Is it worth getting a few scratches on your MBPr in order to use it nude?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    I have two cases for my late 2013 MBPr. But I'm leaning towards just rockin my MBPr nude.

    I assume I'll get a couple scratches over time, but hey it's not like the laptop will last forever anyway, and I won't ever sell it. I'll run this computer to the ground.

    All a case does is protect it from scratches, a drop would still be devastating.

    Plus cases do add weight. I notice a difference for sure.

    I'm thinking of just using a sleeve from now on. No case.
  2. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    I have never used a case for my MacBooks that I have owned. The thing is made of metal! Its durable and easy to clean.

    The whole point of enjoying looking at it is too look at it without an ugly piece of plastic covering it. Whats the point in protecting it if your never looking at it? Its like those people who buy a car and then put one of those ugly car bras on it in order to protect the paint job. Well if your keeping this ugly cover on your car your never getting to enjoy looking at your car without that ugly cover on it.

    Makes no sense.
  3. rapicell macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    The only scratches my macbook has gotten are just on the bottom, which you don't even see unless you decide to open it up or something
  4. EvanHelpme macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Seriously? I've been using Apple laptops since the mid 90s and I've never had a case on any of them. I didn't even really know that was a thing...
  5. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    Early metal MacBooks overheated because of people doing that. The metal was meant to dissipate heat and the cases blocked the heat.
  6. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    I've been using MacBooks since 2006 and never had a scratch on a visible surface. Had a couple of light scratches on the bottom of my 2008 uMB after a couple of the feet fell off, but that's it.

    No need for a case. Dints add character anyway. ;)
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I have a scratch on the lid of mine. It's really no big deal. Not worth a case.
  8. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    I think if one is planning to run their computer to the ground, like me, then there is really no point in a case. If one is planning to sell their notebook after a year or two because they like upgrading a lot then, then maybe it makes sense.

    Otherwise, all that will happen is 5 years from now (hopefully longer) some expensive part will fail and it won't be worth fixing.

    It'll sit in my room in the corner in mint condition...with dead internals useless.

    And I never got to enjoy it nude.
  9. uptempos macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    I used to be OCD with scratches and such. My view is if it came scratched, then its a big deal and I'd return it. You paid full price for it, you deserve a perfect machine.

    If you scratch it overtime, it just adds character. That first scratch though...always hurts a little.
  10. dmitrivich macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2014
    The first cut is the deepest.
  11. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    i put mine in one of them sleeves when i travel with it.

    otherwise its sitting on the table or on my lap.

    how does do you get it to scratch?
  12. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2013
    A case is sort of dumb, but why not just a skin? Protects from scratches but looks almost invisible.
  13. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I use sleeves with both my MacBook Pros but never the plastic cases. My mid-09 has some scratches but my late-13 still looks good.
  14. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    How do you get over them?
  15. Kirjava444 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2008
    I've never even thought about using a case. My 2008 15" MBP had been naked since the day I got it. I'm sure the bottom probably has scratches, especially from when I was in uni and used to lay it on a concrete alcove during breaks, but the top still looks pretty good and the idea of scratches hasn't really bothered me at all
  16. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    Wow congrats on 7 years! How's it running? Any upgrades?

    And why don't scratches bother you? Just curious. I'm trying not to care about them.
  17. mlemonds macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    i have a late 08 15" MBP. it has a fair amount of scratches. it used to bother me, but at some point the laptop became a tool. either that or i became more concerned about battery life and diminishing performance.
  18. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I don't use cases or sleeves. No problems. Sure it can get some scratches (even though I can't really notice any). Don't see why anyone would care.
  19. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    Really? Who the hell puts a case on a MBP?

    It makes me think of the iPad cases that parents put on iPads so that their 3yr-olds can drop them over and over.
  20. entwined82 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2013
    I bought a case, put it on and immediately took it off. I just carry it around in a sleeve. The case felt/looked weird. Not a fan of it.
  21. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Never used a case on my Macbooks and haven't had any major scratches yet. *knocks on wood*

    That being said, I do put it in a sleeve when traveling so that other items in my bag don't scratch the surface.
  22. Kirjava444 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Thanks! It's running pretty great still, the odd slowdown if I open too many apps but it's holding its own. Going to upgrade soon though, going back to uni and it's too heavy for me to carry lately.

    Scratches don't bother me because at the end of the day it's just a computer - scratches on the outside don't affect performance at all and I can't even see them while I'm using it - which is its main function, after all!
  23. DiCaprioAngel macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2013
    New York
    I have a clear case on my 15" rMBP. I, too, plan on using this computer until it can't run anymore, but I bought the case simply to protect it in case I do bring it out of the house. I do have some dings on the aluminum but it doesn't bother me that much. My laptop still looks good as new and looks great. I also got the clear case because I have decals on the lid and I wanted to protect it from peeling off every time I put it away in its sleeve. I just have a ease of mind that it has a case protecting it, "just in case". I carried it naked for almost a year before I put a case on it. I guess it all just depends on preference.
  24. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I thought about clip on protection but decided against it.

    Just bought a Tucano Second Skin sleeve for it to live in when not being used.

    Looking forward to my rMBP arriving next week some time.
  25. diggy33 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2011
    I guess I'm the minority on this one - I've got cases on both of my machines, and have done so since at least 2011. it adds a little weight, which I'm not concerned about, but I'd be really pissed if I got a major scratch on it. The case on my 15" has already saved it from quite a few knicks on the lid. To each their own though - its your property, do with it as you will :)

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