What's Better Than Glossy Black? Just About Everything

What's Better Than Glossy Black? Just About Everything

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 8, 2011

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this matter, but I believe this year's a good time to retire the ever popular glossy black finish. Not just because I've seen it repeatedly for nearly a decade now, but I feel there has to be more alternative materials out there that are less prone to scratches, costs less to produce, and is generally better for the environment.

I feel Asus and Lexon may have been onto something with their bamboo line of products. Items like solar powered cells, LED bulbs, and wind-up power - though probably a little less practical in common use - can still manage to be combined with current technological innovations (such as wireless inductive charging) and still be fantastic.

Or perhaps we need to go back to better building products with better construction and longevity such as the vintage HP calculator seen above or vintage typewriters.

Honestly, I have a hard time understanding how we all got comfortable with the "upgade every year" mentality companies somehow squeezed into the modern consumer today. Does one really need another iPad? Another camera? Another ____?

I feel it's time for consumers to start fighting back and demanding quality products that aim to last decades rather than a few years. It's time for us to invest in products that don't have a quick "planned deterioration obsolescence" date (Thanks, zandar!), but items that are constructed with functionality, people, and the world in mind.

What do you guys think? Do your tech items last as long as they should? What would you change?

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