Best Hardshell Cases for MacBook Pro iMore 2021

One of the best ways to protect your MacBook Pro, including the latest MacBook Pro with M1 chip, is with a hardshell case. These cases offer scratch and drop protection, and they can often lend a touch of your style to your laptop. These are your best options to both protect and beautify the MacBook Pro, one of the best MacBooks you can buy.

Make sure you choose the correct size and model of your MacBook Pro (13 inches, 15 inches, or 16 inches) before checking out. The late 2020 M1 13-inch MacBook Pro is the same size as the one released earlier in 2020, so the cases are interchangeable.

IBENZER MacBook Pro 13 Inch Case

Top pick: IBENZER MacBook Pro 13 Inch Hard Plastic Case

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If you're looking for a simple, clear, basic snap-on case for your 2016-2020 MacBook Pro, this is the one. The hard plastic case protects from scratches and bumps, but you can still see the Apple logo through the case. The keyboard cover is included. In addition, to be clear, there are lots of other colorful options.

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Heavy duty: MOSISO MacBook Pro Heavy Duty Plastic Hard Shell Case

If you need your MacBook Pro to survive a bit more of the rough-and-tumble, then you'll want a rugged case like this one. The hard case with a TPU bumper features a shock-absorbing beveled ridges design. It comes in two colors. Choose either the 13-inch or 16-inch model up to the 2020 versions.

ueswill MacBook Pro case

Fun designs: Ueswill Matte Hard Case

Ueswill offers solid colors plus a bunch of fun designs, including floral and marble patterns, as well as various graphics of space, nature, and more. You'll love the smooth, soft-touch finish. This case comes in three sizes: the 2016-2019 13-inch model, the 2016-2019 15-inch model, and the 2019 16-inch model.

So. Many. Designs.: KECC Laptop Case

Let your personality shine through with KECC's hardshell MacBook Pro cases, which feature beautiful, bright, and colorful designs and patterns. Each has rubberized feet to hold your laptop in place while you type, and the bottom shell is vented so that it doesn't overheat. Choose from either the 13-inch, 15-inch, or 16-inch model, 2016-2020 models.

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Luxurious option: Andar - The Helm

If you have little interest in covering your MacBook Pro with plastic, consider this high-end option. The Helm is smooth oil-waxed full-grain leather and lined with microfiber on the inside for inner protection. This snap-on case will elevate the look and feel of your laptop. It comes in four colors, and all MacBook Pro sizes from 2016-2020.

From $120 at Andar
MOSISO Macbook Pro Cover

Even more colors: MOSISO Case

This ultra-slim lightweight hard case adds minimal weight to your MacBook Pro. It's available in an assortment of colors and all three MacBook Pro sizes, 2016-2020. A matching keyboard cover is included.

So many choices

These are the best hardshell cases we've found for the MacBook Pro. Each is available in multiple styles -- some traditional, others a little bit more creative or unique. Regardless, each of these cases is tough and will protect your investment against bumps and scratches. Many come with extra goodies such as keyboard covers to provide even more protection. Another nice thing about using a hardshell case is that you can go ahead and put all of your fun stickers and decals on it, no need to worry about damaging your computer. If you tire of the decals, you can just get a new case.

A hardshell case is the best and perhaps the simplest way to make sure your MacBook Pro makes it through the day in one piece. For the pragmatic folks, it doesn't get better than IBENZER MacBook Pro 13 Inch Hard Plastic Case's myriad options.

If you're looking for more rugged protection, go with the MOSISO MacBook Pro Heavy Duty Plastic Hard Shell Case. This kind of case is a must if you take your laptop outside of an office environment.

Be sure to double-check your MacBook Pro's model number before you purchase a case. Most listings will let you know the exact model that the case will fit. Check twice, order once! Do you prefer a sleeve rather than a snap-on cover? Check out our guide to the best MacBook sleeves. You can also find more options in our roundup of the best MacBook Pro cases.

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