Seeking skin (Wrapsol, Zagg, etc) recommendations for my new MBA

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    I've got the wrapsol cover on my 13" MBA, and I love it. You may or may not want to put the trackpad skin on, depending on how you like the feel, but otherwise, it provides excellent protection and was easier to put on than I thought. That's not to say that it's quick and easy to apply, but it's not as bad as I'd feared, and there are no bubbles. I like the fact that it is not too glossy. It provides good grip, adds basically no weight, and protects really well. I was also impressed with wrapsol's customer service. There was one piece in the first skin that I bought that didn't seem to be cut quite to the right size, so I emailed them and they sent me a new skin (the complete set, not just the piece I needed) no questions asked. Of course the fact that I got a piece that was sized wrong isn't too great, but it wasn't a hassle at all getting it taken care of.
     
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    Wrapsol customer relations: wow are they good

    (thx unclet, quite helpful.)

    I called up Wrapsol's headquarters in Boston. First phone rep was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, informative, courteous, and patient with all my questions. When she was unable to answer one of my questions (it was a *long* list), she also forwarded me to another Wrapsol employee (a marketing director/manager) who gave me what I'd call the scoop on the entire "skins for consumer electronics" competitive landscape. Extremely informative.

    Wrapsol seems to be the clear winner thus far. World-class customer relations (per above). Online-install tutorial video for their MBA 13" current gen (presumably 2010) was remarkably well done. They claim a "replace your skin as many times as you want for free" policy. And Wrapsol appears to be the only one to offer a matte finish skin, potentially enabling the MBA to look its best.

    Bottom line: I'm gonna try out Wrapsol on my MBA.
     
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    I have had the Wrapsol skin since about a week after I got my MBA a few months ago and I'm very impressed with it. I think it actually enhances the look of the MBA with its matte finish and adds additional grip. It was fairly easy to apply although the palm rest portion is a bit tricky due to the trackpad cutout.
     
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    Installed wrapsol skin on my laptop yesterday and i'm liking it. Like the matte finish on it.
     
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    Not sure if you just want a clear skin (for which I think Wrapsol is probably better), but if you want one with a design (your own or one from hundreds of selections), check out Zagg's Zaggskins, or Gelaskins. Zagg provides full body skins, whereas gelaskins is top only. I've had a custom ZaggSkin on my 11" MBA for about 6 months now, and I still love it. Makes it look unique, plus gives it a good grip.
     
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    I have had the black iCarbon skin for over a week. I really like it. iCarbons.com
     
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    You know, I don't have a skin on my MBA, but I do use skins on my iPhone and iPad, and I can say all the companies I've bought from have been great as far as customer support. (Bodyguardz, Invisible Shield, Wrapsol, Ghost Armor).

    With that said, and I don't know if they are still doing it, but, Wrapsol never charged me for shipping on replacements, and I had 2 or 3 of them. very good support, and I recommend them!
     
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    Wrapsol all the way. I've wrapped everything in their product - ipad, iphone, and my current 13 MBA. I didn't use the wrist or trackpad sections, just the two outer covers. It's flawless. Plus their customer service is top notch.
     
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    Thank you : ) !!!
     
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    I know when i got my iPad 1st gen, I was at the mall and Ghost Armor had a little stand up in there and thought id try it. I've seen some other clear covers on other phones, not sure what brand, but they would peel up at the edges and looked thick. So, I paid for them to put the GA on my iPad and it came out really well. It's very clear and I've had it on since release and its still on with no peeling. The kit they had covered the sides as well, front, and back of my iPad. I will probably use them again to cover my mba since i was pleased with the way my iPad turned out.
     
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    have used zagg before for my iphone and now onto wrapsol for my MBA.

    I was VERY skeptical at first (because i've had bad experiences with other skin type products (especially those don't don't requre u to wet the skin first)

    Installation took awhile, but because you use the spray, there is a lot of room for error that u can easily recorrect.... Even better, if u have a speck of dust etc on it, just do a couple more sprays and pick off the dust!

    Now that its on, its AWESOME! Protection without added bulk.

    my only grouse is it doesnt cover ALL the edges, but of course that would probably be technically impossible to implement... But 99.5% coverage is pretty good!

    PS: For those applying yourselves, DON'T TRY TO STRETCH IT TO FIT EXACTLY. At least not at the start.

    Just use lots of the spray, and ALIGN it smack in the centre. Once you do this THEN use the rubber thing to try and stretch it out a little.

    If you try to stretch it at the start when u lay it on, you will UNDOUBTEDLY over stretch, and once you do that, yyou may an edge sticking out, which makes it a lot easier to peel off later on (un desired)
     
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    Great, big thx for the report. To be clear... this is the Wrapsol product on your MacBook Air?
     
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    UPDATE: Going on 10 months now with my ZaggSkin, and it still looks perfect, like the day I put it on. No peeling, no scratches/scuffs, no fading of the design. I'm really happy with it. I think in a couple months (around the yr mark), I'll order another ZaggSkin, in a different design, so that I can change up the look.
     
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    I will only use phantomskinz. Way better than wrapsol for less money.
     
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    i use http://www.bestskinsever.com/. give them a try. better cut than zagg, much cheaper and they look better. though there is no squeegie (a credid card will do it) and no solution (a water liguid soap solution will do it) included.
     
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    Yup, this is on my new MBA 13.

    PS: I definitely like the "matte" finish much better than those glossy / semi sticky skins.

    50 bucks for some thin plasticky rubber seems like a lot to pay, but its really quite good!
     
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    zagg is probably the worst product on the market - do a search - esp on the ipad forum - i like icarbons - not thin, no wet app and no bubbles...
     
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    The Zagg InvisibleShield is horrible, I agree. I had one once before on my phone and it peeled in the corners and dirtied within weeks. Of course I got the free replacement, but I'll never buy it again.

    However, the ZaggSkin is exactly how you describe the iCarbon skin - not thin, no wet app (ZaggSkins are dry application), and no bubbles. But you still get the tough anti-scratch quality of the Zagg IS, and whatever custom design you want printed on it. I've been using it for almost 10 months now, and its still perfect.

    I had actually considered the iCarbon skin for my MBA, but I saw reviews on youtube showing the material getting scratched (not too easily, but still scratched, nonetheless), and that was a turn off for me. How has your experience been with this issue?

    I had also considered GelaSkins at the time. However, they only had the skin on the top, not full body. I don't know if they changed it now, but my ZaggSkin has all sides covered (top, bottom, wrist pad, and trackpad).

    PS - no, I don't work for Zagg. Im just giving my experience, in case anyone else is thinking about it.
     
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    Based on all the positive reviews people were giving on the Wrapsol, I was going to purchase one. But, I saw somebody recently stating that they went to T J Maxx and bought a Zagg Invisible Shield for $5. I had to see this to believe it, so I went to the store and there it was for 11 & 13 inch MBA 3rd generation! I just saved $50 :)

    I wonder if I will be able to register this for lifetime warranty?
     
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    Just ordered mine as well and it is the cheapest full body skin among others. I assume that the quality is as good as other skins since it is made in US. One thing it doesn't have lifetime warranty tho.
     
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    Wow, nice find! At full price, I would say "no way" to the Zagg IS. However, for only 5 dollars, it's totally worth it. You can even get a spare for if/when it starts to peel.
     
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    Just installed a BSE on my 11" Air this evening. No problems.
     

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