Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

best macbook cases
You may be tempted to keep your new MacBook naked, so you and everyone else around can gaze at it, but you should let common sense prevail. Apple’s iconic device is absolutely gorgeous, and it deserves to be protected at all times. You’ve got to look after it, especially if you expect it to stay pretty. That’s why we’ve tracked down the best MacBook cases, covers, and sleeves. Whether you’re looking for protection or style, there’s something here for you.

Note: If you have a MacBook that includes a Touch Bar, it’s important to pick a newer case to match it. Many older cases will not fit the Touch Bar-equipped Macs, because their dimensions are different from the previous MacBook line. Sleeves, on the other hand, are usually a better bet because they tend to have more wiggle room.

Picaso Lab Classic Leather Sleeve ($82+)

Picaso Lab Classic Leather MacBook Sleeve
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These handcrafted MacBook sleeves are made from Napa leather. They’re available for different MacBook models and fit perfectly. They’re snug at first, but this ensures the sleeve stays secure as the leather ages and loosens up. The lightly-textured leather is durable, too, and comfortable to hold. We opted for the brown exterior, which features golden stitching and a red interior. This interior leather also extends an inch and a half to form a durable lip, before giving way to soft, felt-like material. There are no logos or other superfluous details here, though you can get your sleeve engraved with your name or initials if you want. These leather sleeves also come in black or tan varieties. Luxurious, but understated and elegant, we think they’re well worth the money.

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Tech21 Impact Snap Case ($100)

Tech21 Impact Snap MacBook Case

We’ve witnessed Tech21’s stringent testing procedures before, which are rigorous given the manufacturer is one of the most prominent on the market. This MacBook case provides the same protection against bumps, drops, and scrapes that we’ve come to expect from the company. It’s a shell-based case that snaps onto your MacBook securely, adding little to its profile. There are also cut-outs for quick access to your phone’s ports, it opens and closes easily, and it sports durable rubber feet that prevent it from sliding around on a myriad of surfaces. Additionally, the textured sections offer extra grip, and the case’s translucent components show off Apple’s iconic logo. It currently comes in clear, black, purple, or pink.

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Pad & Quill Cartella Linen Case ($100)

Pad & Quill Cartella Linen Case

Fancy disguising your MacBook as an actual book? The Cartella Linen is designed to look like an old paper journal. Your MacBook sits in a wooden, Baltic Birch cradle with cut-outs for the ports, and the cover can be folded back to create a comfortable angle for typing. There’s an elastic closure that’s practical and adds to the aesthetic. Inside the cover, you’ll also find a slim pocket for papers. The linen buckram cover comes in three different color combos, and each case is handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Moshi Muse Sleeve ($36+)

Moshi Muse Photo

This sleeve is a smart design that eschews zippers or Velcro in favor of a something that Moshi calls “SlipGrip.” You can turn it upside down and the MacBook still won’t fall out. Open the flap and you’ll find a soft microfiber lining that cushions your device and cleans off smudges. There’s room for your MacBook to wear a close-fitting case and still slide in here. There’s also a pocket in the front that’s almost as deep as the main one. It proves handy storage for MacBook accessories and cables. It looks quite stylish, finished in Sahara beige or graphite black, with the flap providing a color contrast in both cases. It’s ideal for stowing your MacBook quickly and sticking into a larger bag or backpack to carry.

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Inateck MacBook Sleeve ($14)

Inateck MP1500

Here’s a great option if you’re feeling the pinch after buying your MacBook. It’s a simple, unassuming felt pocket with a nice, soft flannel lining on the inside. There’s a Velcro closure to keep it closed and it’s not too snug. There’s also another large pocket when you open the flap, and it’s big enough for an iPad or a big book. On the back, you’ll find two smaller pockets which could be used for accessories or even your iPhone 7, though there’s no closure on them. This sleeve is great value for the cost, and it also comes with a strange little extra — a small felt pocket with an elastic strap that’s just the right size for a mouse.

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Waterfield Zip Brief MacBook Case ($180)

Waterfield Zip Brief

There’s no escaping the fact that this is an expensive option, but it could be ideal for about town and air travel. The zippers allow you to open it and lay it completely flat quickly, so it’s TSA-friendly. There’s a plush pocket inside that will fit a MacBook, even with a close-fitting case on it. Two additional interior pockets can be used for accessories. You’ll also find an easy-access pocket on the outside. It’s finished in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon, and you can order it in a variety of different color combos. To finish off, there’s a comfortable pair of hand straps, and a removable shoulder strap for carrying.

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Booq Taipan Spacesuit 12 ($40)

Booq Taipan Spacesuit

Here’s an interesting-looking neoprene sleeve with a honeycomb structure that promises to safeguard your MacBook from damage. The interior is seriously plush, and there are two zippers that can open the sleeve all the way round so it can be laid flat. You can get this sleeve in gold, gray, or black. You get two removable leather zipper pullers to match the sleeve color, and three brightly colored contrasting extras you can use, if you prefer a splash of color. This will work well if you want to place your laptop in a protective sleeve before you sling it into a quality laptop bag.

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STM Dux Rugged Case ($43+)

STM Dux Rugged MacBook Air 13" Case

STM’s Dux Rugged case provides a safe choice for even the most accident-prone consumer. The rubberized poly-carbonate brackets protect the sides and corners of your laptop from falling damage, while the textured rubber feet help prevent your computer from sliding on slick surfaces. The transparent cover also allows stickers and customization to shine through, and the minimalist design ensures your MacBook can always breathe through the built-in hinge. The case is currently available in black, chili, or Moroccan blue.

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Mosiso Leather-Style Book Cover ($20)

Mosiso Leather-Style Book 2

You might find this polyurethane case a practical solution. Your MacBook slips into a pocket, with a cut-out for the trackpad, and there are elastic straps at the top to hold the screen in place. It’s made from fake leather, finished in brown, gold, red, blue, or black. There’s a magnetic closure that seems pretty secure, and soft-padding on the inside. There’s also a clever, small fold out panel on the back that allows you to prop your MacBook at a comfortable angle. It’s not the greatest quality in the world, but that’s reflected in the price.

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Runetz Neoprene Sleeve ($18)

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Here’s a basic neoprene sleeve that won’t break the bank. It has two zippers and can be opened and laid flat. There’s also a front pocket with a separate zipper that’s handy for accessories. It’s soft inside and has padded bumps to cushion your laptop from blows. You can pick this one up in a variety of different plain color combinations, or opt for the chevron pattern pictured. The fit is nice and snug.

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Twelve South BookBook ($80)


For the most hardcore bibliophiles, Twelve South has created the BookBook, a case made of genuine leather that looks like — you guessed it — a book. With reinforced corners and a cushioned spine designed to absorb impacts, it’s a perfect blend of protection and class. Each BookBook is individually distressed, so each case is unique, and for an extra $20 you can upgrade to the Rutledge edition. The latter comes with hand-dyed “sunburst” designs on the outside.

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Thule Vectros Bumper Case ($60)

Thule Vectros

Clumsy Macbook owners will thank themselves for purchasing the Thule Vectros Bumper case. This bad boy will protect your computer from just about anything, as long as you don’t drop it off a roller coaster or throw it in a lake. The beveled edges and shock-absorbing ridges keep your laptop safe in the event that you drop it, and the invisible shields that snap between the edge casings will protect the top and bottom surfaces of your computer from unwanted scratches or, say, spilled coffee.

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UAG MacBook ASH Military Drop Tested Case ($50)

Are you looking for a case that’s more openly ruggedized? This UAG case is designed to deal with rougher conditions, with an armor shell and impact bumpers to help the MacBook survive occasional drops and bumpy environments. The unit also includes the necessary vents for cooling and airflow. It’s an ideal case for outdoor work. However, the one downside is that it is only limited to the MacBook Pro 13-inch third generation, and options with the Touch Bar are just too large to fit.

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Speck SeeThru MacBook Case ($40)

Like the idea of a case but not the look? Check out the SeeThru case, which tries to be as invisible as possible while still offering hardshell protection for the MacBook Air. The case is divided into two pieces that quickly snap together, and includes all the necessary openings for various connections. If you like the style of this translucent case but not the clear version, there are a few primary color options to choose from as well.

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MoKo Sleeve Bag ($16)

MoKo’s stylish sleeve bag is made from PU leather, or a leather substrate with a vinyl covering. It gives you a better look without a high price, especially if you prefer one of these minimalistic sleeves to a full case. The sleeve also includes a card slot for storing cards or small electronic devices. The cover is magnetically sealed when you put it in place, and the inner surface is line with felt. However, there’s not much protection here, so you’ll still need to be careful when handling this bag.

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Mujjo Sleeve ($69)

Mujjo’s elite sleeve is one of the best available for the MacBook. It is made from felt and vegetable-tanned leather, with snap-in-place buttons for the cover. It can carry the 13-inch MacBook or an iPad Pro with keyboard, no problem. The design is good enough to be at home anywhere, and you’ll probably feel good showing it off. It comes with a card pocket, but not many other extras.

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Update: Added new entries from Picaso Lab and Tech21.

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