A few weeks ago, I received my brand new 17″ MacBook Pro, a computer that has brought me nothing but a great experience, and now I attempt to return the favor. When you have a MacBook, you are faced with a difficult decision: to use the computer without a case to retain the machine’s beauty, but be vulnerable to damage, or get a hardshell case, protect the machine, but loose quite a bit in the aesthetics department. For the time being, I chose the latter with the Incase Hardshell.
The Incase Hardshell offers a very tight fit which requires a potentially not-so-easy installation. If you clip something incorrectly or snap a part in the wrong order, there is the possibility of having to redo it. Nevertheless, this chance is true with many other products, not just Incase’s Hardshell.
When it comes to protection, there are many options. You can go with a skin such as a GelaSkin or an InvisibleShield, a sleeve like that of ColcaSac’s, or you can go with a hardshell, all of which have their own pros and cons. Hardshells are at the top of the totem pole when it comes to protection and Incase’s hardshell will, without a doubt, protect the MacBook from scratches and bruises. It will not, however, protect the computer in any way if it were to be dropped.
When it comes to protective shells, the fit is important and thankfully Incase’s Hardshell fits nice and tight. There has been talk about how dirt can get up under the hardshell and scratch the MacBook. This is possible, but as long as you occasionally remove the shell, clean it and the MacBook and then re-install it, there should be no problem.
Incase offers a variety of color options depending on your computer model. Of the three models in the MacBook line, no two hardshells are available in the same colors. The 13″ comes in magenta, green, frost, and black. The 15″ comes in magenta, turquoise, white, frost, and black. The 17″ comes in just magenta, green, and black. Apparently, they give more options based on product popularity and those of us who have the 17″ resultantly have the fewest color choices.
On the side of the MacBook there is a battery indicator which is made up of eight lights and a button. This hardshell has a button that allows this feature of the MacBook to be used, sadly the button Incase added is nearly impossible to push in and takes quite a bit of pushing to get the indicator working. Though many never use this feature, I still would have loved for it to be easier to use with this case.
The Incase Hardshell case is nearly perfect. Sure there are some imperfections, but that is true with all great products. If you are one who has chosen protection over aesthetics, this case is ideal. If you are looking to retain the MacBook’s look, a skin might be a better solution. The Incase Hardshell is available from Incase’s website for $49.95, we give it 4.5/5 stars.