16th February, 2005

Review: The Apple Powerbook iDecay

Customized by a combination of backpack, heat, hard work and prolonged use, Apple’s limited edition Powerbook iDecay model was only available in Nottingham back in 2001.

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The machine was - and still is - incredible, but on delivery the casing was disappointingly shiny and new. Thankfully, and with only minor wear, tear and abuse, my Powerbook iDecay is now deteriorating nicely. Read on for more detail and exclusive pictures…

The much sought-after “eczema” effect

At last, the port flap is now bent and losing paint. I’m delighted that the paint on the top is now being held on by a collage of stickers. Around the edges, I’ve finally got the “eczema” effect that is so desirable these days, with large chunks of paint falling off regularly. Most importantly, I have the perfect laptop for important meetings with clients where that “who the hell are these people?” stare is always welcoming.

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And repair paint makes things even worse!

Brilliantly, the TI Paint I ordered ages ago does indeed enhance the decay nicely. A light application of the paint creates a wonderful yellowing mould effect, but sadly this needs re-doing regularly as the paint has all the permanence of a cloud.

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So, I thought I’d share my delight at the way in which my Powerbook has aged of late. Thanks to Apple, you may be able to achieve the look and feel of the Powerbook iDecay yourself, without sifting eBay for an original model. Simply do nothing to your machine during normal use, and with a bit of luck, your Powerbook will also end up looking like a pig’s arse in no time.

Have you got an iDecay?

Wow! If so, post a picture of it here using standard image code (with “alt” tags, kids), for all to see. Alternatively, I’ll customize one for you. Just send me your Powerbook and in four years time I’ll send it back as knackered as mine.

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