We researched hundreds of models of MacBook Pro cases in order to determine which are the best. We then narrowed it down to the nine most promising ones to be purchased for a hands-on, side by side comparison. Our expert 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.We've also put together a dedicated laptop sleeve review, as well as scores of other reviews dedicated to electronics and their accessories, as well as products for your office like standing desk converters and home printers.
Our Top Picks
The KECC Leather is one of our top picks for a MacBook Pro case. It is easy to install and remove, and it stays reliably attached until you need to remove it for periodic cleaning. It is a good-looking case, with this particular KECC line sporting a top shell made of premium Italian pebbled leather, available in various shades, and an attractive Apple logo cutout. The bottom half of the case includes slotted vents for cooling and rubber feet to prevent sliding on low-friction surfaces. This case is an all-around simple, affordable, easy to use, and stylish option.
The KECC Leather has a couple of drawbacks. First, it adds 4.5 mm of thickness to your MacBook as well as 258 grams of weight, making your MacBook less slim and lightweight than its original design. Also, this case does not include any additional accessories such as a keyboard cover, screen protector, or touchpad protector.
The Urban Armor Gear offers a sturdy option for those looking for a case to protect from potential drops and impacts. This case can be dropped from a height of 4 feet onto hard surfaces without sustaining laptop damage, meeting military drop-test standards per MIL STD 810G 516.6. The case includes rubberized bumper corners that clip the case shut when the laptop is closed and a rubber, tactile grip to reduce slipperiness.
There are a few inconveniences with this model, most glaringly the massive size of the case. While the case is made from lightweight materials, the Urban Armor Gear will cause your MacBook to take up quite a bit more space. Also, the case is not as straightforward to install or remove as some other models. Finally, this case is more expensive than most of the models in our review.
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 and when it is closed. This model comes in various colors and a clear version, so you can choose one that suits your style. Our favorite part about it is the included added protective accessories — the AKIT includes a screen protector, a keyboard cover, a touchpad protector, and a screen wipe.
Although this model will protect your MacBook Pro from scratches, the case itself is constructed from a very delicate plastic that is easily scratched. The plastic is very flimsy, which doesn't instill much confidence as far as drop or impact protection goes.
If class and style are the goals, 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 office settings. Despite its thick construction, the Fintie Leather has vented slots on the lower cover plate for optimal cooling.
The Fintie does possess a few downsides along with its snazzy look. It is one of the heaviest cases in our tests — 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 thinnest and lightest that we've tested. This model offers options in dozens of different designs and patterns, 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 be popped loose with minimal force, and sometimes it falls off. We also found this product's top shell 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 Clear 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, a very similar product, comes with a screen protector, a keyboard cover, a touchpad protector, and a screen wipe for around 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 Black MacBook Pro Case is a solid choice. Not only does the Kuzy have a slim profile, but it's also very lightweight. This MacBook Pro case is a no-brainer to install and remove, and it's paper-thin.
We noticed that this model's top shell case 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 you fancy, 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 pop right 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 ten years. Ross has tested a wide range of products, from outdoor gear like backcountry snowboard equipment and rooftop tents to cutting-edge devices such as cordless electric tools, Bluetooth trackers, 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 daily. We took careful notes on how specific cases stand out for different applications, which models 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, editors, and writers to judge the level of difficultly in installing each model.
We found the amount of effort necessary to install these covers was moderately variable. Some snap into place with very 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 just a tiny bit of force, while others require a serious amount of prying and pulling to be removed. A few of the models had us concerned that we might even damage the laptop in the process of removing the case.
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 a bit more 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.
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. We 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 MOSISO and the AKIT. Slightly behind the pack was the Kuzy, weighing 218 grams. The IBENZER and the Case Star tipped the scales at just a bit more, both at 233 grams.
When it comes to added thickness, many models are impressively thin. We measured the Kuzy and the Case Star and found that both add only 3 mm to the laptop's overall vertical size while closed. Close behind these models during our measuring assessment were the iLeadon and IBENZER, 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 iLeadon, Case Star, IBENZER, 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 searching for your next MacBook Pro case will yield a lot of information. Our objective is to provide you with the most accurate information possible so 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
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