Whats the best Case for Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MartinAppleGuy, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    Just picked up a 256GB 13 inch Macbook Air (along with an iPad Pro 128GB and an iPhone SE). Looking for a carry case myself, but needing help on finding a cover case for the Macbook. A rubber one that covers both the back and bottom.

    Anyone recommend anything? Many thanks!
     
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    Incipio do great cases, second choice would be Speck.
     
  3. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks :) checking them out now, hoping for some Rose gold action haha
     
  4. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    Tech21 makes amazing MacBook cases but they cost $100. I love the one on my rMBP. They are two part cases with a rubber inside with soft plastic outside. Awesome protection and won't crack like the cheap hard plastic cases most companies make.
     
  5. entropi macrumors 6502

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    Incase neoprene sleeve (without zipper)! Perfect, offers great protection, just put in your bag of choice and no one can se that you got an expensive mac in your bag!

    edit: oops, you wanted an actual cover? where the erase button when you need it?
     
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    I've had a Speck purple plastic case on my previous MBA 11", and an Incipio transparent case for my current MBA.

    As both of these have at times ended up under my parents lazyboy chair while I was sitting on it,
    I'd say that the ability to withstand 160 kg without even a single flaw in the case shows that these brands are reliable.
     
  7. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    I don't like cases because it makes it bulky and adds additional weight in a computer that it's already heavy.

    I would rather get a sleeve for transportation issues.
     
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    Moshi case on my 11" started to crack and split on the corners after 12 months. Pity because it looked great.
     
  10. thewap macrumors demi-god

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    Surprised, 'cause they make really great products..
     
  11. dnoph macrumors member

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    I used to like Speck cases, but the last one I had on my Macbook Pro started cracking off at the corners. Lately, I've just been carrying my laptop around without a case.
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    I wouldn't reccomend a case at all, they are more likely to harm than protect your computer, and they stop the machines aluminium body acting as an, as effective, heat sink.
     
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    The whole point of having a case is to protect from scratches, which is likely to happen in most laptop bags.
     
  14. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    I understand the intent but in practice they often get bits of grit and dirt between the case and the computer and cause more damage than they protect against. I have found them worse than useless.
     
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    Then you simply aren't using the computer carefully, as all it requires is not to be used at the beach or on ground dirt.
    If you are really using it in less than recommended areas, then you should consider an iPad and a protective case so that the ports are covered and screen safe.
    However much a MBA is portable, it is still a computer that has exposed ports that should be protected from dirt and sand.
     
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    But I have a 2 1/2 year MacBook Pro with barely a scratch, no case used ever...

    It's not from using it in dodgy places it's bits of grit and crap that collect in bags etc that get between the pointless case and the device or it's using it on coffee tables in canteens or the floor in front of the TV where this sort of thing gets in.

    The op asked for case advice and my advice is don't bother they are more trouble than they are worth in my opinion. You obviously disagree that's fine everyone is entitled to their opinion and entitled to offer it in a forum asking for advice. The OP will read it all and decide for themselves.
     
  17. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

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    I agree with cases being more trouble than they're worth.

    I keep mine, when not in use or traveling, in a Targus Quash sleeve that cost $15-20. I also put a skin on the bottom and keyboard section to keep it looking new and sexy and also because those are the spots I think need the protection the most. The bottom from scraping along tables and the keyboard area for sweat/oils from skin contact on the aluminum. Just couldn't bring myself to cover the lid and the Apple logo, I love the way it looks too much.
     
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    If you are fixed on using your laptop on the floor, it is worthwhile using a vacuum to clean the floor frequently. ;)
     

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