Originally Posted by steelbom
That was a fair while ago and every manufacturer has some issues sooner or later, but tell me... do you really believe the case on an Alienware or a Dell is equal to that of the MacBook Pro? Not aesthetically, but in terms of quality. I don't know about you, but I consider unibody aluminum to be better quality than plastic. Oh, and to correct myself, MacBook Pro's don't have IPS displays.
There's a difference in "Build Quality" and "Aesthetics"
Build quality implies that it is built better than others.
Aesthetics implies that it is more pleasing than others.
I'll be quite frank, I love how the Air is designed and feels. But my point is, that the points everyone is making for macs are all based on opinion rather than facts. When it comes down to it, the same components in your mac (besides the case) are the same as in other PC's. And their failure rate is equal to that of most "quality" PC systems. So to say macs have a better "Build Quality" is really...honestly... wrong. It's the aesthetically pleasing design that draws you to it. When something is made completely out of metal... something has to give.. this means that everything inside the macbook is going to be more liable to shock damage. Thankfully they foresaw one of the largest problems pertaining to the Hard Disk. But this isn't to say that those flash disks and the display aren't liable to damage due to shock. They are noticeably less affected.. but not shock proof. Plastics give leeway, and flexibility to shrug off damage. These days however the plastics being utilized are cheaper and lower quality, however if you were to look at a Lenovo Thinkpad or a quality Dell laptop (their consumer lines tend to be lower quality...) the plastics are durable and don't have to be "ugly". The Latitude D600 was a testament to durability. but now I'm rambling.
So to answer your question. Yes. Unbiased honest answer Yes. Sure brushed aluminum feels great... it feels sturdy.. and it makes you feel like you have a real quality product. But when it comes down to it.. you have the exact same thing that the neighbor next door has.. and it cost you twice as much. Except you got a neato Mac sticker.