Best sleeve / shell / protection for Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kpark42, May 28, 2009.

  1. komiothebeat macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Corona, CA
    i recently got a unibody MBP about a month ago i guess, and it's amazing!

    anyways i picked up a incase sleeve thing, it's awesome, i am sometimes worried about the zipper making scratches but that is my promary case and havent had any problems with it yet, PS there is a cloth thing inbetween where the MBP sits and the zipper... ):apple::apple:komio
  2. o2xygen macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    I wouldnt worry about an invisible shield, I dont treat my alu MB too good and its still scratch free. I use a Gecko neoprone sleeve and dont use a laptop bag, just carry it. Its got lining on the inside of the zipper so it doesnt scratch. Make sure if you do get one, it has some lining on the zipper.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    yeah i used to have the incase sleeve and every time i inserted or took out my machine I was always worried about it touching the zipper. When its inside its safe however. I now just have an applesac that i slip in and then it goes into a messenger bag.
  4. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    No scratches with Tucano's Second Skin range. They have a 'Anti-Slip' system which also covers the front of your Mac protecting it from getting scratched by the zippers.
  5. kpark42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
  6. RasterScan macrumors member


    May 6, 2004
    The shields are nice but they are not very thin.

    I would stick with a sleeve of some kind.
  7. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    Been using the Incase Sleeve for a couple months and so far it's great. No scratch or anything. I carry my UMBP around like everyday and am not the kind of person who babies his laptop.
  8. killianb macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    I suppose it all depends on what/how you're going to be using it. I have a UMB but I've just ordered a UMBP. I use it mainly on a little table while sat on the sofa -- I'm in a small house and have no room for a desk. However I have pets and young children and don't like to leave it out when not in use. So personally, I'm currently using an Incase zip-up bag which has room for the charger and a few peripherals. However, it's not that sturdy and if I was going to be taking it out much and carrying it around, I think I'd want more protection.

    On the other end of the scale, if you do have a desk and it's mainly going to just stay there, I'd just go with one of the clip-on hard case things. I think that's what I'll get for added protecting whilst in a bag.
  9. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    I went with this Tucano item. As I recall I purchase it in November and I use it daily; holding up well and the UMBP is still pristine.

  10. lapino macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    I have a Caselogic sleeve (should check , think it is that brand) and my MBP got dented on the corner when I fell off stairs (was in my backpack). After reading this, I realize the dent might've been caused by the zipper. A sleeve is fine, but it doesn't offer much protection when falling etc. Are there any sleeve-size protections that are a hard shell?
  11. Keniff macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2008
    United Kingdom

    I bought my girlfriend a skin from Here for her MBP.

    No zipper (apart from on pouch built right into the front) so the laptop won't get scratched, cushioned and flexible (washable), and tons of colours...
  12. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    I highly recommend the second skin sleeve... they are great. If you use a wear a watch when you type, I also recommend the moshi palmgaurd. Most people cant tell that i have a palmgaurd until i tell them.

  13. 3rdLittlePiggie macrumors member


    May 27, 2009
    Kansas City
  14. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008

    No scratches, and no uglyness...
  15. kpark42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
  16. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    For my Sony Vaio I have an "old school" laptop bag. I thought nothing of stuffing it in there along with accessories. It was just a tool. Though I wasn't rough with it, I didn't treat it like fine china.

    My MBP on the other hand seems to WANT me to take care of it. I treat it like something worth many times it's value. I bought a black incase neoprene sleeve from the Apple store and it's great. It's got a nice lambswool type lining. It won't protect it from anything sharp like my Vaio case would, but it keeps the dust off. Because of the internal design, the moving part of the zip is kept away from the laptop by padding. It's quite clever.

    It has no handle on mine and because it's soft it's a little tricky to hold in one hand. It just stretches and you find yourself gripping the top of the case between your thumb and forefinger. It's more of an under your arm type carrying position.

    I often use the incase to sit the MBP on to protect it's little bottom.
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    IF you care a lot, you can make do with all 3 :)

    I mean the invisibleSHIELD would prevent scratches from the shell, which would in turn protect against dropped objects. Finally the sleeve for some added padding.

    Personally I'd just stick with the sleeve because the skin makes the computer feel cheap, and the shell adds unneeded bulk.
  18. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    I'd get all three, but accidents do happen, and nothing can prevent denting. Sleeves are great and pretty much essential though if you ever travel.
  19. 3rdLittlePiggie macrumors member


    May 27, 2009
    Kansas City
    I haven't noticed any scratched, as of yet, I have a friend that just got a new uMBP and the hardshell as well, I'll check them out later and let you know.
  20. JCastro macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I think that the Invisible Shield kind of cheapens the look. As far as the hard cases goes, I have a friend that has them on a MB and a MBP. It doesn't seem like it would add that much to the size but it really does. I was surprised at just how heavy and big it felt when I picked them up.

    Personally I would go for the Skin or sleeve. If you want a sleeve that adds a little more protection look into Booq Bags. Here is a link to their 15" MBP Sleeves.
  21. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    I only have experience with the incase sleeves and speck hardcases.

    the incase sleeves on a bare uMBP never got scratched or anything from the zipper or keeping it in a backpack or bag.
    theyre handy if you dont have a hardshell case.

    the Speck cases are nice and slim..but also durable.
    i like them..i got two SeeThru Satin Cases; one for a 17" uMBP and the work uMBP 15" they have nice grip so the computer does not shifting while your typing or working.
    never had a scratch or problem removing them or putting them on.
    and the heat issue is temps have been realatively moderate or low during normal browsing and light usage.
    they do add about a half pound to a pound to the overall weight but they feel sturdy.
  22. kpark42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
  23. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
  24. kpark42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009

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