The best MacBook cases and covers

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

You may be tempted to keep your new MacBook case-less, 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.

Tech21 Impact Snap Case ($100)

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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 ($110)

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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Waterfield Zip Brief MacBook Case ($220)

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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Speck SeeThru MacBook Case ($28)

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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STM Dux Rugged Case ($60)

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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Amazon

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