what do you think of speck case over alum MB?

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  1. kathieyakie

    kathieyakie Member

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    I wanted to buy a hard case for my macbook aluminum but most people said it will have scratches inside. I wanted to protect my macbook but I don't want scratches to build up.

    I'm planning to buy the speck case or the one I saw a which cost only 720 pesos on ebay.

    Should I buy or leave it bare?
    And what should I buy?


    Thanks in advance:)
     
  2. lefthandedwonder

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    i say leave it bare and just use a sleeve. i bought a speck case for my MBP before and took it off after a month coz the dust bits that lodge inside really do scratch the surface. You could clean it regularly, but frequent lodging and dislodging of the case from the unit causes "lamats" easily.

    so i was really bummed. i bought it for 2,450 pesos--what a waste
     
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    I saw the same comments at Amazon for the speck case for MacBook white.

    I was thinking of buying this to make my MacBook "MRT proof".

    Hope to hear your feedback as well. :)
     
  4. lefthandedwonder

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    hi paul_sns
    invest on a good laptop bag, just search the threads to know what our fellow philmuggers think on the current brands out on the market.
     
  5. mannyespejo

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    keep it bare.. hard shells usually keeps your mac from dissipating heat properly.. plus dont you just love the feel of aluminum on your fingers? hehe.. buy sleeves instead, better if it has memory foams to protect it from sudden bumps.. Use a high-performance cleaning cloth if your OC about scratches..
     
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    +1 on keeping it bare. It looks gorgeous without anything on it. :D Instead of getting a speck case I'd rather get a sleeve made with memory foam. It will also be good to avoid keyboard protectors as your speakers are somewhere beneath those keyboards and will decrease and somehow muffle your audio.

    Cheers.
     
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    hi, i'm a unibody macbook owner as well. pretty much always on the go so...
    i got a black speck satin case and i've been using it for 3 weeks now.

    i used to leave my macbook bare but i got fed up of seein' dents poppin' out of nowhere...
    so far i don't see any scratches made by the polycarbonate to the metal layer of the macbook.
    i guess most unsatisfied speck case users were using the old glossy macbooks but that's just my opinion. :)

    if you're careful and you don't really lug around your macbook with you when you travel i guess there's no need to...
    i know some who actually buy 2 or even 5 colors of those polycarbonate cases to mix and match! :p
     
  9. mindless

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    I don't think the plastic material of the spec case is hard enough to scratch aluminum. The old plastic macbooks maybe prone to scratching with spec cases but I doubt the alumnum macbook will be.

    That said I've owned a lot of hard shells before and ultimately decided to go bare. It's better. Just let your mac age naturally. Scratches, dents will come eventually no matter what protection you use - just get over being to OC and enjoy using it.
     
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    It's not the plastic per-se but the particulate matter that gets trapped over time (dust) that scratches the surface.
     
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    rather than spending on aesthetics, use your money to upgrade your Macs, RAM, HD capacity.. or save it for APP instead..
     
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    Go bare. Cases are tacky. Imagine putting a plastic shell on a nice car.
     
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    I don't want wasting my money on something that is not a good buy..:)
     
  14. RC

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    @kathieyakie

    If it's just scratches that you're mostly concerned about....have you considered a protective film on it? most popular ones are Invisible shield and Bodyguardz....

    You can have the place you buy them from install it for you....

    Oh there's also Gelaskins which is a design and protective film in one...

    You might also want to try and reading further the thread @kentamayo posted....

    ....but in my opinion just take care of it, scratches/dings/dents are really part of life, someday somehow it will eventually happen...
     
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    yes, have heard that it can cause scratches based from other threads..
     
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    My MB came with a speck clear case and I must admit that it did scratch the cover. I ditched it and switched to an InCase hardshell for protection of my baby. Still very happy with it!
     
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    got the spec black satin case,there are NO scratches on my macbook alum
     
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    i prefer the incase one over speck.. i like to soft touch feel of it too..
     
  19. mindless

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    I'm not sure dust can scratch something as hard as aluminum. I've only given my previous MBP nicks and scratches with my keys and jacket zippers but not dust even when it had a crystal case on. Plastic could be scratched by dust but not Aluminum
     
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    I'm not certain of the "hardness" of the aluminum alloy used by apple, but Aluminum in Al2O3 in the form of Corundum (a mineral) has a hardness of 9 in the Moh's scale of hardness. That makes it the second hardest mineral. Since it is not in a state where it has hardness of 9, because it is already an alloy, I'm pretty sure that it is possible to scratch it with very tiny particles. You can argue that dust is mostly composed of dead skin cells but very fine grained material especially carried by wind can include very tiny quartz (hardness of 7) which can scratch aluminum to a certain degree.

    Cheers.
     

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