MacBook Air Sleeve/Case Rec.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JLarson, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    get the hard candy bubble sleeve

    snap on cases will ruin your mac
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Naked is the way to go. Only use sleeve when traveling.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Nov 20, 2008
    Agreed. I originally was looking for a snap case but I realized it takes away from the beauty and thinness of the air.

    I got an Incase Deluxe Sleeve and its perfect. Just the right amount of padding with a storage compartment and a charger connection zipper.

    Comes in all different sizes and in white or black. I highly recommend it.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The speck case looks the best among what is being displayed imo
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
  8. macrumors member

    May 22, 2013
    just have to ask the posters that said 'naked' - how are you calm with that? i mean, i know to maintain my expensive gadgets very well, yet i just cant imagine letting this beautiful aluminium unibody be exposed to scratching. maybe im just a paranoid 8)
  9. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2010
    I've always just had the machine naked, and take EXTREMELY good care of it, and then put it in a case if I need to take it around (As I did for classes).

    My perfect sleeves were: : Leather, very good quality. : The materials used is very durable, and efficient at protecting the machine.

    I would go with a Colcasac sleeve.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2011
    Same here, Apple designed the MacBook Airs to be really strong. No need for an ugly hard case.

    And +1 for the Joli originals sleeves, love mine!! :) They are not cheap, but totally worth every cent, if you are looking for something cheaper you can also look at foof sleeves.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    If you're that worried about scratches, just get a skin. Transparent and doesn't look like there's any protection on it.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA

    At the risk of repeating another's suggestion, I've always used RadTech's sleeve and screensaver combo since my first iBook. I used the combo on my MacBook Pro and now on my second MacBook Air. I just put it in my soft briefcase and I'm good to go. It protects from scratches, not drops. I don't use anything on it when I take it out of the sleeve. Their web address is Give them a look. Highly recommended by me (not a sponsor).

    Enjoy either way!
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2013
    I ordered a Air for my daughter which is due to arrive on Friday. We went to BestBuy this weekend and talked about Sleeves and Cases with the Sales Rep. She suggested a Sleeve or case for transport only. I don't know how true this is, but she told us that a part of the Apple design is heat dissipation through the aluminum body as well as the unit's cooling fan. She suggested to not use a skin, so I suggest to be careful and just go naked.:cool:
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    I have the clear spec for my first macbook air (13). It is fantastic. It will protect it very well and not damage anything. I then take it and it slips right into my memory foam sleeve. I drop that into my backpack for travel. It does not add any real thickness to the air and frankly offers great protection. They have those plastic keyboard covers. I tried one but could not get used to it. I might try again.

  16. macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I haven't had a case on my last 3 Air's but I have used a BestSkinsEver skins.

    They just came out with a full body matte clear skin that looks and feels like the MacBook aluminum but protects it.

    I keep it wrapped all the time and in a bag while traveling, best thing with the skin is no added weight and it still looks sexy.:p
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    If you are looking for cases, I would personally recommend Alex from Picasolab. I got his case for my macbook air and its truly very beautiful and I definitely treasure my case :). It is well constructed and definitely keeps my macbook air safe. I plan to get one for my wife soon too.

    If budget is a concern, I would recommend the the Vatuka cases from ebay; as that was the other case I was looking at. Those look nice as well.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    Cambridge. UK
    The Speck case does a good job of protecting the Air. It doesn't add much bulk and has a nice rubbery texture which makes the Air a bit more comfortable to hold, especially along the thin edges.

    The downside is they crack. Mine has just done that, but it did keep the Air immaculate for 6 months.
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2013
    Why will snap on cases ruin it?
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    snap on cases rub the MBA slightly, after some time this wears on the case.
  22. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    great feedback guys!
    Does anyone have one of my original 3 choices?
  23. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    well that's interesting about the snap on case! :O
    I wanted some extra protection so I got an ipearl case, it looked great and it was affordable, though it made me a bit worried when it kept making a creaking sound when I opened up my screen, so I got rid of it all together, I travel a lot and I would love to have a case around my laptop to prevent scratches!
    I did find a nice sleeve though :)
  24. macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    I always recommend what I have, the MintCase.. very well made.

    I've had it almost two years now, and it's superb.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2013
    heyo clarity

    ok firstly

    you have 3 diffrent options a case (speck) not a huge fan of em.
    2nd is a leather sleeve
    and 3rd is a cotten sleeve

    all 3 are fairly diffrent

    ok if you really like a snap on case i got mine at
    and there awesome case and look good and good ventalation... and more stylish in my opinion

    2nd if you were to go with one of the sleeves go with the 3rd sleeve
    it will provide more comfort protection for your mac,
    easily take it in and out your mac

    and you can place it below your mac to provide a little cushion while using it..

    best of luck!

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