How easily does the MBA scratch?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rpearlberg, May 29, 2015.

  1. rpearlberg, May 29, 2015
    Last edited: May 29, 2015

    rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2010
    I've always used a speck shell case on my previous laptops but thinking of not using one on my new MBA. How easy does the outside scratch? I'm usually pretty careful with my laptops and it mostly sits on the couch anyway.

    Should I stick with using a shell case, or go with nothing? I ordered the Kuzy case, but was pretty unimpressed with it so was planning to order the Speck.

    Edit: I know two people at work who have Airs and treat them like crap with no case and they are actually in pretty good shape. I think I just convinced myself to get a sleeve and no hard shell and I'll see how that goes.
  2. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Short of dropping it, my MBA doesn't scratch. I honestly don't think a case is necessary for it.
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Of course, your idea of being careful with your laptop might be completely different than mine so this is a hard question to answer. But I have several friends with MacBooks and none of them have cases and they aren't scratched.
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I've had the Tom Bhin Cache (sleeve) since the first week I owned my Air. And while I don't take any extraordinary steps to protect it from damage (nor am I careless), I've found that the Air has held up very well. In 2 years, I only have a couple of small nicks near the hinge where it's dinged up against something hard. Other than that, it's been very durable.
  5. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    Have used Mac Notebooks, well since Mac`s have been portable :) the new Mac`s stand up very well. I use mine for work and travel internationally as a function of work. I just use a sleeve and decent quality bag. None of my current Mac`s have scratches etc. the oldest being retired and more than paid for it`s self Early 2008 MBP, to 2014 Retina`s in between there is 11" & 13" Air`s and more MBP`s.

    FWIW my Mac is my office and the conditions are what they are. Just home after 5 weeks near to the Arctic circle, after a couple of years rotating to Borneo, next is looking to be Sakhalin island, will be fun the over winter :)

  6. Ulenspiegel, May 30, 2015
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  7. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
  8. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    On the rare occasion I get slightly nervous, my MBA goes into a padded A4 envelope, which, in turn, goes into my briefcase. This is because I still remember - with reluctant awe - that video from 2008 when the late Mr Jobs slid the original MBA into an A4 envelope, and I thought - I did think - 'wow'.

    Anyway, I have had an MBA of one sort or another for five years, and they have travelled the world with me.

    My current model dates from 2013. It has no shell, or cover - I bought one, two actually (the 'BookBook' from TwelveSouth) and have never used it; one of my brothers inherited one BookBook along with my 2010 MBA.

    I have found the MBA to be a tough, reliable, ultra portable computer, and - touching wood and all that - mine have never scratched.

    Yes, I look after them, but no, I don't 'baby' them; they are designed to be a fairly robust work computer after all.
  9. krspkbl macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2012
    It will scratch as you use it. I've never dropped mine and never dropped anything on it. Been quite careful while using it. Damn, mine even has some small chips along the edges. No idea how it happened.

    You're only gonna drive yourself insane worrying about imperfections. Just use the computer for what you need it to do. It will scratch no matter how careful you are.
  10. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    As careful as you think you are, you must be much less careful than I am. My current MBA has no scratches or other cosmetic imperfections, and neither did my 2010 model that I sold last year after 4 years of use and months of international travel. And I didn't put any special effort into keeping it in good condition.

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