External slim case

cool11

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I want the slimmest external case for retina mbp 15' late 2013.
I want to add some extra protection in aluminum body.
A transparent one would be nice.
I want the thinnest one but with good quality.
What are the best options on the market?
 

dsd1212

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Feb 21, 2014
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I want the slimmest external case for retina mbp 15' late 2013.
I want to add some extra protection in aluminum body.
A transparent one would be nice.
I want the thinnest one but with good quality.
What are the best options on the market?
I bought the Moshi iGlaze. It looks great and is very easy to install but be careful, it has no texture and can be very slippery.
 

Commy1

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Feb 25, 2013
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I picked up the Speck SeeThru with crystal finish.
Works great, except for the decorations I put under the case and around the edges it's invisible. Barely adds any weight and the added thickness is very minimal. Worth it if you ask me.

However if that's not what you're looking for you might try the Zagg option. It's basically just a film, but I'm a little leery about that on a MacBook. A phone screen is one thing, an aluminum laptop is another.
 

Barney63

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I got a cheap chinese clear hard rubber one off ebay for £10.
It is only about 1mm thick, and leaves my rMBP looking sleek.

Barney
 

cool11

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I got a cheap chinese clear hard rubber one off ebay for £10.
It is only about 1mm thick, and leaves my rMBP looking sleek.

Barney
Me too, I did the same.
It seems identical to 'Speck SeeThru'.

My wonder is about heat entrapment.
Do you think your rmbp gets hotter because of this case, especially the bottom one?
 

Barney63

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Me too, I did the same.
It seems identical to 'Speck SeeThru'.

My wonder is about heat entrapment.
Do you think your rmbp gets hotter because of this case, especially the bottom one?
I haven't experienced any heat issues at all.
Running at 36C as I type.


Barney
 

MUWarrior10

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May 7, 2014
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Me too, I did the same.
It seems identical to 'Speck SeeThru'.

My wonder is about heat entrapment.
Do you think your rmbp gets hotter because of this case, especially the bottom one?
If you decide you don't like the Speck. I highly recommend the Tech21 mesh case. I think it is a little lighter with a slimmer profile than the speck while not sacrificing protection.
 

happyfrappy

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Location eh?
My wonder is about heat entrapment.
Do you think your rmbp gets hotter because of this case, especially the bottom one?
As long as there is vent holes on the bottom like a Speck, a hardshell will have similar heat levels.

Considering the shells have their own rubber feet, its better for the shell to take the wear as on rMBP/Airs you can't get a foot replacement like the cMBPs... why Apple did this boggles the mind :confused:

...considering I lost a foot on my old 12" PowerBook G4 once, a wobbly notebook ain't fun :(
 

cool11

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As long as there is vent holes on the bottom like a Speck, a hardshell will have similar heat levels.

Considering the shells have their own rubber feet, its better for the shell to take the wear as on rMBP/Airs you can't get a foot replacement like the cMBPs... why Apple did this boggles the mind :confused:
Yes, there are vent holes.
I did some casual tests, with and without the bottom shell. I did not noticed lower heat without it. I don't think it is worth mentioning 2-3 degrees lower.

I know I have 'rmbp', but what is the cmbp? The previous mbps? (c=classic?)

By the way, no foot replacement for rmbp? Really?
If this is true, I think there is an additional reason for putting a shell.