Best MacBook Pro Cases iMore 2020
The MacBook Pro is a heck of a machine, with slick internals and frequent updates (a new one every year since 2016). If you've just picked up a new laptop, then you'll want to protect it or maybe even just dress it up a bit. Some even come with extras such as a screen protector and a keyboard cover, like the Mosiso plastic hard case. Here are the best cases for your MacBook Pro.
- Best Overall: Mosiso plastic hard case
- Best Value: TopCase 2-in-1 ultra slim hard cover
- Best Heavy-Duty Case: UAG Plasma Series MacBook Pro
- Most Modern: KECC hard shell cover
- Most Luxurious: Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case
- Most Reliable: Speck SmartShell
- Most Colors and Patterns: ProCase hard shell cover
- Best Faux Leather: TYTX MacBook Pro Leather Case
- Best Bargain: GMYLE Macbook Pro Case
Note: Always remember to select the right size and model before you check out. Also, remember that any case for the 2019 MacBook Pro will also fit into 2016-2018 versions, but the 2020 models are slightly thicker and probably won't. Check each listing carefully before purchase.
Best Overall: Mosiso plastic hard case
Mosiso's plastic hard case even comes with a screen protector and a keyboard cover so that your MacBook Pro is covered through and through. It matches whichever exterior color you choose, and just like most MacBook cases, these are made from hard plastic and feature an anti-slip rubberized coating. Mosiso's cases fit the 2016 to 2019 models, but not the 2020 models.
- Great value
- Great color selection
- Keyboard case included
- Screen protector included
- Not for the 2020 MacBook Pro
Three in one
Choose from more than two dozen colors, and get a screen protector and matching keyboard cover included as well.
Best Value: TopCase 2-in-1 ultra slim hard cover
This is the perfect basic case for your 2016 to 2019 MacBook Pro, and it comes in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch versions. It's made from hard plastic but features a softer rubberized coating, which provides excellent grip, especially when it's sitting on your lap.
- Colorful options
- Keyboard cover included
- Not compatible with the 2020 models
Two for one
This great basic case includes a keyboard cover as well to keep dust and grime from gumming up your keys.
Best Heavy-Duty Case: UAG Plasma Series MacBook Pro
If you're looking for some rugged protection, then Urban Armor Gear's heavy-duty armor shell is the way to go. The tactile non-slip grip helps deter drops, while the impact-resistant bumpers around the edges protect your MacBook Pro just in case. The bottom of the case is vented for airflow.
- Rugged protection armor shell
- Impact-resistant bumpers
- Tactile non-slip grip
- Bottom vents for airflow
- Bulkier than some
Best Heavy-Duty Case
If your MacBook Pro is subjected to more than the average bumps, you might consider a heavy-duty case like this one.
Most Modern: KECC hard shell cover
If you're looking something with a nice design but aren't partial to cats with glasses or mandalas, then check out KECC's "out of this world" cases. They feature space scenes, as well as abstract, wavy paint designs. If you're a stargazer or just like a celestial scene, then these are the cases for you. The 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch are available in this listing, from older models up through the 2020 versions.
- Cool, modern designs
- Available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch models
- 2020 models available
- Not everyone likes the logo cutout
Take your MacBook Pro's looks out of this world when you protect it with this beautiful cover.
Most Luxurious: Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case
These cases are super thin and feature a wrapped spine, which buckles at a corner to allow your MacBook Pro to open fully. The cover is made from soft linen, and your MacBook sturdily stays put thanks to 3M "secure locking adhesive," which leaves no residue on your laptop. It's available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch sizes up to and including the 2020 models.
- Archival quality linen cover
- Stunning looks
- All MacBook Pro sizes available
- 2020 models available
When you need to make an elegant impression, look no further than Pad & Quill.
Most Reliable: Speck SmartShell
The SmartShell is a two-piece case with rubber feet on the bottom to stop your laptop sliding about. It's somewhat similar to other cases on this list, but it's a bit thicker, helping it stand up to bumps and travel a little bit better. There are plenty of color options to choose from, and it's available for the 2016-2019 MacBook Pro models.
- Quality case
- Thicker than some
- Not for 2020 MacBook Pro models
Speck is a popular and trusted brand among the iMore staff.
Most Colors and Patterns: ProCase hard shell cover
This case is a lot like others on this list, with a matte-finished, hard plastic top and bottom. It comes in many colors, and each case comes with a black keyboard cover. The bottom is vented, so your MacBook Pro doesn't overheat, and the covers snap on and off if you ever want to just admire your laptop on its own. There are multiple size options, but the 2020 models are not included.
- Two dozen colors and patterns
- Keyboard cover included
- Included keyboard cover doesn't match case
- No 2020 MacBook Pro models covered.
Most Colors and Patterns
Great color and pattern choices here, but note that the included keyboard cover will be either black or clear.
Best Faux Leather: TYTX MacBook Pro Leather Case
If you can have a leather case for your iPhone, then why not for your 13-inch MacBook Pro? This synthetic PU leather case boasts the elegant and sophisticated look and feel of leather, but with an easy-to-swallow price tag. The interior is lined with microfiber, which helps ventilate and protect against scratches and bumps. Since it's not form-fitted, any year's model from 2016-2020 will fit.
- Unusual look and feel
- Outer pocket for papers
- Fits 2016-2020 models
- Pleather isn't for everyone
Best Faux Leather
This fun faux-leather case certainly stands out from the plastic crowd.
Best Bargain: GMYLE Macbook Pro Case
This case has been protecting Karen's MacBook Pro for about a year now, and both the laptop and the case are still in perfect condition. It comes tons of pretty floral patterns, as well as other fun patterns and solids. The bottom is vented to prevent overheating. Choose from either the 13-inch or 15-inch size in this listing, but not the 16-inch.
- Great selection of gorgeous patterns
- High-quality for the price
- No 16-inch model
Karen loves her pretty floral GMYLE case; it's protected her MacBook Pro on her travels over the past year.
Yeah, the MacBook Pro is a nice-looking machine, but if you want to keep it looking gorgeous, then you'll want a quality case for it. For just about anyone, the Mosiso Plastic Hard case is a great pick. It's sturdy and well-fit. The bottom piece is ventilated so your MacBook Pro won't overheat. Rubber "feet" ensure your laptop won't slip around on your desk. You can choose from 25 beautiful colors. If you can't pick just one, well, the price is so reasonable that you can pick up a couple of different colors to suit your mood or the season. Note that some colors are more translucent than others; this is important if you want your Apple logo to show through. There is no cutout for the logo.
Each Mosiso Plastic Hard case comes with a keyboard cover that matches the case. Give your MacBook screen a little extra protection with the included screen protector. Mosiso offers a one-year warranty on the case and the keyboard cover. This is a precision-fit case, so be sure to check the model number of your MacBook Pro before you purchase the case so it will fit.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.
Cella Lao Rousseau is a writer, true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, Sicilian, gamer.
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