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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone makes a metal shell body taht I can use to replace the plastic body on the macbook.

The case flexes more than I would like and I find to be very undesirable.

After using a 12inch powerbook, I really see a metal shell for a macbook is the way to go.

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i guess everyone here is pretty satisfied with the overly flexible body on their macbook
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I love the MacBook, but yes they do flex around the Port Plugs and the other issue with me is the "Sharp Top Edge"
But it the best computer other than those two issues that I have owned.
I love my MacBook.
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o dont know and yer i guess i would like to swap my case out even just for a new white one to keep it looking grate like every 6months or something but i havent seen anywhere selling them and it will void your warenty
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yes, i have seen those plastic shells.

I am not merely talking about adding a metal shell though, i am talking about removing all the pastic body from the macbook and replacing it with metal.

I want my macbook to feel solid like a 12" powerbook.
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its more solid than your powerbook you have to realize rigid things are bad i.e. metal, flexible i.e. polycarbonate plastic is good because it can give and besides scratches, it is more forgiving, ooooooo the power of plastic!

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i don't intend on dropping my macbook so i don't need it to absorb impact, if that's what you're saying.

i like the idea that my macbook will be more rugged when i decide to take it somewhere just stuff and go.

i can see the flex of the body giving to the point where it can damage the circuitry in the macbook. for instance, a bunch of textbooks crushing the circuitry while taking you macbook to school
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Other than custom work, I've never seen it before. If you wanted the metal body you should have bought a Macbook Pro, because if you think about, between purchasing a custom metal case, and it's installation, it probably would have cost the same amount.

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i can see the flex of the body giving to the point where it can damage the circuitry in the macbook. for instance, a bunch of textbooks crushing the circuitry while taking you macbook to school
If that is your main concern, the casing of a PowerBook/MacBook Pro is much weaker and much more pliable than that of an iBook/MacBook. The case from the PB/MBP will likely succumb to pressure long before that of an iBook/MacBook.
Besides, it would take a heck of a lot of textbooks to cause any damage to either notebook.

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If that is your main concern, the casing of a PowerBook/MacBook Pro is much weaker and much more pliable than that of an iBook/MacBook. The case from the PB/MBP will likely succumb to pressure long before that of an iBook/MacBook.
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ive had both and couldnt disagree with this more.

like others have said, you shouldve either bought a mbp, or will probably have to wait for apple to make a 13in metal bodied laptop (which may never happen)

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ive had both and couldnt disagree with this more.

like others have said, you shouldve either bought a mbp, or will probably have to wait for apple to make a 13in metal bodied laptop (which may never happen)
I've had both as well.

My iBook never once showed any sort of strain, bending, warping, or any case damage at all.
My PowerBook has all sorts of little bends, twists, dings, and dents on it.


I have also seen quite a few people here at my school with iBooks/MacBooks and PB/MBP's.... of all the casese I have seen, more strain and damage shows on the PB/MBP's and virtually none to the iBook/MacBooks.

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here's to hoping they refresh the pro's and finally give it the new case it deserves!!!


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i think the MBP has a very cheap weak case; all of them. which is also the reason why i optioned for a MB instead.

When I talk about the PB, I am talking about the 12" PB which has had a solid feeling the bigger PBs can't even compare to.

I am not counting on Apple making a metal body small laptop. This it the reason why I am asking for a metal body conversion on the MB.

With metal of equivalent thickness of the plastic on the MB, it will feel like a tank.
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What one earth are you doing with it that the case is flexing? I do the following, nearly every day:

- Open and close it
- Swap it between my lap and the table
- Pick it up by the front corners, with the lid up
- Slide it in and out of it's Speck case
- Type

I've never had cause to worry about it's flexibility at all. Mine has a Speck clear case, but even so, I've seen no evidence of undue flexing.

Just be careful with it the same as any other notebook. If you think the MB is flexible, you should see a few cheap PC notebooks... those ARE cheap.

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