Best hard case for Macbook Pro 15"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ryeager1, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. ryeager1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2010
    I have the newest Macbook Pro 15" (silver) and I am looking for something that stays on permanently and will protect it in my backpack and if it falls. I also want it to be as thin and good-looking as possible, and to keep out dirt. Right now I am comparing the Incase and Incipio hardshells. The Incase has rubber feet on the bottom- are those helpful or annoying, and are they there to compensate for a cover that is slick? Or is the Incipio case rubbery enough that feet aren't necessary? Thanks!
  2. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Most people I've seen with cases usually have the Speck cases. Speck cases are pretty good looking when you see them on your MBP. As far as "protecting" it if you drop the MBP? Not sure. Most of these cases are pretty thin due to aesthetics so the protection might not be all there. Usually the rubbery ones are pretty grippy and usually have little feet on them so you should be okay there.
  3. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    The best hard case for the MacBook Pro is the aluminum unibody. ;) [<<< Sarcasm face]

    I don’t recommend any hard case. Instead I would recommend a protective sleeve that you would put the MBP in and then slip that into your backpack.
  4. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    I'd go with a speck or incase, the feet on both won't be annoying, they prevent scratching on the bottom case.
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I had an incase hardshell on my Macbook Pro for 2 years. On my previous genius bar visit, the put the cosmetic condition as "Perfect."

    The incase was great from a protection standpoint. Obviously, it protected against scratches and scuffs. While I never dropped the unit, I didn't have to baby it as much as you would if you didn't have a case on meaning I could toss it in my bag or put it on less than ideal surfaces. The additional grip it gives is great also.

    If I could do it again, though, i'd probably go for the speck to I could have a little more control over customization (i.e. decals behind the hard case) since speck offers clear and satin.

    As far as those dumb little softcases go, they are two completely different products, but the hardcase will offer 24 hour protection (except when you take it off ;)) and allow your mac to take a bit more of a beating when it comes to daily use.
  6. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    Speck See Thru works great for me. I have the Satin Red one and it protects the laptop very well.

    My laptop is in the SAME exact condition physically as the first day I bought it. The keyboard has a little shine but thats it.
  7. Bnikel160 Guest

    Aug 8, 2010
    I have the black satin case for my 15 inch mbp I really really like it, I used to have the see thru one for my 13 inch mbp and I never really liked it, it scratched easy and I always found myself taking it off...I love the look and feel the black satin case give my macbook but the only thing I dont like is the size and weight the case give the computer because I like the thin aluminum design of the computer...I havent tried the incase ones but I have an incase sleeve and book bag and like them both, so id say both speck and incase are safe bets. Also the feet at the bottom are great they work a lot better then the feet on the actually computer. These cases have saved my computers from a lot of dents and I have been able to sell them for a lot more because of their perfect cosmetic condition
  8. mainemanx macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2010
    Incase, Incase, Incase... clearly superior to the Speck.

    The Speck on the wife's MacBook fits rather loosely. The Specks on our iPhones are much better.

    But the white Incase on my 15" hi-res i7 is nonpareil, both functionally and appearance-wise.

    (Just make sure you get the new magsafe ready version if you've a new machine.)
  9. Audrey313 macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010

    Where did you get the incase? Because the Apple store here locally is wiped out, not knowing when another shipment will come...and Best Buy said they do not carry the Incase in the 15". Since it is already $50, I was hoping not to pay even more with s&h.

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