2017 MacBook ProSource: Rene Ritchie / iMore

Best MacBook Pro Cases iMore 2021

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, whether it has the Intel chip or the new M1 chip, then you'll want to protect it or maybe even just dress it up a bit with one of the best MacBook Pro cases. Some even come with extras such as a screen protector and a keyboard cover, like the Mosiso plastic hard case. If you need a MacBook Pro stand or docking station, we've got you covered.

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 for MacBook Pro

Mosiso MacBook Pro coverSource: Amazon

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 making it one of the best MacBook Pro cases for just about anyone.

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Great color selection
  • Keyboard case included
  • Screen protector included

Cons:

  • Not everyone likes plastic

Best Overall

Mosiso hard shell MacBook case

Mosiso Plastic Hard Case for 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 for MacBook Pro

TopCase MacBook Pro caseSource: TopCase

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.

Pros:

  • Colorful options
  • Keyboard cover included

Cons:

  • Not compatible with the 2020 models

Best Value

TopCase MacBook cover

TopCase 2-in-1 Ultra Slim Hard Cover for MacBook Pro

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

Urban Armor Gear Uag Macbook Pro 13 Inch Case LifestyleSource: UAG

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.

Pros:

  • Rugged protection armor shell
  • Impact-resistant bumpers
  • Tactile non-slip grip
  • Bottom vents for airflow

Cons:

  • Bulkier than some
  • Not for 2020 MacBook Pro

Best Heavy-Duty Case

Urban Armor Gear Uag Macbook Pro 13 Inch Case

UAG Plasma Series MacBook Pro

Tough

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 for MacBook Pro

KECC MacBook caseSource: KECC

If you're looking for something with a nice and appealing design, 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 version.

Pros:

  • Cool, modern designs
  • Available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch models
  • 2020 models available

Cons:

  • Not everyone likes the logo cutout

Most Modern

KECC MacBook cover

KECC Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro

Stunning designs

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

Pad & Quill MacBook caseSource: Pad & Quill

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.

Pros:

  • Handmade
  • Archival quality linen cover
  • Stunning looks
  • All MacBook Pro sizes available

Cons:

  • Expensive

Most Luxurious

Pad & Quill MacBook case

Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case

Upscale

When you need to make an elegant impression—look no further than Pad & Quill.

Most Reliable: Speck SmartShell for MacBook Pro

Speck smartshell Macbook Pro coversmartshell Macbook Pro coverSource: Speck

The SmartShell is a two-piece case with rubber feet on the bottom to stop your laptop from 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 slightly better. There are plenty of color options to choose from — and it's available for the 2016-2019 MacBook Pro models.

Pros:

  • Quality case
  • Thicker than some
  • Time-tested

Cons:

  • Not for 2020 MacBook Pro model

Most Reliable

Speck MacBook case

Speck SmartShell for MacBook Pro

iMore fave

Speck is a popular and trusted brand among the iMore staff.

Most Colors and Patterns: ProCase Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro

ProCase MacBook Pro caseSource: Amazon

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 when you want to admire your laptop on its own. There are multiple size options, but the 2020 models are not included.

Pros:

  • Two dozen colors and patterns
  • Keyboard cover included

Cons:

  • Included keyboard cover doesn't match case
  • Not for 2020 MacBook Pro model

Most Colors and Patterns

ProCase MacBook Pro cover

ProCase Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro

Super selection

Great color and pattern choices here, but note that the included keyboard cover will be either black or clear.

Best Sleeve: Apple Leather Sleeve for MacBook Pro

Apple Leather SleeveSource: Apple

For the Apple purist, nothing but Apple's own design will please. This premium European leather is crafted to suit your MacBook Pro perfectly. The soft microfiber lining ensures your MacBook Pro won't pick up scratches when you're on the move. Available in several neutral colors, it will develop a rich patina over time. The sleeve is compatible with all of the latest models—just choose your size.

Pros:

  • Crafted from premium European leather
  • Soft microfiber lining
  • Available for all models

Cons:

  • It's a sleeve, so no protection while using your MacBook Pro
  • Pricey

Best Sleeve

Apple Leather Sleeve

Apple Leather Sleeve for MacBook Pro

Apple charm

Slide your MacBook pro into this microfiber-lined premium leather sleeve for on-the-go protection.

Best Textured Case: Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro

Incase Textured Hardshell In Woolenex For 13 Inch Macbook Pro LifestyleSource: Incase

This lightweight, form-fitting, durable MacBook Pro cover has a unique texture. The case's exterior features a Woolen Polyester material, which feels like a cotton blend. It resists moisture and mildew while protecting your MacBook Pro. The case fits your MacBook Pro like a dream and is ventilated for heat release. Choose from two colors and either the 13-inch or 16-inch size.

Pros:

  • Durable and protective
  • Unique Woolen Polyester material feels like a cotton blend
  • Form-fitting
  • Heat ventilation

Cons:

  • Pricey

Best Textured Case

Incase Textured Hardshell In Woolenex For 13 Inch Macbook Pro Render Cropped

Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro

Unique

Dress up and protect your MacBook Pro in this unique form-fitting, moisture-resistant, and durable Woolen Polyester fabric case.

The best MacBook Pro cases for you

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, whether it has the Intel chip or the newer M1 chip. For just about anyone, the Mosiso Plastic Hard case is going to be one of the best MacBook Pro cases. 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.

If you want more specific types of cases, check out our guides for the best hardshell cases for MacBook Pro, best sleeves for MacBook Pro, and best rugged cases for MacBook Pro as well. Here are some of the best MacBook Pro cases overall.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author: Karen Freeman

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.

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Cella Lao Rousseau is a writer, true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, Sicilian, gamer.

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