> The Ti is rugid and excellent, and I would recommend it to anyone. I waited > before buying one too, but Apple seems to be putting out excellent products > and, by and large, their AppleCare assistance is very good. At some point I > expect to buy a Big Al, and would not consider it if I was not pleased. > > Tim Naegele First time I've heard the Ti described as rugged! I should say my one is 2001, not 2000 (time flies) and that the paint didn't immediately flake but did so after a year or so. No change in circumstances by the way, carried in a custom bag from day one. To be honest I'm not that bothered about the paint chipping/flaking but the fan coming on very frequently and the heat is what's annoying me most. All the best, Colin.