Attractively Anodized: Aluminum...The New Black

Attractively Anodized: Aluminum...The New Black

Joel Pirela
Apr 5, 2011

Aluminum is one of the cheapest metal on earth and at the same time very easy to machine. Thanks to it being super soft, aluminum can be translated into many shapes and forms, taking many finishes, and further anodized for extra durability and scratch protection. It has great capabilities as a heat dissipator and conductivity and being extra lightweight makes it ideal for portable gadgets. Also, aluminum trumps plastic in perceived quality (thus the term "plasticky"). Last year was the year of the rubberized matte black, this year aluminum and glass is where it's at.

Aluminum Sound Tube Speaker
A very compact speaker that will be powered by your mp3 player, now, for a little surprise, this speaker contains a built-in mp3 player and rechargeable batteries, so it can play without the need for an external source. It can play for 6-12 hours continuously and uses an USB cable for re-charging.

Apple Keyboard/Trackpad
If you love typing on your MacBook, then, this is the keyboard and trackpad for you. Aluminum and glass elevates this mundane peripheral to an almost luxury item.

Aluminum Briefcase
Now, if you want to carry all your gadgets in style, this is the briefcase to handle that! It has some internal dividers that accommodates up to 17" laptops and a bunch of accessories. It even has two combination locks on each side to add to the super double agent wanna be.

ZAGGmate w/keyboard
This is the closest you will get to transform your iPad onto a 9" laptop with the included bluetooth keyboard. Aircraft grade aluminum with bead-blasted finish for extra scratch protection. The hinge has a 10 angles to the perfect viewing and typing position in landscape and portrait mode. The fact that only adds 1/4" to the iPad size is really great. Super lightweight, stylish and thin.

MacBook Dock in Aluminum
This design by Bostjian Majcen, moves all the ports of the MacBook Pro to the back only, so cable management could be easier. Made entirely in aluminum to match Apple's design dogma.

Bluetrek Metal Evolution Bluetooth Headset
At only 5.5 grams, this headset is really light. Comes with USB charging capability and several plastic adapters for the earbuds. It can go for over 5 hours of talk with one charge. It has some great technology which effectively eliminates noise up to 80dB background environment and support active connections with 2 Bluetooth enabled mobile or devices simultaneously.

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