If you value your MacBook's silver, gold, or space black finish, you'll want to protect it.
On one hand, it's a shame to disguise the gorgeous lines of the new MacBook. On the other, you don't want that beautiful machine to get scratched and banged up either. If you're looking for a MacBook slip case or snap on cover, here are the best I've been able to find so far. All of these will work great with whatever bag, backpack or carrying case you opt for, or even just fine on their own.
1. The Sleeve
Pad & Quill's The Sleeve was originally designed for the 11-inch MacBook Air, but they say it also works well for the MacBook. It's full-grain leather and twill woven 24 ounce waxed canvas held together with nylon stitching and a "bookmark" closure—a leather strap. It's also the kind of hand-made craftwork that will look better as it ages and weathers.
- $69.99 - Buy now
Waterfield Designs got its start when a bike messenger got fed up with lousy messenger bags and started making them himself. Since then, the company's built out an impressive portfolio of bags, sleeves and cases. The Dash is designed especially for the new MacBook. It's woven of ballistic nylon lined with shock-resistant foam. Inside a plush liner protects the MacBook's metal case. A stretch mesh back pocket lets you slip in the power cord and other accessories. Slip it inside another bag for maximum protection.
- $59 - Buy now
Moshi's Muse sports a padded exterior with a "slipgrip" opening to keep the MacBook from falling out accidentally. The inside is lined with microfiber to keep the MacBook looking polished and pristine. An outer pocket lets you store cables and other accessories, and a flap keeps everything protected. Available in "Sahara Beige" and "Graphite Black", it looks good in both.
- $44.95 - Buy now
Another Moshi product, the iGlaze snaps on to the exterior of the MacBook to protect the aluminum from scratches, dents, and dings. Micro-clips keep the iGlaze in place and raised rubber feet give the MacBook some grip on slick surfaces. There's a vent to allow for air flow and heat dissipation. It's translucent, so the color of the MacBook comes through, and the entire thing is coated with scratch protection to keep looking slick for a long time
- $54.95 - Buy now
5. Transparent Hard Shell Case
If the iGlaze's translucent look isn't right for you, check out i-Blason Transparent Hard Shell Case. It's another snap-on case for the MacBook that has built-in air vents and leaves the USB-C port open too. It's available in clear, just like the iGlaze, but i-Blason also makes it in green, blue, gold, pink, and black if you'd like to add a splash of custom color to your MacBook.
- $19.99 - Buy now
6. Your slipcase or cover?
Have you found another slipcase or cover for your new MacBook that you like better than these options? Let me know about them in the comments.