Originally posted by scottylad
I just have to chime in here with my expience.
I owned a 400 mhz TiBook, and recently replaced it with a 1ghz AlBook SuperDrive.
My TiBook looked great for about two months. After that, the nightmare began. Paint started peeling off the hinge, dings started to appear, scratches began to mar the cover and the bottom. Then the extremely thin strip of titanium around the optical drive snapped in the middle. Then the whole bottom plate began to warp and deform, causing a gap around the entire base. Then the screws began to unscrew themselves. THEN the real damage began -- the screen.
This was the part that was simply unnaceptable. The entire length of the screen where the beginning of the keyboard (the row with the spacebar) was "pitted" with holes caused by the keys. They were actually holes -- like someone had taken a rather thick needle and punctured the screen several hundred times. And then rubbed dirt in. This would not clean up at all, and the screen always had a dull dark grungy line across the entire length of the screen where it was permanently damaged by the keyboard.
At this point, you are probably asking yourself, "What the heck did this guy do to his TiBook, use it as a football?" to which I will answer honestly, no. I carried it in a padded backpack from one location to another, always gently setting the backpack down and always treating my precious cargo with as much care as possible.
I came to the conclusion that the TiBook is simply not to be used as a portable. It is a gorgeous looking machine with absolutely NO durability at all. I literally could not wait to get rid of it, and felt the whole time rather betrayed by Apple -- the damage that machine incurred (especially the permanently ruined screen) just made me sick -- especially as I did not abuse the unit at all.
This is all by way of saying: I think I know what I'm talking about when I compare the fit, finish and durability of the Titanium PowerBook to the new AlBook 12.1". It is, simply, night and day. Anyway that says the AlBooks can dent more easily than the TiBook is simply out of their mind. Titanium is a JOKE. A filmsy, easily scratched, easily dented material. My AlBook feels like a tank by comparison. I don't doubt that it's possible to dent an AlBook -- but I think the accounts here may be slighly exaggerated -- and of course, I would be bitter too if I had dropped or dented my new baby.
Of course I've lived with my AlBook for a comparitively short time. I'll be more than happy to eat my words if my results prove contrary to my expecations and experience so far. But I can say, it would be almost impossible to design a notebook that is more easily damaged than my old 400mgz Titanium PowerBook.
I have a titanium. Rock solid. Paint is peeling, above the DVD drive which is a widespread problem. everything else you stated is just um........ odd. doesn't happen to others.
and i have no scratches on my ti, no dents, no anything, except the paint peeling problem. and i have used my powerbook the way it was meant to be used....AS A PORTABLE....and i have dropped it, and it has banged into things.......and it has never dented.....i lean on it, put pressure on it, everything.......still rock solid.
aluminum books......just look at the other thread, they are a quality nightmare....hell, the ones they had in the store looked warped.