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Hard Case for Old 13" Macbook: My Review of iPearl

Updated on December 26, 2014

Protecting My Macbook Without Breaking the Bank

I love my old 13" Macbook, except for one thing: the white plastic case is brittle and has a few cracks. Rather than pay for expensive repairs, I bought a hard case for $17.50.

I was looking for a tough case more than a decorative one. I settled on a Macbook cover with lots of good Amazon reviews.

I was afraid from the photos that the iPearl case by mCover would be cheap-looking, but I was mostly buying it for protection. To my surprise, this hard case looks good. More importantly, it covers the cracks in my Macbook without covering up anything it shouldn't, and it seems sturdy.

Don't worry, it comes in other colors than purple. In fact, it comes in most of the classic old iMac colors -- remember original iMacs that started the whole i-whatsit craze?

My photo doesn't really show the fact that the white lit-up Apple stands out nicely through the transparent colored plastic case.

A little less than 2mm thick, the plastic case is hard but slightly flexible, not brittle. It seems more rugged and capable of withstanding impacts than the Macbook's case. It doesn't seem particularly scratch-proof, but not scratch-prone either.

Clips along the sides of the case clamp snugly to the edges of the Macbook screen and bottom. The case can be peeled off once you clip it on, but it takes a little effort; it stays put.

Cutouts on the sides and back allow access to ports, CD slot, fan vents and hinge.

The bottom has vents to let heat escape, but protects the battery (except for the battery test button) and that belly button screw which fell off my Macbook five seconds after I started using it.

The front two corners rest on sturdy rubber feet; the back two have optional legs that flip open to lift the Macbook up at a slight tilt for ergonomics and to allow air circulation underneath. The latter may actually prolong the Macbook's life.

Bottom Line: I like it! I'm glad I didn't shell out $40 for a more expensive Macbook cover that probably wouldn't have been any better. (Of course, this cover was originally $40; it's been marked down.)

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  • mythphile profile imageAUTHOR

    Ellen Brundige 

    5 years ago from California

    @anonymous: Yep, they replaced my case for free, but I picked up this cool purple shell to make sure the new case didn't crack AGAIN. :)

    Cheers!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I have the exact same model and had the same problem...took it to the mac store and they gave me an entire new housing and installed it for free...and they also replaced my battery so 700 bucks of repairs all for free because of this particular model having a lot of the same problems and such! Cheers

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    Aquamarine18 

    6 years ago

    Very nice review. I just published a lens on the mbook ipearl cover for the new aluminum MacBook Pro. These covers are really fun to use and great value for money

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Apple will fix the breaking/cracking around the sides (due to the magnets) for free even if it is out of warranty. Just make an apt. at Apple and they will take care of you! Great Company!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for the review! I am a new owner (my first MacBook) of the old 13.3 model of the white MacBook. I was looking all over for a purple case at a reasonable price, so thanks for the post!

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    JeremiahStanghini 

    7 years ago

    I love the purple!!!

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jeremiah

  • Othercatt profile image

    Othercatt 

    7 years ago

    I don't even have a mac-book and I want one of these. I love how you explained everything. This is the kind of review I want to see when I'm looking for a certain product. Great lens!

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