Picaso Lab case review

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by It's Electric, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. It's Electric macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2011
    There has been some interest in the Picaso Lab case for the rMBP on this board, so here is a quick review.

    The sleeve fits the rMBP perfectly: it holds the laptop securely while still allowing easy insertion and removal. The leather is thick and seems to provide good protection. The brown color looks great (although another buyer received a reddish case).

    Unfortunately, the materials and assembly leave something to be desired. There are a number of defects in the leather, such as this and this. The workmanship is less than ideal. The two halves of the case are not well aligned: view one and view two. The stitching is haphazard in places. The cumulative effect is that the case walks the line between artisanal and sloppy.

    Overall, I am satisfied with the sleeve and have elected to keep it. That said, I would not enthusiastically recommend Picaso Labs. Other vendors supply better cases around this price point.
  2. Sumalee macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    I'm still waiting for my case, but this is a handmade case with natural materials which is normal to find imperfections in them. As for the misalignment of the sheets of leather it is all about the owner's tastes... Personally I do prefer uneven things but that's for me :)

    Alex is victim of his own success and he made some mistakes that he won't repeat in the future...

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to get mine :cool:
  3. spdntrxi, Jul 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012

    spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    dude... that's is amateur .

    The darkline is passable, but that other one that looks like a burn ? He needs to up his incoming quality standards. The crooked sewing is not cool at all. Wow I'm really surprised at this and now I am no longer looking forward to getting mine.
  4. It's Electric thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2011
    Agreed. I'm satisfied with the case.

    I'm not certain what you mean. If you're referring to hurried and shoddy craftsmanship due to high demand, then it's his customers that are the victims. You and I may be fine with the rough look, but if the two cases posted thus far (mine and the reddish one) are any indication, there will be a number of displeased buyers.
  5. Sumalee macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Just saying that he wasn't expecting to get overflowed like this, there have been a few mistakes like not shutting down the ordering until he gets the control back of the production. I ordered the same case has yours, If mine looks like yours I will be happy. I would've waited a long time but at the end if I didn't really wanted that case I would have cancelled my order.
  6. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I received mine a few days ago, and I have to stress, mine does NOT suffer from any of the afflictions of the thread starter.

    Mine has perfectly aligned edges the entire way around, and the thread work is very straight. It's not machine straight, but it's more than acceptable for 100% hand-made and I have to say substantially straighter than even the ones in this post. Also, I got mine in black and there are NO imperfections in the leather.

    I'm not sure if he rushed the thread starter's case, or if it was at the end of the night, or what. Alex seems to be a good guy and if you are displeased, I bet he'd make you another.


    I do agree that the color of your case looks fantastic. I also don't mind the marks and imperfections at all. I quite like that character.


    Don't worry yet. Just wait till you get yours. Mine is as close to PERFECT as this type of hand-made gets. I mean, no misalignments or crooked stitching. My black leather is flawless on both sides, too.

    If you are dissatisfied for any reason, let Alex know. He really appears to care about your experience and make sure you are completely happy. He has offered replacements and refunds where applicable.
  7. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    So I'm the guy with the red case (when I ordered brown). Alex (Picaso) is rushing through orders and quality control has suffered.

    Biggest issues: Leather mismatches and bad staining.

    The inside of my case is actually a nice brown, outside (see other thread for pictures).

    I was very disappointed after having waited so long.

    Your brown seems to be the right shade, you just have other imperfections.
  8. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    Alex sent me a image of a brown that he has in stock, very close to brown one pictured here (not the reddish one) I wanted Chocolate brown like pictured in the ebay auction, so my order was switched to black. If I like the black one in terms of quality, I'll order a chocolate brown one...if he ever gets it as dark as pictured in the ebay auction.
  9. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Email from Alex:

  10. It's Electric thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2011
    I don't question that Alex is a good guy. My point is that, given the dubious quality of the product pictured above (some will like the character of the case, and others will not), the fact that other users were shipped the wrong color, and the general lack of communication from Alex (see this post for an example), prospective buyers may want to think twice about purchasing.
  11. recharge23 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea
    yeah, i've decided to put off buying it for now. still waiting on fortimir's review too. not sure what i'll do in the meantime as this sleeve is the only one i want.
  12. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    mine is out for shipment.. I'm only about 30 miles from him.. so hopefully tomorrow.

    I changed my order to black because of supply issues(color) with the brown.
  13. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Post some pics when you receive it!
  14. recharge23 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea
    anyone else get theirs and willing to post some pics? still on the fence with this sleeve due to all the imperfections ppl are having.
  15. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Then post pics and/or vid of it.
  16. spdntrxi macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    going on vacation.. so all my photogear is packed away

    I changed my order to black/red based on Alex telling me that his latest batch of brown was not very dark. It is indeed well made, the stitch is not machine straight but acceptable. The edges are finished quite well on the one I received, so I'm happy with that. The fitment is very snug and I assume it will loosen a little as it streches ( I hope )
  17. asterix111 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Is there any cons with the full sleeve? Does the computer slip out easily after using it a while?
  18. Nodrog51 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2013
    Another very happy customer here

    I appreciate this is some time since the op posted about their problems but I con't find any other examples to suggest that this is an actual review as opposed to someones personal experience. Yep, stuff happens, welcome to life.

    I just received my hand made full brown/red case for my 15" Retina and the quality is straight out of the pictures on his website. I ordered it on the 18th, it was shipped on the 22nd (with a weekend in-between) and I received it yesterday, 31st - that was from the US to the UK! That's bl**dy good going in my book.

    Remembering this thread when I was looking for a case, I had to come back and post a dirty big +1 for Alex and his work. One VERY happy bunny!
  19. jmsookias macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
  20. jason.5665 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Picaso lab case

    does anybody know how long he takes to reply to his emails ? i placed an order and emailed him three day ago and he still hasn't replied. his communication is not very good.

    also does anybody have any pictures of the 13" retina mbp brown and red case ? the images on his website have to shallower depth of field to make out any good detail.
  21. -owen macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2013
    Order from PicasoLab only if you can...

    wait for weeks, perhaps months. I placed an order on October 22, 2013 and it took more than 3 weeks to receive a short email apologizing that Alex was "behind on his emails" and had supplier problems. Luckily I used PayPal and will get my money back after filing a dispute.

    I am sure these are beautiful cases however his communication skills leave a lot to be desired.
  22. NoHo macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2011
    Those marks are normal on high-quality leather. They will come and go often so it's nothing to worry about. Leather doesn't look great until it's worn and used.

    That's the reason so many people were upset about their iPhone 5/S leather cases. They became worn and didn't look like they did new, but that's actually what you want from leather. If you want leather to look new, you probably don't know what you're using leather for.
  23. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007

    The problem here is that Alex takes on too much work, and fails to communicate.

    Frankly, his cases in person are just ok.
  24. thawi macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    I just filed a dispute with paypal, after waiting a month without any response to my emails. The case looks really nice, but i am getting a bit worried about not getting anything at all. Hoping PayPal will help me get my money back.

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