Speck 13" SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
Get great hard case protection, a splash of colour, and a massive dose of shine with the Speck SeeThru case. This road-tested, lightweight case safegu...
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Review of "Speck 13" SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro"
* Same name over on Dooyoo
I had accidentally dented my unibody Macbook Pro TWICE, once knocked a tumbler against the side of the screen and then later had a clip board fall off a shelf onto the top of the lid. I had only had the Macbook a few weeks at the time so I thought to myself "enough was enough". I'd decided that I would try to avoid further accidental damage to my precious (and first) Apple computer by investing in a Speck clear shell.
The shell comprises of two sections. One piece to protect the underside, and the other for the top. Each piece slots in and latches on to the Macbook so it's like they become part of the Macbook. Not too difficult to remove either should you need to remove the shell if you decide not to use it or if you Macbook needs hardware upgrades, repairs, etc.
As for the protection, the Macbook is protected in most places from further dents and scratches with the exception of the inside when the lid is open, the left side where all the ports and and the right side where the optical drive slot is (obviously, covering all of them would be bad design!) Don't know how well it would do against drops but I would rather drop the Mac with the Speck shell on than without it as it's an extra layer of protection.
The shell is approximately 2mm thick so it makes the Macbook Pro seem ever so slightly bigger. It also makes it seem a bit shinier because of the acrylic material. It may actually have improved the look of the device to some but all in all, I don't think the see-through shell spoils the Aluminium Macbook's elegant look that much. I would personally prefer the aluminium minus the clear acrylic but we can't have it all. However, the shell also comes in other colours like red / purple / black and is available for other models of Macbooks (e.g. Macbook Air) for those who fancy a colour change and don't like the acrylic over silver look.
Aside from making the Macbook a few millimetres thicker is that it adds about 300g to the weight of the device. I prefer my laptops to be light so that they're easier to carry around with me, so this isn't great but it's better than getting more scratches and dents on the fairly pricey laptop.
- See-through and clear so can still see the Apple logo on top of the lid
- Easy to set
- Doesn't obstruct the ports
- Comes in different colours.
Cons- Adds 300g to the weight of the laptop
- Some people prefer the look of the Macbook Pro without cases
- Doesn't protect screen and keyboard area
VERDICTThe Macbook Pro is an expensive device but unfortunately it dents and scratches easily. The aluminium is pretty but seems to be made out of Papier-mâché! Having a slip case will protect the Macbook when it's not in use and in it's bag but when you need to use it, the Speck shell offers some extra protection against bumps and scratches.
For those whom like to keep their gadgets in immaculate condition (Keeping the device in good nick will help it retain its value for when you decide to sell it on later), I can highly recommend the Speck See-Thru Macbook Pro shell so long as you don't mind the extra weight. It's expensive at around £30 but the Macbook Pro is around £1,000 so £30 is worth the investment.
Thanks for reading
** Also submitted on Amazon and Dooyoo under Derren / Deru
Product Information : Speck 13" SeeThru Case for MacBook Pro
Manufacturer's product descriptionGet great hard case protection, a splash of colour, and a massive dose of shine with the Speck SeeThru case. This road-tested, lightweight case safeguards your aluminium 13-inch MacBook Pro from scrapes and scratches. And it offers a perfect fit, so the streamlined look remains pristine.
Miscellaneous / Product Type: Carrying case
Listed on Ciao since: 13/12/2010