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knowledge!
Sep 13, 2013, 04:24 AM
Hey guys,

I used the search function and only managed to find the sleeve/cases thread. It seems that the thread is more aimed towards general reviews, so I hope it's okay if I make another thread.

I'm looking for a protective case that isn't just a sleeve, but isn't as hard core as the pelican. I just need something that will protect the air if I put it in my 75L traveling backpack and I occassionally sit on it while I'm traveling (i'm not a fat dude, if that helps :P).

My problem with the pelican is that it's 4cm thick . I was looking at the booq viper, but it seems that it's really just a hard sleeve without much padding. The only other option that I could find is the Brenthaven Bx2 Sleeve.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



knowledge!
Sep 16, 2013, 12:33 AM
Polite bump as I've managed to put together a short list and would like to hear your thoughts on it.

- SFbag/Waterfield's smart case (http://www.sfbags.com/products/macbookair-smartcase/smartcase-macbookair.php): looks solid + seems to have protection. No top cover, but I can live with that.

- Elecom Zeroshock (http://www.elecom.co.jp/global/release/200906/zsb-ib022/): the padding inside looks topnotch, but most reviews are in japanese and I can't really get a sense for how rigid the exterior/shell is

- Hard Candy Bubble sleeve (http://www.hardcandycases.com/bubble-sleeve-macbook-air-case.html): rigid shell, which I like...but my concern is that there doesn't seem to be much padding inside. It has 4 rubberized corners to keep the macbook in place, but, I would be worried about flex in the centres because of that.

- G Form extreme sleeve (http://g-form.com/products/extreme-sleeve-for-laptops/): you can drop a macbook from 20 feet and it would be protected. But I wonder if it would still be protected for low-impact stuff like someone sitting on it. The polymer/armour in it works by stiffening upon impact, but I'm not sure if someone sitting on it would activate it for the protection to work. I'm waiting on them to confirm, but apparently this thing is 6cm thick; which would make it bulkier than a pelican case.

- 12South's BookBook (http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook_macbook/): Rigid, leather case which I like...but it seems like it's lacking padding inside. Bonus points because it can pass for a book while I'm traveling and it's less likely to get stolen.

clyde2801
Sep 16, 2013, 01:47 AM
http://www.mach3composites.com/carbon-fiber-case/carbon-fiber-macbook-air.html

Protective carbon fiber actual case might work for maximum protection wth minimal added bulk or weight.

NOT gonna be cheap, though...

knowledge!
Sep 16, 2013, 11:22 AM
http://www.mach3composites.com/carbon-fiber-case/carbon-fiber-macbook-air.html

Protective carbon fiber actual case might work for maximum protection wth minimal added bulk or weight.

NOT gonna be cheap, though...

Thanks for the reply! That thing is beautiful, but It's way out of my price range. I was looking for something under $100 as I still need to buy an invisible shield

ritmomundo
Sep 16, 2013, 11:47 AM
Booqbag's Viper hardcase. I've been using mine for 3 years, and it has been excellent for traveling. Just don't overfill it like they do in the pictures, there's not that much room inside.

http://www.booqbags.com/us/sleeves/viper-hardcase

Edit: Just saw that you mentioned the viper sleeve in your original post, not the hardcase. This one has sufficient padding on the inside to protect the MBA, in my opinion.

clyde2801
Sep 16, 2013, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the reply! That thing is beautiful, but It's way out of my price range. I was looking for something under $100 as I still need to buy an invisible shield

I don't want to sound like a wisenheimer, but you want something light, protective enough for you to sit on it without damaging the computer, with a minimum of bulk for under $100?

Good luck, palie.

filmbuff
Sep 16, 2013, 12:33 PM
Polite bump as I've managed to put together a short list and would like to hear your thoughts on it.

- SFbag/Waterfield's smart case (http://www.sfbags.com/products/macbookair-smartcase/smartcase-macbookair.php): looks solid + seems to have protection. No top cover, but I can live with that.

- Elecom Zeroshock (http://www.elecom.co.jp/global/release/200906/zsb-ib022/): the padding inside looks topnotch, but most reviews are in japanese and I can't really get a sense for how rigid the exterior/shell is

- Hard Candy Bubble sleeve (http://www.hardcandycases.com/bubble-sleeve-macbook-air-case.html): rigid shell, which I like...but my concern is that there doesn't seem to be much padding inside. It has 4 rubberized corners to keep the macbook in place, but, I would be worried about flex in the centres because of that.

- G Form extreme sleeve (http://g-form.com/products/extreme-sleeve-for-laptops/): you can drop a macbook from 20 feet and it would be protected. But I wonder if it would still be protected for low-impact stuff like someone sitting on it. The polymer/armour in it works by stiffening upon impact, but I'm not sure if someone sitting on it would activate it for the protection to work. I'm waiting on them to confirm, but apparently this thing is 6cm thick; which would make it bulkier than a pelican case.

- 12South's BookBook (http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook_macbook/): Rigid, leather case which I like...but it seems like it's lacking padding inside. Bonus points because it can pass for a book while I'm traveling and it's less likely to get stolen.

None of these things will help at all if he sits on it.

Bach2011
Sep 16, 2013, 01:35 PM
I may recommend not sit on it :D. I use Incipio Feather and drilled two holes for the dual microphones.

Boyd01
Sep 16, 2013, 02:03 PM
I was looking at these recently. Pretty cool but maybe a little larger than needed for my 11" MBA. http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1070CC

Amazon has the 1075cc for $40, have not looked carefully at the dimensions yet though: http://www.amazon.com/Pelican-Products-HardBack-Computer-1070-003-110/dp/B005ERO7VC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1379358234

Scepticalscribe
Sep 16, 2013, 02:33 PM
I rather like the Twelve South 'BookBook' cover. I know that the OP mentioned it originally, but it is a solidly made, attractive looking leather cover which affords decent protection to a MBA. Little elastic bands designed to slip over the corners of the MBA hold the computer in place, and the elegant leather offers robust cover.

Anyway, I have one and I must say that I rather like it.

knowledge!
Sep 16, 2013, 02:52 PM
Booqbag's Viper hardcase. I've been using mine for 3 years, and it has been excellent for traveling. Just don't overfill it like they do in the pictures, there's not that much room inside.

http://www.booqbags.com/us/sleeves/viper-hardcase

Edit: Just saw that you mentioned the viper sleeve in your original post, not the hardcase. This one has sufficient padding on the inside to protect the MBA, in my opinion.
Good catch! Thanks for pointing that out. I'm going to try and take a look at the hard case today.

I don't want to sound like a wisenheimer, but you want something light, protective enough for you to sit on it without damaging the computer, with a minimum of bulk for under $100?

Good luck, palie.
I don't think you're being a Wisenheimer, but I don't think it's unrealistic, either. My 5.1 macbook lasted 5 years (it's still going strong - I just felt like it was time to upgrade) because my Brenthaven case was pretty good. Now I'm just looking for something built the same way, but with a hard outer shell, instead.

I'm also under the impression that the air should be just as sturdy as my old unibody if the case is right.

I was looking at these recently. Pretty cool but maybe a little larger than needed for my 11" MBA. http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1070CC

Amazon has the 1075cc for $40, have not looked carefully at the dimensions yet though: http://www.amazon.com/Pelican-Products-HardBack-Computer-1070-003-110/dp/B005ERO7VC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1379358234
A Pelican is probably one of the best cases you can buy for something that you really want to protect. Unfortunately, the 4cm makes it out of the question for me. Waterproof is pretty cool, though.

ItHurtsWhenIP
Sep 16, 2013, 05:32 PM
Why does 4cm eliminate it? Is 4cm going to keep your feet from touching the ground?

Serious question...4cm = 1.5 inches which is almost nothing for the protection provided by a Pelican.

clyde2801
Sep 16, 2013, 05:50 PM
Maybe you can find a case made out of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtainium

Y So Jelly
Sep 16, 2013, 06:06 PM
I saw the TwelveSouth cover at Microcenter today.. it did not look as impressive as the pictures.