Topcase really hard to remove

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Acorn, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    I had a black plastic case on my macbook air by Topcase from amazon. I wanted to take it off to check my computer for dents and I nearly broke my screen trying to get it off. I tried taking it off different ways and by the tabs but the tabs would not release. I was able to get the bottom off ok but the top was so bad. Im actually afraid to put it back on. watch out of you get this case. its a nice cheap case otherwise. Also there is vents on the bottom despite the air having no vents there. so its just an opportunity for debris to get inside and under the bottom case.
  2. 2mer macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Yup, those plastic cases are extremely hard to take off. Try getting a hard card like a credit card, wrap it in thin glass cloth and slowly prying it by sliding it closer to the edge.

    was actually a recommendation on one of the reviews there.
  3. lina231, Dec 13, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013

    lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Even then its still hard to get off. I had a clear hard case, and I tried to get it off with a credit card, ended up breaking the credit card in half. I will NEVER put one of those stupid shells on my MBA again. I found a better case thank goodness that the MBA just slips in and out of.
  4. shr631 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    ...which case was that?
  5. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Im not sure which one you're referring too haha, so here is the case that I HATE. It is also Topcase. The new case that I bought that I absolutely love is this one here! :):apple:
  6. Tsar Chasm macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2009
    I put a hard case on once, and off once. I don't need that stress again.
  7. richorlin macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    I have a Topcase shell for my 13" MBA. Very nice...and cheap. Once on, it stays on until I sell the MBA. What's all this taking it off and putting it on stuff. Put it on and leave it on....
  8. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    To clean it. Dirt and what not can often get stuck in between the case and the MacBook which will cause scratches. Nobody has time for scratches.
  9. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    A buyer like me will demand to see the quality of the outside surface of the laptop underneath the cover, especially if your selling point is that you've kept the cover on it the entire time and it's never been taken off.
  10. Wl.toh macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    Hi, I would like to share that it is actually easy to remove both top and bottom cases. What you have to do is to slide the case up or down to release the clip that attaches your case to the laptop. Try it! It works for both top and bottom. Just slide the case up or down to release the clippings. 'Slide' means to drag the case either up or down while it is attached to the laptop.
  11. kristenp macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    I wonder if it's the same removal process for the Speck brand.

    I got one for my MBA 11" and as soon as I snapped it on, I was wondering "How the heck am I supposed to get this thing off?" :eek:
  12. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    There's instructions on the moshimonde website, its for their snap on case, but basically applies to all cases. :)
  13. studIOS5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Oregon, OH
    When I removed my spec case from my old mid 2010 MacBook Pro to sell it, there were scratches and minor imperfections all over the thing. It made me sick to my stomach. I kept that computer in an incase sleeve and had the speck case it whole life and for last last year or so that I had it (sold it last week) I just kept the case on as it had done its job up to that point. Never again will I put one of those things on my computer. Just gonna go the incase sleeve route from now on. :mad:
  14. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    You have to remove the shell to clean it sometimes! Pretty much applies to most cases on most electronics, eventually things just sneak in...:)

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