Incase Macbook neoprene sleeve

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gusruck, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. gusruck macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    I have been trying to figure out what case to buy for my MacBook. At first I had my eyes set on the STM Small Alley bag, but after seeing it in person I realized it wouldn't be ideal for grad school as I will have to carry some books every now and then.

    I also realized that I allready have a rather nice black leather messenger bag that is more than big enough to carry both my laptop and books when needed. Only problem is that it offers no protection for the computer.

    I have been coveting a nice neoprene sleeve for my computer; I like the Incase one but it never seems to be in stock and people have been complaining about its lack of zipper protection.

    If anyone actually has the MacBook Incase sleeve (the one specififically designed for 13.3" computer), could they please post a mini review.
  2. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    I have heard that they don' provide the MacBook with a tight and snug hold. They are a little loose on one of the sidess.
  3. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Also, if you read the reviews on Apple's site, as well as elsewhere, you'll find that some had their MacBooks scratched by the zipper because there are no protection.

    I'm going with the nylon sleeve. Take that for what it's worth.

    If you want a minimalist sleeve with no handles or anything, check out RadTech's Glove or Rebound. They may fit the bill.
  4. gusruck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    after checking the reviews it does appear the incase sleeve is too big. the radtech sleeves look nice but one isnt going to be released until after august and the other is backordered. It appears that there are no neoprene sleeves available at all.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions on brands?
  5. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    i've got a Be.ez LaRobe coming. Will post about it when it's here.
  6. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    I really like be.ez sleeves - Congrats on the purchase.
  7. DocVT macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2006
  8. mgthrall macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2006

    I bought their small alley bag, and I love it. I'm waiting for the gloves to go in-stock, and then, I'm picking one up! Look at the retailer list for places to buy their products.
  9. gusruck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    hey guys thanks for all the input. I went to my local apple store to see what they had, they had an olive small alley bag in stock. Since it was only 39.99 i decided to give it a shot.

    It might work out better than just buying a sleeve as ill be far more careful if the bag just has my computer in it.

    Ill post again with my impressions later.
  10. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    i have one and i like it alot. my macbook doest travel alot, so it is good for the few short times i need to protect it from scratches and stuff
  11. Acehigh macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2006

    You heard wrong.. The Incase sleeve for the macbook was made just for the macbook. That is why it took longer to come out.

    The STM alleyway is very small.. If you only want to carry your laptop its fine. Also that is very loose inside and you probably need a sleeve anyways. Its not really worth it. Better to buy a sleeve and another bag.

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  12. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    I second that. I bought a WaterField sleeve a couple months ago and it is fabulous! I'd really check them out - they make a good product and it is well-priced.
  13. ljump12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2006
    I purchased this sleve offa ebay; and am realllly happy with it; It cost only $20, yet fits the macbook like a glove.




  14. Acehigh macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2006

    Was that $20 included shipping? If not what was the total..
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    let me third waterfield. the sleeve is a little bit bulky, but then again, that's better protection. :) It's a great product.
  16. Brandon Chapman macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2006
    I have that same one. I like it a lot so far (2 days.)
  17. gusruck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    so far im very impressed with my stm small alley bag. It has padding on all sides of the computer compartment. The compartment is a little wide but fits snuggly on allother sides so it does not move around much at all. The bag holds more than i thought it would.

    I highly reccommend the bag as its a good value for the quality product you get.

    I will eventually end up getting an sleeve but for now im happy with the stm bag
  18. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Well, it's here! Collected it yesterday and very happy so far. Feels well made and nicely thought out. Can post some pics if people are interested.
  19. moesker007 macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hey, pics would be great! I really want the green sleeve for my lil macbook but i have no idea where to get one in the US, where did you get yours?
  20. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Hmm...The incase sleeve looks nice, but the "no zipper protection" bugs me a bit. I think I may just go with an STM Glove or Rebound to replace this terrible Bitolithic sleeve. :( :D
  21. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    InCase is great...Although I use JanSport laptop backpacks more often now.
  22. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Heh, I was looking through the thread, and had a great since of deja' vu'. Turns out this got bumped from like, five moths ago, lol.

    Anyways, I ended up picking up the InCase sleeve during the time this thread was still around. No complaints. I love it.
  23. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    The InCase sleeve is very snug, the zip doesn't scratch, and the green lining is awfully dinky.
  24. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I've had inCase for almost two years now, i used it with my PowerBook and transferred it to my MacBook Pro with no qualms although its a tad tighter with the MBP nothing major.

    No scratches.
  25. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    I think the people who complain about it being too wide ordered the wrong size, pff. I have one and it's perfectly snug! The zipper doesn't scratch either, but be sure to remove the tag inside (just cut it out with scissors) because that will scratch a Macbook.

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