The leather case Apple Leather Sleeve for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and, earlier, the 12-inch MacBook is a rare accessory not only in Russia, but also in the whole world.
Blindly, I decided to buy one when I got a 12-inch MacBook. I went to the nearest reseller store and saw it. Original, branded Apple envelope. Thin, leather, very light. High-quality, with perfect stitching.
Chic and dot, it’s hard not to fall in love! But then I saw a third of the price of a laptop. Thought out. As a result, he wore a “dvenashka” in a boring envelope from the office.
Three years later, I try again. Here it is, a leather envelope for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the undoubtedly best Apple laptop in five years. I have been wearing it for a month now and am ready to share my impressions.
Including the price: 20 990 rubles.
About the cover as a whole it will not work to write much, so there will be more photos and fewer words.
The quality is excellent. Made to the highest level.
The case smells like leather. Without much fanaticism, there is no strong smell – just natural, as it should be.
The 16-inch MacBook breaks in very tight even now, a month later. Do not repeat this, but if you shake the case with it, the laptop does not fall down. Perhaps in a year or two it will be completely different, after all, the skin will disperse sooner or later.
The exterior of the texture is very similar to my leather case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I would not be surprised if the production technology is exactly the same.
And if so, this is good: I am very pleased with the case, it steadily withstands temperature extremes and scratches. Either I became more accurate, or much has changed since the time of the unreliable models of the iPhone 7 Plus.
If you notice horizontal stripes in the photos, I’ll explain: they appeared because I regularly insert a laptop with a cover into the loaded shelf with gadgets. Apparently rubs there. Moving the stripes with your finger, it turns out to hide them almost completely.
Over time, the skin will necessarily become covered by signs of use, and such moments generally cease to be noticeable against the background of small scratches. This is an unavoidable result; nevertheless, we are dealing with naturally soft material.
It’s amazing how light it is at its size. And very, VERY thin. The entire envelope is literally 2 and a half millimeters. In this case, the walls are very dense.
The inside is lined with a soft microfiber lining, on which an unshakable Designed by Apple in California. Microfiber itself begins quite deeply – apparently so that dust and spots do not collect on it when you insert the laptop inside and grab the edges of the folder.
The stitching around the edges is perfectly smooth, sturdy. It does not seem that it will disperse even after a couple of years of operation. When the laptop is inserted, the “ears” do not protrude in the corners.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro cannot be called small, and in an envelope case it looks even more impressive. I think the 13-inch MacBook Air inside will not look so massive. Plus, color also plays a role.
If anything, the envelope has legs
Apple has invested to the maximum in making the Leather Sleeve as thin as possible. Not everyone knows this, but there are LEGS on the underside of the case.
Perfectly flat recesses are located strictly under the legs of your MacBook when you insert it inside. I have not seen this on any other cover-envelope. I can imagine how difficult it is to produce something similar in production so that there is no marriage left inside or outside. Apple in all its glory, not otherwise!
The presence of legs will not allow the use of a cover from a 16-inch model with a 15-inch firmware. Well, or whatever, it’s quite possible to insert a laptop, it’ll just puff at the bottom.
The usefulness of this unusual “trick” is revealed over time. Plain leather envelopes touch the table with the entire area. In Leather Sleeve, only his legs do this. There is less chance of getting the cover dirty or scratching it. So far, my legs look suspiciously new.
Why is he worth as much as asking for him?
I already wrote that the quality here is really very high, even impeccable. I can’t evaluate absolutely all such cases, but to find fault with mine is absolutely impossible. It is perfect, as if it were cut, pressed and sewed under the personal control of all the “tops” in Cupertino at once.
However, back to the price. Let’s move away from the “it’s expensive” format, “I can buy 100,500 of these on Aliexpress” and so on. We will think logically – as a person who is not sorry to give 200+ thousand rubles for a very good thing. In this case, the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
I understand perfectly why the leather case for the MacBook Pro is relatively expensive. The same is true for Hermes belts or a block bracelet for Apple Watch. Because pricing in these cases is still a fashion issue. And fashion issues are subject to completely different laws than the world of gadgets.
The key word here is not “expensive,” but “regarding“. If you compare it with some nameless envelope from the first store you get, then it will certainly be more profitable, cheaper.
I’ll say more, you can find completely leather cases that will be half cheaper and not much worse in quality. So you can generally order manual sewing, customize everything to the last thread.
But if you look at what the MacBook offers in the world of luxury brands, then Apple’s option is very profitable. I would even say unique.
The fact is that fashion houses have a catastrophically small amount of covers, bags and envelopes for laptops. They can actually be counted on the fingers of one hand. Almost no one is developing this area, and it’s very vain. You wanted a case from Louis Vuiton, Valentino, well, I don’t know, Kenzo. And they simply do not exist in nature.
For iPhones, you can find hundreds of cases from any more or less respected brand. And for the iPad, some have something to offer. But for a MacBook? Well, if you find five …
So Apple perfectly understands the position of this accessory in the market. It occupies a niche in which otherwise it will be gapingly empty. I somehow don’t see the point of complaining about the price after that. Who wants and can, he will buy.
Fact: this is not the case with which you need to dig potatoes
Despite the tight corners below and the stiff, stitching stitching, I do not recommend taking an Apple leather case if you need something sturdy and indestructible to work in the fields.
The skin will not tolerate much excess moisture. Wiping dirt will not be easy. And the material collects scratches very easily. They look normal, adding charm to the cover, but the completely torn stripes are no longer very good.
The thickness of the wall cover of one millimeter does not imply serious protection against shock. If it lands exactly at an angle where the stitch is thicker than all, then okay.
As a result, this is an envelope in which you will carry a laptop to the car and back to the office, to meetings or to a cafe. It is normal to take it on trips and flights if the suitcase is of high quality and sturdy. And it’s also suitable for hand luggage, because the laptop practically doesn’t comfort the laptop.
Well, as a basic scratch protection – also great.
What leather cases for the MacBook do exist
Apple began producing Leather Sleeve cases for the MacBook in 2015, along with the then-release 12-inch Mac. Soon, the envelope for the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inches was replenished, with the model 13 inches later suitable for the fresh MacBook Air (from 2018 and newer).
Finally, the reviewed case was launched along with the sales of the 16-inch firmware. Prices for January 30, 2020:
▹ 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air: 15 990 rub. (dark blue, golden brown)
▹ 15-inch MacBook Pro: 10 990 rub. (dark blue, golden brown)
▹ 12-inch MacBook: 7990 rub. (dark blue, golden brown)
▸ 16-inch MacBook Pro: 19 290 rub. (dark blue, golden brown)
In my opinion, that dark blue, that golden-brown envelopes look a little more advantageous than just black. So I advise you to watch them. If you are not sure whether such a cover is suitable, go to the official reseller and ask him to show.
This case is worth a look if you are looking for a stylish, leather, decent case for your MacBook. It’s time to stop wearing a laptop in nameless envelopes, especially when it is 16-inch and costs like a third of a car.
If you don’t care what and how you wear your MacBook, or if you need something with enhanced protection against moisture, damage or falls, this is definitely not your option. Which is already clear, without any reviews.
But the cover absolutely suits me. Is that dark blue would have looked, not black. Anyway.