Gadget design is in a pretty good place these days. Even companies like Sony and Dell—known to commit many a design atrocity in their days—are starting to make devices that look pretty. But there's still one crutch companies and designers lean on when they want to make something they think people will lust after.
Superpros who want 17 inches of MacBook Pro can get a matte screen from Apple for $50. Apple annoyingly hoses people who want a portable notebook. But they've got a couple aftermarket options.
A reader writes in to tell us about this black MacBook he saw somewhere—we can't say where he saw it since it would get him in some deep doo doo—and says it may be a new revision of the black MacBook series. The standard MB right now is matted and non-reflective, as you can see by these pictures from flickr. This one,…