Which Pelican case (1080CC or 1090) for MBP 13.3"?

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  1. Sgt93 macrumors 6502

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    Hello all! First let me say that I am new to the forum and Apple. It all began with the iPhone 3G and then my year old HP died on me so I went with the new MBP 13.3" and love it! I do a lot of outdoors activities and am a Police Officer etc. I know I want a Pelican but do not know which one case. It looks like the MBP 13.3" may fit in the Pelican 1080CC but it may be close. If I did the 1090 I woudl probably go with the foam. Any ideas? Anyone have this case? Pictures? I am a huge Pelican case fan and it started when I was in the Marines. Thank you all in advance -Steve
     
  2. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    The 1080CC looks better, however, what are you trying to do with that kind of case? they look like "throw-off-the-empire-state-building-proof" :D
     
  3. Sgt93 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just don't know if the 13.3" will fit properly in the 1080CC. Some sites say it does not but it looks like it will. The 1090 is obviously bigger than the 15" MBP so I know it will be a little bulky although it has shoulder straps (which I do not care about). I want to be able to toss it in my truck and take it on fishing trips, ATV rides you name it.
     
  4. quadG5guy macrumors member

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    Most posters in these forums are pale skinned wienies who've only left their parent's basement to go outdoors a few times in their entire lives, and even then it was only in sheltered suburbia land. You aren't likely to find much of a useful answer here I suspect.

    If I were you, I'd find an online store with a good no-hassle no-restocking-fee return policy. That way you can order one of each case, and simply return the one you don't like.
     
  5. Sgt93 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are right. Ordering one of each may be the best bet.
     
  6. somar1 macrumors newbie

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    Did you have any luck with the 1080? I want to get one just not sure if it will fit.
     
  7. Sgt93 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I never ordered one. Just used a soft case.
     
  8. conbrillo macrumors newbie

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    Anyone have the answer to this question? I'm actually looking to buy one for rugged storage of MacBook in a backpack while traveling.
     
  9. Coswyn macrumors member

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    Apple states that the 13" MBP is 12.78" x 8.94" x 0.95".

    Pelican states that the 1080CC's internal dimensions are 12.80" x 9.80" x 1.70" and that it will fit a notebook that is 12.3" x 9.3" x 1.5".

    Here's a Dell XPS M1330 inside of a 1080CC. According to the M1330's official manual, its dimensions are 11.26" x 7.03" (it also has a 13.3" screen), but according to a CNET review it's 12.5" x 9.4". As you can see it goes right to the edges of the case. CNET's measurements (also corroborated by NotebookReview.com) seem more likely considering its flush fit with the 1080CC and the 1080CC's stated notebook-fit dimensions (it actually even goes 0.1" (2.5mm) over). But to throw it for a loop, DailyDigitals.com stated it's 14.06" x 10.34", and Shopping.com put it at 12.52" x 9.37".

    Short of physical confirmation, it looks like a 13" MBP will fit into the 1080/CC, but barely (may even press against the ends of the case). A 1090/CC, on the other hand, will fit it, with a bit of extra cushion room to spare.

    If you're dead-set on the 1080CC, I recommend buying it somewhere where you can return it if it doesn't fit the 13" MBP to your liking, at which point you can switch to a 1090CC.

    By the way, I share your frustration. It's a beautiful case, and I would love to have it as well being that I'm planning on purchasing a 13" MBP soon - I've had a great experience with the 1490CC for my ThinkPad. Best of luck with your decision, and please post your results if you decide to take the plunge.

    EDIT: The M1330 is rounded at its back end and I believe the discrepancy in DailyDigitals.com's measurements is due to them using a tape measure that rolled over the rounded edge. I'm going to trust the 12.5" x 9.4" measurement on it. My guess is that you'll have to jam the 13" MBP to fit into the 1080CC sideways and it likely won't fit.
     
  10. Coswyn macrumors member

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    Physical Confirmation

    OK, so according to Apple the 13" MBP, again, is 12.78" x 8.94" x 0.95". But the 13" MB comes in slightly larger at 13" x 9.12" x 1.08". The good news: we can confirm the 13" MB fits into the Pelican 1080 - Photo 1 , Photo 2 , Photo 3 , Photo 4.

    I think that concludes that the 1080/CC will fit the 13" MBP. It's a snug fit, but it fits and opens just fine in the case.

    EDIT: Just to confirm, while it looks like that's an older model 13" MB in the photos (has a split trackpad), the dimensions on the 13" MB have not been larger since its original introduction in early 2006. Case closed.:)
     
  11. Sgt93 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great research! I spent some valuable time on the Internet when I created this post to find little to no info. Great info you posted!
     
  12. Coswyn macrumors member

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    Glad I could help - helped myself as well, in fact, as I'll likely buy the case myself now. Looking for that just showed how disorganized the internet is and proved the limits of The Google :)

    If you want to do me a solid: please post some pictures if/when you get it, if you're able. Would love to see how the MBP fits.
     
  13. KalashniKEV macrumors member

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    The top rated Amazon review for the 1080cc is by a user who states that the 13.3" MBP fits...snugly.

    :)
     
  14. willyhays macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I just bought a Pelican 1080 for my brand new MacBook Pro 13". It does fit, but when centered in the case there is only about 1/32" (.031") space between the right and left edges of the MBP and the sides of the case. In other words, if you push the MBP tightly against one side of the case there will be about 1/16" gap on the other side. There is no room for any padding, except maybe one layer of very thin stick-on felt. Front to back there is plenty of room for padding. I returned the Pelican and got a softcase by Incase.
     
  15. ComitSteve macrumors newbie

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    Which Pelican Case for MacBook 13.3

    I would recommend getting the 1090CC, just for the extra space. Cables, etc.

    Check out Ralph's Pelican Cases, they have the best prices I've found online.
     
  16. khunsanook macrumors 6502

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    Definitely agree with that. I've had a few Peli-cases for recording/photography gear and I always prefer to have at least 1-2 cm of padding surrounding any gear. That 1080CC will just be too tight.
     
  17. autacraft Guest

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    I desperately want this case for my 17" mbp, but the rep from peli said there are no plans to release a 'daddy' version

    so damn annoying!

    I'll have to get the stupid huge 1495 and look like a kgb assassin instead
     
  18. mrcodewizard macrumors newbie

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    Bad, very bad advice. The idea of Pelican is protection NOT storage.

    The 13" will fit the 1090. The problem with the 1090 is that is designed for 15" laptops. If you get the std 1090 (with the pick a foam) you will be fine. Do not get the 1090cc. The 13 and 14 inchers will slide around, and that makes the case pointless.

    Also you can't put the Apple Power convertor into the case with a laptop. It doesn't fit.

    Foamerica has very good prices on Pelicans. I ordered at 4pm Wednesday, it was in my hands Friday at Noon.
     
  19. mrcodewizard macrumors newbie

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    You mean a FSB assassin who carries around a Television. :D
     
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  21. mrcodewizard macrumors newbie

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    I highly recommend the 1090. Click on the link to foamerica above.
     
  22. skullnbones macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Is there any type of foam/lining against the side of the MB or is it up against bare plastic?

    Thanks.
     

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