As I type this article on my 11″ MacBook Air (2015), it’s wrapped in GYMLE’s gold-colored metallic hard case. I recently saw a promotion for this MacBook Air case that said something along the lines of, “Turn your MacBook Air gold like the new MacBook.” I thought to myself, “Huh. I’ll see what it’s like.”
A good MacBook case offers two things: protection and looks. Let’s talk about protection first, because that’s probably what matters the most in a case and then we’ll get to the looks.
This GYMLE case WILL protect your MacBook Air from scratches and minor dings. It won’t, however, do much for drops as there is no cushioning to speak of. To be fair, most MacBook Air cases offer a similar amount of protection.
The case feels a bit cheap—cheaper than the asking price of $34.98. To me, it feels like it’s worth more along the lines of $12.98. The reason I say that the moulding around the edges could be a bit more uniform and neater. As it is, the edges aren’t all “sharp”—there are places where they appear a bit pushed in or something. It’s not really a big deal—you’d have to look hard to notice. But, and this is kind of a big but (ha), the soft pads on the bottom of the case aren’t centered in their designated areas and they were all sort of smashed straight out of the packaging. It just doesn’t look very nice. Luckily, you won’t be spending much time looking at the underside of your computer, so it’s really not THAT big of a deal.
I will say this: I’ve had multiple Speck cases start breaking apart on me and this GYMLE case does feel more sturdy than those. I think it’s perhaps a bit thicker or harder than the Speck cases I’ve tried in the past.
Speaking of the bottom, there are a couple of rows of vents meant to keep the machine cooler. Again, since they’re on the bottom, you won’t see them much.
Overall, the case adds just a bit of thickness. If you’re shopping for a MacBook Air case in the first place, you probably don’t mind all that much. This case definitely doesn’t make your machine feel bulky.
In reality, this case which was advertised as a way to make your silver MacBook Air feel more like a gold MacBook looks nothing like the new gold-colored MacBook. That’s because the gold-colored MacBook is actually metal—this GYMLE case is plastic. But it is gold-ish plastic.
The good thing about plastic is that it’s light. When this GYMLE case is on my MacBook I can’t even notice the difference which is good.
To me, the looks of this case are so-so. A bit meh. If gold is what you’re looking for, it’s probably up your alley. I don’t imagine any other gold colored plastic cases looking more gold than this case does. But it’s not really my personal style. After this review, I’ll probably remove it—that said, I wouldn’t mind the exact same case in green or blue (which GYMLE happens to sell, by the way).
This case does cover up the Apple logo in case that makes a difference to you. When the logo lights up, you can see it through the plastic, however.
Installation was actually a bit tricky. Trying to get the edges to snap onto the MacBook Air made me feel like they might break—but none did. I guess that probably means it has a pretty snug/tight fit which is a good thing.
Overall, I’d say this is a pretty solid case in terms of keeping your MacBook air from getting scratched. No, it won’t really make your MacBook Air look like a gold MacBook, in my opinion, but if you want a gold-ish case in it’s own right, this is a decent buy.