Is a macbook cover necessary

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mike213, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Mike213 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    I bought a macbook pro and hard shell cover for it after along time to take the cover off to clean the macbook i wondered to my self s the cover necessary
    Does the new macbook pro scratch easily if so would an invisible shield be a better solution because taking off a hardshell cover is doing damage to my fingers as well as being close to impossible to remove
  2. lukta macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    IDE rather take a few scratches and show off the sleek look than hide it behind clunky plastic. I feel the same about car bras too. And plastic on furniture.
  3. Rob9874 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2010
  4. ranviper macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2010
    Adirondacks, NY
    I dont have an actual hard shell case for it, but I do have this:


    It's perfect because whenever I travel it stays nice and cozy, but when I take it out for use it's never subject to anything harmful really. Also makes a good placemat for the mbp on harder surfaces. :rolleyes:
  5. Mike213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    So a cover really isnt necessary as it gave me a few injuries takin off as well as the clips scratching the side
    I guess that was a big waste of cash soo would u guys recommend getting a sleeve instead any view on invisibleshield?
  6. lukta macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    I never used anything on my white macbook. But then again it is plastic. I figured that it was going to get scratched and there wasn't anything I could do about it. If you are careful with your electronics then you shouldn't need anything except a traveling case. If you aren't careful with your electronics (do you drop your phone all the time?) then I would get a hard shell case for drop protection. But for scratch protection: I wouldn't worry about it. That stuff is gonna happen.
  7. ddoolin0 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    ...Until you drop it one day and its lands a dent, or two. Not too pretty then, is it?
  8. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I hate hard cases. I'd never snap one on to my MBP. It's just terrible IMO.

    I use an inCase neoprene sleeve. $39. I just put it in there when I'm not using it. Keeps it same from the kids dirty paws, the wife piling my "crap" on top of it, etc, etc.

    Let the MBP be who it is. Don't put a purple/blue/pink/green plastic condom on it.
  9. RabidMacFan macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2012
    My 2007 MacBook Pro has a decal that covers the entire lid, and a clear plastic case surrounding the entire thing. I haven't decided what to do with my 2012 rMBP when it arrives, but I'll likely find another badass decal to use.
  10. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Depends on how **** retentive you are to be honest. Is the MB a tool for you or a loved one?

    I buy mine to be used, sure its got a few scratches and small dents after 3 years, but still looks good!

    You own personal choice to be honest. Its like people who put car bras on the front.... sure it protects against scratches etc... but damn its ugly... no thanks!
  11. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    The only protection I'm getting is a keyboard cover by Moshi. And radtech screensavr.
  12. TechZeke, Oct 19, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012

    TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    As a college student, as much as I am very careful, stuff happens and the hard case has really protected my Macbook from what would have been decent sized dents. If I wasn't living in college dorm and wasn't going to college period, I probably wouldn't have a speck hard case.

    It's easy for all these guys to say there is no need for a hard case when their Macbook doesn't leave the house no more than 5 times a month or less.

    The people in my dorm with pristine looking Macbook pros with no hard cases leave them in the comfort of their dorm room 100% of the time. Everyone that actually uses them outside dorm, either has a hard case or they have dents in them. My friend learned the hard way. Dropped his MBA, left a huge dent in the corner of the screen. You can bet he has a hard case now.
  13. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    I never used hard shells and my macbooks never got any real scratches. The aluminium surface is very sturdy and the current one is even better than that of the first gen aluminium macbooks. Unless you scratch metal on metal you should be very safe.

    I also dont have any bumpers or silicon shells for my iPhones. It's ridiculous to pay that much money for a nice computer or phone and then make it look and feel like a child's toy. Or even worse.

    What I do however is have a hard case for transporting my laptop. Soft cases feel too unsafe.
  14. skitzogreg macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2007
    I don't use hard cases for any of my products, but I did use one for my old poly-white MB. When I found out that it was still scratching from the dirt under the case, I figured the case was pointless anyway. Same applies for a MBP, which are still notably more scratch resistant.
  15. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012
    I stopped babying my MBP about 2 months in. I carry it to some classes, but most of the time it stays in the dorm/backpack. No dents, no visible scratches.
  16. tyler.frost92 macrumors member


    Jan 31, 2012
    Leonard, Michigan
    As soon as I no longer have to lug my mbp to classes everyday, she will go naked. This darn case is so ugly.
  17. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I would hate to have a hard shell case on my rMBP but I think I will get a sleeve for travel purposes.
  18. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If it was necessary, it would come with the computer.
  19. rrm998 macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2012
    Houston, TX USA
    I have a sleeve (Acme Made) for travel and 3M based film on the top and bottom. This rMBP is the first metal laptop I've had and I debated on whether to cover it with something or not. The place my laptop sits when I'm using my external monitors causes metal to metal contact with the bottom so I decide to go with the film.

    I had hoped that the film might provide a bit of insulation from the (sometimes) warm bottom. But actually I find the material makes sweating more likely.

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