Best Rugged Cases for MacBook Pro iMore 2020

Do you have butterfingers and get worried about dropping your expensive investment on the ground? Or perhaps you just want your MacBook Pro to have the best and toughest protection there possibly is. Alternatively, you might just want to get that rugged and durable look. Whatever the reason you're in the market for some robust protection for your precious Apple laptop, we have rounded up some great rugged cases for your MacBook Pro. Here is our selection of the best options available now.

Military grade protection: Urban Armor Gear Feather-Light Rugged Case

Staff Pick

This rugged case from Urban Armor Gear will fit your 13-inch MacBook Pro that was made between 2016 and 2019. The armor shell has impact-resistant bumpers to ensure total protection in case anything happens, and there's a tactile grip, so your computer won't slip out of your hands in wet or slippery conditions. It's military tested for the ultimate drop protection. There is also a 15-inch version available.

$60 at Amazon

Protection for older models: NexCase Heavy Duty Slim Rubberized Rugged Case

This case is made for older 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (without USB-C and no optical drive) from 2012 to 2015. The shock-absorbing ridges will make sure that no scratches or scuffs end up on your MacBook Pro if it is dropped. The case is a hardshell style that snaps together for simple installation, and it has an anti-scratch coating, as well as airflow vents.

Unique and rugged design: iBenzer Hexpact Heavy Duty Protective Case

iBenzer's Hexpact case is designed for 13-inch MacBook Pros made between 2016 and 2019. The case is dual-layered for maximum protection and shock absorption. The honeycomb design is distinctive and helps make your MacBook Pro easy to spot, especially if you go with a colored option. It gives unhindered access to all ports, and there are vents for proper airflow to prevent overheating.

Fits like a glove: Thule Gauntlet 3.0 MacBook Pro Sleeve

Want something rugged, but not attached to your computer? Then check out the Thule's Sleeve. The rigid exterior protects your MacBook Pro from all sorts of bumps and drops, and the enhanced corners mean impact absorption to keep your gear safe within the padded interior. Since it's a clamshell design, you can use your MacBook while it's still in the case, and it's protected from the elements. It comes in several colors and 13 or 15-inch sizes.

Like a gumdrop: Gumdrop Droptech Laptop Case

This case only works with the 2016 to 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro non-Touch Bar. The Droptech is made with durable thermoplastic polyurethane that has been co-molded with polycarbonate, so it gives you unparalleled drop protection. All ports and buttons are easily accessible while the case is installed, and the laptop will fit in universal charging carts without issue. This is another simple, snap-on option. It's available in black, or white and blue.

Bumpity bump!: Thule Vectors Bumper

Thule also has its own bumper case. The engineered, shock-absorbing ridges mean the ultimate protection for your MacBook Pro, should you ever drop it. The beveled edges also mean a tight and secure fit. The case snaps on easily, and there is also a secure closure that keeps the device fastened shut in case of bumps or drops. Thule's Vector only works the older 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros made from 2012 to 2015 with Retina Display (non USB-C).

When you're always on: UZBL EVA Always On Work-In Protective Laptop Sleeve Case

Prefer an all-in-one solution to protecting and transporting your 13-inch MacBook Pro around? The UZBL EVA is a combination of a sleeve and protective case. Your laptop snaps into the grips, so it's always locked in, and when it's not being used, just close it up and carry it with the rubberized handles. The exterior is rigid and tough, while the inside is safe and secure. It's a great multi-solution case, but be warned—there may not be enough space for all accessories, like the charging brick.

$43 at Amazon

Simple but rugged: STM Dux Rugged Case

If you want a rugged case without the tough-guy looks, consider this. STM's rugged case is made from a protective, hard shell polycarbonate and rubber material that's sure to keep your MacBook Pro safe from everyday bumps and nicks. The cover is transparent, so your computer's natural beauty shines through, but there are several different color options for the edged bumpers. It's simple to install, grants full access to all ports, and has air vents. You can choose your size and color.

$60 at Amazon

Shine like a beetle: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Bumper Cover

This tough and durable case is made for 13-inch MacBook Pros between 2016-2019 with or without the Touch Bar. It's transparent so you can see the Apple logo shine through, but the engineered, wraparound rubber bumpers give superb protection during drops and falls, should that ever happen. You get full access to ports and buttons, a fully vented base with rubber feet to prevent slippage, and a unique design.

Here are some suggestions

Any of these cases will give your precious MacBook Pro some additional protection from whatever life throws at it. You do need to consider what level of security you're looking for, though. Some of these options just add an extra layer of everyday durability to your laptop, while others give you military-grade protection.

We like the Urban Armor Gear UAG Feather-Light Rugged Case because it offers amazing protection while also being fairly slim and lightweight for what it is. Plus, the design is cool.

If minimal rugged protection is your game, then the STM Dux Rugged Case is a good option. We like the simple aesthetic of it, but it is still tough and durable enough to keep your computer safe. We also like the UZBL EVA Always On Work-In Protective Laptop Sleeve Case because it doubles as a case and sleeve that's easy to carry. If you often take your laptop around with you during school or work, then this case gets the job done, and it's very affordable.

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