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thriii
Nov 30, 2011, 09:23 AM
Not sure which to get right now so what are the reasons to get 1 over the other?

I have a backpack with a spot for a laptop, but I'm not sure if thats enough to protect my macbook air so I'm thinking about a sleeve.. but then I worry about the macbook air when i take it out of the sleeve because of scratches and stuff like that.

The hard case I'm thinking about getting is the Incipio Feather:
http://www.vebee.com/images/detailed/9/3610-MAMB.jpg

does anyone have this case? how is it?


are there a such thing as a sleeve i can use while still keeping the hard case on?
(please dont say bookbook :o)



Smileyboy
Nov 30, 2011, 09:30 AM
Nice case!! I have a invisible shield and a bookbook on mine.

Risasi
Nov 30, 2011, 09:37 AM
I prefer a naked laptop with a sleeve. Right now I've got a thing for Booq Vyper sleeves...

ArchiMark
Nov 30, 2011, 09:59 AM
Can go either way....but sleeve with right material shouldn't scratch your MBA....ie, micro-fiber suede, neoprene, etc...

aeboi
Nov 30, 2011, 10:10 AM
Can go either way....but sleeve with right material shouldn't scratch your MBA....ie, micro-fiber suede, neoprene, etc...

I believe he's referring to scratches while it's out of the sleeve.

UKmacman
Nov 30, 2011, 10:15 AM
Call me paranoid but I am going for both! Really like the new air but I am still feeling like I need gloves to hold it with so I don;t scratch it. Just ordered the incipio feather and also have the slimline speck sleeve. Great combo me thinks!!!

shadowjeff
Nov 30, 2011, 11:50 AM
Can go either way....but sleeve with right material shouldn't scratch your MBA....ie, micro-fiber suede, neoprene, etc...

I always wonder, would the material on WOOL sleeves scratch the mba?

Love the look of the wool sleeves though.

ArchiMark
Nov 30, 2011, 11:57 AM
I wouldn't think wool would be a problem....

iRCL
Nov 30, 2011, 12:01 PM
You do realize the laptop is already made out of metal that doesn't really scratch unless you drag your keys along it... go walk around a university campus and you'll see 90% of MBP/MBA have no covers and 1% of them have any meaningful amount of scratches

I have kept my MBP/MBA's in a similar backpack or bag compartment for years, no problems. Who wants to buy a thin laptop anyhow, just to bundle it up in something thicker

ArchiMark
Nov 30, 2011, 12:04 PM
You do realize the laptop is already made out of metal that doesn't really scratch unless you drag your keys along it... go walk around a university campus and you'll see 90% of MBP/MBA have no covers and 1% of them have any meaningful amount of scratches

I have kept my MBP/MBA's in a similar backpack or bag compartment for years, no problems. Who wants to buy a thin laptop anyhow, just to bundle it up in something thicker

To each his own, but I'd much prefer to have at least a minimal amount of protection (ie, neoprene sleeve, etc...) on such a valuable device, especially if I were to accidentally drop it...

Just my 2....YMMV.....

thriii
Nov 30, 2011, 01:58 PM
Call me paranoid but I am going for both! Really like the new air but I am still feeling like I need gloves to hold it with so I don;t scratch it. Just ordered the incipio feather and also have the slimline speck sleeve. Great combo me thinks!!!

I thought about that but still not sure if thats the route I want to go in are you putting the macbook air inside the sleeve with the incipio feather still attached or do u plan on removing it before sliding it into the sleeve?




You do realize the laptop is already made out of metal that doesn't really scratch unless you drag your keys along it... go walk around a university campus and you'll see 90% of MBP/MBA have no covers and 1% of them have any meaningful amount of scratches

I have kept my MBP/MBA's in a similar backpack or bag compartment for years, no problems. Who wants to buy a thin laptop anyhow, just to bundle it up in something thicker

I think I'm just a bit paranoid at the moment.. if I didnt get a hard case, what would be a great sleeve to get? Looking for something minimal in detail.. black.. if possible no big logo that stands out

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To each his own, but I'd much prefer to have at least a minimal amount of protection (ie, neoprene sleeve, etc...) on such a valuable device, especially if I were to accidentally drop it...

Just my 2....YMMV.....

Dropping it is my biggest concern :o

dmk1974
Nov 30, 2011, 04:33 PM
I always put a clear skin from bestskinsever.com on my Macs (currently on my MBA). Makes me less paranoid about scratches and gives it a nicer grip than the bare aluminum.

thriii
Nov 30, 2011, 05:36 PM
I always put a clear skin from bestskinsever.com on my Macs (currently on my MBA). Makes me less paranoid about scratches and gives it a nicer grip than the bare aluminum.

thats a good idea! I was wondering if they had 1 for macbook airs.. so it seems it covers the whole thing.. does it also cover the screen?

Mayo7
Nov 30, 2011, 05:50 PM
If you're going to get a sleeve, I highly recommend the Sleevecase from Water Field. They are probably the highest quality and most protective sleeve out there with their 6mm neoprene padding(unless you go for a hard sleeve case, like the booq viper).

I handle my 13" Air somewhat rough (tossing it on the table, shoving it in my backpack full of stuff, tossing the backpack) when it's in the sleeve and it's been great so far.

elpmas
Nov 30, 2011, 05:53 PM
Hardshell will get annoying later since you won't get to enjoy the design. I say get a sleeve. Doesn't have to be a specific one since they all do the same thing--protect your Mac.

thormarketing
Nov 30, 2011, 05:59 PM
I got the speck clear case (so you still get to enjoy looks) and their sleeve. The sleeve is a bit tight and hard to put on sometimes, but it fits.

I'd like to try the incipio as well. The speck clear case would benefit from being a bit lighter on the display assembly. I wonder if the feather is much lighter?

dmk1974
Nov 30, 2011, 06:22 PM
thats a good idea! I was wondering if they had 1 for macbook airs.. so it seems it covers the whole thing.. does it also cover the screen?

No, their skin does not cover the screen. It covers the outer lid, bottom, trackpad, palm rest areas, and a few of the thin edges. I actually like leaving the screen as-is since I don't ever touch it.

Funkymonk
Nov 30, 2011, 09:13 PM
I'm getting the incipio feather case and the switch easy thins. can never be too careful :D

PathVu
Dec 1, 2011, 04:21 AM
I use this sleeve....perfect

AIR-S
Dec 1, 2011, 08:54 AM
I have got a incipio feather case on my 11" air and I can't think of anything bad to say about it!

It doesn't make my air feel any bigger than it did before and provides plenty of protection! Plus it fits snug enough so that no dirt gets behind it!!

I also bought a incase sleeve from eBay and it still fits in it with the feather Case on!! Obviously it is a bit tighter than before but it does still fit!! I Use the sleeve mainly for when it's in my backpack!

I just like to know that it isn't going to get damaged easily I know they are pretty hard machines anyway but I'd rather be safe than sorry!! especially as its my pride and joy!!

Rich

macb0y
Dec 1, 2011, 11:21 AM
i'm using this at the moment.,
http://www.uniqcases.com/index.php/collection-1/tux/tux-truescarlet-macbookair-105.html

Pedro Julio
Dec 1, 2011, 12:01 PM
I tend not to be very rough on my laptops, so I just use a sleeve. I figure the designers and engineers would have added another case if it really needed one.

Got this sleeve for my MBA for $10:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zUYGx7GQL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Kendo
Dec 1, 2011, 07:18 PM
This is what I use for my 13 and it is AWESOME.

http://www.themacherald.com/2011/08/the-skinny-sleeve-mba-review.html

http://www.emediaone.net/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/10c5a_SkinnySleeveMBA-Closed_HiRes-620x503.jpg

thriii
Dec 1, 2011, 07:46 PM
I use this sleeve....perfect


This is what I use for my 13 and it is AWESOME.

http://www.themacherald.com/2011/08/the-skinny-sleeve-mba-review.html

Image (http://www.emediaone.net/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/10c5a_SkinnySleeveMBA-Closed_HiRes-620x503.jpg)


Both very nice sleeves! I have been looking for one that completely covers the laptop but these are pretty nice.. I like the booq viper so far and think I'm going to go with a sleeve instead of a hardcase after thinking about it and some of the replies here.
http://www.gearzap.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/b/o/booq-viper-macbook-air-11-3_1.jpg

just wish it was a bit more simple.. not looking for much just a simple design that offers great protection all around. Is there anything that would protect my air as much or close to the booq viper that is minimal in design?

footprints07
Dec 1, 2011, 08:17 PM
Hi, got a question for people using the Booq viper 13" (I suppose all the viper series are hard case?) for the MBA, does the Air sit nicely inside the case or can you actually hear noise as you carry it around? I am asking because I think viper is for unibody so it fits a MBP which is thicker in height.
Thanks in advance

ArchiMark
Dec 1, 2011, 09:06 PM
If you're going to get a sleeve, I highly recommend the Sleevecase from Water Field. They are probably the highest quality and most protective sleeve out there with their 6mm neoprene padding(unless you go for a hard sleeve case, like the booq viper).

I handle my 13" Air somewhat rough (tossing it on the table, shoving it in my backpack full of stuff, tossing the backpack) when it's in the sleeve and it's been great so far.

+1 for Waterfield....have use them on several laptops...always great sleeves..

thriii
Dec 1, 2011, 09:37 PM
I came across these Chinao Sleeves which I really like:
http://f.cl.ly/items/1u2a3O1l3j0n340j172Q/LittleSnapper.png

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h6BkD_pKeS8

Seems to be what im looking for.. does anyone know about these cases?

How well would it protect my air?

I noticed it uses a magnet to keep the case secure.. is this a bad idea for a sleeve?

UKmacman
Dec 2, 2011, 05:58 AM
I bought one of these cases (chinao) from the USA - I am in the UK and it is nice, but not for me. I also got a speck sleeve and I think I am sticking with that.

In fact I have it for sale on ebay if you are in the UK. I paid more for shipping and import duty than the sleeve which was a pain but now I just want to try and recover less than half my costs if someone is interested. Search and you will find it.

Also I retract my statement on this thread about the incipio feather. I wrote it while on order from amazon and now it is going back. First off, once on, a real amount of trouble to get off!

Second I kind of felt it added just that little bt too much weight to make the air as light as it is and also it looked okay from a distance but not as special as the air itself when just left alone!

robvas
Dec 2, 2011, 09:44 AM
I had my heart set on the Booq Vyper but you can't carry the power adapter in the case, and it's kind of bulky. Ended up going with the STM Jacket

palpatine
Dec 3, 2011, 08:12 AM
i've got an 11". i have a speck hard case. it is brilliant, adds very little bulk or weight, and looks gorgeous (clear).

i doubt that i will be getting a sleeve. i usually just go to campus with my ipad, but when i bring my mba along, i carry it in my man bag. it seems pretty secure to me.

admonmansur
Mar 15, 2013, 10:56 PM
I use this sleeve....perfect

Where did you get that sleeve from?