ARTICLE: The quest for a retina Macbook Pro case

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Shortly I’ll be moving from a 15” Macbook Prop (MBP) to the new retina Macbook Pro (rMPB). Generally my laptop is only used at home, but on occasion I need to take it on short trips in the car. I like to use a fairly slim case with the option of a bit of extra storage for adapters or if possible the power brick.
Below are a list of all of the retina specific cases I could find. Let me know if you find any more or have experience with any of the cases.

Currently using
At the moment I am currently using an Incase Protective Sleeve Deluxe. It fits all my needs, its slim, allows extra storage when I need it and as a bonus has a small zip to expose the Magsafe slot to charge while it is in the case.

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This case may still be okay, once the retina Macbook Pro arrives, however is likely to be loose. What is currently available specifically for the retina Macbook Pro?

Whats out there?
The following is a list of cases I could find specifically designed for the retina Macbook Pro. Keep in mind some of the other cases for the existing Macbook Pro may still be suitable.

Waterfield Macbook Travel Express

The travel express is one of the leading contenders for me at the moment. It looks fairly slim and has some extra storage. I am not sold on the colours, but they are reasonable.

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Joli Originals Sleeve
A basic sleeve that looks extremely professional. It does have an open end which might be a bit dangerous, and has not extra storage. This may do the job for small tips.

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Incipio Macbook Pro Sea

This is another great looking case. Its unclear whether this is specifically for the retina Macbook Pro, but could be worth a try for me.

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There are also some other cases by Incipio listed
here.

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Waterfield SleeveCase

Another case, similar to the Travel Case but a little more professional looking.

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Check out the website for some other retina Macbook Pro cases or the press release
here.

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ColcaSac

The ColcaSac has a very distinctive style and would fit my needs. Unfortunately the style isn’t for me.

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Pack & Smooch Laptop Sleeve Hampshire

A natural and premium looking sleeve with some extra storage.


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Hardgraft X Pocket Macbook Sleeve

A unique sleeve design using 100% wool. Has a simple and premium look that would appeal to many.
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Monogram

An elegant and simple leather pouch for the retina Macbook Pro.

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Xgear EXOSkin Pro Retina

This is a shell type design. It definitely changes the way the laptop looks (no good for me) and has no extra storage.

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Kuzy

Rubberised case. I usually find these cheap looking, but many seem to like them.

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