Review: Hard Graft with rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hrim, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Hrim, Jul 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012

    Hrim macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I got my rMBP and with it, received the "All in One Laptop Folio 15" / Heritage", so here's a quick review.


    Apparently, it's not very easy to find reviews of this sleeve, so I hope this one can bring answers to some of you who still hesitate.

    About the materials:
    It arrived fews days after order (I live in Switzerland). It was in a large bubble-wrapped package, and the sleeve itself was protected by some tissue envelope.
    At first, it was pretty smelly, like old hand-crafted leather scent. Some people could not support it while I found that not very problematic (gone after a week anyway, so that's pretty much a non-issue). The case was really tight and I had to put some books beforehand in order to extend it a bit. The more I use it, the more it becomes "loose" but it still stays very fit.



    The rMBP can fit inside with a SD card inside the slot, although you must be careful when taking it in or out, as it could grip on the sleeve and damage it. You can also put some stuff on the sleeve like thin books or sd-card with their package, but don't expect to stuff your macro-economic advanced book volume III with your mac...
    Protection wise, I don't believe it will be enough if you drop your stuff while riding a bike, but it would be enough if you just want to provide support against scratches (by the way, my rMBP has a scratch next to the trackpad, probably a defect as I don't wear anything on my wrist and was the only one to use it). The whool is 4mm thick but there are openings on the top and the bottom, and there goes the water-proof protection...


    The leather at the bottom can provide a solid grip, but if you are grabbing the thing with two fingers on the wool, expect to drop your beloved mac pretty quickly.




    I love this case, it comes a bit expensive but the look it gives and thermal insulation (I drop my mac on my legs with the sleeve as a layer between, and I never felt the heat from the laptop, even while playing Diablo 3). The zipper is nylon and can't damage the aluminum brushing (which comes damage anyway, huh Apple!). I know there's another sleeve you can pre-order, but I believe it's better to have a firm zip instead of this flap-in, as it is bound to become loose and ultimately, make your laptop fall of the sleeve. Also, the zipper can provide like a "stand" on the back of the mac, so it won't slip away.
    If you can afford it (or, like me, receive it as a birthday present) I think that's a good purchase. It may be a bit over-priced, but if it's hand-made in Italy and not in China, so there's added price.

    Hard graft answered my questions (does it fit retina, what's the zipper made of...) quickly and in a friendly manner. They make fantastic stuff and I would love to buy some of their bags too, like the origami-one.
  2. bruzzac macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    Thanks, great review!

    After being introduced to the Hard Graft brand on here, I've really taken a liking to their cases, especially that 3-in-1 travel bag! I'm thinking of purchasing the Heritage Sleeve and would love to see a review of that if anyone has already got one?
  3. Hrim thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    That's the one I have reviewed :D
  4. deerfaced macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2012
    Wrong part of the forum, but I've got a hard graft iPhone case and I can only say it's really held up in terms of wear and tear. The materials are great and the craftsmanship is fantastic.

    I really quite fancy one of their bigger bags now...
  5. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    Great stuff. I emailed them a few weeks ago to ask if they'd make that folio in a size for a 13" Macbook Air, but they weren't into the idea, and I went and order a simpler sleeve from them, hopefully arriving this week.
  6. bruzzac macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    Hehe, I mean this one.
  7. Hrim, Jul 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012

    Hrim thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Oh my bad!

    I love the design of that one too, also it's less expensive and feels more suitable to be used within a bag. However, it's 1) not yet available and 2) doesn't have a little pocket big enough, which is important for me.

    I think you can't really be disappointed. They look just as good (if not better) in real, and there's always their return/swap policy if you don't like it.
  8. gotters macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2012
    I've got this one, its fantastic, feels like a super high end quality product and is a lovely snug fit for the rmbp.

    I've got that for around the house and light carrying duties in my car and a SF bag for if I'm about about in the rain or on public transport.
  9. bruzzac macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    Ahh nice! I was thinking of just using that to protect the rmbp whilst it's in my current bag. Although, I had one concern about the flap and the possibility that the rmbp might fall out. How well does the sleeve keep the rmbp in?
  10. gotters macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2012
    its pretty snug all round and the flap is a tight fit, unless you are holding the sleeve by fingertips on the very edges and shaking it upside down or being pretty careless I can't see it falling out under normal conditions.
  11. Kumi macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2010
    Hey, i have got this case today, It seems really tight, but im sure it'll loosen up. The only thing i am worried about is the zip, like how do i stop it from scratching my mac, atm what i am doing is, inserting the mac opening side first so that the plastic hinge is facing the zip.
  12. ElCidRo macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Anyone know - besides the price shown on the website - are there anymore fees or taxes I need to pay.
    For the United States!

  13. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    this is kind of a really dumb thing to do.
  14. ElCidRo macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
  15. gfenner macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2013
    I purchased a Hard Graft Flat Pack Heritage ($375 USD) after ordering a new 13" MacBook Pro late in October of 2012. A month ago I noticed that the leather was cracked . . . through the material in one of the corners. Pls note all I carry in the bag is the laptop with no power cord since I use it to clear TSA w/o the need to remove the computer. I wrote Hard Graft detailing the problem that was accompanied by a photo and a request for them to kindly support their product. Below are excerpts from their reply.

    "Thanks for your message, I'm as surprised as you are about this tear in the leather
    and I can honestly say hands down that it is absolutely not due to a defect in the
    product or weakness in the leather . . . but I know how annoyed you must be after using
    the bag for a year now . . . I can only imagine that something has caught onto and torn the leather from the outside
    whilst traveling . . ."

    I will poke my eye out with a stick before I do business again with a company that attempts to shift blame to their customers , and lacks the integrity to stand behind their products.

    Caveat Emptor

  16. spoofboy macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    Could you share the pic? I own quite a few of their leather products and curious what the damage looks like. Sucks they didn't take care of you..


    I haven't been charged anything in addition to the quoted prices. I think there's a potential for import fees but I've spent over $1k without it getting held up in customs. Hope that helps.
  17. ElCidRo macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    I have one of their wallets too - and the leather is torn in less than one year. Wrote them and got no answer. I won't do business with them anymore.

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