Speck Products Hard Shell Soft Touch See-Thru Satin Case for 13-Inch MacBook Pro (with Retina Display)(SPK-A1890)
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- Fits all Macbook Pro 13 Inch with Retina Display models
- Dress your MacBook Pro in vibrant color with a velvety finish.
- Form-fitting, softtouched hard shell keeps scuffs and scratches at bay.
- Rubberized feet and vent slots keep your MacBook from overheating.
- Lightweight two-piece design is easy to snap on and off.
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Keep your computer safe with this Speck MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13 "Seethru Case. It features a minimalist design for a streamlined appearance. The translucent case gently protects the MacBook Pro against scruffs and scratches. It has a form-fitting snap and slide design for a secure attachment. This Apple Macbook Pro case comes in satin black. It also has rubberized anti-tilt feet to keep the laptop securely in place. This 13 "MacBook Pro case has a hard shell to protect your laptop from damage. This ultra-thin and lightweight design won't add any significant bulk to the laptop. With this Speck MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13 "Seethru Case you can keep your computer protected in style.
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At first, the thought of covering up the rMBP's beautiful aluminum finish did not seem appealing to me. Then, my OCD got the best of me, and I started noticing tiny scuffs on the aluminum, and I thought it was time to buy a case. As opposed to buying a sleeve which only protected the laptop while in transit, I opted for the Speck, which provided full time protection.
The case comes in two parts. The larger of the two snaps on to the bottom of the laptop, and has four soft rubber feet. The second and much thinner part snaps on to the lid. Both of these have a soft satiny feel, which is actually quite pleasant to the touch. It is translucent, which is also a nice touch, as the Apple logo on the back lid produces a nice glow through the case. On the inner surface of each portion of the case are tiny rubber spacers, which keep the inner surface of the case from making contact with the aluminum. This is a thoughtful feature, as one of my main concerns with this case was particles becoming entrapped between the case and the laptop, scratching the soft aluminum. The cutouts are as expected: starting with the front, there's a nice cutout for the lid opening; on the left side, a nice roomy cutout for the I/O ports and MagSafe 2 connector (won't get in the way of even larger cables, accessories, etc); along the back edge is a nice cutout for the vents; finally, on the right, another roomy cutout for the remaining I/O ports and the SD slot.
Installation was a "snap" (pun intended). There are several tiny tabs along the edges which hold the case in place. It's a very precise fit. I have noticed that there is a little bit of give on the lower half of the case, owing to the rubber feet, but it's not at all annoying.
When it's all put together, it certainly does add a little bit of thickness and a tiny amount of weight to the rMBP, but it's not outrageous. Aesthetically, it looks and feels great. Functionally, I no longer have to worry about scratching up my laptop as I take it in and out of my bag, which is nice.
My main concerns:
1. Heat. I have noticed since installing it that the fans come on more frequently, and the laptop is certainly a little warmer to the touch. Just a guess here, but it seems that the pocket of dead space between the computer and the case is trapping air. Hot air. Very hot air. Despite there being cut-outs for the vents/fans, I think this design element is trapping heat.
2. Dust scratching the aluminum. Since the case has only been on for 1 week, I haven't felt it necessary to remove it and clean the inside of the case/reinspect the laptop. I'll probably check in a week or so and see how it looks. Hoping for the best. I'll update this review after I spend some more time with the case. (See below).
Great case. Hopefully will keep the aluminum looking like new, and look pretty stylish at the same time. My main concerns are above. Those, and the fact that I think $50 is a bit on the pricey side, are enough for me to knock one star off. Still, highly recommended.
As promised, I am updating this review now that the case has been on for some time. I removed the case to look for damage to the laptop, and there is none. Also, there was only a very small amount of trapped dirt between the case and the laptop. There was no damage to the laptop from the retention tabs on the case.
Overall, my opinion of this case has not changed: very good case with one star marked off because of increased heat with case on, and $50 being a bit on the pricey side.
Here's my story:
First off, I had done a lot of research before I finally decided on purchasing this case. I believe the main thing that swayed me to Speck was their beautiful Malachite Green color and this case's ability to protect the corners of my macbook pro retina. If you look carefully at a lot of the cheaper cases, they do not provide protection to the back corners.
Second, although this case may have a 3.9 rating (as of 12/27/14) on Amazon, if you check sites such as Apple or Speck themselves, consumers give this case an average rating of 1.5 and ~2.0, respectively. Check it out yourself if you don't believe me. I chose to trust Amazon and man was I wrong.
Finally, how does all this come together? Well, after receiving my terribly disappointing case, I was completely outraged, how could Amazon send me something that was clearly used and possibly returned by someone before me? I order from Amazon all the time, now I'm just wondering how often does this happen? So I have taken all of this and concluded that I should've trusted the terrible reviews on the other sites instead of the decent reviews on Amazon. If this was returned, clearly the previous owner was able to inflict visible wear and tear over a very short period of time which further shows that this case is NOT A DURABLE case, these various scratches and cracks are proof.
Even though the color is beautiful, and the case appeared to have the protection I want, this case and I just weren't meant to be. I am certainly more than displeased that Amazon sent me an obviously used product (which, because of Amazon's error, I will have to take time out of my day to pack and reship this back) but it also showed me that this case would not have lasted in the long run. So if you want to take your chances with this case, BUYER BEWARE.