Cover it up or not?

JoeG4

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Hiyas :D

I always wondered "why spend so much for aesthetics and then go cover it up with a plastic cover!" and now here I am beginning to want to do the same myself. In about 2 weeks (hopefully) I'll be buying a new MBP 15"! One of my friends is planning on doing the same in about a month, and he was talking about buying a speck case for it. HRMMM

I've always thought those were a great way to make a beautiful Apple laptop look like crap, but then I looked at my PowerBook G4.. it still looks pretty good, but it has scratches all over the bottom and the sides of the upper half. Aw.. I kinda want to keep my machine looking new, but the PB held up EXTREMELY well compared to say.. the Vaio I just sold off.

Should I? I see people cover their entire dang computer up with stuff like moshi guards and god only knows what else, and I can't help but think it takes away from the experience pretty heavily.. yet I want to keep it like new for once. What do I do?
 

maflynn

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Me personally, I've never used a cover and I do take exceptional care of my MBP. In fact when I sell it, most of the buyers remark at the condition of my laptop.

I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but rather state you don't need a case to keep the laptop in great condition, provided you take care in how you handle it.
 

natejohnstone@g

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It really depends on how it's used. I don't find the unibodies to scratch easily, but they do dent easily if dropped / set-down too hard (or if something is dropped onto them).

If you travel with it a lot, bring it around with you during the day, and especially if you have kids ... I'd recommend a case. I personally wouldn't want a spec case (i.e. always-on case / cover), but I can see how constantly dragging it in and out of a slip-case or what not would get annoying for you.
 

thermodynamic

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Hiyas :D

I always wondered "why spend so much for aesthetics and then go cover it up with a plastic cover!" and now here I am beginning to want to do the same myself. In about 2 weeks (hopefully) I'll be buying a new MBP 15"! One of my friends is planning on doing the same in about a month, and he was talking about buying a speck case for it. HRMMM

I've always thought those were a great way to make a beautiful Apple laptop look like crap, but then I looked at my PowerBook G4.. it still looks pretty good, but it has scratches all over the bottom and the sides of the upper half. Aw.. I kinda want to keep my machine looking new, but the PB held up EXTREMELY well compared to say.. the Vaio I just sold off.

Should I? I see people cover their entire dang computer up with stuff like moshi guards and god only knows what else, and I can't help but think it takes away from the experience pretty heavily.. yet I want to keep it like new for once. What do I do?
I happily buy the case.

I've a clear Speck brand case going around my 17"er. it can withstand pressure far better than the non-protected MBP. Not that people wittingly put things on their laptops, but protection is never a bad thing.

And it's portable. You might take good care of it, but in public areas were added random elements come into place, you never know what might happen.
 

orvn

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Jan 11, 2011
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If I'm not asleep, my Macbook is on and doing something work-related. I transport it a lot.

I have a sleeve, and I am a meticulously careful person, but ***** happens. A case have saved me on multiple occasions, and I'm pretty happy with the $20 "Rubberized Macbook Pro Case" I got shipped from eBay. Has served me well for 3.5 years.
 

bdodds1985

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Jul 18, 2011
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I have two cases, a clear and a black one. I took them both off an prefer to not use them. They feel bulky to me and although I do use my MBP in some rough spots, it's not going to stay perfect forever. Also, I heard about it getting scratched FROM the case, because of dirt getting between it and the MB. I did notice a little "blemish" on mine from that. My opinion: it's aluminum, just take care of it and clean it regularly.
 

chillfrilla

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I have two cases, a clear and a black one. I took them both off an prefer to not use them. They feel bulky to me and although I do use my MBP in some rough spots, it's not going to stay perfect forever. Also, I heard about it getting scratched FROM the case, because of dirt getting between it and the MB. I did notice a little "blemish" on mine from that. My opinion: it's aluminum, just take care of it and clean it regularly.
then you clearly dont know how to use a case on the macbook
 

Badrottie

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I don't like to see mbp get scratched and lose some value. So I bought a Speck See Thru case because I take mbp with me everywhere I go.
 

FuNGi

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Feb 26, 2010
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Those plastic cases look fugly IMHO. The bottom of the macs are the most likely to scratch when setting on rough surfaces. You can get a clear thin sticker to protect the bottom without caring around a beautiful metal machine inside a cheap plastic case.
 

heisenberg123

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Oct 31, 2010
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i bought one, took it off after about a week, adds unwated bulk and weight, and the scratches that would bug me the most would be on the inside which obviously is not protected with a hard shell

so just use it and be as carefull as you can
 

robvas

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I would get a case or at least carry it in a case to protect it. You could spend $40 now but it will be worth a couple hundred more when you go to sell it.
 

Blondie :)

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Buy a slip case to store/transport it in. No need to do anything more unless you have a specific requirement.
It depends on the things you will use it for. Personally, I use to think a slip case was fine. I'm a student, and I dropped my backpack (with my MBP in it) onto the ground. Even with it being in my backpack with a slipcase, I still managed to slightly damage the corner.

Just judge how well you can take care of it if you plan to transport it a lot.
 

JoeG4

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my backpack has a really big bumper on the bottom where the laptop would rest against when it's in the bag, that itself shouldn't be a problem. My concern was about preventing scratches on the bottom mostly, and the sticker.. hrm.. I dunno :S lol.

I suppose at the end of the day it's impossible to keep it looking new, unless I cover EVERYTHING, and that's like covering a sofa in plastic! The keyboard would wear out before the case does anyway.. it's just disheartening to see a scratch on a new machine xD
 

melchiorre

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Jan 17, 2012
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I found that every once and a while i would slide my MBP on my desk and a grain of sand or something and it would leave a small scratch on the unibody. so I got a black satin case for my mbp. I love the way it looks. especially when you turn it on and the apple logo shines through the case. :)
 

ixodes

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Jan 11, 2012
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By using just a bit of care, I've found I'm able to enjoy mine without spending extra money to cover it up. After a couple of years it looks virtually as good as new. People ask if it's new all the time. These are not fragile laptops.
 
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