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libskate
Aug 10, 2011, 10:44 AM
Hi all,

I recently ordered an 11" air with the great 20% amazon discount.

While I wait for it to come I am wondering whether or not to purchase a sleeve or case. For my current laptop (17" mbp 2009) I do not use a sleeve, I just put it straight into my backpack. I have never had any issues with this.

It seems with the ssd, the air would be even more durable than the mbp, so is there any reason to use a sleeve?

Thanks!



UCF Sam
Aug 10, 2011, 10:44 AM
Scratches...

NurJahan
Aug 10, 2011, 10:48 AM
Scratches, corner wear and tear. The MBA is a pretty little thing, keep it that way!

VMMan
Aug 10, 2011, 11:03 AM
You may want a small case because you might end up carrying it around outside the home a lot more than a heavy MBP 17".

tmaxey
Aug 10, 2011, 11:04 AM
Where did you get the 20% off coupon?

KylePowers
Aug 10, 2011, 11:10 AM
Where did you get the 20% off coupon?
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1206473

Oppressed
Aug 10, 2011, 11:16 AM
Depends how neurotic you are about scratches and wear on the casing. I'm at least confident that it won't suffer structural damage unless you load it with dangerous objects.

libskate
Aug 10, 2011, 11:21 AM
You may want a small case because you might end up carrying it around outside the home a lot more than a heavy MBP 17".

I'll be carrying it around outside the home (dorm) the same amount I did with the mbp 17". At school, I carried the mbp every day.

I guess a sleeve isn't a bad idea, but I want one then that is really light and cheap.

Any recommendations? I'm not looking for some of those $70 leather sleeves.

VMMan
Aug 10, 2011, 11:23 AM
I'll be carrying it around outside the home (dorm) the same amount I did with the mbp 17". At school, I carried the mbp every day.

I guess a sleeve isn't a bad idea, but I want one then that is really light and cheap.

Any recommendations? I'm not looking for some of those $70 leather sleeves.

If you're a student and like most students, always carrying a backpack, then I probably wouldn't spend the money on a sleeve/case if your backpack has a padded section.

If you care about scratches, then maybe get a skin or a thin hardshell like the Speck.

deadlystriker
Aug 10, 2011, 11:25 AM
I've been using my 11" without a sleeve/case for 2 weeks and so far it's pretty good, no scratches or dings. You may want to check out wrapsol or bodyguardz for preventing scratches without adding bulk.

KylePowers
Aug 10, 2011, 12:09 PM
I'm still on the hunt for the perfect sleeve- A combination of protection, size, price, and style. Now granted, style isn't the biggest concern as I'll be throwing the sleeve into a drawstring backpack anyway (it's what I use for notebooks when I go to class)... but nonetheless, it's becoming a rather difficult decision. Here's what I've come up with so far:

For maximum protection and size at the expense of price (relatively):
Hard Candy Cases Bubble Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Candy-Cases-MacBook-11-inch/dp/B004B8VIR6/ref=sr_1_17?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-17) | Dimensions: 9x1x11 | No pocket
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kxvbQxSRL._AA300_.jpg

For medium protection and size at the expense of price (relatively):
Brenthaven Prostyle 11 (http://www.amazon.com/Brenthaven-ProStyle-11-Inch-Sleeve-MacBook/dp/B004R1PUXK/ref=sr_1_24?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-24) | Dimensions: 8.5x1x12.5 | Has small pocket
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31SL7gXCPaL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

For medium protection with a relatively low price at the expense of size (relatively):
rooCASE Super Bubble Neoprene Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/rooCASE-Neoprene-MacBook-11-6-inch-MC505LL/dp/B004BQTSKC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-1) | Dimensions: 9.6x0.9x12.7 | Has large pocket
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Mcwp5hU0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

For size and price at the expense of protection (dents more so than scratches):
BoxWave Elite Leather Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Elite-Leather-Macbook-Messenger/dp/B000H17ZZU/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-15)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HlaW%2BWbJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Now of course there are a bunch of nicer sleeves out there, but these are just the ones under $40 that I'm currently torn between. I don't even really want to spend more than $30 to be honest.

//Disclaimer: I've never owned or touched any of these, so my descriptions are strictly based off of the pictures and prices.

onthecouchagain
Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM
This is what I got and I really like it: http://www.amazon.com/Speck-Products-Form-Fitting-13-Inch-SPK-A0227/dp/B004LWN3R0

It offers enough protection, is thin and light, and affordable.

VMMan
Aug 10, 2011, 12:23 PM
For maximum protection and size at the expense and price (relatively):
Hard Candy Cases Bubble Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Candy-Cases-MacBook-11-inch/dp/B004B8VIR6/ref=sr_1_17?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-17) | Dimensions: 9x1x11 | No pocket
Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kxvbQxSRL._AA300_.jpg)
//Disclaimer: I've never owned or touched any of these, so my descriptions are strictly based off of the pictures and prices.


I have the Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve for the 11" ($34 on Amazon, normally $50)

It's a great case because it has a hard shell with rubber shocks inside. I think it'll protect against a drop vs just cosmetic protection.

The downside is that unlike a sleeve, you have to use zippers along 3 out of the 4 sides of the case, which takes more time than a sleeve.

It also is borderline unisex to maybe slightly feminine in appearance with those bubble circular protrusions on the outside. They also increase the relative bulkiness of the case.

thatisme
Aug 10, 2011, 12:27 PM
I have this one, but for the 13 instead. it is a nice tight fit, doesn't add too much bulk, looks nice and offers decent protection. My only gripe is that it is not leather.

http://www.amazon.com/Speck-Products-Ultra-Slim-TrimSleeve-SPK-A0294/dp/B004W317GW/ref=pd_cp_e_3

onthecouchagain
Aug 10, 2011, 12:39 PM
For size and price at the expense of protection (dents more so than scratches):
BoxWave Elite Leather Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Elite-Leather-Macbook-Messenger/dp/B000H17ZZU/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312995450&sr=1-15)
Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HlaW%2BWbJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)




Wow, this one looks really nice. I kind of regret the Speck neoprene sleeve that I got. =O

OneMike
Aug 10, 2011, 12:39 PM
I think it depends on what you will be doing with it.

If I were carrying it inside a backpack, travel, etc.. I'd get a sleeve. If for just using and carrying around in your hand or something I don't see the point.

What really changed my view was when I got my kids an iPad two. They are small and after having it since launch day it's still flawless. No otterbox, no case, etc..

Since you said you'll be carrying at the dorm I'd invest in a sleeve. The one the person before me posted is the best looking sleeve I've seen imo. this one (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=macrumors-20&creative=9325&path=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSpeck-Products-Ultra-Slim-TrimSleeve-SPK-A0294%2Fdp%2FB004W317GW%2Fref%3Dpd_cp_e_3)

3bs
Aug 10, 2011, 12:43 PM
I have a blue Speck clear plastic case on my 11" and I love the way it feels and looks!

ritmomundo
Aug 10, 2011, 12:53 PM
Dont bother with a case. Just use your new mac like you wouldve used any other laptop. Wear and tear gives your gadgets personality.

VMMan
Aug 10, 2011, 12:54 PM
The one the person before me posted is the best looking sleeve I've seen imo. this one (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=macrumors-20&creative=9325&path=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSpeck-Products-Ultra-Slim-TrimSleeve-SPK-A0294%2Fdp%2FB004W317GW%2Fref%3Dpd_cp_e_3)


That case looks pretty good. Would it be too tight of a fit if I also have the Speck clear see through shell on the MBA 11"?

s.hasan546
Aug 10, 2011, 12:59 PM
for a $1000+ laptop, IMO it's stupid not to get a case even if does cost anywhere from $20-$100.

KylePowers
Aug 10, 2011, 01:07 PM
Since you said you'll be carrying at the dorm I'd invest in a sleeve. The one the person before me posted is the best looking sleeve I've seen imo. this one (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=macrumors-20&creative=9325&path=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSpeck-Products-Ultra-Slim-TrimSleeve-SPK-A0294%2Fdp%2FB004W317GW%2Fref%3Dpd_cp_e_3)
I would never get that for two reasons: 1) The pressure associated with buttoning the button could dent or damage the MBA (if it's a particularly difficult button to button, that is) and 2) throwing that sleeve into a bag full of a bunch of other crap could scuff up the open side, get dirt and dust into the ports, etc etc.

Just my thoughts, at least.

thatisme
Aug 10, 2011, 01:13 PM
That case looks pretty good. Would it be too tight of a fit if I also have the Speck clear see through shell on the MBA 11"?

Yes. It is a tight fit with it the way it is. There probably is not enough room for the shell as well.

As for the comments from KylePowers...

There is very little pressure put on the MBA when snapping. it is a fairly light snapping action, and the back side of the snap (the side closest to the laptop is covered and concealed, so there is no part of the snap mechanism hitting the laptop.

The Air also sits in the sleeve deep enough that "rubbing" / "Scuffing" would be difficult. Dust / Dirt is a different beast, but you do get more protection than not using a sleeve at all. In fact, you might be better off, since it doesn't pill or fray like neoprene / felt / etc that some of the other cases are made of.

I really like mine (again, for the 13). It is a good tight fit. It adds a little weight, but it provides enough protection that I don't feel bad walking around with it, not in a bag. It looks good too. Again, my only regret is that it is not real leather. I have contacted Saddleback Leather to see if they will be making something similar in the near future... nothing solid back on that yet.

blairh
Aug 10, 2011, 01:21 PM
I would never just throw any Mac tablet or laptop in a bag without some sort of protection. Feel like you are just asking for trouble by not protecting it in some way. Considering how much money you just invested in your new MBA, it's the least you can do.

Currently I'm not traveling with my new MBA but when the time comes, I'll be getting a sleeve of some sort. Even if I'm throwing it in a bag or backpack.

A company I really love is Booq. High quality products for sure.

libskate
Aug 10, 2011, 01:23 PM
for a $1000+ laptop, IMO it's stupid not to get a case even if does cost anywhere from $20-$100.

Well I currently don't use a case of any kind on my 17" mbp and I have had no problems.

MJedi
Aug 10, 2011, 02:36 PM
For me, a sleeve is necessary. I've used Incase sleeves which I then put in a messenger bag or backpack. Keeps my MacBooks looking like it's new and it's protected in the bag.

blairh
Aug 10, 2011, 02:51 PM
Well I currently don't use a case of any kind on my 17" mbp and I have had no problems.

There's a distinct difference between not having any problems and playing it safe. I think most people would tell you that some sort of protection, even the most basic sleeve, is the preferred choice over a naked laptop in a bag.

Ultimately it's your decision and preference. You'll get more "use a sleeve" replies here than "no don't use anything".

FieldingMellish
Aug 10, 2011, 03:50 PM
Hi all,

I recently ordered an 11" air with the great 20% amazon discount.

While I wait for it to come I am wondering whether or not to purchase a sleeve or case. For my current laptop (17" mbp 2009) I do not use a sleeve, I just put it straight into my backpack. I have never had any issues with this.

It seems with the ssd, the air would be even more durable than the mbp, so is there any reason to use a sleeve?

Thanks!

Yes.

s.hasan546
Aug 10, 2011, 03:56 PM
Well I currently don't use a case of any kind on my 17" mbp and I have had no problems.

but do you use it as a ultra portable like the mba 11"? if its always on a desk all day long yeah you dont need it. But im always running around, flying; etc, so i need something portable (reason i got the 11") + the sleeve saves any accidental drops or scratches.

libskate
Aug 10, 2011, 04:05 PM
but do you use it as a ultra portable like the mba 11"? if its always on a desk all day long yeah you dont need it. But im always running around, flying; etc, so i need something portable (reason i got the 11") + the sleeve saves any accidental drops or scratches.

yes, I do use the mbp as an ultra portable/ carrying it everywhere

Pipper99
Aug 10, 2011, 04:06 PM
I like this one from Waterfield on my 13" MBA: the base price is $39, and you can add a flap and strap at additional cost.

http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.php

glen e
Aug 10, 2011, 04:33 PM
if it's going inside a protected case like a backpack, a waterfield suede sleeve will work fine - get the vertical model - $29

sfbags.com

Bottomsup
Aug 10, 2011, 05:06 PM
I have one mainly because I travel a lot and it allows me to stick it in the seat back pocket or in next to me in my seat without fear of scratching

s.hasan546
Aug 10, 2011, 06:23 PM
yes, I do use the mbp as an ultra portable/ carrying it everywhere

Than you answered your question already. You don't need/want it. Don't get it.

meistervu
Aug 10, 2011, 10:36 PM
If you are careful with it. For example, my head is pretty fragile but I walk around without a helmet. So if you are going to treat the MBA as well as your head, then I don't think a case is necessary.

I do however wear a helmet when I ride a bike because of increase risks that I take when I do so. So ask yourself if having a MBA in your backpack filled with other hard and heavy stuff like books which occasionally get thrown around a bit is like your head without a helmet on a bike.

Well, bad analogy. It's just a laptop which you can replace, unlike your head which you cannot. So forget it. You don't need a case for the MBA.

However, if you want a case to protect the MBA, and you don't want to spend $40 on a Incase neoprene, then I would suggest the Be-ez la robe which you can get from Amazon for about $23. It's made out of memory foam, looks a lot nicer than neoprene IMHO, and is probably several times more protective than neoprene. My thought is that if you are going through the trouble of getting a case and using it, it may as well be really good as protecting the MBA.

libskate
Aug 11, 2011, 01:10 AM
I've decided I'll get a reasonable padded sleeve for the times I may be biking with the laptop and probably go sleeve-less when it's just for walking around in the backpack.

The suggestions so far have been great thanks!

BigB82
Aug 11, 2011, 01:50 AM
I ordered a 13 i5 air and use it to take from home to my office n such. currently have a 13 pro i7 with a speck case and notice that it always makes the screen drop, kinda ruins the look too... debating getting a bookbook for the air with invisible shield


I remember hearing rumors of the next redesign being carbon fiber NOW THAT would be SUPER HOT cause as nice as the aluminum looks the huge downside is how prone to scratches and dents it is.

misterneums
Aug 11, 2011, 02:09 AM
I understand that it might feel better if you don't use protection, however--I feel like it might catch something bad, like scratches, smudges, if you don't. You can be a little bit more rough if you have it protected.



^_^

kilonet
Aug 11, 2011, 02:36 AM
I have the Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve for the 11" ($34 on Amazon, normally $50)

It's a great case because it has a hard shell with rubber shocks inside. I think it'll protect against a drop vs just cosmetic protection.

The downside is that unlike a sleeve, you have to use zippers along 3 out of the 4 sides of the case, which takes more time than a sleeve.

It also is borderline unisex to maybe slightly feminine in appearance with those bubble circular protrusions on the outside. They also increase the relative bulkiness of the case.


Is this light? are the hard plastic corners inside removable? Can you get it out undoing just top zipper?

VMMan
Aug 11, 2011, 02:59 AM
Is this light? are the hard plastic corners inside removable? Can you get it out undoing just top zipper?

I don't remember the weight but it weighs about what I estimated it would judging from the Amazon photos before I bought it. It's not light, but not heavy either.

I never removed the red rubber corners, but I think you can because they sometimes make a Velcro like sound when I push on them.

You have to unzip nearly the entire 3 sides to vet the laptop out. It's designed to not bend and there is padding protecting the laptop from the zippers.

I like it a lot. It looks kind of cool with a lot of style. It's even looking less feminine and more unisex, neutral with those protruding bubbles. But if you want speed of access, get a sleeve that let's you slide the MBA in

clyde2801
Aug 11, 2011, 04:33 AM
I kind of view them as seatbelts...not strictly necessary to drive or ride in a car, but a very good idea nonetheless.