Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro cases and sleeves: Keep safe and stylish with our top picks
Make your MacBook even classier.
Nobody wants the beautiful aluminum body of their MacBook scuffed or scratched. Fortunately, MacBook cases and sleeves are to the rescue.
They're a great way to keep your MacBook protected, store it for traveling, or just look classy when you’re carrying your computer around the office.
But there are an overwhelming number of cases and sleeves for the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. It can be hard to tell which are good quality and worth the money.
So Macworld is getting hands-on with some of the best-known brands as well as more eclectic designers to pick out the best cases for Apple’s line of MacBooks, both new and old models. Watch this space as we’ll be keeping it updated with our favorites.
Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Air 13-inch, MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, MacBook Pro Touch Bar 13-inch, MacBook Pro Touch Bar 15-inch
Colors: Black, pink, white
Highlights: Moshi’s iGlaze is an incredibly thin and light two-piece snap-on case available for all of Apple’s MacBooks. Despite being so thin and light, it easily protects from scratches and offers extra shielding for the unfortunate drop. It snaps on very easily thanks to its micro-clips, which also make it a breeze to remove for cleaning. And it really feels glaze-y to the touch because of its smooth surface.
Moshi provides a 1-year limited warranty and includes 5 to 7 business day shipping in the United States.
WaterField Maxwell Sleeve
Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Pro Touchbar 13-inch, MacBook Pro Touchbar 15-inch
Colors: Black, blue, dark gray, green, red, waxed canvas
Highlights: WaterField is a San Francisco-based tech accessories and bag maker that actually makes its products in the city. The Maxwell is our favorite WaterField sleeve because of its thickness, ergonomic design, and magnetic sealing. The cross-stitch material the sleeve is made from feels durable, protective, and is also water-repellant. The leather patch that wraps around the bottom provides a nice gripping surface for carrying. And our favorite part is how after you slip your MacBook inside, the top of the case magnetically seals shut.
For an additional fee, you can also add in d-rings ($5) and a strap ($22) so you can sling the case around on your shoulders. WaterField charges $2 for first-class shipping in the U.S.
Tomtoc Ultra Slim Envelope Sleeve
Price: $14.99 - $17.99
Sizes: 11/12-inch, 12-inch, 13-inch, 13.3-inch, 15-inch, 15.4-inch
Colors: Grey felt and brown leather
Highlights: If you want style on a budget, this sleeve is for you. Tomtoc’s Ultra Slim Envelop Sleeve is surprisingly well made for being less than $20, boasting a faux suede lining and “leather” made from polyurethane. The sleeve closes via four magnetic ringlets, which fasten tightly and won’t leave you worrying about your MacBook falling out. It even has a side folder for stashing your smartphone, papers, cords, or other small accessories.
Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Air 13-inch (2018), MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, MacBook Air 13-inch (2015), MacBook Pro Touchbar 13-inch, MacBook Pro Touchbar 15-inch
Colors: Cognac, black
Highlights: Woolnut’s MacBook sleeve both looks and feels like pure class. The Stockholm-based company’s full-grain vegetable tanned leather is top grade, and the sleeve’s interior is lined with 100 percent natural soft grey wool felt to give your MacBook the luxury treatment. Anybody who loves leather and wool will be in hog heaven.
The sleeve is available from Amazon for $89 with free shipping, which is a better deal than buying the case directly from Woolnut’s website after you factor in shipping.
Moshi Pluma Sleeve
Sizes: MacBook Pro 13-inch
Colors: Grey, pink
Highlights: Moshi’s Pluma sleeve may look simple and unassuming, but it’s packed with all the essentials you need in a MacBook sleeve. The sleeve is specially designed for the MacBook’s form, which is obvious when it zips up snugly. The case is made from three core materials: water-resistant polyester, neoprene, and spandex. The spandex and neoprene mix is slightly stretchy, offering shock absorption and some added durability. (It also just feels nice.) And we absolutely love how the zipper puller can be locked into place to prevent it from dangling. Sadly, this case is only available for the MacBook Pro 13-inch and other generic 13-inch laptops.
Moshi offers a 1-year limited warranty and includes 5 to 7 day shipping in the U.S. The case also comes in a slightly roomier generic version for any 13-inch laptop.
Mujjo Leather Sleeve
Price: $69.95 - $74.95
Sizes: MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Pro 15-inch
Colors: Black, tan
Highlights: This leather and felt case from Mujjo oozes modern executive realness. The felt provides a textured grip when in hand, or you can hold it by the leather flap at the top. It’s roomy, too. The sleeve has two compartments: One for the MacBook and another capable of holding an iPad at the same time. Our only complaint is that the case could benefit from a magnetic clasp instead of its ringlet button.
Casetify Tech Clutch (Large)
Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Air 13-inch, MacBook Pro 13-inch
Colors: Myriad of styles
Highlights: This sleek saffiano leather Tech Clutch from Casetify comes in a seemingly countless number of graphic prints. There are three different sizes to choose from: small, medium, and large, the latter of which is 13.98-inches wide and nicely holds either a 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It’s simple but elegant, and the colors pop beautifully from the leather. Speaking of leather, it’s thick enough to protect a laptop from scratches, light drops, and splashes. And its interior sports a cardholder and is lined with lux suede. It might not be the most protective or high-tech MacBook sleeve available, but the cool prints make these clutches excel in the design department.
Casetify only provides a 6-month warranty; shipping is included on orders more than $35.
Herschel Supply Co. Spokane Sleeve
Price: $39.99 - $49.99
Sizes: 11/12-inch, 12-inch, 13-inch, 15-inch
Colors: 13 different colors and prints
Highlights: You’ve probably walked by someone wearing one of Herschel’s trendy backpacks. The company has plenty of other well-designed gear, too, including its Spokane Sleeve which nicely fits around a MacBook. Its design may be very simple, but you can liven it up by choosing from 11 different colors or even a camo or palm print. It doesn’t zip, but its flap shuts magnetically to hold the MacBook in tightly enough. The best part is how a sealskin-like fleece lines the interior of the case, dying to be stroked.
The Spokane Sleeve comes with a limited lifetime warranty and the price includes economy shipping.
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