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downingp
Feb 10, 2008, 10:03 AM
What are you guys using to protect your MBAs? Do you feel its necessary to protect it? I was thinking about getting the invisible shield to protect the MBA without adding bulk.

Any thoughts?



duffyanneal
Feb 10, 2008, 10:06 AM
What are you guys using to protect your MBAs? Do you feel its necessary to protect it? I was thinking about getting the invisible shield to protect the MBA without adding bulk.

Any thoughts?

The aluminum case is pretty tough and scratch resistant. The worst thing I would be concerned about is discoloration of the palm rests which some people have experienced in the past with MBs/PBs. Just keep the MBA in a soft padded sleeve inside of a backpack or bag that should be sufficient.

Hankster
Feb 10, 2008, 10:14 AM
Maybe just a sleeve when moving it around?

downingp
Feb 10, 2008, 10:16 AM
I plan on using the MBA for graduate school and I am concerned with taking it in and out of my backpack all the time. Maybe all I need is a sleeve to protect it from movement in and out of a backpack.

dahcheet
Feb 10, 2008, 10:48 AM
I plan on using the MBA for graduate school and I am concerned with taking it in and out of my backpack all the time. Maybe all I need is a sleeve to protect it from movement in and out of a backpack.

That's all I'm going to be doing for my MBA. I pre-ordered one of these (http://www.manilamac.com/) but haven't received it yet. They're a home based production and are WAAAAAY behind their orders because of all the demand they have. Other than this, I plan on keeping the cleaning clothe that came with my MBA with it all the time so that I can wipe it down every now and then.

ProPedderKustom
Feb 10, 2008, 11:11 AM
I ordered the Shield Zone clear film for my MBA. I'll post up and let everyone know how it works out.

Cybergypsy
Feb 10, 2008, 11:25 AM
I like mine naked :)

Halon X
Feb 10, 2008, 11:42 AM
I personally have never felt it necessary to protect any of my laptops (PB/MBP) from scratches. As mentioned before, they are pretty touch and scratch resistant.

I've always just thrown them in my backpack or attache, and while they do not look pristine and brand new, they do not look scratched to hell and beat up either.

elmo151
Feb 10, 2008, 11:47 AM
Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) has announced a sleeve custom designed for the MBA. Available late Feb. I have mine on order.

meagain
Feb 10, 2008, 12:05 PM
I'm not seeing it on the site except for the Brain Cell which reminds me of a pizza delivery box which keeps the pizza warm.

matthewHUB
Feb 10, 2008, 12:15 PM
hate to be cliché, but i am actually using an envelope. Not one of those naff Manilla ones which has no padding though..

i use a Scotch "bubble mailer" (padded), the 9.5" x 13.5" fits like a glove!!!

perfect. and cheap. at least until something better comes out.

hotsauce
Feb 10, 2008, 12:19 PM
Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

How about key marks on the screen? Do you guys feel that it's rigid enough to avoid this? How's the clearance?

clayj
Feb 10, 2008, 12:19 PM
I gave up on the AirMail, so I went and picked up one of the Incase MB sleeves from the Apple Store ($34.95). It obviously has too much room inside for the MBA, which rattles around a bit, but the neoprene prevents the MBA from getting scratched, and that's my #1 concern. When booq come out with their Vyper case for the MBA (mid-April, so they say), I'll switch to one of those.

kyleen66
Feb 10, 2008, 12:27 PM
I just use a stretchy book cover you can buy where they sell school supplies. It doesn't pad it, but it will keep it from being scratched inside my padded computer bag along with my files.

I used these for my PB12, and my MacBook Pro. It works and they are cheap.

admanimal
Feb 10, 2008, 02:44 PM
How about key marks on the screen? Do you guys feel that it's rigid enough to avoid this? How's the clearance?

I have been using Radtech cloths (I think they call them screen saverz or something) for my past 3 laptops including my current Air, and they work great. The only thing that I was slightly concerned with on the Air is that the magnetic latch isn't quite as strong as on a Macbook, so it seemed possible that having the cloth in there could cause it to open up accidentally. I found that as long as I don't cover the track pad button, the cloth has no affect on it.

mark34
Feb 10, 2008, 04:30 PM
Incipio Orion sleeve.... I have the black one. Perfect little sleeve. adds very little.

Clix Pix
Feb 10, 2008, 07:51 PM
The day I was buying my MBA I looked for a sleeve and no 13" were available....but while I was at the register paying for my machine one of the sales floor staff pulled out some stuff from underneath the counter to be returned to the appropriate shelves and one item was a black 13" In Case sleeve meant for the MacBook. I immediately said, "I'll take that!" It will do nicely until other sleeves and bags specifically meant for the MBA start appearing. I'm happy because now I can tuck the MBA into the sleeve and stash it in my messenger bag.

I had a RadTech Screensaverz thingy left over from my old PB, so fished that out, it fits perfectly, and voila! My MBA monitor screen is now protected. :)

dahcheet
Feb 11, 2008, 03:27 PM
I have been using Radtech cloths (I think they call them screen saverz or something) for my past 3 laptops including my current Air, and they work great. The only thing that I was slightly concerned with on the Air is that the magnetic latch isn't quite as strong as on a Macbook, so it seemed possible that having the cloth in there could cause it to open up accidentally. I found that as long as I don't cover the track pad button, the cloth has no affect on it.

I ordered my Rad Tech Notebook Screen Savrz (http://www.radtech.us/Products/NotebookScreenSavrz.aspx) this morning and it already shipped. Looks like something similar to the small clothe that shipped with the Air but big enough that it covers the entire keyboard. I look forward to it's arrival.

spyz88
Feb 11, 2008, 05:50 PM
I gave up on the AirMail, so I went and picked up one of the Incase MB sleeves from the Apple Store ($34.95). It obviously has too much room inside for the MBA, which rattles around a bit, but the neoprene prevents the MBA from getting scratched, and that's my #1 concern. When booq come out with their Vyper case for the MBA (mid-April, so they say), I'll switch to one of those.I am using the Incase MacBook sleeve I had from my other MacBook, but when I put it in im worried its going to get scratched on the jaws of the case.

MacRumorUser
Feb 11, 2008, 05:51 PM
I like mine naked :)

yeah but what about the macbook air though ?

teerexx52
Feb 12, 2008, 04:38 AM
Here's an inexpensive sleeve for MacBook Air

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250214052088&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=015

Too Many Toys
Feb 12, 2008, 07:23 AM
I plan to throw mine in a zipped notepad padfolio (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?&langId=-1&storeId=10001&splCatType=0&catalogId=10051&productId=101407&cmArea=SC1:CG10:CL140837) & carry it with me daily, to meetings, lunches, in the car, etc.

That's my use for the MBA. Light enough to have with me all the time, even when I don't want to lug a bag of some type. Couldn't see the MBA as an only laptop, but its perfect for this use, IMHO.

dahcheet
Feb 12, 2008, 09:28 AM
How long did it take to reach you? Shipping seems to take along time. I guess they're on the otherside of the world for me so it should be expected.

They are based out of China so the other side of the world might not be a bad description of where they are.

macsensei
Feb 12, 2008, 10:27 AM
Im getting the Airmail sleeve. Really do feel u should have a sleeve for any portable.

Sandy Santra
Feb 12, 2008, 10:55 AM
I received an email from http://www.marware.com/site/Home.html today saying they should have products in 3 weeks. Their Protection Pack Plus for the MBP is really great. The same thing on the MBA wrist rest would go a long way toward making it more comfortable.

robby818
Feb 12, 2008, 11:17 AM
Shaggymac keyboard cover to protect the screen from marks and the macally bookpads on the palm rests for comfort & to protect the aluminum from scratches. The bookpads for the MBA are not yet available so I am going to trim a MBP Bookpad for the time being.

flipperanubi
Feb 12, 2008, 11:35 AM
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abijnk
Feb 12, 2008, 11:48 AM
Steve Jobs himself used a plain inter-office envelope during the keynote, just like you see in the commercial.


He designed it, I think he'd know what's good enough, no?

Steve Jobs carried the air in an inter-office envelope for dramatic effect, not because it was an effective way to protect the air in everyday life and with regular use. And as a side-note, he didn't design it. ;)

Incipio's Orion looks really nice, but it says it won't be available again until Feb 22, what's the deal there??

ctt1wbw
Feb 12, 2008, 11:50 AM
I like mine naked :)

Are we not talking about computers anymore? :p

I bought a neoprene sleve and a shoulder bag for mine. Set me back about seventy us dollars, but it's okay.

West of House
Feb 13, 2008, 05:48 PM
Anyone received a Wrapper yet?

christof
Feb 14, 2008, 01:32 AM
Anyone received a Wrapper yet?
I ordered the shiny Wrapper and received a shipping confirmation two days ago. They ship from the UK, so I imagine that it might be another week. I'm in San Francisco and will let you know when I receive it.

steve31
Feb 14, 2008, 02:11 AM
I use Radtech. I use the screensavrz and sleevz. Both are made for the Macbook but work well with the Macbook Air. Radtech are excellent.:D

ctt1wbw
Feb 14, 2008, 02:20 AM
I bought this bad the same day I bought my Macbook Air:

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?n=13_inch_macbook&s=topSellers&nplm=TN775LL/A&fnode=home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/notebook_cases&mco=9A2600B3://

Somehow I found a neoprene sleeve in the house, but it was too big for the Air, so I used some scissors to trim it down. Kind of ghetto, but the whole thing works very well.

Btw, I highly recommend that bag.

smagdy
Feb 14, 2008, 03:17 AM
I received my wrapper, its the black one with orange interior.. But not the MBA yet!

I really have no experience with sleeves as I have not bought except 1 laptop like 4yrs ago and sold it 3yrs ago :) So I can't give a good review for this sleeve..

But it looks fine, good quality.. but it will just protect the MBA from like dust and so.. won't absorb strong shocks or something..

dibara2003
Feb 14, 2008, 04:34 AM
i don't use a case, after all, i bought it for its looks and durability

West of House
Feb 14, 2008, 04:48 AM
I am using the Incase MacBook sleeve I had from my other MacBook, but when I put it in im worried its going to get scratched on the jaws of the case.

I was thinking of getting one of those as a stopgap measure, but I read all those reviews about color rubbing off of them, and I got cold feet.

jjd
Feb 14, 2008, 01:24 PM
Singapore, China, they're all in Asia and it might as well just be China. Although I guess technically they are Pacific Islanders.

It's ok, I'm Asian. We're allowed to make these generalizations :p:rolleyes:

I just ordered my Fabrix Deluxe Case. Going to compare it to my Airmail, if that ever comes in.... :confused:

Pacific Islanders? You might be Asian mate but you're no geographer! And get ready for the flames from the Singaporeans taking umbrage at being told "it may as well be China", la!

dahcheet
Feb 14, 2008, 01:28 PM
Pacific Islanders? You might be Asian mate but you're no geographer! And get ready for the flames from the Singaporeans taking umbrage at being told "it may as well be China", la!

Singapore is an island in the south pacific, right? To me that constitutes a Pacific Islander. :p

I hope everyone can read all the sarcasm in my posts. I'm really not that much of an <insert expletive>, I promise. ;):D:o

ddd269
Feb 14, 2008, 02:03 PM
As far as the invisishield goes... It's the best worry-free, no bulk protection you can buy. I love it.

Here's a link to the post - I posted pictures

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=433784

I also purchased the Case Logic MacBook 13.3" reversible neoprene cover (whew, that's a long name). It was originally designed for the MacBook, but it fits the MBA real nice. The neoprene material is very stretchy and cushy. Real nice. Make sure you don't buy the regular 13" version of this same line. It was made for regular 13" not the widescreen 13.3", so if you look from the side, it's narrower and taller. I'm sure you guys will get it right, but it could be confusing because if you do a search, it will show both models.

Here's a link to the site. They were having a 20% off sale when I got it.
http://www.caselogic.com/products/index.cfm?modelid=101941&sourceId=CLSHOPNG01

Here are some pics.

hodgey1989
Feb 14, 2008, 02:06 PM
you can actually get a manilla envelope to store your MBA in :)

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9852848-1.html

dahcheet
Feb 14, 2008, 02:24 PM
you can actually get a manilla envelope to store your MBA in :)

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9852848-1.html

Way ahead of you on that one. There's actually a thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=427142) discussing this product and how it hasn't even come close to shipping yet. I have one of those on order as well as the Fabrix Deluxe Case. Although looking at that Case Logic sleeve that doesn't look to be a bad option either. Gah, I'm spending too much money on accessories!! :eek:

jjd
Feb 14, 2008, 02:47 PM
Singapore is an island in the south pacific, right? To me that constitutes a Pacific Islander. :p

I hope everyone can read all the sarcasm in my posts. I'm really not that much of an <insert expletive>, I promise. ;):D:o

No. It is nowhere near the South Pacific. The nearest ocean is the South China Sea. And, its north of the equator...

ddd269
Feb 14, 2008, 02:52 PM
Way ahead of you on that one. There's actually a thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=427142) discussing this product and how it hasn't even come close to shipping yet. I have one of those on order as well as the Fabrix Deluxe Case. Although looking at that Case Logic sleeve that doesn't look to be a bad option either. Gah, I'm spending too much money on accessories!! :eek:

Spend away my friend... Isn't that why we work so hard?

Besides, the economy needs a little boost with our spending ;)

shuffles
Feb 14, 2008, 07:50 PM
I bought a North Face laptop backpack from ebay for €50 incl shipping!!!

http://www.thenorthface.com/media/gear/catalog/AE6H/AE6H-001_feature.jpg

Eldentistfuturo
Feb 15, 2008, 02:16 AM
As far as the invisishield goes... It's the best worry-free, no bulk protection you can buy. I love it.

Here's a link to the post - I posted pictures

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=433784

I also purchased the Case Logic MacBook 13.3" reversible neoprene cover (whew, that's a long name). It was originally designed for the MacBook, but it fits the MBA real nice. The neoprene material is very stretchy and cushy. Real nice. Make sure you don't buy the regular 13" version of this same line. It was made for regular 13" not the widescreen 13.3", so if you look from the side, it's narrower and taller. I'm sure you guys will get it right, but it could be confusing because if you do a search, it will show both models.

Here's a link to the site. They were having a 20% off sale when I got it.
http://www.caselogic.com/products/index.cfm?modelid=101941&sourceId=CLSHOPNG01

Here are some pics.

How snug is it on the macbook air? Is there alot of extra room?

Terwal
Feb 15, 2008, 05:34 AM
Anyone received a Wrapper yet?

Do you have a link please ? Thx...

ddd269
Feb 15, 2008, 09:59 AM
How snug is it on the macbook air? Is there alot of extra room?

The Case Logic neoprene cover fits very snug on the MBA - no play or extra room. I guess it was originally designed for the MB, but it must have been pretty tight. Then again the material is very stretchy. I'll try it on my son's MB later to see how tight, but fits great with MBA. I recommend it.

I bought it to carry my MBA in my "man purse" (this is what my wife calls my Bally bag) without having it rattle in there with keys and other "scratchy" stuff. :D

brasscat
Feb 15, 2008, 12:33 PM
I use this one

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/330992/Office-Brand-Catalog-Envelopes-x-White/

It's the cheapest and it comes with backups.

dahcheet
Feb 15, 2008, 12:40 PM
I use this one

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/330992/Office-Brand-Catalog-Envelopes-x-White/

It's the cheapest and it comes with backups.

I sat there and stared at the screen for a good 30 seconds waiting for the picture to load when I realized it was a white envelope.... on a while background. Good work there, Staples.

While this will protect it, I want something with a little bit of cushion. This looks like it's woven paper and that's it. While thrifty, it's not for me.

milien
Feb 15, 2008, 04:17 PM
I am waiting for the Timbuk2 Steve Sleeve (http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/cms/macbookair/macbookair.htm). Right now I have the invisibleSHIELD (http://www.invisibleshield.com/laptop/apple/macbook-air.php) for the protective coating.

meagain
Feb 16, 2008, 08:36 AM
$55 bucks for full Invisible Shield protection? Oh come on. That price is sure hard to swallow!

Cybergypsy
Feb 16, 2008, 09:38 AM
Any one found a hard case......???

fk51785
Feb 16, 2008, 10:16 AM
$55 bucks for full Invisible Shield protection? Oh come on. That price is sure hard to swallow!

Go here to save 50% on MBA invisibleshield.
http://www.zagg.com/showspecial

downingp
Feb 16, 2008, 10:20 AM
Go here to save 50% on MBA invisibleshield.
http://www.zagg.com/showspecial

I ordered an invisible shield a couple of days ago and the 50% off sale was over.

I received the invisible shield yesterday, but the wrist pad/trackpad piece wasn't even cut out!
I had to call them to send me out a new shield.

MBA
Feb 17, 2008, 04:12 AM
http://aycu04.webshots.com/image/43883/2002070248501404852_rs.jpg
;)

steve31
Feb 17, 2008, 09:39 PM
http://aycu04.webshots.com/image/43883/2002070248501404852_rs.jpg
;)Very Clever!:p

bobfitz14
Jan 3, 2009, 01:46 PM
Here are the pictures of my Fabrix sleeve as promised. Pardon the low res and dark photos, they were taken using my iphone. The actual blue is lighter than the one shown in the image.
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The fit is amazing man.

if i could i would buy a MBA just to get that. that is sooo sweet.