What’s the latest in design these days? With the release of the MacBook and the latest Sony Blu-Ray laptops, and many other cool gadgets, I’ve come to realize that black is the new white (or blue, or grey, or whatever). It used to be that for your gadget to look and feel uber-cool, it had to be shiny, glossy white, just like the iMac and iBook. Until recently, that is. Now the sleek, shiny black MacBooks, iPod Nanos and even Sony PSPs are what’s in demand.
We now see the resurgence of black as the color of choice for the cool gadget. On ForeverGeek, “Griffith” asks on why this is so.
Ever since the iPod Nano, Apple has been introducing more and more “black” versions of their products. First it spread to the iPod with Video, and just a while ago to their top line Macbooks. Many complain about the last product, due to the price you pay just for the black coating being around $100, or even more in some blogs, but I’m no price genius so I don’t what reasons are behind this.
This didn’t seem to be too obvious until Apple announced the MacBook, the upgrade for the workhorse that had been the iBook, which has traditionally been white for the past five years or so. Engadget also wonders about the premium paid for black.
If you want black, you’ll have to pay more: the $1,499 model is the only one one in the color scheme; other than the case color and an 80GB drive, its specs are identical to a $1,299 white model (the 80GB drive is available as a $50 upgrade for the white version, making the price for the black case $150). And, yes, you can now bid farewell to the iBook name. Now, what on Earth is Apple going to announce at Thursday’s press event?
It’s interesting to note that to upgrade the $1,299 white model to an 80GB hard drive, it’ll take $50. Which leaves us at $150 as the additional cost for owning a black MacBook.
Well, I do want black. Why? Well, white looks clean and radiant, but black exudes class and power. Plain black would do well in a business setting. But a shiny, sleek black MacBook or Vaio would surely be a good conversation piece during your next meeting.