Apple products always look the best when they are naked; when they are covered by cases, they usually become slightly less attractive and a bit bulkier but also far safer from dings and scratches. Alas, I never leave my MacBooks naked. They are far too valuable (both the machine and what it holds); the better they are protected the better I feel. But as I person who appreciates fine design (what do you think drives me to the Apple universe of products in the first place?) I demand a MacBook case that not only protects but also reflects and respects the functional design ethos of both the machine it’s covering and my own picky taste.
Before I get into this review, I want to add a little sidebar about a competing product that I happen to strongly dislike: Speck cases. Every Speck case I’ve owned has failed me. And by that I mean has broken or had pieces which chipped off leaving my MacBook exposed (and breaking the part of my brain that likes things to look perfect). I’m adding this comment into this review for a bit of context because when you search for MacBook cases, the top hits always seem to be about Speck. So here, my friends, is a warning and a great Speck case alternative for your MacBook Air. Onward.
The best MacBook Air case I’ve tried to-date is made by Incipio, not Speck. And it’s called the Feather. It’s the Incipio Feather for the MacBook Air; a case/cover that strikes the perfect balance between thinness and protection. It fits good and looks good (and has lots of room for personalization) while managing to stay light on it’s feet—hence the name: Feather.
At about 1mm thin/thick the Feather is very lean. Tested on an 11″ MacBook Air, the cover seems about as thick as the outermost metal layer of the MacBook (on the outside of the black rubber line—see photo for clarification).
I’m very excited about the look of the Feather. It’s simple and straightforward, which I prefer over cases that try too hard to be noticed (with bubbles or uneven surfaces or crazy patterns and the like). There are also lots (as in 6) of colors to choose from. And they are juts solid colors (and a bit translucent—you can still make out the Apple logo behind the case).
Installing the Feather ...