sleeve vs hard case

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mikefly, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. mikefly macrumors regular

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    heya... advice on a goofy question..

    $13 neoprene sleeve from MEC (like REI) or $50 harder case from Crumpler..

    How much better will the hard case protect the macbook against tumbles?

    And why is a sleeve $40 from apple and $13 from a camping store?

    Mike
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Depends on what you are trying to protect the computer from. A Pelican case will protect the computer if it falls off a truck, gets run over and knocked into the ocean. Fish it out and it will be fine. Trouble is the case weighs 3X more than the computer and costs $120. On the other hand if you intend to hand carry the computer and never let a porter toss it in the back of an open bed truck a light sleeve may be enough. If you intend to put the computer in an airplane overhead and can reasonably expect someone else to place a bag on top of the computer a sturdy case might help.

    Depends on your usage what you need.

    Why does Apple sell a neoprene sleeve for $40? Simple. Because they can.
     
  3. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm

    thanks..

    I don't need something 18-wheeler proof..

    but if when I travel with the MB, it will likely involve tossing my bag to the ground at least a couple times (and go DOH! each time)..

    my ARC'TERYX bag (the mac of the backpack world - GO CANADA) is reasonably padded, but not at all made for a laptop..

    enh.

    And the $ question was fairly rhetorical. But a good answer nonetheless.

    Mike
     
  4. xtopher macrumors regular

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    you could always go with a laptop backpack they have really good padding and they hold a bunch of other junk to
     
  5. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    backpack

    checked into that.. oddly enough they're more expensive than sleeves..

    And I'm a cheap bastard.

    Mike
     
  6. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Are you going for the Crumpler school hymn? I have and it seems to be ok, except it makes what you have to carry thicker. (Obviously) I may invest in a sleeve when I can't take the bulkiness of it, but apart from that, it's pretty good protection. Also you can use your Macbook without taking it out, which is very convenient for fast access.
     
  7. RedSponge macrumors newbie

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    Gravis bags such as the A-Frame or the Staple have a half-zipped laptop bit at the back which has a neoprene support that suspends the laptop from the bottom of the bag, thus avoiding direct impact with the ground.

    I have the Staple and have used it with my Macbook before some chap stole it, and it worked great. I can't be certain whether a 15.4" Macbook Pro would fit inside, as the Macbook was fairly snug.
     
  8. JPP macrumors member

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    axio hardsleeve

    (I am an axio hardsleeve evangelist it seems...)
     
  9. RubenJ macrumors newbie

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    At school, I carry around my laptop in my normal (unpadded) Jansport backpack wrapped in an Incase sleeve. On occasion i also drop my bag on the ground without thinking twice (and have the same reaction as you). To my surprise my notebook is in great shape.
     
  10. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks

    thanks for all the input.. odds are I'll cheap out -- $13 seems like a reasonable amount to me to spend.. I'm not that keen on dropping $50-$150 on a bulky protection that may or may not be better..

    Hardsleeve looks cool, but $100 for a sleeve seems beyond my simple non-profit world.

    Mike
     
  11. merc669 macrumors 6502

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    I guess you got extra bucks stashed around to afford a replacement MacBook....Me I use a sleeve ($20) and a Backpack with some extra foam < $50 in Hawaii and I have no problem putting it in the overhead compartment or throwing it on my hotel bed. Cheap is Cheap but spending less than a 100 on a little protection is cheaper than replacing that MacBook!!

    Bill.....:D
     
  12. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    cheap

    so.. here we're getting to the reason for my post..

    the sleeve i picked up is nice and cushy.. my question was if a hard sleeve (i.e. the school hymn spoken of earlier) would be much better.

    the consensus seemed to be short of going ridiculous (18 wheeler proof / $100 sleeve) .. a hard case or sleeve was not that different, and that weight/size wise the sleeve was better...

    Mike
    and no.. I don't want to buy a new computer -- if this one breaks, I'll prolly return to being computer free.
     
  13. merc669 macrumors 6502

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    The sleeve I got is pretty cushy and I would carry it from room to room or office to office. However on a Campus or in my case travel I came across a cheap back-pack (actually I was looking more expensive and saleman talked me into a cheaaper bag with a spot for my MBP) for less than 50. Its lite and serves as a second barrier. I do not think you need to go the 18 wheeler case. I would use the sleeve for around the local area but going anywhere more than that add a backpack or something similier. Just my opinion...

    Bill......
     
  14. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I use a Be.EZ La Robe for my MacBook and I have no complaints at all. Was good value too.
     
  15. butaro macrumors regular

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    Im using a Sleeve, mostly because i just need something to keep the dust off it and some padding for my school bag if i bring it far distances
     
  16. GnarleyMarley macrumors 6502

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    I purchased the Incase at the apple store. $30. I just toss my macbook in my backback along with usually 2 other books and a notebook and go. Seems to be protecting it very well. Plus it looks pretty cool.:apple:
     
  17. jimytheassassin macrumors member

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    You could always make a custom case out of spare cardboard and duct tape.. just kidding.. don't :p For casual walking a sleeve should be fine. See if it has a Microfiber inside vs the Apple version if you can. Those save on surface scrathes. Personally I'm looking for something robust cause I ride the subway with multiple bump hazards..
     
  18. phil83 macrumors regular

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    Take a look at Applesac

    http://www.applesac.com
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    For 29bucks these sleeves are priced pretty cheap for what you get and It also has alot of style. I orderd one on monday should be here tommarow!
     
  19. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha!

    You laugh, but this is pretty much my plan -- it's what I did with my digicam and nano.. stylin! -- plus, no one figures it's worth stealing.

    The only real issue is going out and buying a microfibre towel to wrap it in -- it's pretty much impossible to clean once you've duct taped it.

    Must say though -- the applesac is the nicest sleeve I've seen around. At that point though, a strap would be nice.

    Mike
     
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    How is that working out for you? Kind of intrested in those.
     
  22. iQuit macrumors 6502a

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    I recommend.

    The Speck Hardcase, I bought it at the Macworld Expo and love it. I think it will be just what you need. I have the clear one.
     

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