Keeping your phone safe from harm is one thing, but protecting a laptop is another beast entirely. With multiple sizes of MacBook Pro to choose from, this list is bound to get complicated. We’ll do our best to specify which cases fit each machine and try to provide plenty of options. Without further ado, here are the best MacBook Pro cases to shield your laptop from harm.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best MacBook Pro cases regularly as new options launch.
If you want to throw your MacBook Pro back to the days of the classic iMac G3, the Smartshell from Speck is a great pick. It comes in a rainbow of familiar transparent shades as well as black and clear — although the latter two are currently sold out. Speck’s case is a simple hard shell with redesigned corners that should handle bumps and drops better than previous versions. The matte finish and rubberized feet should help you keep a solid grip on your new machine.
Urban Armor Gear is one of the toughest customers around, and its Plasma case for the MacBook Pro is as durable as they come. It’s MIL-STD 810G certified for drops, and the rubber bumpers lock to keep the lid closed tightly. Each rubber bumper element is also coated in a tactile honeycomb pattern so you probably won’t lose your grip no matter what. The UAG Plasma is a heavier option, but it manages to add just 13mm to the overall footprint.
Another option from UAG, the Plyo is ready for your massive 16-inch MacBook Pro. It’s a slightly slimmed-down version of the Plasma, and the rubber bumpers are transparent rather than matte black. UAG kept the tactile honeycomb pattern, and the Plyo is MIL-STD 810G certified to withstand drops and falls. Both front corners also feature the same locking mechanism to keep your lid squared away. The case comes in a transparent gray color that UAG calls Ice.
Twelve South Book Book
If you want to make your MacBook Pro feel like a master of disguise, the Twelve South Book Book case is your best bet. It looks like a well-aged novel thanks to the full-grain leather construction. You can either trust the case as a sleeve or strap your laptop in for full protection. Twelve South’s Book Book is available for any sized MacBook, though it looks very similar to a library book so you may not want to leave it unattended.
Fintie MacBook Pro case
There are tons of high-end, feature-packed cases on the market, but a simple hard shell is often all you need. The Fintie case is a perfect example, and it doesn’t come close to breaking the bank. It offers 360-degree protection with just two snap-on pieces and you can choose from four sleek finishes. A fully ventilated bottom panel should keep you working hard for longer, but you’ll have to make sure you grab the right size case. Check out each option carefully:
Hardshell cases aren’t for everyone, and if you’re just looking for protection while you travel then a sleeve might be a better fit. This option from Mujjo is a luxurious felt and leather creation and it’s sized for the 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. You can choose from either brown or black leather to pair with the black felt. The durable snap should keep your laptop safely inside, and a handy storage pocket is perfect for your charger or other accessories.
Although Mujjo’s sleeve is about as luxurious as they come, this AmazonBasics option might fit your budget a bit better. It’s a simple zipper sleeve that comes in a variety of colors and just about any size you might need. There are no extra pockets or premium materials, but Amazon’s simple case should offer all of the protection you really need. You can also buy the sleeves in packs of up to 10 in case you’re shopping for a classroom or another group.
Apple MacBook Pro leather sleeve
Apple doesn’t offer its own hardshell cases, but if you want protection from the source then you’ll have to try the leather sleeve. It comes in three shades of premium European leather with a microfiber lining for added protection. Of course, you’ll have to be ready for the Apple Tax — this leather sleeve costs nearly $180. You won’t find a storage pocket or anything like that, but the case does allow you to charge your MacBook Pro without exposing it.
While Apple skips hard cases of its own, the Cupertino company does offer an option from InCase if you’re interested. It’s a straightforward shell that comes in three shades with a texturized dot pattern. InCase’s offering is well-ventilated and offers easy cutouts for all of the ports and buttons. You won’t be able to grab the InCase shell for your 15-inch MacBook Pro, but it’s available below for both the 13-inch and 16-inch versions.
Tech21 MacBook Pro case
Tech21’s MacBook Pro case offers slightly more protection than the InCase option thanks to its hybrid design. It relies on a soft bumper around the edges to absorb impacts while tough polycarbonate panels sandwich the top and bottom. While it’s slightly more expensive than the InCase option, it’s your best bet from Apple if you have a slightly older laptop. The Tech21 case is crystal-clear and it should resist UV yellowing to help show off your device.