If you just bought a new MacBook Pro then you need a MacBook Pro Case (assuming you have already handled your first order of business: buying the 3-in-1 USB Type-C adapter). But not just any case will do: you’re beautiful, powerful beast of a laptop deserves an equally sleek and sophisticated piece of armor to shield it from all the abuse you might put it through over the next few years.
One of the worst sights a MacBook Pro owner can see is a scratch on that carefully crafted aluminum body. It’s a sinking feeling I’ve experienced before and which I don’t recommend to you. Hopefully you’ve escaped this tech tragedy yourself.
The new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar is still recent enough that it can be hard to find a compatible case. You’ve got to be careful — especially when you’re scouting around Amazon or Best Buy — that you aren’t buying a MacBook Pro case that’s outdated or incompatible. One pretty easy way to make sure you’re getting a compatible case is to look in the product pictures for USB-C ports — if they match how many are on your new MacBook Pro then you’re good to go!
The Classic Colorful Hard Shell MacBook Pro Case
The most prolific type of MacBook Pro case is, in my mind, the hard shell case like this one from Mosiso. These types of cases are popular for good reasons: they’re cheap, they look good while adding some color and they aren’t bulky. This is a great case option for people mostly concerned about preventing their MacBook Pro from getting scratches. On the other hand, this case is not going to give your laptop much protection in case of a drop.
What I like about this particular case from Mosiso is that it comes in fifteen different colors! My personal favorite is the Royal Blue, but I also think the Black, Gray, White and Frost are pretty cool too. Luckily there are so many colors to choose from you can easily pick one that suits your own personality.
Other things you should know are that this case is vented which means it won’t cause your MacBook Pro to run hotter than it should, it doesn’t cover any buttons or otherwise get in your way, it’s easy to install (snaps on and off) and it even comes with a free screen protector (if you’re into that kind of thing).
The Heavy Duty Rugged MacBook Pro Case
So what if you work in a more active and potentially hazardous (to your computer, hopefully not to you) environment? You might be interested in a more rugged MacBook Pro case like this one from i-Blason. Let’s face it: MacBook Pros aren’t cheap laptops so it makes a lot of sense to get a tough case for protection for many people (including students).
Surprisingly there are actually a few different color options to choose from!
Technically this is more of a bumper than a traditional case (although it does come with an anti-scratch protector for fuller coverage which you can install if you wish). The heavy rubberized frame fits around the edges of your laptop to make sure your computer won’t touch the ground if dropped. The look isn’t the coolest I’ve ever seen, but sometimes function trumps form (somewhat ironically considering this case is made for an Apple product).
I like that this isn’t just a rubber wrapper for your MacBook Pro. There’s actually a shock-absorbent lining inside the rubber that will provide even more protection from accidents.
The Clear MacBook Pro Case
If you’re a minimalist like me you might prefer a MacBook Pro Case that just gets out of the way visually like this clear case from Kuzy. If you’re a fan of how the MacBook Pro looks and don’t feel that it needs any extra adornment (but still want to ensure it’s at least somewhat protected) then a clear case is a great option.
This case is somewhat similar to the hard shell cases above: it’s vented, easy to install and is thin and light. There’s not a whole lot else to say about this excellent option other than, “Wow — that’s affordable!”
The Sleeve MacBook Pro Case
Some people just aren’t case people — they’re sleeve people. Nothing wrong with that. Personally I like to keep my products as naked as possible — especially Apple products — because they’re beautiful as is. But still, during transport is when a laptop is most likely to get dropped (taking in out of a bag for instance). That’s when a sleeve like this one from Inatek comes in handy.
I really like the looks of this product which comes in either dark or light gray. It’s a soft material which means it won’t scratch your laptop or anything else it comes in contact with. And it’s modern look makes it a great fit for the office or the classroom.
But what you can’t tell from the outside is that it also packs two different pockets inside — one for your laptop and one for other stuff (a tablet, a magazine or some papers… whatever). Oh, and that price? Awesome.
The Space MacBook Pro Case
If you’re an adventurous soul and you love MacOS but want to spice up the way your MacBook Pro looks on the outside you might want to have a look at these space themed cases from Top Case. Personally I’m a space nut so I love anything with stars, galaxies, nebulas, etc.
What’s cool about this case is that there are three different designs to choose from (one that’s more blue, one that’s blue and red and one that’s mostly purple).
Design aside, as a case this is yet another “typical” hard shell (so re-read the first case’s description for more info on what to expect).
Which MacBook Pro Case Should You Buy?
- If you’re looking for a cheap, colorful option go with the Mosiso.
- If you need something rugged go with the i-Blason.
- If you want a minimal look with a bit of protection go with the Kuzy.
- If you want protection while traveling only go with the Inatek.
- If you’re feeling adventurous go with the Top Case.
Which case are you going to go with? Let me know in the comments!