ColorWare, a company known to many Mac users as a haven for getting your multi-colored Apple product fix and making sure it looks hot (instead of that janky paint job you would've done yourself in your garage) has begun shipping glossy, colored MacBooks in 23 different, delicious-looking flavors that span the rainbow so nearly anyone can find something they like. Personally, I about had an Applegasm on the spot when I saw this MacBook (pictured to your right) in a deep plum color called "Prowler." Rawr.
Each new machine ships in approximately 2 to 3 weeks after you order it with your favorite color, and you can order each of the three base configurations exactly as you would get them from Apple. Hell, you can even configure them with different RAM and hard drive specs too! The only catch? The extra US$650 you'll be spending on a ColorWare MacBook for the luxury of non-monochromatic plastic. And you guys thought the US$150 "black tax" was a bit much! The machines run from a base US$1749 to $2149. Hey, at least shipping seems to be cheap (less than US$10 just now when I ran through the checkout process).
ColorWare makes use of their special "X2" coating process that involves a thorough cleaning of the case, painting to the customer's desire, application of scratch-resistant coating, and then an ultraviolet curing process that ensures that the color won't be going anywhere anytime soon (such as your lap) and color clarity.
As a side note, I had always been slightly disappointed that Apple's version of the black MacBook had to be matte and not glossy, but ColorWare has a black glossy MacBook that looks just as sleek as I had hoped the "real" Apple one would be. But seriously, that Prowler-colored MacBook has me hot and bothered enough to make me juuuuuuust slightly want to sell my MacBook Pro and order a new MacBook from ColorWare, six-hundred and fifty dollar (*gulp*) color tax be damned! Or, I could just pay a US$449 color tax and have my MacBook Pro painted instead. Hrm…