The Hinge & Cases/Sleeves

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jason.siegel, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    I'm currently looking at options regarding a case or sleeve for the Air I ordered today.

    Speck's SeeThru shell seems great, but there are lots of reports of cracking and weighing down of the display. Does anyone know if the Air's hinge has been reinforced?

    Other options are the Speck TrimSleeve, although it's fake leather, and maybe the Nero Envelope, although it seems somewhat gimmicky.

    There's also Vaja and Joli Originals, although both are a bit pricey.

  2. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    I'll be carrying mine around in a manila envelope. :)

    In all seriousness though, I recommend STM. They make some great stuff at affordable prices.
  3. Duke15, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    Duke15 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    I would like a case, and a sleeve that fits the MBA while it has the case on, anyone know of one?
    Also any good ones out there that look like the
    hardgraft one but for cheaper?
    or this one

    Also THIS is a good thread about cases and sleeves for the MBA
  4. MarkosXT macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Is the new macbook air 13" the exact same size as last year's?

    Cause all the cases are for the last model, and would a hardshell case really give me hinge problems? :confused:
  5. Duke15 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    Same size
  6. Sinnthetic macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2011
    I cant find a single review for the Speck Trimsleeve!

    Does anyone own one?
  7. NurJahan macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    Does anyone recommend buying a case at the Apple store? I thought I saw a wall covered with cases for all kinds of devices there. Are they overpriced? Do they have good selection?
  8. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    I'd like to know about this as well. Prevention, etc.
  9. assisterah macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    Don't buy snap-on type cases

    Any snap-on type case is not recommended. I have learned this from previous experiences on MBPs. It adds weights on the screen, hence loosing the strength of the hinge over time. Use a sleeve instead, it offers great protection with soft inline material and keeps the original aesthetics.
  10. TheEmpty macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2011
    That's awesome, just confirmed that they are the same sizes (exactly the same). Does anyone happen to know of any other cases like bookbook? I'm not too sure I want to pay that much for a case, esp. since it has a zipper on it which is kind of a giveaway.
  11. atruong macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    Incipio sells some really nice looking sleeves for the MBA on their site. You can get one of the 19.99 ones and apply a coupon code to get it down by a couple dollars.

    Orion Sleeve
  12. Indigovalley macrumors member


    May 14, 2011
    Minnesota, USA
    Check out the Book Book case for Macbook Air from Twelve South. They can be used as a protective sleeve or you can keep the laptop in the case (there are straps to hold it in place) and use it right from there. It zips shut so the Macbook won't fall out. A little pricey but they are really well made and distinctive. I ordered one for my Mac Air today.
  13. No-Me macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2011
    Just got my brown Joli originals in, and it is very high quality, it has a really snug fit.

    I'll post some pictures this afternoon, in the office at the moment. :)
  14. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I had the incase neoprene sleeve for my 13 and it has protection all around the edges, if you don't mind the unconventional design. The neoprene is good quality - once it had a squish mark in it from an object pressed against it and it popped back into shape and pristine again.

    The green edge doesn't thrill me. I had black.
  15. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    Thank you for the info.
  16. spangenberg macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I would have to recommend the Sleeve that Waterfield makes. The are based out of San Francisco, and all of their itmes are made by hand in the USA. They are really high quality. I absolutely love mine. It is a tight fight and works perfectly. They are a little pricey, but definately worth it in my opinion.
  17. jason.siegel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Went with TrimSleeve. I really liked Joli Originals, but I'm going to law school and the colors seemed kind of unprofessional.
  18. optmi macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    I bought this one


    I still haven't had time to actually create a review on this yet but I got this sleeve from untype for my 13 incher. It works perfectly for my needs and seems pretty solid for protection. I will do a review sometime soon after all this 2011 Macbook Air excitement has died down and I've worked out Lion's kinks.

    Here's a pic of some of the sleeves from their website (The charcoal one with the leather strap goes really well with the air:


  19. jason.siegel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Returning TrimSleeve. It wreaked, coming out of the package, and I wasn't thrilled with the quality. In addition, it's possible it needs time to stretch out, but the Air didn't even go all the way into the case.

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