Originally Posted by abf
can't comment on lenovos or the new macs from experience...but if the older IBMs (T2x and T3x) and iBook G3/G4 are reletively the same...then the build quality is well...about the same.
if i am not mistaken the older Powerbooks were built by ASUS and iBooks by Compal, and currently both MB and MBP are build by Quanta (i think). Quanta is the same company that builds many Dell, HP, and Toshiba systems.
make sure not to lump the build quality together simply bc of sharing a mutual manufacturer. each brand has their own specifications, choices of materials (and quality thereof), and tolerances regarding build quality. one company will contract for a cheap ass nascar notebook to sell, simply bc they can and some guy with beer and pit stains on his wife-beater will buy it, while another such as apple will contract for a MBP. BIG difference.
each brand weighs and balances how much they want to make in profit margins vs. how they want their brand to be represented by way of the actual quality and finish of the product.