Finding a case for your new pride and joy is always a frustrating task. I usually just chuck my MacBook Pro 13″ into my rucksack – but after a few years of abuse I thought I’d take a (pretty safe) gamble on the incredibly cheap Apple cases in the AmazonBasics range. I got the AmazonBasics laptop sleeve for my 13″ 2011 MacBook Pro. But they do cases in this range for everything from the iPad Air to the 15.6″ MacBook Pro.
The case feels far more premium than its £7.50 price tag would suggest! It is generously padded with a good finish and a quality top loading zip. The MacBook fits perfectly and I’ve tried it with my Mac as well as an older 2009 13″ MacBook Pro and also a 2012″ MacBook Pro too. All these Macs have the DVD drive and are slightly thicker than the Retina models that don’t have this drive. So these will be a slightly roomier fit. I’ll see if I can find one to check and post an update if I do.
The zip can’t scratch the laptop since it has padding underneath it that closes around the Mac as it’s zipped shut:
I’ve had it for month now with daily use and it shows no sign of wear.
Here’s a short video showing the fit with my Macbook – please just note that the Retina model is thinner (by a little over half a cm) so won’t be quite a snug (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing):
- Excellent fit with non-Retina Macbook Pros. Slightly roomier fit with Retina Macbook Pros (not tested yet)
- Good padding and protection
- Quality zip
- Very good value (under £8)
- Would love a small side pocket for earphones or even mouse. But would make it bulkier
- Some won’t like the AmazonBasics logo so prominently displayed
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this sleeve and will certainly be reviewing more of the AmazonBasics range very soon.
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