, I'm not too fond of the look of those things. Just get a skin that goes around the machine, like a skin tight case.

macguy.nielsen
Aug 9th, 2005, 09:21 PM
I found a decent skin at http://thinkdifferentstore.com/product_info.php/cPath/35_74/products_id/1182

It's way less then $150. I have ordered one for my 12" iBook, when I get it I'll tell you how it is and take pics. Cheers!

CN
Aug 9th, 2005, 10:42 PM
The look of the iBook and the Powerbook really cannot be improved IMHO! The protection from scratches would be nice though, because you could just put it right into a laptop backpack etc. without a sleeve.

da_jonesy
Aug 9th, 2005, 11:04 PM
I found a decent skin at http://thinkdifferentstore.com/product_info.php/cPath/35_74/products_id/1182

It's way less then $150. I have ordered one for my 12" iBook, when I get it I'll tell you how it is and take pics. Cheers!

Unfortunately it looks somewhat bulky... I don't think it would fit in my Marware case.

da_jonesy
Aug 9th, 2005, 11:06 PM
The look of the iBook and the Powerbook really cannot be improved IMHO!

Ummmmm I beg to differ. Absolutely the PB G4's can be improved. Both the 12" and now this 15" have the infamous palm rest pitting, and of course Apple won't own up to that being a manufacturing defect.

SoyMac
Aug 10th, 2005, 02:09 AM
... Both the 12" and now this 15" have the infamous palm rest pitting, and of course Apple won't own up to that being a manufacturing defect.
da_jonesy, I have a 15" TiPb 550. What is this palm rest pitting of which you speak?

Makr
Aug 10th, 2005, 02:34 AM
I also don't konw what you are talking about da_jonesy, explain.

da_jonesy
Aug 10th, 2005, 10:24 AM
I also don't konw what you are talking about da_jonesy, explain.

Aluminum Powerbooks have had hundreds of reports of the palm rests deteriorating because of a reaction between the Aluminum and the natural oils in ones skin.

Here are the apple discussions about it...

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]@.68b536ad

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]@.68b492e7/5

CN
Aug 10th, 2005, 11:29 AM
Ummmmm I beg to differ. Absolutely the PB G4's can be improved. Both the 12" and now this 15" have the infamous palm rest pitting, and of course Apple won't own up to that being a manufacturing defect.

I was only trying to refer to their aesthetic appeal...that seems to be more of a design flaw. I was just saying that (when brand new at least) I don't think a skin improves the look of an iBook or Powerbook. Just a personal preference, really :)

da_jonesy
Aug 10th, 2005, 11:33 AM
I was only trying to refer to their aesthetic appeal...that seems to be more of a design flaw. I was just saying that (when brand new at least) I don't think a skin improves the look of an iBook or Powerbook. Just a personal preference, really :)

Ohhhh I agree 100% I too love the Powerbook and iBook ascetics, my problem is that once those ascetics are compromised (ie. pitting and dents) what are the best solutions?

retrocactus
Aug 10th, 2005, 03:11 PM
I haven't encountered the pitting yet although I mostly use (when at home) my PB with an external keyboard and mouse (via Synergy but that's another topic altogether).

I recently changed the appearance of my PB:

http://sterlinganderson.net/gallery/rcache/8c859039df07a024289bc6ee061a7b37.jpg

(the image above is not my exact PB but it's essentially the same photo I could take - and it's also hard to capture the green color that glows through when the lcd is on).

I love it...pretty easy mod that is easily reversed. Cost me $0.82 for the green plastic report cover that I cut up to use...only needed a piece the size of a business card.

The original post that I got the idea from (for iBooks):
http://www.tuaw.com/2005/07/22/mod-your-ibooks-apple-logo/

and the great write up and photos for the Powerbook:
http://sterlinganderson.net/blog/2005/03/25/colorize-your-powerbook-apple/

CN
Aug 10th, 2005, 04:57 PM
Ohhhh I agree 100% I too love the Powerbook and iBook ascetics, my problem is that once those ascetics are compromised (ie. pitting and dents) what are the best solutions?

Yes, there really isn't much to be done...the aluminum Powerbooks would be very hard to fix, as would the plastic of the iBook (can't fix chips or large scrapes very well). You could always buy a new one, though :D (Just kidding).

da_jonesy
Aug 10th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Yes, there really isn't much to be done...the aluminum Powerbooks would be very hard to fix, as would the plastic of the iBook (can't fix chips or large scrapes very well). You could always buy a new one, though :D (Just kidding).


Don't kid yourself, I'm already tempted to sell this PB G4 1.33Mhz 15" and replace it with a new iBook. I thought I wanted the real estate (even though I've commented before that it isn't very much real estate). I have no need for DVI (and you can monitor span on iBooks with hacks these days). I already have a fast external DVD burner which works with (so I am fine with a Combo drive).

Anyone interested in a blemished PB 15" PB G4? (I saw one at Light Computer in Hamilton for $2200) I would be happy letting this go for enough to cover a new iBook.

CN
Aug 10th, 2005, 05:39 PM
You'd probably be able to sell it pretty quickly here on the classifieds...people looking for a deal on a Powerbook are usually willing to accept some small physical damages to save them some money. Does it have airport extreme or bluetooth?

da_jonesy
Aug 10th, 2005, 05:48 PM
You'd probably be able to sell it pretty quickly here on the classifieds...people looking for a deal on a Powerbook are usually willing to accept some small physical damages to save them some money. Does it have airport extreme or bluetooth?

Yeah it has both, as well as the Combo Drive and comes with a Brenthaven Case (some wear).

Doesn't have the lighted keyboard (was an option for this model) and only one of the Ram Slots is showing (a common problem with 15" powerbooks, even the new ones).

But on the flip side it does have 64MB VRAM, Firewire 800, DVI, 1 Gigabit ethernet...

The screen is perfect as is the keyboard.

SoyMac
Aug 14th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Aluminum Powerbooks have had hundreds of reports of the palm rests deteriorating because of a reaction between the Aluminum and the natural oils in ones skin.

....
Aah! Aluminum PB.
Gotcha, Sparky. I'll read more closely next time.
:)

kevs~just kevs
Jan 9th, 2006, 09:52 PM
http://www.tuaw.com/2005/07/22/mod-your-ibooks-apple-logo/[/url]

and the great write up and photos for the Powerbook:
http://sterlinganderson.net/blog/2005/03/25/colorize-your-powerbook-apple/


Hey my ibook's warranty just expired and i'd like to do this mod. Can you tell me what size of Allen key you used for the screws? The other sites don't seem to mention the size.

Thanks

retrocactus
Jan 9th, 2006, 09:56 PM
Sorry...don't know the size....it was the smallest one on my allen 'key ring' set I got from the dollar store....it's not labeled.

Have fun with it!

Vexel
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:58 PM
I believe it's a Torx T8, if I recall correctly.

John Calhoun
Apr 5th, 2006, 07:52 PM
Aluminum Powerbooks have had hundreds of reports of the palm rests deteriorating because of a reaction between the Aluminum and the natural oils in ones skin.

Here are the apple discussions about it...

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]@.68b536ad

http://discussions.info.apple.com/[email protected]@.68b492e7/5


Apple has removed these two threads. Well.

Pavmentsurfer
Apr 6th, 2006, 12:26 AM
I would caution against pulling the lid off your powerbook to install a filter. I did this with my 15inch powerbook and man, it was hard. The lid of the computer is held on way more securely than you think. An I Book is so simple. But a powerbook is really difficult. I damaged mine installing a blue, water graphic background for the glowing apple logo. The seam between the screen bezel and the plastic lid surround (when the screen is open) has a gap now. Small gap, but it still bugs me.
Ive never seen that slim case on the first page of this thread, the one that stays on the computer when its open. I like it. I dont put my computer in a case when I put it in my laptop backpack as its too akward to take it out of a case before use. But that would solve all my problems.
Also, whats up with some of those stick on skins. Who would do that to a sexy computer like a powerbook. Maybe a Dell or an IBM but not a powerbook. And whats up with the aluminum color... hmmm, thats different than what you already have. Funny stuff.