I was just looking at a Gadgetopia post, and smack in the middle of it was a promo banner from Lenovo shilling their spiffed up ThinkPad Z60. The promo asks “Which Side Are You On?” and includes an online poll to see whether the black or titanium-skinned ThinkPad is more popular. Titanium is winning by a huge margin worldwide.
I thought it was kinda funny that Lenovo is using titanium for the ThinkPads because Apple used it on the Titanium G4 PowerBooks that were sold from January, 2001 through 2003.
I carried a Ti for several years, and while it was a very decent machine, the titanium skin was really little more than a novelty. It was more durable — or rather more scratch-resistant — than the aluminum on the current crop of PowerBooks, and far more durable than the plastic shell on iBooks and your run-of-the-mill PC laptop. But still little more than a novelty.
Lenovo’s titanium-clad ThinkPad will likely enjoy some measure of popularity because of the perceived added durability. Also because of the novelty of having something other than black plastic on a laptop.