Hard Shell Consensus?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Breedlove, Nov 2, 2013.


To hard shell or not?

  1. Yes! The protection is worth it!

    38 vote(s)
  2. No! They do more harm than good!

    52 vote(s)
  1. Breedlove macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2006
    So what is the general consensus with using hard shell covers with new MacBook Pros?

    Any heat issues?
    Scratches on the aluminum body from dust trapped underneath the case?
    Detracts from the aesthetics of the MBP?

    Comments and votes please!
  2. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    Silicon would make it hotter than plastic.
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Some people like to wrap their items in protection, other don't. I hate putting ugly plastic on the nice unibody, so for me it is a clear no.
  4. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    i put a cheapy one on mine, no effect to temperature at all, and i like the look and feel of the matte black and the apple logo glowing through... looks neat.
  5. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    I think they're dumb. Total false sense of security, impede ventilation, ugly, etc...

    As far as I can tell, they're a psychological safeguard for people who can't be bothered to treat their laptops with care.
  6. edfoo macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2013
    Have a Speck hard case on mine for just a few days so far, time will tell how long it will last before it breaks. I disagree that it does not provide any protection at all compared to naked MBP. The main reason is to prevent scratches to the MBP. I do realise I have to remove the case once a month to prevent dust built-up inside the case. I do realise it won't protect my MBP if dropped from 1m height onto a hard floor. You need a thick well-padded bag for that anyway, most sleeves can't protect you from that impact. As for looks, I like mine. My 2c.
  7. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    I think Moshi cases are decent, heard good things about them.


    And I've heard of scratches, but if you take it off once a week or so, clean it off it should be good. If you're working in a dusty environment, a weekly cleaning should be fine.
  8. Mac.User macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    1. They do protect from things rubbing or dropping on them to an extent and not scratching/denting them

    2. They do not they don't block the vents at all.

    3. That's your opinion
  9. mangotears macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Loving the hardshell on my MBA.
    I don't know what kind of material they used, but it feels and looks nicer than any other plastic, glass, metal, or soft-touch material I've ever laid hands on. Been using it for a year, and doesn't have a blemish of any sort.. I don't even have to wipe it down cause it resists finger oil like a champ. It's the only case i've ever used for any device that I've never had the temptation to take off

    Oh yeah, it also protects against scratches and such.. I can pop it into the backpack without worrying what else I currently have in there. Fits like a glove and doesn't add bulk nor heat.

  10. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012

    I like I like ^_^

    I always fear scratches these shells may cause..
  11. -Eden macrumors member


    Nov 27, 2010
    Good hard shells do not impede heat flow. Find one with proper ventilation holes.
    I've used an incase one on my MBP for 3 years, and it hasn't scratched the aluminum externals at all. It gives the laptop extra grip when transferring it into backpacks/cases etc. When you guys take off the case to clean the laptop, spray some duster. then wipe it off as usual.
  12. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    where did you get this... batman...
  13. tmoerel macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covering a nice macbook pro with a cover gives me these kind of associations:


    Anyway....there is more to the aluminium of a macbook than just aesthetics. The aluminium is part of the thermal formula of the macbook and helps getting the heat from the inside of the machine to the outside.

    When covering it with a plastic shell the heat on the outside can not be radiated away and thus the mac will run hotter.

    Not a good idea!!
  14. mangotears macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    The shell itself is semi-translucent so the apple logo shines through. I cut out the logo from card-stock and taped it to the inside of the shell.

    In theory yes, but I've tested thermals with and without the case. The difference was 1 degree in the worst case scenario... insignificant when you compare it to fluctuating ambient temperatures.

    Aesthetics are of course a personal preference. I like the look of the aluminum body but I go to my university or starbucks and about 60% of the laptops look the same. I like being able to use a macbook without having it shout "i'm a sheep". Plus, the MBA in satin black looks pretty sleek - it gets compliments all the time.
  15. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Speck See Thru clear case have not damaged my rMBP yet. :apple:
  16. Domdog31 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    hard cases are akin to screen protectors on an iPhone - unecessary and detracting.
  17. tomtom101 macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2011
    The screen protectors are unnecessary on the iPhone?? - This is news to me - could you explain please - would love to take it out naked!
  18. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I use a hard case because I like throwing my MacBook into my bag willy nilly.
  19. Giuly macrumors 68040


    The equivalent of an iPhone screen protector is actually …a MacBook Pro screen protector - and unless you carry your MBP flipped open in your pant's pocket with keys and change, the value is questionable.

    'Hard shell' would be more something like this:

    On the upside, it can turn your MacBook Pro into a Bondi Blue iBook.
  20. jondunford macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    Going for a poo Moderator
    people hating on cases...theyre not gonna protect your mbp from bullets or 6 foot drops, they are designed to stop scratching from EVERYDAY USE so when you sell in 2 years you can say it's in "good" condition rather than "fair"...
  21. edfoo macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2013
    What, how is a hard case is similar to a screen protectors on an iPhone?

    I didn't realise it was a *****-talk day :rolleyes:
  22. sabbyp macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    the problem is they actually do end up scratching the aluminum. people who are doting on these cases are likely new mbp owners.

    I've had two speck cases, one for a cMBP and one from last years rMBP - both scratched the aluminum through everyday dust buildup in-between the case and the laptop. The clips also snap and because of that the case slides around and scratches the laptop even more.

    I had to get a screen replaced due to dead pixels on my rmbp last year, I took the case off at the genius bar and it was full of dust and the laptop was scratched. the dude basically said that he'd never put a hard case on his machine and since then i've agreed.

    Sleeves all the way for me now, hard cases are a waste of money.
  23. Mac.User macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013

    Speck, enough said.
  24. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Didn't vote because I can't say it does more harm.

    However, I NEVER... that's like putting a bra on a Ferrari. I got a beautiful woman, I don't want to cover her up. Be damn the scratches. If I can't lay my eyes on it and appreciate its beauty everyday then it seems am worrying about her skin getting damage by the sun but I can't enjoy her at the present.

    Make enough money and go, heck, if I damage it, I just get another one! ;)
  25. Texxy macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2011
    I had a Speck See-Thru Clear case on my old Macbook Pro and INSTANTLY knew I would buy the same for my new rMBP. Nothing like it, keeps it clean and doesn't scratch. You just have to clean it once every like 6 months. I could not live without a hard shell speck case on my rMBP.

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