Laptop Sleeve or Incase Hardshell Case?

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  1. AGIPSY macrumors regular

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    Hey guys-

    I'm getting a new 15" MBP before i leave for college sometime in august, and i'm debating over whether i should get a laptop sleeve (don't know which one yet) or the incase hardshell case. I know sleeves only provide protection against scratches, and I've heard that the hardshell makes the laptop heavier (i'll be carrying around frequently i think) and restricts how much the screen can tilt back. Although, the hardshell case will protect it all of the time.

    Knowing this, which type of case should I get?
     
  2. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    I have both, and if you are only going to purchase one or the other, I would go sleeve..
     
  3. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    i have the black 15" inclase sleeve and it's fantastic.
     
  4. AGIPSY thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will the MBP with the hardshell case fit into a sleeve?
     
  5. AGIPSY thread starter macrumors regular

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    The reviews of this sleeve on the apple site say that there's a lot of extra room. Do you find that to be a problem?
     
  6. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    Mine fits quite snugly, either they bought the 17" sleeve, or I just got lucky..
     
  7. AGIPSY thread starter macrumors regular

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    does it fit snugly because you have the hardshell case on it? or it fits snugly without it?
     
  8. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    It fits great with out the hardshell.. I can provide an image once I get home from work if you'd like...
     
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  10. AGIPSY thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah not exactly what i'm looking for. i'm going to get a sleeve or the hardshell case.
     
  11. durant0s macrumors regular

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    A sleeve does nothing for protection, A hardshell case will scratch the hell outta your MBP. Ugly sometimes means the best.
     
  12. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    The incase hard shell has a rubberish coating on it and does not scratch, neither the sleeve or hard shell will protect if from drops though :eek:
     
  13. Pickoff macrumors member

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    I would get a sleeve and then stick the protected computer in your backpack.
     
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  15. tecknical macrumors regular

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    is that invisible shield stuff worth it? it doesnt seem that it offers the same protection as a hardshell
     
  16. TheCookie macrumors regular

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    Totally agree--especially if you get a backpack with a padded laptop pocket.

    That's what I've done, and it works fantastic. I am totally secure in the fact that my laptop is protected from pretty much any damage that could occur.

    Love the Incase Sleeve, which fits very snugly for me.
     
  17. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you have a hardshell and you drop your computer, what happens? It breaks.

    So that advantage is gone; everything else from scratch protection to durability to excellent lifetime warranty makes invisibleSHIELD a winner; this is not to mention it's thing and doesn't affect the usage of the computer.
     
  18. tecknical macrumors regular

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    thats true, but i also like the texture feeling of that soft plastic instead of the glossy thing that the shield has
     
  19. war eagle macrumors 6502a

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    Since when has invisibleshield protected anything from drops? If you drop your MacBook with an invisible shield on it... it will probably break the same way it would without it. Just probably without scratches.
     
  20. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    i have the 15" mbp and it fits perfectly. there's a little room for play, but not enough for it to be moving around in there.
     
  21. divinemercy macrumors regular

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    I have to dissagree.

    The hardshell, in my opinion, is obviously going to be better protection. As far as weight goes, that's kinda silly it is just plastic and doesn't add any real weight.

    Now i have to say that i have the MB, not the MBP so maybe its different... But i also own the inCase backpack AND the inCase ipod touch holder. The fact of the matter is that these people are friggen amazing and my inCase MB hardshell is my favorite mac accessory ever.

    Also, if your going to have it in your backpack, a hardshell is a great thing because it reduces the pressures put onto your computer because of being shoved in between books and your back (which has been known to ruin laptops).

    Its your choice, but id say go with the hardshell from inCase (which doesnt scratch like SPECK and other brands).

    Ryan
     
  22. wake6830 macrumors regular

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    The hardshell does not fit very well inside the sleeve. You can fit it in there, but it doesn't exactly slide in and out easily. I wouldn't use both for my daily trips back and forth to school, but I would consider it if I was packing the notebook for a longer and/or rougher trip.

    I bought both for my wife's 15" MBP last week and while I love both (the black hardshell looks great!) they don't play together as well as I hoped they would.
     
  23. AGIPSY thread starter macrumors regular

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    so if you chose one, which one would it be?
     
  24. papa792 macrumors member

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    I would totally go with the Black incase hardshell. It protects it from scratches and looks great. I can not even tell that the case in on my mbp. It gives it more grip!
     

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