MacBook Gold?!?

Dan Frakes
5 December, 2007
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Many Mac users have been patiently craving a visual makeover of the MacBook Pro line. After all, Apple’s professional laptops have looked much the same since the aluminium-exterior PowerBook G4 debuted back in January 2003.

If you’re tired of waiting — and you’ve got deep pockets — Computer Choppers in Oregon, USA provides services for those looking to customise the looks of their laptops. The company’s flagship service is a complete refinishing of your MacBook Pro, transforming the laptop’s metal finish from anodised aluminum to chrome, copper, 18k or 24k gold, nickel, or black nickel; you can also choose between, brushed, matte, or polished finishes.

Since Computer Choppers’ work is all custom, the company doesn’t currently have a traditional online store; you contact them with a description of what you’re looking for and they send you an estimate. A refinishing costs $US800 to $US2500, depending on the finish. The least-expensive treatment is polished aluminium or nickel, with gold and black nickel at the high end; the price to refinish a 15-inch MacBook Pro in 24k gold averages around $US1500. The cost of the service includes repainting the non-metal parts — the keyboard, the trackpad, and the bezel around the screen — to match the metal finish, as well as the re-engraving of the newly-painted keys.

Adding a coat of rare metal isn’t the extent of the company’s offerings. Computer Choppers can also replace the MacBook Pro’s white, plastic Apple logo with something more attractive — and more expensive. Customers can choose cubic zirconia if they’re getting close to the limit of their tricking-out budget, or go nuts with real diamonds. You can also opt to remove the Apple logo altogether and have the company use your own logo design. Of course, going this route pushes the cost of the customisation well into the stratosphere — prices for logo customisation range from $US500 to as much as $US10,000!

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