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BigMacUBC
Jan 9, 2011, 07:48 PM
Sorry if already posted but these are the first hard cases that I've see for the new macbook airs.

White Color
http://www.speckproducts.com/macbooks/macbook-air-13/seethru-macbook-air-13.html

Black Color
http://www.speckproducts.com/macbooks/macbook-air-13/satin-macbook-air-13.html

I think I'm definitely going to pick up one.

What do you guys think?



bri1232001
Jan 9, 2011, 08:01 PM
Just bought my MBA 13 today and this looks really nice. A little pricey but whats another 50 bucks right?

2IS
Jan 9, 2011, 08:10 PM
I think it cheapens the look personally. I take good care of my laptops so all I really need is a small carrying case for when I'm lugging it around.

zulumonk
Jan 9, 2011, 08:22 PM
Looks nice in black. I'm just hoping that they'll have more in stock soon.

MikePA
Jan 10, 2011, 03:35 AM
What's the point of a hard shell case? I'm not being sarcastic, I don't understand what they protect. Clearly there's no drop protection.

drxcm
Jan 10, 2011, 04:42 AM
What's the point of a hard shell case? I'm not being sarcastic, I don't understand what they protect. Clearly there's no drop protection.

Scratches (and dent protection to some degree).

I'm not a fan.

philxor
Jan 10, 2011, 09:28 AM
It's just protection from scratches. I'm pretty rough on my laptops and my old MBP didn't look too great after awhile so I'm contemplating something like this for my new MBA. I purchased vinyl lid protection but this would obviously be more protection. They do make them in clear, and the black one doesn't look too bad, but I'd have to see it in person.

weckart
Jan 11, 2011, 12:40 AM
I'm sceptical. I could never find a Speck that fitted my MBP, although it is probably my MBP's weird size imperfections as the Incase shell I replaced the Speck with doesn't fit either (in different places). Both have scratched my MBP and both were lint and grit magnets.

rubberwheels
Jan 11, 2011, 12:58 AM
My mac is already wrapsol'd. i don't see a reason for the hard case. The case is like .4 lbs. I got the speck seethru satin for my MBP cause i didn't get wrapsol or anything for it.

DeusEx
Jan 11, 2011, 03:08 AM
How thick are these? Do they scuff the MBAs in anyway? Why are they so expensive (for what seems to be two pieces of plastic)?

rubberwheels
Jan 11, 2011, 10:07 PM
How thick are these? Do they scuff the MBAs in anyway? Why are they so expensive (for what seems to be two pieces of plastic)?

I had the speck case for my MBP. it scuffed up the sides where the clips lock in. Cause i kept taking it on and off. and the thing chipped off.

weckart
Jan 12, 2011, 04:55 AM
There are cheaper hard case covers on eBay - averaging about 15 a pop.

lembowski
Jan 12, 2011, 08:42 AM
There are cheaper hard case covers on eBay - averaging about 15 a pop.

for the 2010 air? not so much

uwetodd
Jan 12, 2011, 09:05 AM
I don't know about you guys, but this "case" pretty much denies the sexiness of the Air. It's like having a hot chic dress way too conservatively. Call me crazy... :rolleyes:

MikePA
Jan 12, 2011, 09:15 AM
I don't know about you guys, but this "case" pretty much denies the sexiness of the Air. It's like having a hot chic dress way too conservatively. Call me crazy... :rolleyes:

More like a hot chic in a hot dress who then puts a floor length smock on and buttons it up to her neck.

uwetodd
Jan 12, 2011, 09:19 AM
More like a hot chic in a hot dress who then puts a floor length smock on and buttons it up to her neck.

Sorta like a Snuggie, minus the buttons.

ritmomundo
Jan 12, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Does the MBA 2010 need a hardcase? I've got the 11 inch model, and the screen is so thin, I'm afraid that if I put any excess pressure on it while carrying it around, the metal will dent or warp and damage the screen. Is this something that should be protected with a hardcase? Or is it pretty durable? I was considering just getting a skin or wrapsol, but now I don't know..

MikePA
Jan 12, 2011, 12:23 PM
Does the MBA 2010 need a hardcase? I've got the 11 inch model, and the screen is so thin, I'm afraid that if I put any excess pressure on it while carrying it around, the metal will dent or warp and damage the screen. Is this something that should be protected with a hardcase? Or is it pretty durable? I was considering just getting a skin or wrapsol, but now I don't know..

You will not dent or warp the screen by carrying a naked MBA around. It's made of aluminum, not aluminum foil.

ritmomundo
Jan 12, 2011, 12:39 PM
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thanks. I just question the MBAs durability because of it's thinness. I know it's probably built solid, but it feels so fragile.

weckart
Jan 12, 2011, 01:09 PM
for the 2010 air? not so much

Apologise, sinner! (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Clear-Hard-Case-new-11-6-MacBook-Air-2010-Uk-/320634213090?pt=UK_Computing_LaptopAccessories_LaptopCasesBags&hash=item4aa749d2e2)

bowlerman625
Jan 12, 2011, 09:38 PM
Now in stock. Just ordered the clear one. Yea!

rubberwheels
Jan 14, 2011, 01:14 AM
Apologise, sinner! (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Clear-Hard-Case-new-11-6-MacBook-Air-2010-Uk-/320634213090?pt=UK_Computing_LaptopAccessories_LaptopCasesBags&hash=item4aa749d2e2)

How is this case?

Xeperu
Jan 14, 2011, 03:17 AM
Buying a Macbook Air: $1299
Buying a hard case: $49
Defying the purpose of getting an ultra thin notebook: Priceless

keviikev
Jan 14, 2011, 07:05 PM
Hard case will scratch your MBA when dust get in. A good sleeve with padding is all you need.

2IS
Jan 14, 2011, 07:14 PM
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thanks. I just question the MBAs durability because of it's thinness. I know it's probably built solid, but it feels so fragile.

Really? I think it merely looks fragile due to it's size but I think it feels pretty darn solid.

bowlerman625
Jan 15, 2011, 12:27 PM
My Speck case came this morning!

It's an amazing case. I got the clear/white one so it shows off the baby MBA. It's light and has a nice grip when you pick it up.

Check it out!

GT-R
Jan 15, 2011, 01:01 PM
My Speck case came this morning!

It's an amazing case. I got the clear/white one so it shows off the baby MBA. It's light and has a nice grip when you pick it up.

Check it out!


pics? review? how slim is the case?

peapody
Jan 15, 2011, 01:12 PM
Hmm,

I'll probably have to pic one up to review on Gadgetmac.com.

bowlerman625
Jan 15, 2011, 01:23 PM
pics? review? how slim is the case?

It's very slim. 7 ounces in weight. Adds no bulk to the MBA. It just seems like it grabs the top and bottom of the MBA. Snaps in place. Seems to attach very solidly actually. When you pick up the MBA in the case, the surface is grippy. Does not feel too slippery. The clear one is nice because it does not hide the attributes of the MBA. Also, when you open the MBA the bottom stays down on the surface. It does not lift up like it did sometimes before. Very nice case. Not cheap, but none of them are!

GT-R
Jan 15, 2011, 04:06 PM
It's very slim. 7 ounces in weight. Adds no bulk to the MBA. It just seems like it grabs the top and bottom of the MBA. Snaps in place. Seems to attach very solidly actually. When you pick up the MBA in the case, the surface is grippy. Does not feel too slippery. The clear one is nice because it does not hide the attributes of the MBA. Also, when you open the MBA the bottom stays down on the surface. It does not lift up like it did sometimes before. Very nice case. Not cheap, but none of them are!


cool! sounds great... ive never seen the speck case before, just went to the apple store to check out existing ones... so its like a piece of hard plastic that snaps on?

i really wanna avoid scratches on the outside, as i notice a faint scratch on the backside of the laptop just from resting so im guessing over time scratches could be a problem...

does the plastic feel cheap? would the clear version scratch easily over time?

bowlerman625
Jan 15, 2011, 08:51 PM
cool! sounds great... ive never seen the speck case before, just went to the apple store to check out existing ones... so its like a piece of hard plastic that snaps on?

i really wanna avoid scratches on the outside, as i notice a faint scratch on the backside of the laptop just from resting so im guessing over time scratches could be a problem...

does the plastic feel cheap? would the clear version scratch easily over time?

The plastic does not feel cheap. It's just for 50 bucks there isn't much of it...but that is what I wanted. I suppose it could scratch depending what it comes into contact with but I'm careful so I do not worry about that. I'm impressed with how it fits the MBA like a glove.

Yes, it's hard plastic. Designed well.

philxor
Jan 15, 2011, 08:57 PM
I'm also interested in seeing some pictures of the clear case. The only bad things I've heard about the colored satin cases is they tend to look dirty pretty quickly and show fingerprints but I imagine the clear one eliminates some of that.

GDOX316
Jan 15, 2011, 09:56 PM
I got mine yesterday. It adds weight, but thats a plus for me, it actually feels like i have something on my lap, haha. But it quenches a mental thirst knowing i can be a tad more rough or "realistic" in handling my little air instead of babying it.

einmusiker
Jan 15, 2011, 10:01 PM
I really like this one: http://www.speckproducts.com/macbooks/macbook-air-11/satin-macbook-air-11.html

rubberwheels
Jan 16, 2011, 01:19 AM
If anyone else has this and a waterfield suede jacket. i would like to know if it'll fit inside with the case.

lembowski
Jan 17, 2011, 08:40 AM
I got mine yesterday. It adds weight, but thats a plus for me, it actually feels like i have something on my lap, haha. But it quenches a mental thirst knowing i can be a tad more rough or "realistic" in handling my little air instead of babying it.

Love to see some pictures and such. Pro pictures on their website aren't that good.

GekkePrutser
Jan 17, 2011, 09:52 AM
I like the black one, it doesn't show the little white Apple glowing. I'm never really comfortable using my MBP in public, because these little glowing apples almost scream 'Expensive laptop! Grab me and run!' to the less moral citizens :( Especially on a busy commuter train.

A case like this would be great camouflage. I might get one if I do end up getting a MacBook Air.

GDOX316
Jan 17, 2011, 03:49 PM
Love to see some pictures and such. Pro pictures on their website aren't that good.

as soon as i can find my card reader...I have pictures.

lembowski
Jan 17, 2011, 03:53 PM
as soon as i can find my card reader...I have pictures.

Awesome! Can't wait

Penooker
Jan 18, 2011, 05:11 PM
Yes, it's hard plastic. Designed well.

Do you think the plastic top part will allow the LCD screen to withstand more pressure? My concern is the MBA in my book bag, with books pushing the LCD onto the keyboard. I've had light spots develop on my other laptops due to this, and I want to know if you think this product will help avoid it.

lembowski
Jan 19, 2011, 10:36 AM
as soon as i can find my card reader...I have pictures.

Found a card reader yet? :)

lembowski
Jan 21, 2011, 02:57 PM
Pictures or video from you guys that have this?

pkny
Jan 22, 2011, 10:33 AM
i just received my speck protective case - shipped to canada within 2 days (right after ordering!!)

i have to say the price i paid is a small price for something that will protect your laptop from dings and scratches (or most of them)

i have the speck case for my 17" (1+ yr) and i have to say speck is pretty reliable and slick.

should definitely check them out if you're considering to get a protective shell.

i added the qbn.com sticker btw.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w241/p_k_n_y/169785_10150383112330587_675510586_16911081_2341905_o.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w241/p_k_n_y/171559_10150383113470587_675510586_16911091_5053343_o.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w241/p_k_n_y/170751_10150383114050587_675510586_16911095_548099_o.jpg

einmusiker
Jan 22, 2011, 11:35 AM
i just received my speck protective case - shipped to canada within 2 days (right after ordering!!)

i have to say the price i paid is a small price for something that will protect your laptop from dings and scratches (or most of them)

i have the speck case for my 17" (1+ yr) and i have to say speck is pretty reliable and slick.

should definitely check them out if you're considering to get a protective shell.

i added the qbn.com sticker btw.


looks great

lembowski
Jan 22, 2011, 12:51 PM
Looks awesome! Can anyone take some pics of a clear model?

ryantlo888
Jan 24, 2011, 04:58 PM
Hey pkny,

I'm also from Canada. I was wondering how much the Speck case costs including shipping and all that stuff?

Thanks!

nfl46
Jan 24, 2011, 07:51 PM
They really need to step it up. Now, both the clear and black are sold out. Black has been sold out for over a week now. Come out with new colors or something. They should have been expected this.

pkny
Jan 25, 2011, 12:08 PM
Hey pkny,

I'm also from Canada. I was wondering how much the Speck case costs including shipping and all that stuff?

Thanks!

Shipping / handling cost was $14.57 usd (to toronto).
Everything came to $64.52 usd - I heard the Apple store are carrying them now but they're selling really quickly (you should give them a call to double check)

ryantlo888
Jan 26, 2011, 08:04 AM
Thanks pkny, I'll definitely phone them up.

Anyone comment on if the Satin attracts lint and dust? I'm using a Brenthaven sleeve and it has that furriness to the inside. I really like the satin look more, but if it attracts lint I will probably end up getting the clear. Thoughts?

klover
Jan 26, 2011, 09:33 AM
Hey pkny,

I'm also from Canada. I was wondering how much the Speck case costs including shipping and all that stuff?

Thanks!

FYI, the black Speck case for 11 and 13" MBA is available on Apple.ca
$59 + shipping.

Their shipping will be just as quick.

nfl46
Jan 26, 2011, 10:52 AM
Its available in the Apple Store now, as stated above. It is $49.99 plus shipping in the US. Available in black and clear. Black has a 3-4 week wait, while the clear has a 24 hour wait.

I'm going to check my local Apple Stores to see if they have them in the store. I want the black, but waiting a month for it, hmm, I don't think so.

nfl46
Jan 26, 2011, 10:59 AM
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blow45
Jan 26, 2011, 04:53 PM
no leather hard cases a la ipad out yet?:(

threeputt
Jan 28, 2011, 05:02 PM
I bought mine at the local Apple Store here in Ottawa, Canada today. I purchased the clear one, looks great and fits my 13 mba perfectly.

razamataz
Jan 29, 2011, 05:56 PM
I bought mine at the local Apple Store here in Ottawa, Canada today. I purchased the clear one, looks great and fits my 13 mba perfectly.

I didnt think they were at the stores yet. I just ordered online, It would suck if they showed up at the stores right after having to pay shipping to get one here :mad:

BTW, My first post using my new 11" Air!!!!

I love it!!!!!!!!

threeputt
Jan 30, 2011, 07:28 AM
I didnt think they were at the stores yet. I just ordered online, It would suck if they showed up at the stores right after having to pay shipping to get one here :mad:

BTW, My first post using my new 11" Air!!!!

I love it!!!!!!!!


They are for sure available in the Apple Stores, at least here in Ottawa.

razamataz
Jan 30, 2011, 10:23 AM
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Nothing here in edmonton....... Bah! I hate waiting!!!!!

My luck is they'll show up in stores tomorrow because I ordered one yesterday lol

bobr1952
Jan 30, 2011, 10:38 AM
It looks nice--but not as nice as the Air without a case. I think I'd rather opt out of the case and just try to be careful. :)

razamataz
Jan 30, 2011, 10:41 AM
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It looks nice--but not as nice as the Air without a case. I think I'd rather opt out of the case and just try to be careful. :)

Lol, I'm so OCD that I'm getting mine skinned AND the case AND a keyboard protector!

lembowski
Jan 30, 2011, 02:42 PM
Called around the Apple Store in UTC (San Diego) had both the clear and black ones. The soft touch of the black was really nice compared to the glossy clear one. So I bought the black, love it. Feels great and makes carrying the computer feel more secure.