Hard Case Scratch? Moshi and Incase?

thedward

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Aug 9, 2011
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So I came across this video of a scratch test for MacBook Pro hardshell cases and I wanted to hear if you guys have seen the same thing. This vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyG11aX2x2M shows the Moshi and Incase being the best against scratches. What have you guys seen with your hard cases? I am thinking of going with Incase.
 

Doggonit

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Jul 11, 2012
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So I came across this video of a scratch test for MacBook Pro hardshell cases and I wanted to hear if you guys have seen the same thing. This vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyG11aX2x2M shows the Moshi and Incase being the best against scratches. What have you guys seen with your hard cases? I am thinking of going with Incase.
I am waiting for Moshi to come out with the rMBP iGlaze in October.

I have heard of too many instances of Incipio feathers, Incase Hardshells, and Speck cases cracking. Moshi seems to do it very right (at least with their 13" MBA iGlaze).
 

borisiii

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Jul 4, 2010
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I have never understood the appeal of hard cases; in my opinion they ruin the aesthetics of otherwise good-looking laptops, and all you hear is stories of them trapping dirt causing scratches that would never be there if it wasn't in the case. Plus they interfere with cooling, and can damage the laptop when removed.

Besides, what are you doing when using your laptop that requires a hard case that stays in place all the time? It offers zero protection when the laptop is in use. Put it in a sleeve or laptop bag when you are moving it around - the padding offers superior protection anyway, especially since hard cases don't even fully protect the laptop - and just be careful when using it. That way you will end up with a pristine laptop that stays looking like new for years.
 

nia820

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Jun 27, 2011
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I have never understood the appeal of hard cases; in my opinion they ruin the aesthetics of otherwise good-looking laptops, and all you hear is stories of them trapping dirt causing scratches that would never be there if it wasn't in the case. Plus they interfere with cooling, and can damage the laptop when removed.

Besides, what are you doing when using your laptop that requires a hard case that stays in place all the time? It offers zero protection when the laptop is in use. Put it in a sleeve or laptop bag when you are moving it around - the padding offers superior protection anyway, especially since hard cases don't even fully protect the laptop - and just be careful when using it. That way you will end up with a pristine laptop that stays looking like new for years.
You can get scratches on mbp even if you are super careful. And if you drop it a dent will appear.

I remember going to the genius bar 2 weeks back and this guy next to me had this giant dent right at the top of the screen. Had he used a case his MacBook would have been dent free.
 

borisiii

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Jul 4, 2010
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You can get scratches on mbp even if you are super careful. And if you drop it a dent will appear.

I remember going to the genius bar 2 weeks back and this guy next to me had this giant dent right at the top of the screen. Had he used a case his MacBook would have been dent free.
You say you can still get scratches if you are careful, but I must admit that (after 9 years of laptop ownership) I have never managed to.

And a hard case will not do much to protect a dropped laptop. There are plenty of threads here on MR where people have dropped laptops in hard cases, leading to denting that is so severe the laptop cannot be closed. Even if a hard case prevents external damage, the likelihood of no components being damaged is slim. Either way, damage arising from a drop is not covered by AppleCare.

You can be pretty sure of never dropping your laptop if you:
1 don't carry anything else at the same time when moving it around;
2 put it in a laptop bag (or a sleeve inside a backpack) when you are carrying lots of stuff.
 

richlee111

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Feb 27, 2011
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Isn't the point of a hard case to prevent your MacBook from getting scratched? If so, the hard case will get scratches on it eventually and look like crap. Unless of course you buy another hard case for the hard case;)
 

borisiii

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Jul 4, 2010
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Isn't the point of a hard case to prevent your MacBook from getting scratched? If so, the hard case will get scratches on it eventually and look like crap. Unless of course you buy another hard case for the hard case;)
But how do you scratch a laptop? If the answer is it only gets scratched when it's being carried around in a bag, you would be better served by a sleeve anyway!
 

aman20177

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Feb 28, 2013
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I am waiting for Moshi to come out with the rMBP iGlaze in October.

I have heard of too many instances of Incipio feathers, Incase Hardshells, and Speck cases cracking. Moshi seems to do it very right (at least with their 13" MBA iGlaze).
 
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Interstella5555

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Isn't the point of a hard case to prevent your MacBook from getting scratched? If so, the hard case will get scratches on it eventually and look like crap. Unless of course you buy another hard case for the hard case;)
That's not really the issue, it's more that dirt/debris will get trapped in there and scratch it anyway.
 

Doggonit

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Jul 11, 2012
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Did you end up using the Moshi iGlaze for your rMBP? If so, how is it all going? Any issues so far?
No, ultimately I didn't. I just ended up buying a really cheap-ass case off Amazon which did crack a little but that is it's purpose: to get damaged instead of the rMBP.
 

Mac.User

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Aug 25, 2013
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I love Incipio. I have used them on past machines, my current on, and on tablets and phones.