MacBook Air Hard Case Reviews

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fredrickyoon, May 8, 2008.

  1. fredrickyoon macrumors regular

    fredrickyoon

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    Anyone have any hard case reviews for the MacBook Air?

    Saw a few on eBay and also saw that Speck came out with one.

    Thanks
     
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't have very high hopes on these hard cases for MBA. I used one before for a macbook. Even for a relatively thick MB, I noticed the increase in thickness with the case on, and ended up returning it.

    For something as thin as the MBA, a hard case will definitely make a MBA look bulky - which sort of defeats the whole purpose of MBA. For this reason, I would go for something like the invisible shield instead.
     
  3. fredrickyoon thread starter macrumors regular

    fredrickyoon

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    Thanks, kind of figured since I have the speck on my MacBook Pro as well.

    Already have the full invisible shield on my Air right now, but just trying to protect this bad boy from anything.

    :)
     
  4. g808 macrumors regular

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    I use the Spek hardshell with my MacBook Air and don't think it's bulky at all. No real added bulk. At least not to me.
     
  5. hogprint macrumors regular

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    i have used both the speck and the techshell on my mbp's in the past. i recently purchased a mba and was attracted to the speck shell. so much i actually bought one. i felt it did not add too much bulk but enough that it bothered me. that however, was not my real issue that ultimately led to my returning the shell. the construction is such that the corners of the lower case flex and actually slightly detach whenever i picked up the laptop with one hand. now i do not know how you might move about a room carrying a laptop but i would generally leave the screen open and hold the machine by a corner. the speck shell would snap over the edge and flex a bit.. to me it was an unsettling situation that i was unsatisfied with. YMMV.
     
  6. MazingerZ macrumors 6502

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    I got the speck one on my MBA. It adds a little thickness to the MBA. It now fits very snugly with my Waterfield bag. In exchange for the thickness, I am now much more happy with the protection it offers.
     
  7. hkq37 macrumors newbie

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    Interested to find

    What I would be interested in is a hard shell case with a Kensington lock built in. Preferably the lock, locks the case and the lid too. That would be a great product for those who work in semi-secure environments e.g. large offices etc.
    I would be interested to know if such a thing exists, or anyone has seen a case/bag that can be 'Kensingtoned'?
     
  8. Mactagonist macrumors 6502a

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    Why do you think the MBA needs a plastic hardcase surrounding its thick metal body? I hope you dont take this as an attack, I am genuinely curious as to why you think it needs this. To me it seems like a good idea for a softer skinned MB or PC laptop, but with the Air's metal body it seems excessive.
     
  9. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    The body of MBA is aluminium. It is one of the lightest metals, and it also is non-conducting (with is good to be used as electronic chassis). However aluminum is also one of the softest metals. It actually scratch easily when rubbed against most of other metals; e.g., your watch, door knobs, metal zippers.
     
  10. Tensakun macrumors 6502

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    As a satisfied user, you don't notice the "detaching" phenomenon hogprint mentioned (I'm not exactly sure what he/she means)? And you think the machine vents OK with no added heat generation? The grip isn't slippery?
     
  11. mike000 macrumors member

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    can anyone who owns a speck case for the macbook air post a pic please?
     

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