The Best 13 Inch MacBook Pro Cases for 2018
Having worked for years with Macs, I believe that I can bring a considerable amount of experience with me when it comes to selecting the best cases.
Of course, part of the decision-making process does come down to personal choice, things such as the color and feel of the cover, but a surprising amount depends on design and functionality.
In my experience, a top quality case generally needs to fulfill a number of characteristics and requirements, if it is going to satisfy the majority MacBook users.
- First of all, it should be tough enough to eliminate, or at least minimize potential damage to your laptop from scratches, bumps, dirt, dust, stains, and fingerprints.
- Secondly it should be functional and easy to use, with additional features, such as extra storage pockets, if required.
- Thirdly it should comply with your budgetary requirements and offer excellent value for money.
- Fourthly it should be hard wearing and durable: you want it to last.
- Fifthly, the case should be a snug fit for your machine, preferably designed specifically for the model that you are using.
- Last but not least, it should have an attractive and appealing appearance that suits your tastes and style, as well as being fashioned in a way that feels good to the touch.
I strongly recommend that you check the model number of your computer before you order a new case. It can be found on the bottom of the MacBook. Examples of model numbers are the A1706 and the A1708. This should ensure that the case fits properly and save you time and trouble.
The Best 13 Inch MacBook Pro Cases
Here are my choices.
- The KEC Plastic Hard Shell: Great Designs and Durable:
- The ProCase Hard Shell: Affordable and Easy
- The Inateck Sleeve: Stylish and Versatile
- The UESWILL Hard Cover: Slim, Lightweight, and Inexpensive
I give my experiences and reasoning for my selections in more detail below.
The KEC Plastic Hard Shell: Great Designs and Durable
I bought one of these cases for my daughter, after letting her pick the design she desired. Installing the gave me a great insight to this hard shell. She's had the case for nearly a year now and it's holding up excellently. KEC plastic case
Here are my pros and cons for the KEC.
- Snug fit for my daughter's machine (the newest 13 inch MacBook Pro).
- Wide range of designs to choose from.
- Easy to install. To remove it you use the tabs on front shell, pulling the middle one first, followed by the side ones. It comes off easily.
- The shell is scratch and fingerprint resistant, as advertised.
- Made from sturdy but semi-flexible.plastic that feels durable.
- Doesn't add bulk to the Mac.
- Not the cheapest case. I found it worth the money, but others might not.
- This case would provide almost no protection if the Mac is dropped.
The ProCase Hard Shell: Affordable and Easy
Here are my pros and cons.
- Easy to install, I followed the instructions and it took me about a minute.
- It comes with a keyboard cover, which is good if you eat and drink while working on your Mac like me.
- Very affordable.
- It keeps my (expensive) machine free from scratches.
- I like the rubbery feel, but might not be to everyone's taste.
Types of Cover
Cases come in many styles and designs, and can be made from different materials. The two most common styles are the hard shell, where the cover clips around the Apple laptop to form a protective layer; and the sleeve, which normally zips shut.
- Hard shells provide an excellent guard from damage to the notebook. They can also be great for the customizing the color of your Apple. They generally offer more protection that sleeves, especially when it comes to bumps.
- Sleeves are great for providing quick access to the notebook. Some also have additional features, such as extra pockets for storing small accessories. Sleeves are constructed from different materials, each with their own specific advantages and disadvantages.
The Inateck Sleeve: Stylish and Versatile
My pros and cons.
- Fits snugly.
- Workmanship is excellent, in my opinion, and the sleeve looks appropriate for business as well as pleasure.
- The soft flannel lining feels good and provides some security when carrying the case.
- I like the extra small felt bag for carrying the mouse
- The Inateck is versatile, can use it as a carrying case, or a sleeve that I can slip inside another bag.
- The Velcro strips used for closure are showing some signs of wear after almost a year.
Cover Construction Materials
- Hard cases are typically made from a tough polycarbonate with a rubberized coating. These covers usually snap on and so can be added and removed as required. They provide an excellent combination of protectiveness, appearance, and feel.
- Sleeves are usually made from materials such as neoprene, felt, and leather, They fasten with a variety of methods including zippers, and buttons. Sleeves provide a stylish way to protect your laptop. Some sleeve construction materials have specific advantages: for instance neoprene is water resistant, as well as being durable and protective against scratches.
- In addition, there are screen protectors, usually made from plastic, which may or may not come with your case. The best screen protectors are designed to minimize glare, as well as protect the screen from fingerprints, grease, dirt, and dust.
The UESWILL Hard Cover: Slim, Lightweight, and Inexpensive
My wife uses a . It's an inexpensive alternative to the KEC and works well for her. It consists of two shells that clip over the Mac to provide protection from scratches, fingerprints, and minor knocks. UESWILL hard Cover
My pros and cons.
- I installed the case for my wife. I can confirm that it clips on and off easily. It fits snugly.
- There are a wide variety of designs and colors to choose from (my wife has the pink version).
- It's slim and lightweight.
- Good value for money, half the price of most of its rivals.
- There are sturdier cases out there (if you're prepared to pay more money).
© 2012 Paul Goodman