Originally Posted by Roikins
They're bling these days because a company decided that computers should no longer be appliances you use to only accomplish tasks, but they should also be your best friend and a fashion accessory
The lifecycle of products starts out with prototypes and early adopters - home built and rigged together with tape (Altair, Apple II, steam powered cars). After that, the industry matures and the products are plain but functional (IBM XT, Classic Mac, Ford Model T). Finally, the product becomes optimized and commoditized to the extent that the only changes that can be made are cosmetic and fashion-oriented (Intel-based Macs, "your personal" colored Dell, Hummers built on Chevy SUV chassis'). Finally, the product falls into self parody and obsolescence.
It's interesting that these lifecycles seem to be speeding up and computing devices have entered the fashion stage after only 20-25 years, but it explains why computers are all blingy these days.
Originally Posted by tiecollector
I'm still shocked at how after all these years, Macs are still the only laptops that don't look cheap.
If I spent twice as much on something I'd expect it to look expensive too. Also, they're the only laptop brand that isn't producing commodity products. A luxury PC is like McDonalds offering five star table service - it's the same generic product in a fancy wrapper and thus fails in the marketplace.