Best Macbook Pro Case of 2020
One of our favorite cases for the Macbook Pro is the KECC Leather. It easily snaps into place in a matter of seconds, and once attached, it stays put. It is also one of the easiest to remove for periodical cleaning if needed. This particular line of KECC cases includes a top shell case wrapped in premium Italian pebble leather, which is available in a variety shades, each with a sleek Apple logo cutout. The bottom half of the case includes slotted vents for maximum cooling and rubber feet to keep your MacBook from sliding around on low-friction surfaces. This case is simple, easy to use, affordable, and stylish.
The KECC Leather is not without its flaws. It adds 258 grams of weight and 4.5 mm to the total thickness of a laptop that is designed to be as light and slim as possible. This case kit also lacks any additional accessories such as a keyboard cover, screen protector, or touchpad protector.
If you're looking for a burly MacBook Pro case that offers protection from potential drops and sudden impacts, the Urban Armor Gear is a fantastic choice. This product can be dropped from a height of 4 feet onto hard surfaces without the laptop sustaining any damage, meeting military drop-test standards in accordance with MIL STD 810G 516.6. The front rubberized bumper corners clip the case shut when the laptop is not in use, and it also has a rubber tactile grip for instances in which hands or gloves are slippery.
The biggest disadvantage of this case is its massive size. Although it is constructed from lightweight materials, your laptop is going to take up quite a bit more space with the Urban Armor Gear installed. Also, it's more expensive compared to most of the products in our review. Be prepared to spend an extra minute or two installing and removing this model, as this case is not the easiest to use.
The i-Blason is the least expensive rugged-style MacBook Pro case that we've gotten our hands on. Compared to other ruggedized versions, we appreciate how easy this case is to install and remove. Although it doesn't offer any official impact ratings, the thick shock-absorbing corners and the hexagonal honeycomb pattern on the interior can withstand a beating.
One problem that we observed with the i-Blason is that the anti-scratch protectors, should you choose to leave them attached, don't allow for much ventilation. Regrettably, this model adds nearly a centimeter of thickness to a MacBook Pro, which detracts from the sleek design that Apple has worked so hard to create.
The AKIT is the way to go if your main objective in purchasing a MacBook case is to protect your laptop from scratches both when it is in use as well as when it is closed. This model comes in a clear version as well as a variety of colors so you can choose the style that suits you best. Our favorite part about it is the included added protective accessories — the AKIT includes a screen protector, a keyboard cover, a screen wipe, and a touchpad protector.
Although the case will protect your MacBook Pro from scratches, the case itself is made of a very delicate plastic that easily scratches. The plastic is very flimsy, which doesn't instill much confidence as far as drop or impact protection goes.
If style and class is the goal, then the Fintie Leather is the case for you. It transforms a MacBook Pro into a dapper accessory that would look at home in the most opulent of office settings. Despite its thick construction, the Fintie Leather has vented slots on the lower cover plate for optimal cooling.
The Fintie brings a few downsides along with its snazzy look. It is one of the heaviest cases that we've tested even compared to rugged, military drop-tested models. Unfortunately, this model is a bit of a pain to install and is quite difficult to remove. If you plan on taking your case off regularly, we'd recommend purchasing a different model.
If you want a case with some clever graphics, check out the Case Star. This MacBook Pro case is among the lightest and thinnest that we've tested. This model offers options in dozens of different patterns and designs, and as a bonus, the kit includes a keyboard brush and cover.
One problem we noticed with the Case Star is that the bottom shell cover is so easy to install that it can get popped loose with minimal force, and sometimes it falls off. We also found the top shell of this product to be especially slick, so keep a good grip on your laptop if you decide to go with this model.
If you're looking for a bare-bones clear case for your MacBook Pro, the MOSISO might be the right choice. It snaps on in seconds, barely alters the look of your laptop, and at a mere 212 grams, it is one of the lightest models that we tested.
We were a bit disappointed that the MOSISO only includes a screen protector and a wipe. The AKIT, which is a very similar product, comes with a screen protector, a keyboard cover, a touchpad protector, and a screen wipe for the same price.
If you don't have any interest in being flashy, or don't want to flaunt your fancy new laptop around, the Kuzy is a good choice. Not only does the Kuzy have a slim profile, it's also very light. This MacBook Pro case is a no-brainer to install and remove, and it's paper-thin.
We noticed that the top shell case of this model easily gets smudged with fingerprints and is prone to light scratching. While the top case does a good job of protecting your laptop and keeping it clean, be prepared to spend a little extra time wiping and buffing the case if you purchase this model.
Another MacBook Pro case manufacturer that offers an array of graphics is iLeadon. If you've looked through the graphics from other manufacturers and haven't found something that you like, give the iLeadon lineup a look. Each of these cases also includes a keyboard cover.
We found this model to be just a bit more challenging to snap into place than other cases. With that said, it can still be removed fairly easily.
The IBENZER is a generic, black MacBook Pro case. It comes with a very low price tag, and it's a breeze to install.
Unfortunately, the designers of the IBENZER missed a crucial detail — the bottom half of this model barely snaps onto the bottom of the laptop with two tiny tabs. Even the slightest bump in the wrong direction will cause the lower part of the case to easily pop off.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our research analyst and review editor, Ross Patton, has been working in product research and development for more than 10 years. Ross has tested a wide range of products from outdoor gear such as snowboard equipment for the backcountry and rooftop tents to cutting edge devices such as Bluetooth trackers, cordless electric tools, and everything in between.
We tested Macbook Pro covers at the GearLab headquarters — a facility where nearly every one of our team members uses a 13" Macbook Pro every day. We took careful notes as to how certain models stand out for different applications, which cases are sleek or particularly gaudy, and which ones are the easiest or the most frustrating to install and remove.
Analysis and Test Results
To determine which Macbook Pro case is the best, we ran an in-depth, side-by-side analysis for the key metrics listed below.
Ease of Installation and Removal
To attach a numeric valuation to each Macbook case for this metric, we used our team of Macbook toting research analysts, writers, and editors to judge the level of difficultly it was to install each model.
We found a moderate degree of variability with the effort needed to install the covers — Some snap into place with minimal force while others require firm pressing to snap into place. We found the AKIT to be the easiest model to install, followed by the Case Star, iLeadon, KECC, Kuzy, and MOSISO models which were all slightly more difficult than the AKIT.
When it came time to remove the covers, the inconsistency between models concerning ease of use became much more apparent. Some models nearly fell off the MacBook with a tiny bit of force, while others require a serious amount of prying and pulling to remove the covers. A few of the models had us concerned that we might damage the laptop in the process of taking them off.
Both the Case Star and the IBENZER models were very easy to remove, so much so that we were concerned that they might not stay put after some wear and tear. The models that were slightly more challenging to take off, but felt very secure when installed, was the AKIT, iLeadon, Kuzy, and MOSISO cases.
To our surprise, our favorite rugged-style model, the Urban Armor Gear MacBook Pro case, is not especially difficult to install or remove considering the drop-tested protection that it offers.
Additional Size and Weight
For this assessment, we employed a digital caliper to measure the exact thickness that each case adds to a Macbook and also used a laboratory-grade digital scale to weigh each case to the tenth of a gram.
Tied for the lightest models at 215 grams are the two clear models, the AKIT and the MOSISO. Slightly behind the pack was the Kuzy with a weight of 218 grams. The Case Star and the IBENZER weighed just a bit more both at 233 grams.
When it comes to added thickness, many models are impressively thin. We measured the Case Star and the Kuzy and found that both only add 3 mm to the overall vertical size of the laptop while closed. Close behind these models during our measuring assessment were the IBENZER and iLeadon, with a thickness of 3.3 mm.
Accessories and features
Many of the MacBook Pro cases in our review included added accessories. Several models come with keyboard covers, including the Case Star, IBENZER, iLeadon, and MOSISO.
We found one model to be a step above the rest when it comes to the accessory department. Not only does the AKIT include a keyboard cover, but it also comes with a touchpad protector, a screen wipe, and a screen protector.
We know that there is a lot of info out there in the search to find a case for your MacBook Pro. Our objective is to provide you with the most accurate information possible so that you can make the right purchase that best fits your application. We hope that you can use our guidance in this review to buy the MacBook Pro Case that is most suited to your individual needs.
— Ross Patton