Long time Laptop Users: How do you protect your machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BeyondMountains, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    Are skins, screen protectors, keyboard covers worth it?

    If so, what do you use and why? Links please :D
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've been using apple laptops since the G3 PowerPC days and I've never used a skin, screen protector or keyboard connector.

    My laptops stay in good if not pristine condition as well. If you take care of the laptop those things are not needed imo. :)
  3. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    I was hoping for answers like this. Thanks for your reply.
  4. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    Been using Apple laptops since 2007 with my first black macbook.

    Never used protection, never had an issue. All of my laptops have been in perfect condition. I just throw them into my shoulder bag and that's that.

    I do, however, use a keyboard cover. Not to prevent any damage like you'd expect, but to prevent that glossy/greasy sheen that will eventually make your keyboard look like trash.
  5. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I've been using laptops exclusively for the last 8 years or so? Although I think my first laptop was 18 years ago? (Umm wow)

    Anyway, I've never put covers on them, skins, etc.
  6. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Same here, no covers or anything in ten years of use. Just put it in my briefcase and go. I do treat it like the expensive machine it is, the way my wife treats her electronics gives me fits. A keyboard protector would likely help with the keys turning glossy.
  7. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    Been using Apple laptops since before I can remember (I was around 10 years old...) and since having my own or the families, we've never attached a cover to an iBook / MacBook.

    I always use a sleeve when transporting in a bag, but that is all.
  8. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    I use a keyboard cover, but just because I hate cleaning the keyboard. With the cover all I do is take it off, wash it with soap and water, dry it and put it back on. I also use the Moshi Palmguard. On my previous MBP there was a lot of wear in that area from years of use, and since I pass my computers down to other family members, I figured I'd try the Palmguard to see if it helped.

    I don't bother with a case for it, though. Just a nice cushioned laptop bag for it to travel in.
  9. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Nothing during use. For travel I put the computer into a sleeve and then into a bag.

    I could never use a plastic cover thing. I don't get that. You might as well put the computer in a glass pedestal.
  10. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2012
    Never used any protectors but I have started thinking about getting a keyboard cover just to prevent oil building up
  11. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2007
    The thing is that once you get a scratch on your MBP you are not going to care anymore about screen protectors and stuff and keeping it nice and new. In fact you are going to appreciate it later on how busted up its going to look.

    I wouldn't worry about protecting your laptop especially for long time usage cause resale value doesn't mean anything to you.
  12. Rmafive macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    Richmond, Virginia
    There may be the occasional small scratch, but I have never used a skin or case on any of my Apple laptops. If you are careful, there shouldn't be any problem!
  13. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    The first time I got a MBP, I got a keyboard protector. However, I soon ditched it, as it's bad for typing, and also insulates the laptop, which makes it warmer, and thus isn't good long term.

    Just have a nice protective sleeve case for use when travelling, going through security. Make sure table is clean when placing laptop on, or just use the sleeve case underneath. I use SFBags.
  14. jld45000 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN USA

    Coed naked computing. No sleeves, cases or wraps here. I have an incase over the shoulder bag for my 2006 Macbook that has been great. Just be conscious of it an you'll be fine.

    Two lame stories...

    When I was in 9th grade I bought a pair of Oakley E-Wires (sunglasses). I loved them so much I bought the $30 aluminum case. Kept them in it all the time until my Jr year of college. Set them on a bed at a swim meet while I dropped a deuce and someone was sitting on them. Protection only works if you use it.

    Only issue I ever had with my Macbook was when I was watching a movie in bed with my girlfriend. We set the Mac on the floor when the mood hit but ended up rolling off the bed, landed on the screeen and broke the screen. When I told the genius at the Apple store they said that wasn't covered by Apple Care.

    That's all.
  15. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Never have used any kind of protection on any of my laptops and they all stay in great condition. I always wipe the table off too before I put it down, nothing worse than hearing that little crumb or piece of debris scratching the aluminum as you slide the laptop across the table a small amount.
  16. jtap macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I've never had a problem with greasy/faded keys, I just take an "electronic" wipe to them about once a week and they seem to stay good as new! :)
  17. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    Is this true? Even after heavy use?

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