Need Help! Trying to decide what case to buy for my new MBP - retina!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Just2Good, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Just2Good macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Just recently bought the new Retina display Mac Book Pro.


    Looking for ideas/suggestions on what type of laptop case to purchase. I will most likely slip it inside a backpack when traveling so i don't want anything too bulky. However, i do want to protect the laptop from damage as well. Any ideas?
  2. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2012
    Go naked and be careful!

    I have no experience with cases.
  3. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    How hard are you on your backpack? Do you throw it around? If so, you'd want to look at hard cases.

    If you don't throw your backpack around, there are a number of soft cases that could do well.

    Do you want more cushioning and a thicker case? Would you be ok with less? Do you want something that is water proof?
  4. pacman7331 macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2006
    Yea i throw my backpack a bit, sort of toss it, usually onto a soft surface, found a dent in my previous MBP for that, decided to buy a Pelican.

    Hoping I can still fit it in my backpack.
  5. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    Already a nice big thread about this:

    I personally suggest a slip case. Best balance between going naked and having protection when you need it.

    They are $100, but I don't think anything comes close to these:

    If you need something still small but with pockets, I like the WaterField CitySlicker.
  6. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007

    If you're looking for a sleeve, check those out. They're fitted perfectly for the rMBP. But they look different than other sleeves, so they're definitely not for everyone.
  7. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    Yeah, I mean these notebooks are designed to be used without a giant piece of plastic obscuring every exposed surface. Get a nice protective sleeve that zips up and slide it into your backpack. It's really uncommon that you'd put the notebook in danger while it is set on a surface being used.
  8. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Oh and I haven't seen this in the other thread but its very minimalistic and nice looking for a simple sleeve:

    And I love my Colcasac one, I think they are one of the best sleeves you can get but some people don't like the more natural styling. I wanted it because it doesn't scream 'expensive laptop inside'.

    but again, depends on your usage and care.
  9. Just2Good thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    How careful am I?

    I tend to be pretty careful with my laptop as it takes quite a bit of mullah to buy one these days and mom and dad aren't the ones doing the shopping anymore if you know what i mean!

    I personally prefer something that is not too bulky. I had never thought about a case being waterproof! However, because i dont find myself in the rain all that often (mostly inside buildings/bedroom etc), i dont know that has to be a requirement.

    Ultimately looking for something that will protect yet that is not too heavy or bulky or too out there graphically (no skulls and crossbones!).
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
  11. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Well there are lots of options, you can peruse that other thread mentioned. It'll make your head spin a little perhaps.

    My newest contribution this morning was this one from Timbuk2 which I think is a pretty good one if you want a little extra foam padding that isn't bulky:

    A neoprene sleeve, like the Crumpler one, or the ColcaSac will probably give you the least amount of bulk and some protection.
  12. No-Me macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2011
    I've ordered this one from Joli Originals, can't wait to get my hands on it, my Retina MacBook Pro is naked for too long already! :)

    I put this into either a backpack or a shoulder bag, somehow I'm addicted to crumpler for the bags, their sleeves look really bulky. Have been using the Joli sleeves for my iPad and 2010 11" MacBook Air for quite a long time now, still look and feel awesome :)
  13. Just2Good thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I appreciate all your replies and help. Does anyone own the neopreen sleeve made by incase sold on the Apple store? I think this is sort of what i am looking for (FYI i think the ColcaSac looks really cool, just wont be all that practical for me). Any info on the following would be useful:

    I think this is becoming a very helpful thread (and im guessing not just for me). I assume there are other people out there that have just bought a retina laptop and are having to make the same choice i am -- "What laptop case should i buy?"

    Just to throw one more case in the mix (found while browsing online) is:

    I have never owned one of these but it also looks like another option to consider. I have not made up my mind on a case yet, although i am leaning somewhat toward the apple incase mentioned above. I'm interested in any other options available for the retina laptop!

    I would guess that there are companies trying to adopt their cases to fit the 'thinner' design, and in a month or so more options will be available on the market. Is this about right?


    Do you think it would be helpful (for other people asking the same questions as me) to have all the links/cases mentioned in this thread to be combined into a list at the top of the forum so people can reference this list and keep adding their ideas?
  14. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
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    Just2Good thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I totally missed that thread in my search. I apologize if i started up another duplicated thread. If a moderator wants to just close this one that is fine. I know that some people get quite frustrated attempting to keep track of multiple threads and i can understand why that would be!

    However if people feel this thread is still useful, i'm ok with keeping it open. I know its been very helpful for me!

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