To determine which are the best MacBook Pro cases of 2020, we researched hundreds of models before narrowing it down to the ten most promising ones to be purchased for a hands-on, side by side comparison. Our professional product analysts diligently weighed and measured each case, tallied the included accessories with each bundle, and judged how difficult these products are to install and remove. Read below to see the results of our comprehensive assessment.
The Best Macbook Pro Cases of 2020
The KECC Leather is one of our favorite Macbook Pro cases. It easily snaps into place in a matter of seconds but stays put once it's attached. When it comes time to take the case off it is one of the easiest to remove. This particular line of KECC cases includes a top shell case wrapped in premium Italian pebble leather which is available in several 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 slick surfaces. This case is simple, easy to use, affordable, and stylish.
The KECC Leather is not without its flaws. Adding 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 is not ideal. This case kit is also devoid of 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 or impacts, the Urban Armor Gear is a fantastic choice. This product meets military drop-test standards in accordance with MIL STD 810G 516.6, meaning that it can be dropped from a height of 4 feet onto hard surfaces without the laptop sustaining any damage. This case also has a rubber tactile grip for instances in which hands or gloves are slippery, and the front rubberized bumper corners clip the case shut when the laptop is not in use.
The main downside to this case is its massive size. Although it is constructed from light materials, your laptop is going to take up quite a bit more space with the Urban Armor Gear installed. Also, it's a bit on the expensive side compared to most of the products in our review. This case is far from the easiest to use — be prepared to spend an extra minute or two installing and removing this model.
The i-Blason is the least expensive rugged-style MacBook Pro case that we've gotten our hands on. Although it doesn't offer any official impact ratings, it is easy to see that the thick shock-absorbing corners and the hexagonal honeycomb pattern on the interior can take a beating. We love how easy this case is to install and remove compared to other ruggedized versions.
One problem that we noticed with the i-Blason is that the anti-scratch protectors don't allow for much ventilation, should you choose to leave them attached. 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.
If your goal 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, the AKIT is the way to go. 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 this model 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.
The Fintie Leather transforms a MacBook Pro into a dapper accessory that would look at home in the most opulent of office settings. If style and class is the goal, this is the case for you. 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 awfully difficult to remove. If you plan on taking your case off on a regular basis, we'd recommend purchasing a different model.
If you want a case with some clever graphics, check out the Case Star. This model offers options in dozens of different patterns and designs and as an added bonus the kit includes a keyboard brush and cover. This MacBook Pro case is among the lightest and thinnest that we've tested.
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, it barely alters the look of your laptop, and at a mere 212 grams, it is one of the lightest models that we've 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. This black on black MacBook Pro case is a no-brainer to install and remove, and it's paper-thin. Not only does the Kuzy have a slim profile, it's also very light.
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 a bit tad more difficult to snap into place than other cases — that said, it is still fairly easy to remove.
The IBENZER is a generic, black MacBook Pro case. It comes with a very low price tag, and it's a cinch to install.
Sadly, 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. A slight bump in the wrong direction and the lower part of the case just falls 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 products ranging from outdoor gear such as backcountry snowboard equipment and rooftop tents to cutting edge devices such as Bluetooth trackers and 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 especially 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 writers, editors, and research analysts to judge how difficult it was to install each model.
We found a moderate degree of variability with the effort required to install the covers — Some snap into place with minimal force while others require some 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 in regard to ease of use became much greater. 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, were the AKIT, iLeadon, Kuzy, and MOSISO cases.
Surprisingly, 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.
The two clear models, the AKIT and the MOSISO tied for the lightest models at 215 grams with the Kuzy barely behind the front of the pack with a weight of 218 grams. Weighing just a tad more are the Case Star and the IBENZER both at 233 grams.
When it comes to added thickness, a number of models are impressively thin. We measured the Case Star and the Kuzy to both only add 3 mm to the overall vertical size of the laptop while closed. Close behind these two models during our measuring assessment were the IBENZER and iLeadon with a thickness of 3.3 mm.
Accessories and features
Some 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.
One model is a step above the rest in the accessory department — not only does the AKIT include a keyboard cover it also comes with a touchpad protector, a screen wipe, and a screen protector.
Here at GearLab, it is our goal to provide you with the most accurate information possible so that you can make the right purchase to suit your individual application. We hope that you can take our review and buy the perfect MacBook case.
— Ross Patton