Best 14 MacBook Pro Sleeve - A Pro Photographers Review

Recently we received a message on twitter from professional photographer Otis Harville of Framed Lightscap3s, LLC who inquired whether our 14-inch MacBook Pro Sleeve would work with his new 14" MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

We informed him that it would. He replied with a few more questions which we quickly answered. One thing about interacting with potential customers on social media is that you can get a snapshot of who they are and what they are about by their profile. 

Otis Harville - Pro Photograher

In Otis's case, he is about capturing the beauty of the natural world in his photographs. When MacCase started way back in 1999, many Apple laptop users were creative professionals. They became our customers. One of the reasons we feel MacCase has been successful over the years is because we are the customer. We are one group of creative professionals designing cases, bags, sleeves, and folios to protect the hardware used by another. 

There is a kinship to this relationship, an authenticity mixed with a very high level of mutual respect when we get to speak, email, or interact with any of our customers or potential customers. Our correspondence with Otis and his subsequent order reminded us this. And it was good to have that reminder. 

Otis Harville Nature Photograph

Best Protection Sleeve for the MacBook Pro 14-inch?

What we could not predict was the reaction from Otis to our 14" MacBook Pro Sleeve. To say he liked it was an understatement. He stated in a recent blog post about our MacBook Pro 14-inch Sleeve:

"In my opinion, the quality of this protective sleeve exceeds anything else out there. The Apple laptop fits into the sleeve very nicely. It's not a tight fit nor is it a snug fit, but it’s a comfortable fit. There's very little movement inside the sleeve, and in fact, the comfortable fit allows for easy entry and removal of the MacBook. The padding and protective edge guard is simply wonderful and the cloth inside it Is very soft. So if you are looking for an awesome protective sleeve to fit your MacBook Pro 14 - look no further."

He titled his blog post, "The Best Protection Sleeve for Your MacBook Pro."

Otis is the type of customer we dream about designing for whenever we put pencil to paper on a new project. Sure MacCase's stable of celebrity customers has grown exponentially over the last year, but the core of what we do will always come back to guys like Otis. 

He's on the road, in the field, practicing his art and making the world a more beautiful place by capturing the beauty of the world in his photographs. We are humbled to know that our 14-inch MacBook Pro Sleeve plays a small role in helping him achieve his goals, make a living and make his art. 

Is our 14-inch MacBook Sleeve the best protection for your Apple laptop? We like to think so. That is our goal when we set out to create any new design. All product development is a balancing act between the needs and wants of the market, the price point, costs, materials, and the vision that MacCase chief designer, Michael Santoro has for the product. In the case of a product like a 14-inch MacBook Pro Sleeve, weight and performance are keys to the success of the design.

best 13 macbook pro touch bar sleeve

How to Design a 14-inch MacBook Sleeve

For working professionals, weight matters, specifically lightweight. If you're already carrying a lot of gear into the field, you want to add the least amount to your assortment at the same time as you want the best protection.

These things are usually mutually exclusive.

We know.

We struggle with this issue with every product we design. You get smarter about it, but it never gets easy. 

For the 14" MacBook Sleeve, we leaned a bit more on the lightweight side of the spectrum. You can do this with sleeves because they tend to be placed inside another bag or backpack and that enhances the protection of the laptop.

Our current 14" Sleeve is the lightest sleeve MacCase has ever produced. This has something to do with a new generation of foams that is lighter in weight but just as shock absorbent as the older types. 

Another key step forward in sleeve design that was implemented for the MacBook Pro 14-inch Sleeve was the removal of a closure. For years MacCase used velcro to seal the flap while the rest of the world used zippers that scratched.

The velcro worked and did not damage the laptop. It sealed the opening, keeping out dirt and moisture, but it was not the most elegant experience. The noise was not very pleasant. 

As the creators of the Apple-specific case market, we have stayed very close to our customers over the decades. As their wants and needs change, so do our designs. One of the recurring complaints we heard from many customers was the stressful and anxiety-filled experience of getting through airport security. 

As anyone who has made their way through the maze of long lines, removal of various types of clothing, and the unpacking of your very expensive Apple laptop, the whole experience makes going to the dentist seem like a vacation.

When we set out to design our latest sleeve, we thought about this experience and set out to affect it in a small but positive way. Getting the sleeve with your Apple laptop out of whatever bag you're carrying it in is pretty easy. The hard part was then removing the laptop from the sleeve to place it in the plastic bin for scanning.

For the latest design, we removed the closure mechanism so once your bag is opened the laptop can be removed without having to take the sleeve out. This saves several steps and reduces the stress and anxiety just a bit.   

We hope that our designs never stop appealing to and creating an impression on talented professionals like Otis Harville and all the other MacCase customers like him. Putting the best products we can into the world to help others do what they do better is at the essence of what we do and have done for almost 20 years. 

"Pro Photographer states our 14-inch MacBook Pro Sleeve the best protection for your Apple laptop"


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Jody K. Deane
by Jody K. Deane February 03, 2017

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