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The 3 Best Cases for the MacBook Pro 15" With Retina Display

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Paul's passion for computer technology began over thirty years ago. He taught digital media studies for many years in the UK..

The author with MacBook. In my experience, a good case can provide excellent protection from bumps and scrapes, as well as enable you to customize the look and feel of the Mac. I've bought some great cases in my time, as well as a few dud ones.
The author with MacBook. In my experience, a good case can provide excellent protection from bumps and scrapes, as well as enable you to customize the look and feel of the Mac. I've bought some great cases in my time, as well as a few dud ones. | Source

My family and I have been big Apple fans for years, and we love our MacBooks. As well using them at home, I've also used Macs at work when teaching my digital media creation course: essentially how to do photo, audio, and movie editing.

In my experiences cases offer a great way to protect the machine, as well as customize it to give it a different look, or feel. A good case will guard the Mac from potential damage and blemishes, such as knocks, scratches, dirt and fingerprints. I would say that a case is pretty much essential if you carry your case around a lot, to college or work.

The 3 Best Cases for the MacBook Pro 15" With Retina Display

Value for money is the most important factor, as far as I am concerned. Here are my selections.

  • The i-Blason: Sturdy and Attractive
  • The LuvCase: Solid and Well-Built
  • The KEC: Lightweight and Strong

I explain the reasons for my choices and give my personal experiences of the cases below.

I found the i-Bason to be a sturdy and reliable case, which was easy to install. I love the matte, non-skid finish. The rubber feet give the Mac extra stability when typing, as well as ensuring that there is some air circulation going on underneath.
I found the i-Bason to be a sturdy and reliable case, which was easy to install. I love the matte, non-skid finish. The rubber feet give the Mac extra stability when typing, as well as ensuring that there is some air circulation going on underneath.

The i-Blason: Sturdy and Attractive

I bought and used an i-Blason for my own 15 inch Mac. I subsequently gave that Mac to my daughter, but used the computer and case for over a year. It also fits the touch bar model, according to the advertising, but I've not tried it so can't comment on that. I have the Frost Black version, but there were other colors available when I ordered it online.

Here are my pros and cons for the i-Blason

Pros

  • Easy to install a perfect fit. You install the base first, beginning with the hinge, and it all just clips together.
  • Sturdy and durable protection.
  • I like the matte finish. The case is translucent finish and a non-skid feel.
  • The rubber feet hold the Mac securely in place when you are typing. They also lift it slightly, so you get some airflow going on underneath.
  • Access to the 4 USB-C ports is not impeded by the case.

Cons

  • The branding mark on the top front corner annoys me a little, even if it is transparent and relatively small.
  • You get some slight resistance from the case when opening the lid/screen beyond 90 degrees.

The LuvCase is available in multiple designs and colors, which makes it a great choice for users like my daughter who want to customize their Mac to their own tastes. The case has a solid feel and there are rubber feet for additional stability.
The LuvCase is available in multiple designs and colors, which makes it a great choice for users like my daughter who want to customize their Mac to their own tastes. The case has a solid feel and there are rubber feet for additional stability.

The LuvCase: Solid and Well-Built

My daughter uses a LuvCase hard shell on the Mac that I gave her. She went for the Pink Marble design, but there were plenty of other designs and colors to choose from (customizing the Mac to get the right look and feel was very important to her). She loves the case and I am pretty impressed too.

My pros and cons for the LuvCase.

Pros

  • Solid and well-built. This case feels like it's built to last.
  • Fits the Mac well and straightforward to install, it just clips on.
  • Vents underneath which help to keep the Mac cool.
  • Lot of colors and designs to choose from. My daughter picked the Pink Marble, but some of the other designs look cool.
  • Apple cutout looks cool when the machine is switched on.
  • Rubber feet for extra stability when typing.
  • Not the cheapest of cases, but offers good value for money.

Cons

  • It offers good protection from bumps and scratches, but won't help much with a drop.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.

— Steve Jobs
The KEC. Lightweight and slim, this case doesn't add much bulk to the Mac, making it easy to carry around in a bag.  It's also strong enough to protect the machine from bumps and scratches. I picked the blue leather look, but there are other choices.
The KEC. Lightweight and slim, this case doesn't add much bulk to the Mac, making it easy to carry around in a bag. It's also strong enough to protect the machine from bumps and scratches. I picked the blue leather look, but there are other choices.

The KEC: Lightweight and Strong

I used KEC cases for the Macs I use when teaching digital media creation (essentially photo, audio, and video editing). KEC are reliable for producing sturdy, durable, and attractive cases, in my experience.

Here are my pros and cons for the KEC.

Pros

  • Looks and feels great. Lots of colors and designs to choose from.
  • Easy to install and the case forms a snug fit. There are two pieces which click on, it takes less than five minutes. (Also easy to take off, if you need to).
  • Lightweight design, but still feels strong. These cases last longer than others that I've tried (there's a general tendency for plastic cases to crack), especially in the classroom where they can sometimes get rough treatment.
  • The Apple logo is not covered by the case and remains prominent.
  • Slim design, it doesn't add much bulk, making it convenient to carry around in a should bag or backpack.

Cons

  • The case isn't leather, as it was described on Amazon. I guessed that, of course, as you would have to pay more money for real leather, but it should be made clearer in the description.

© 2014 Paul Goodman

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