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Aug 6, 2011, 08:27 PM
Hey, I recently purchased a 2011 MBA 13", and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a protective case/shell? I'll be traveling later this month and I want to get something to help protect it from wear and tear along the way. I already have a carrying case, so looking for something thin and light.

I've been looking at the Incipio Feather (http://www.myincipio.com/MacBook-Air-13in-Cases-Accessories/Incipio-MacBook-Air-13in-feather-Ultralight-Hard-Shell-Case.asp), but it doesn't seem to be getting fabulous reviews online (with what little reviews I could find), and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this one, or a better alternative?

Aug 6, 2011, 08:45 PM
Just got my Brentwood Prostyle 11. I love it! Its the best sleeve I've ever seen. Slim, protective and stylish. It was definitely designed for the MBA 11.6" in mind. It has a nice faux fur interior and front pocket for an iPhone. Here's a great review: http://www.practicalhacks.com/2011/04/27/quick-take-brenthaven-prostyle-sleeve-for-11-macbook-air/

They have 3 colors. I got the black and copper.

Aug 6, 2011, 09:36 PM
i just bought the waterfield sleeve case from SFbags.com Great quality and offers great protection. only downside is that it gets pricey once you start adding things on to it. Definitely worth it if you want to protect your investment

Aug 6, 2011, 09:51 PM
While these are great suggestions, I already have a pretty good carrying case. I was looking for more in the lines of a protective shell rather than a sleeve.

Aug 6, 2011, 10:51 PM
While these are great suggestions, I already have a pretty good carrying case. I was looking for more in the lines of a protective shell rather than a sleeve.

Incase perforated, Speck see thru satin owner. Both are going back. They add too much weight to the air. The Speck is too fragile--that plastic will split (see Amazon reviews). I fully concur. The Incase perforated is thicker, and I think that it is made better and fits better. It, however, looks ugly to me and is borderline seizure-inducing with its rows of dots. Also unsure about the heat factor with the Speck. The Incase should not have any problems with that....either way, $60 for the incase is insane.

Aug 6, 2011, 11:00 PM
I've had the Speck Satin See thru in Black on mine since i got it about two months ago. I use it everyday, no cracks or splits. I've never used the MBA w/out it, so I can't confirm if it causes an increase in heat. The bottom of the MBA gets warm, but that's about it.

Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 PM
iCarbon perhaps ?

Aug 7, 2011, 12:42 AM

Aug 7, 2011, 01:00 AM
I use the Speck See Thru, used since day 1. Does add a little bulk and I have noticed if I'm doing video editing it gets hot (it probably would anyway with encoding). No issues with splitting or cracks. I also picked up a cheap neoprene case on eBay.

Aug 7, 2011, 02:24 AM
I think the Speck See Thru case is great on my MBA. I also use them on my MBPs. It's much thinner on the MBA and it probably does cause it to run warmer, but not so warm that the fans become audible.

If it feels warm on the base, then that's not necessarily bad as you can feel the heat being conducted through the shell.

Hey Jude
Aug 7, 2011, 05:54 AM
I finally decided on the Joli case and a SF Muzetto bag for my 11" Air. I thought that combo provided the best style/protection for when I am out and about.

Aug 7, 2011, 08:03 AM
Pad and Quill "Cartella" case. ;)


It looks like a Moleskine notebook, if that's your thing. The cover is also a solid piece rather than simple neoprene or foam.

If you want a lot of protection, I can't recommend the L.A. Robe sleeve enough. :)


That's what I have, and I'd toss that thing in any bag, any time. It's made of this memory foam stuff, so I can exert quite a lot of pressure on it (either with my thumb, or I can punch it with my knuckle), and if I put my hand inside the sleeve while I punched or pressed it, I wouldn't feel much pressure.