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Did you know that dust is the major cause of MacBook Pro’s most significant issues?

Fortunately, you can easily prevent this with a reliable case.

The latest cases, covers, bags and sleeves offer much-needed protection for the Apple laptop's sleek, aluminum body. However, with the many options out there, it can be quite challenging to find the best product that protects your technology and complements your lifestyle.

Our goal for this post is to give you the tools so you can find the best MacBook Pro case to meet your needs. 

One of the most popular blogs we ever did was one on how to choose a quality case for your iPad. Given the popularity of Apple's latest laptop models, we though it was time to address how to find the best MacBook Pro case to fit your lifestyle. 

How to Pick the Right Case

Here are some of the vital pointers to consider when shopping for the best MacBook case or sleeve:

Let's state the obvious first: Apple makes some of the most expensive laptop computers  on the planet. If you're a professional of any kind, you typically order the most powerful version of a given size ( 13" or 15" currently) and then add some extra memory or other type of upgrade. This tends to drive the price higher but again, you need the best to do your best work so the investment is well worth it. 

As the Apple-specific market has grown and matured, the customer base has expanded exponentially. So have the options for laptop cases. Just like their iPad brethren, Apple's laptops have seen an onslaught of cheap, poorly engineered, poorly designed cases being dumped on the market, mostly manufactured by the Chinese. 

The Apple forums are littered with threads of Apple laptop users complaining about any number of issues resulting from these cheap, poorly engineered, poorly designed cases. This is unfortunate. 

The question is, why does someone choose the most expensive thing of it's kind then turn around and choose the cheapest thing of it's kind to protect it?

This is a baffling question.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Let's start with the bad and the ugly. Someone posted to a thread on Reddit where the person was bragging how he or she had cobbled together a MBP laptop sleeve from a padded US Postal envelope.

While you can applaud their creativity, I am not sure if a brand new $2000+ Apple laptop would be the best application of a creative, low rent, protection solution. 

If you purchased a Ferrari would you drive it home and park it in a garage you cobbled together from some old refrigerator boxes and some duck tape? 

Result of not using quality MacBook Pro Cases

What Kind of Protection Do Your Need?

If we leave out the "do it yourself" postal envelope and duck tape solutions, different MacBook covers have different protection capabilities. To choose the best one for your needs, you’ll have to consider your day-to-day use.

Do you use your Apple laptop outdoors? Do you frequently slip it in/out of a bag full other items? Are your kids allowed to use the MacBook?

In other words, the best cases for MacBook Pro are those that provide ample everyday protection based on how YOU use it.  Remember, the MacBook’s portability predisposes it to everyday wear and tear.

Someone working on a construction site is going to have different protection needs than someone working in the coddled confines of an financial services company. Make sure you understand the level of protection you need for the environments you move through. 

The Best MacBook Pro Case Uses Quality Materials

Each material has it's advantages and disadvantages. Any manufacturer who knows what they are doing and cares about their customers will try to maximize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of any given material. 

What's beneath the exterior skin is just as important as the skin itself. Foam technology and the impact absorbency of the latest foams will be the real protectors of your technology investment. 

Yet this is such a easy area to skimp on.

Why?

Because no one sees it. It's sandwiched between the exterior material and the interior liner. If a case that you are looking at seems more expensive than the aforementioned, cheap, poorly engineered, poorly designed cases being offered on eBay or Amazon, one reason might be the more expensive one is using a higher quality foam. And that can make all the difference. 

Using a quality, impact absorbing foam means it's a more expensive case to produce and should offer better, long term protection. And better protection should matter to someone who is looking to protect the most expensive laptop on planet Earth. 

Your MacBook’s cover material represents your personality. It’s also a factor that can determine the cover’s efficiency, style and price. Some common laptop case materials include:

sewing a leather panel

Leather

The best MacBook Pro case for seasoned or burgeoning professionals will be handcrafted from a quality hide. Because of the expense, the most talented designers tend to work with this naturally sourced material and the quality of the designs reflects this.

If you're someone who moves through a professional environment, has clients you present to, get dressed up to go to work, or just appreciates a quality piece of design ( like the Apple laptop itself ) then a leather MacBook case should be at the top of your shopping list. 

The down side of leather is the aforementioned expense. Moreover there might be some long term care involved to keep the leather in top form. Lastly, leather cases tend to weigh a bit more than their man-made material counterparts. 

Nylon and Polyesters

If your needs tend towards a tough, waterproof, lightweight case for your Apple laptop, go for a nylon or polyester sleeve, bag or backpack. These materials are extremely lightweight for the strength they posses.

When layered with the latest generation of lightweight, impact absorbing foams, a quality design constructed from man-made materials can be highly protective and extremely lightweight. 

The difference between nylon and polyester is in the overall strength and the appearance. Nylons tend to be stronger than a polyester of the same denier. The way to tell one from the other is that nylons tend to have a shiner, reflective sheen to their finish while polyesters usually have a matte finish.

Both typically have a water proof coating either sprayed on or heat set into the fibers on the back side.  A well designed, high quality case constructed from both nylon and polyester will use each material strengths in the areas where they will provide the most benefit. 

The downside of these man-made materials is, because they are so inexpensive and readily available, anyone can set up a shop and start cobbling something together with them. When looking at a nylon or polyester case, bag or sleeve, check if the areas of the design that are supposed to be straight are sewn straight. If it's not, run the other way. 

Cases, bags and sleeves made from nylon and polyester are excellent for anyone who needs lightweight protection. Someone who spends a lot of time traveling, is carrying much more than just their Apple laptop, students and anyone not worried about how they appear to the rest of the world will find a nylon or polyester MacBook Pro case the best for them. 

Polycarbonate

For the longest time, polycarbonate clip on shells have been very popular in the same way that neoprene sleeves were popular a generation before. While both offer seemingly cursory protection, in the long run dragging the temperamental finish of an Apple laptop over the zipper teeth a few times a day proved to be destructive.

In the same way, the polycarbonate shells trapped dust and dirt between the laptop surface and interior surface of the shell causing damage. Moreover, the touch points of the shells, where they're clipped to the body of the laptop would, over time, abrade the surface of the laptop, eating away at the finish. And are supposed to be designed to protect. 

In addition, the added weight of the polycarbonate shells when added to the back of the screen can prematurely wear out the hinge mechanism causing the screen not to be able to remain open. All these issues are something to consider when looking for the right case to fit your lifestyle.  

The Best MacBook Pro Case is Custom Fit

We've discussed how it's important to understand the level of protection you need and what the material choices are. Now let's take a look at several key factors that will determine the overall quality and performance of your Apple laptop case. 

As Apple portables, more specifically, their laptops, get thinner and lighter, the need to purchase a quality case increases. Thinner and lighter hardware tends to be more fragile. Things that are more fragile need to be protected even more. 

So what does it mean to design quality cases? Let's start with fit. If you see a case that says " For 13" Laptops" and you have a new 13" MacBook Pro, there is a pretty good chance the fit is not custom designed for your new Apple laptop. 

It's a generic 13" case that will fit most 13" laptops regardless of whether it's an Apple, a Dell or an HP. Typically, the more the custom the fit for your specific laptop, the better the protection will be. 

You didn't purchase a generic 13" or 15" laptop. Don't settle for a generic case, bag or sleeve when it comes to protecting your very specific Apple portable. 

One of the best macbook pro cases - MacCase Leather Sleeve

The Best MacBook Pro Case is Designed From Experience

Many people know Apple, Inc. Started in the late 70s and early 80's, it's history has been documented in countless books and movies. When someone buys an Apple product they know they are getting the accumulated knowledge of almost 40 years in that product. That means something. 

It should also mean something when you choose your case. Was your case designed by someone with any knowledge of how to protect an Apple laptop or just by someone copying existing designs from products they see on Amazon and hoping for the best?

Look for a case company that's been around for a while. Find one who's products are infused with the design experience spanning the greatest amount of time possible. Experience matters. 

Find a case company where quality matters too, and where they take the responsibility of protecting your Apple portable very seriously. Do they see they case, sleeve or bag you're interested in as a widget or unit, trying to pump out as many as they can regardless of whether the product can actually do a good job or not? Or are their products designed and engineered with great care?

Contact the company and discuss their history and their experience. Remember that you've made a substantial financial investment in this piece of hardware. Taking the time now to find a quality case made by a company who cares and can translate that passion to the product can make all the difference. 

This is one of the keys in finding the best MacBook Pro case to meet your needs. 

The Best MacBook Pro Case of 2019?

With the essential factors to consider in mind, here’re some of 2019’s finest MacBook Pro sleeves and covers:

1. Leather Flight Jacket

The Flight Jacket is handcrafted and custom designed for each MacBook model – the 11-inch, 13-inch, and 15-inch model. This sleek, compact shoulder bag is loved by many for its durability, professional aesthetics, and timelessness.

It offers with several compartments and a removable front pouch to offer enough storage for your MacBook and other accessories, without feeling bulky. It’s also padded to protect your devices against dings and small impacts.

2. Leather Briefcase

The Flight Case is a much larger version of the Flight Jacket. Its unique, vertical design provides unparalleled everyday use. Thanks to its removable, internal divider, it can safely hold your 11-inch, 12-inch, 13-inch, or 15-inch laptops and tablets 

It also comes with removable front pouch, front and rear flat pockets, as well as a front zippered flap pocket for easy storage of all your accessories.

3. Nylon MacBook Pro Sleeve

If you’re looking for a smaller and compact option for your 13-inch or 15-inch Apple laptop, then this sleeve will work best for you. Since it’s made from nylon, it protects your Apple laptop from water damage. Even better, it’s heavily padded to cushion against dings and sudden impacts.

Get a Tailor-Made MacBook Pro Case

Not satisfied with an off the shelf case? Looking for a one-of-a-kind, bespoke case made to you specification? If you’re looking for a customized cover or bag to meet your individual needs, then be sure to check out our Custom Leather MacBook Case Program.

"Choosing the best quality MacBook Pro cases is easy ..."

Jody K. Deane
by Jody K. Deane April 13, 2017

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