Also known as “single-shell” construction, the unibody owes its roots to air-plane construction, has been standard in auto mobile manufacturing, was made mainstream by Apple, and is the concentrated design ethos of Nokia. Not only do unibodies make consumer products beautiful, but they also make them thinner, lighter, and more rigid.
But there’s always a catch. When it comes to consumer electronics, unbodies don’t encourage consumers to make repairs at home. They also tend to promote non-removal batteries for phones and laptops. Sometimes, they also encourage the undesirable or excessive use of glue. These are deal-breakers for some buyers, but I love the unibody. The fewer screws I see, the better. The fewer moving parts it has, the better.
Despite the flaws, I’m still a firm believer that no one is willing to personally spend money on a product they don’t feel is beautiful. Aesthetic appeal goes a long way in determining what and where our money goes. This truth extends to both hardware and software.
*Featured photo (2009 Apple MacBook Pro) by John Catral