Speck vs. InCase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SPNarwhal, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    I'm planning on buying a hard shell case for my 17" Macbook Pro.
    What are the differences between Speck cases and InCase cases?
    Which are better and why?
    I hear InCase is better quality but why? The Speck cases look pretty nice.

    I know InCase hasn't made a case for it yet, but at the same time Speck hasn't come out with colors yet so I'm not buying anything at the moment.
    (I want blue.)
    I'll just wait. But if Speck comes out with colors before InCase comes out with cases, what should I do? I have no experience with any of the two companys, so any input is awesome.

    And has anyone e-mailed InCase or have any kind of update or notification to if they're going to release a 17" uMBP case any time soon?



  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    After owning both:
    1. The Incase is designed much sturdier and better, ports where nicely cut, as opposed to having one of my USB drives blocked
    2. The support from Incase with one of Slider cases (Have had no problems with the Hard Shells) was amazing. I still haven't gotten a response back from Speck, three emails and a year later.
    3. The Incase fits much much better.

    The Speck will probably end up getting more votes on here given Incase has not released a case yet, so take everything with caution.
  3. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    I have the new dark Speck "rubberized" shell and love it.

    Fits my 17" MBP very well.
  4. La-vida227 macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2009
    I'm glad you posted this thread, I too am tying to find a case for my 17" unibody.
  5. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    yeah. i hope we can get more replys though.
    i heard that the speck case could scratch your macbook or something like that,
    someone said that the pros and cons of speck and incase were

    speck = easy to put on and take off, but can scratch your macbook.
    incase= hard to take off. won't scratch.

    but i don't know if the easy take off thing would be a pro or a con?
    i wouldn't really want it to be easy to take off, unless for some reason i was taking it off a lot.

    i emailed incase, i'll let you guys know what they say when i get a response.
    (i'm sure there's probably the same exact thing on this forum already but i don't know where to find it?)

    anyway, will keep you posted. :)

    P.S: on a side related thingy, what do you guys recommend? Satin or Hard Shell?

    i was leaning toward hard shell for so long but now i'm thinking satin,
    probably feels better, probably has more friction on tables and stuff, and probably doesn't scratch as easy?
    i just imagine having over time a scratched up hard shell case that doesn't look too great. but i'm never felt or seen a satin one in person, and i'm guessing maybe that's easy to mark up too?
  6. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    I don't know, I just got a speck, and I have nothing against it.

    It fits perfectly, looks great, and I have no problems with it whatsoever.

    I honestly can't see much competition between these two cases, there's really very little to compare.

    I guess cutting is one thing, but I'm assuming they're made out of similar plastic, if not the same plastic. I'm not having a problem at all with how this Speck is fitting though, all of my ports are exposed nicely, it's perfectly snug, no problems removing it, but there's no sign of it wanting to fall off any time, good ventilation, no heat issues, it doesn't seem like it's going to crack any time soon.

    So I can't say don't go with the Speck. I haven't had a go with their customer service, but I had HORRIBLE issues with incase. I got an incase iPod case once, and the case totally destroyed my iPod video. It was a leather case, but it left this horrible goo all over the front of my iPod video, and left my screen virtually unusable. This was something I contacted incase about, they said they don't care, Apple quoted me more than the price of the video I had purchased the day before, for fixing it, I said forget it and chose to deal with it. This was my experience with incase, and it wasn't cool.

    Customer service is always a hit and miss with everyone. I'm having a problem with incase, while others will not use anything but their products, I'm content with Best Buy's customer service when things go wrong for me, other people want those stores shut down.

    That being said, if I were the OP, I'd just grab whatever I liked at the time. When the product you want comes out, grab it. A lot of stores have return or exchange policies just in case too. I doubt there's a huge difference in these two products.
  7. Bazzy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    I bought the Speck and am regretting it - it is very cheaply made with poor finish quality especially on the edges and on mine the left rear lower shell does not clip on as it is warped away a fair distance - this leaves a huge gap which lets in dirt and crap and the lower shell just flops or comes off very easily as it needs all tabs to click in to stay in place. Also, the upper shell does nor forces screen creep so one has to regularly adjust to keep a desired position and past a certain point no screen control is possible as it will just fall all the way back.

    It is a very cheaply and shoddily made product - my previous incase hard shell never had any of these issues and the quality was far superior. Incase customer service is non-existent and they never once answered any of the enquiries I made prior to purchase.

  8. Disavowed macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    Is the rubberized shell what they refer to as "satin finish"?

    Any ideas when they will be available for latest MBPs?
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    iThink it's important to take advice from people that have had experience with both cases. The Incase is hard to take off, but only the top, the bottom is relatively easy to take off, actually easier then the Spec because with the Speck I was always concerned with cracking the plastic case.

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