Incase Hardshell vs. Speck See-Thru Satin Case

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  1. mrbeaverhousen macrumors member

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    I'm shopping around for a case for my 13" MBP and I needed a few opinions.

    Which one do you prefer, the Incase Hardshell or the Speck See-Thru Satin?
     
  2. Baggy Spandex macrumors 6502

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    My girlfriend recently bought me the Speck satin in black for my 09 15" MBP. I love it. It's easy as he'll to install, and the way it feels texture-wise is extremely nice. Beware though, as it does add a noticeable amount of weight, as silly as that sounds. If you're like me and have hinges that are looser than you'd like, it might irritate you. Hopefully Apple addresses the loose screen issue.

    Althogh, my GF has the Unibody 13" Macbook, and her hinge is amazingly sturdy so you might be in the clear. Goddamn...how I envy her hinges lol.
     
  3. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Speck just because you can get it for half the price..
     
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  5. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my Speck Satin in black and I LOVE it! I'd highly recommend picking one up!
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I am not sure if Incase updated the Hard Shell at all, after owning both: Incase hands down.


    A quick mroogle search would produce more results, assuming that Incase did not update the shells...
     
  7. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    I don't understand why people would add a hard shell to such a slick and good looking laptop. Be a little careful with it. Get a good sleeve (Tom Bihn Brain Cell) and then throw it into a laptop bag.

    I used my 1st Gen MBP naked for 3 years, took it all over the world, and it just had some minor scratches on the keypad.

    When it's not in the sleeve or being transported make sure you don't drop it. I can't imagine anyone dropping a laptop.

    Are these hard cases for protection or cosmetic reasons?

    I actually use 3 things. A Booq Taipan skin when it's lying around the house not being used for spills or scratches. It doesn't have much drop protection. When it's being transported I use the Brain Cell mentioned above. They tested it by dropping an egg in it from 6 feet and the egg was fine. If I'm going to the coffee shop I'll use just the Brain Cell. When I'm on the road internationally, the Brain Cell gets clipped inside a Tom Bihn laptop bag.

    To each his own ..

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  8. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Incase covers the aluminum sides by the hinge in back while Speck does not.

    edit: I stand corrected by #10. I have an Incase and am very pleased with it.
     
  9. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    A hard case will do nothing to protect against a drop. While transferring kinetic energy from plastic--->aluminum is not a perfectly elastic collision like billiard balls, nonetheless it's a hard surface taking the impact, with no cushion between it and the next hard surface (your machine), so the vast majority of the kinetic energy will still get transferred into your MBP, damaging it.

    Just take care of it. Eight months now with my MBP and it's pristine using just a foofbag (previously used a Tucano second skin).
     
  10. Epic Phail macrumors newbie

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  11. davivi23 macrumors newbie

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    I have the incase and it looks great. Quite a number of inquiries when I'm out using it.

    Be sure to shop around...as I would have had a hard time paying the MSRP.
     
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  13. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

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    I don't expect a hard case to take a fall, no laptop unless it's inside of a pelican case will probably take a substantial fall, however, as much as I like the aluminium look, I LOVE the black look, the black hard case + black keys + black screen bezel + black mouse = sexy. I wear a case out of pure preference.

    Each to their own!
     
  14. BlackiBook macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking of going with the Speck See Through Satin (black) because I love the look and I think I will love the feel, but also just to protect it from everyday scratches! Does anyone see where I can get the updated version of the case for the 13" MBP?!? Amazon doesn't seem to have it!
     
  15. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    just got the new incase hardshell and really like it it has a really nice feel and grip to it
     
  16. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

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    i use speck see-thru satin.
    the grip of the case is nice and when using it on any surface doesnt slide around like the other hardshell cases.

    besides cosmetically it does look nice and keeps it clean from scratches or dings, ive accidentally had ipod cables and other things scrape by it luckily wihtout scratching the actually mbp just the casing.

    prevents limited protection from spilling on the top or bottom and any other acts that arent too bright minus dropping or things like that.

    its funny too, i get asked if its a special mac because it looks really flush, theyask if there is a black 15 or 17" lol =P
     
  17. 301finest macrumors regular

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    I was considering the speck case satin see thru. Instead I got the hard clear speck case and it's so nice. It's fits the macbook lovely and it don't take away the beauty of the computer.
     
  18. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    I just never saw why anyone needs one of these save for cosmetic reasons.
     
  19. S-Man macrumors regular

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    I purchased a Spec Black Satin See-Through case for my 15". I like it, but like Baggy said above, it adds a very significant amount of weight to it. It also adds to it's girth, which in the world of MBP, is not a good thing. It wouldn't fit inside it's bag after the case was on.
    I removed it and haven't put it back on since, because it's just so sleek and awesome naked.
    I sing to my UMBP that song "I like you so much better when you're naked" by Ida Maria :D
    edit:errr...listening again to that song, it doesn't sound right for this application...:eek:
     
  20. JWFerne macrumors regular

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    I've never looked into these cases, so the thread caught my attention. Question to those who own one... does it increase the computers temperature much? I'm sure it also shields the user from the heat as well.
     
  21. S-Man macrumors regular

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    ^I didn't notice any increase in temperature, but it is more comfortable when sitting in your lap. Adds some insulation on the bottom.
     
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  23. BlackiBook macrumors 6502

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    Then why post?

    I love the see thru satin but it does get dirty really quickly!
     
  24. Connaught macrumors newbie

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    Considering this buy also.

    I'm going to use the InCase nylon sleeve for carry but want something else, a second skin sort of cover on the machine. Scratches and the inevitable ding to the edge of the soft aluminum. Those are a PITA.

    1. Does the MBP fit in the incase with either of these sleeves?

    2. Any other options? Doesn't somebody make a very thin slightly rubbery covering that adds almost no weight and only a few mm of additional girth?
     
  25. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    Tried both and decided not to cover my MBP, those cases make it look cheap...
     

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