Best Sleeve?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mynameis321, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. mynameis321 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2013
    Right so I've had my 13" Air for around 3 weeks, so far I've not taken it out and about or even bought any sort of protection for it. I think it's about time I do.

    I would buy a shell case, however I'm worried that it would make my lid heavier hence making the lid very very lose.

    So I'm opting for a sleeve. A sleeve that isn't too tight so that when closed the screen is tight against the keyboard, scratching and leaving marks on the screen (as I've read on these forums happen) nor something so loose that the laptop rattles around. Something that will protect the delicate device from any bumps, dents, dings or scratches. Will probably put the laptop in my Uni side bag.

    Being in the UK there aren't many stores that have MBA accessories in store to play around with other than the official Apple ones at the Apple store.

    Oh nothing too expensive btw, budget of around £25 max, doesn't have too be too stylish as Function > Form for me
  2. nzalog, Nov 27, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2013

    nzalog macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
  3. robvas macrumors 68020

    Mar 29, 2009
  4. imjoee macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    i purchased the Thule envelope for the 13" macbook air, it's 50$ and the quality is well made.
  5. ApplNat macrumors member


    May 18, 2013
    I purchased a Bau Bau neoprene sleeve from eBay for the whopping price of about $9 and it is great. It has a texture to it that's like a tempurpedic foam.

    The best case/sleeve is the one you'll use religiously to protect your MBA. I never take mine anywhere unless it's in it's protective sleeve first.
  6. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    This right here is by far the best case that I have for my MBA. I had a hardcover shell for it and HATED it, I then just had it in a normal sleeve and I felt like it wasn't protected well. So after a ton of searching I found this gem. This is a great case that has great protection (padded), none of the corners are exposed, and it is slim and looks great on the computer. They come in blue, black, peach, and pink. They're only $20, which is a lot cheaper than a lot of similar cases I've seen. When I took my computer to apple they actually complimented me on the case:):):apple:
  7. pumazooma macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2010
    I've got the Be.ez LArobe sleeve. Really nice, snug fit, well made too.
  8. Hoyasaxa, Nov 28, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2013

    Hoyasaxa macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Living Social had a deal for half off anything from InCase, I think it's still available.

    I've used their basic neoprene sleeve for 4 years with my 13 inch MBP and it fits perfectly my new 13 inch MBA. For 20 bucks, it's as quality as you can get IMO. Does exactly what it's supposed to do and doesn't add that much bulk so that it doesn't still fit in my undersized briefcase.

    Update: apparently the deal expired but the coupon code is good through 12/25. I never used mine so give it a try if it's not account linked. LS501OKFY4TT3M58
  9. tomlavelle macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
  10. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013
    I spent $15 and am happy with my Targus sleeve..

    Fits great, surprisingly little wiggle room for how thin the Air is. Has protection from the zipper so no scratches from it. I use it with an iCarbons skin (bottom and keyboard, no lid) and have no scratches or marks anywhere yet..

    I usually take it with me to class (in my backpack) with the zipper unzipped so I can just reach in and grab it out. So easy and fumbling with a tight form fitting leather sleeve that I need two hands to yank the Air out of. It just slides right out of the Targus sleeve..
  11. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Bought three after following your link.:D
  12. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013
    I know you don't have it yet, but in general, is there any inherent risk to using something like that case that adds bulk between the lid and bottom of the laptop?

    Does it mess with the hinge at all? Does it fully shut and put the computer to sleep?
  13. mynameis321 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2013
    Is the wool case very protective though? I mean… It's wool.

    Which one? I've googled it and there seems to be 2 different models

    Is it a hard case? Protective enough that when dropped it will offer some protection for the laptop?
  14. nzalog macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    Yes, it's pretty thick and it's dense.

    If you're looking for something to protect from a drop, I don't think there are many that will do that. Most of these are just meant so you can throw it in a back back or car trunk and not worry about it.
  15. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Ive been using this case for over a month now and I have had no problems with it at all. It does fully shut and and put the computer to sleep, and it does not mess with the hinges at all.:):)
  16. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    This is what I purchased and I"m very happy with it. It's real leather and decently priced.
  17. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Received them all the other day. I'm using mine and it works great. Obviously it adds a lot of bulk and a tad of weight. It's very easy to remove and install as well. Which is perfect for me because I prefer and have used my MBAs naked for years with really no issue. But there are times I'd like some added protection. Especially when I'm carrying it around w/o a backpack. For $20 it was worth trying and I'm happy.

    BTW, I ordered a black and both pinks. They ALL look better in person than on the site. My wife initially didn't like the 'pink hearts' when viewing online and picked the 'pink' for it's texture. After viewing them in person she likes both extremely well. One is for my daughter for Christmas and she complimented me on mine earlier today. I think she'll like it.
  18. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    I bought this now out-of-stock sleeve from

    The description is correct, it is genuine leather. I realize that this style is not for everyone. It works for me, I am happy to use this on my MacBook Air.

    There are probably similar sleeves elsewhere on the Internet.

    I am currently seeking one for my Retina iPad mini. I don't need an exact matching pair though. If the two devices look like they belong in the same room, that's good enough.
  19. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
  20. Galley, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013

    Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
  21. gooostovo macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I really like my Thule 13" Gauntlet Sleeve that I picked up at the Apple Store. I did some review searching and my velcro hasn't come off. I've used it only about a week though, so I won't count that out yet. Even so, that's what the warranty is for. My MBA slides in and out perfectly without roughing it up.
  22. Chicane-UK macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2008
    I bought the Acme sleeve from the Apple Store for my 11" Air. So far I'm quite happy with it - it feels really sturdy, and has kept my Air safe whenever I've travelled with it (which admittedly isn't that often) - do find it's extremely snug though making it a bit of an effort to insert and remove the Air from the sleeve!

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