One angle where Intellijel is a clear winner on this topic, for me is that if you built a system over a decade, you can still finish it with the same colour you started. (Some other brands too)
@Alastair yea! love reading all the different synthie perspectives Me, I’m climbing through the windows for the best functional (and hp) fit, over colour.
@Steve-the-player: Regarding preferences, I also enjoy both simple and chaotic styles on different days.
But in contrast to the actual printed design, the precision cut aluminium material panels (in my understanding) are far from the lazy option. When getting it done domestically became prohibitive, manufacturers started switching materials. Intellijel sought out a more distant fabricator who was still acheiving the necessary aluminium cutting precision for a non-domestic module brand.
Final thought, the aesthetic appeal of black is not lost on me, but is somewhat negated by how much (more) dust my black modules reveal. What you don’t see in the truly seductive IG clips. In any case, I consider my vacuum part of my “gear list” so that’s not a deal-breaker.
Seriously, my request to manufacturers: just don’t lose colours/materials you offered in the past simply because it’s more legwork / quality control.