Best cover for 13 inch macbook?

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    whimaway

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    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this seemed right.

    Anyways, I recently got a MacBook for my birthday. I know how to use the computer, but I'm just wondering what the best cases are. Preferably I would like to use a hard case and a hard case only. I have been eying this one in particular:
    Speck MacBook See Thru Hard Case

    I just wanted to know what the best protection is. Is a soft better than a hard case? I don't want my mac to get scratched up by the hard case or anything. Are there any better hard cases than the Speck one? So if anyone has an option and such please share it. TIA!

    P.S. I'll probably be traveling on airplanes and cars with this computer and taking it around a college campus as well.
     
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    ive been using the speck for a while, awesome
     
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    thanks cymrulp :)

    i really want a green one, hndn, and that's like 10 dollars more. are incase any better than the speck? i had one of their soft covers once.
     
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    I have the soft cover too. About Speck, my classmate has the clear one & I could see scratches, looks sooo ugly :) I'm not sure about the other colors though. You should visit Apple store, look at the incase & compare. I like its design.
    By the way, last weekend I visited a friend, near a TJMax (Huntington Beach CA & saw it there for 14.99 but no size.
    Have fun with your choice.
     
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    I really want to upgrade to a black Speck hardshell case for my whitebook. I currently just toss it in a notebook sleeve whenever I'm on the go.

    My whitebook will become a blackbook :p
     
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    Good choice in going with Speck. Also comes in handy if you like to take out the battery while on A/C power and are worried about things getting into the open compartment.
    My Speck case has saved my baby from dents and bruises while in my briefcase many times.
     
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    Don't get the See Thru. Being a plastic glossy finish, it'll get scratched super easy! Go for the Speck See thru satin. Once again, Speck rules.. but this material feels really good, and it's extremely durable and very good against scratches. Mind you it'll add a bit of wait to your macbook, but since you travel a lot you're gonna love it. You tube it to see how sexy it looks ;)
     
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    Ooh thanks for the tip! I don't think I'll mind the weight, since I used to have a bigger heavier notebook anyways. I can't seem to find this in green, but it is sexy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptEmBzHl6oo

    Ahhh now I really want to buy this, lol. I just amazoned it and it says it's all for 13 inch alum unibody. Will that still fit on a white 13 inch?
     
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    For best protection, get a hard shell outer casing (e.g. Speck or Incase) and a thin film cover (e.g. Bodyguardz). Bodyguardz is nice it comes with pieces to cover every part of the computer. Apply the film all over the computer, then put on the outer casing.

    A while back I used a hard shell casing (Speck) with my white Macbook. It ended up scratching the computer. I'm not sure if they will do that for the Aluminum Macbooks, but this method is a fail-safe. I cover my new Aluminum Macbook with Bodyguardz and Incase.
     
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    I have the speck hard case for my black macbook. It will protect it quite well, but the negative side is that it will make it heavier and not as sexy. Also after a few weeks it will be full of tiny scratches which means that it is doing its job but is not pretty. If I had to chose again I would probably go with the incase one, mainly because it looks cooler and the texture is better IMO.
     
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    I have the Speck for my Aluminum Macbook and my wife has the Incase brand and I think the Incase one is much better. You can find them for the same price on Ebay and Amazon if you look.
    With either one I don't think it makes it that much bigger or adds any noticeable weight.
     
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    michael.lauden

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    speck makes a beautiful hard shell case. i REALLY need to get one
     
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    OK, so I still want a green speck case, but my mom is paying for this, and she says that she is only going to buy a neoprene sleeve because that will protect the laptop if it should ever happen to fall. Does the hard case offer any protection from a fall? Perhaps if I can prove that it does she'll change her mind.

    Then again, the more I think about it, the sleeve seems like the best way to go. I can get a pocket and a cool design, without risking scratches (I am not good about cleaning/dusting things) and can protect the hardrive.

    A cute one I found:
    http://www.amazon.com/GYMSPacific-MacBook-Poppy-Sleeve-13/dp/B000IJQ0Z2/ref=pd_sim_e_24

    It'd be nice to have a pocket though like:
    http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Edge-13-3-Inch-Neoprene-Notebook/dp/B000QAUGO4/ref=pd_sbs_e_6
    or
    http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Black-Student-Shuttle/dp/B000EPFG6Y/ref=pd_sim_e_4

    But would my charger and say a UIB or CD really scratch up my macbook if I threw it in the case in a ziploc baggie? Is there anything in particular I need to look out for when buying a sleeve?

    Thanks in advance for answering any of these questions. :)
     
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    Incase sleeve.
     
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    If you are looking for *some* protection from drops etc., you may want to consider the Shinza Zeroshock III sleeves:

    http://shinza.com/product_info.php?cPath=5_10_15&products_id=75

    I don't own a Zeroshock III but I had one of the original ones for an older laptop and it seems quite protective. Those incase sleeves probably won't protect much for a drop, but these Zeroshocks will protect a bit better.

    Of course, I'd recommend to try not to drop your Macbook at all if you can, but in case something happens I think the Zeroshock III will protect better than an incase sleeve. They are quite pricey though w/shipping from that site. If you don't mind eBay theres a few on there that go for like $35 shipped or so. Available in black/white/orange.
     
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    Yeah, it looks like there's enough padding. I read a review where someone's laptop fell off their moving car in one of these cases, and the computer still worked afterwards!
     
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    Highly recommend Zeroshock. I've used them for all my previous notebooks.

    In any event, dropping your notebook is bad. Hard case, soft case, etc., depending on how high it was dropped, your notebook will still get rattled.
     
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    Ill agree to everyone suggesting the Speck. I picked up one myself not long ago. Couldn't be happier, there is no doubt that it will get scratched a bit, but that's its job. To protect the notebook.
     
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    whimaway

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    OK so in the end I went with the colcasac aka apple sac. I really love it! It's so cute and I double I will have any scratches OR damage to the internal mechanisms. Since, I plan to lug it around in a backpack at a college campus, it's perfect. (Plus, my mom paid for it.) Thanks for all the help y'all!

    Oh and if anyone wants any more info about the colcasac, I don't mind answering questions.
     
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    My girlfriend wanted the colcasac sleeve for her birthday and while reading reviews I came across a review for Etsy seller bellamela's sleeves. I bought her the kleo sleeve and a matching accessory pouch to carry her charger and mouse in. She really liked it and so did all her friends. I just emailed her and requested a black sleeve for my new unibody macbook. I have to say the quality and price can't be beat!

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24776474
     

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