Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro sleeves: Keep safe and stylish with our top picks

Nobody wants the beautiful aluminum body of their MacBook
scuffed or scratched. Fortunately, MacBook sleeves are to the
rescue.

Sleeves are a great way to keep your MacBook protected, store
it for traveling, or just look classy when you’re carrying your
computer around the office.

But there are an overwhelming number of sleeves online for the
MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. It can be hard to tell
which are good quality and worth the money. 

So Macworld is getting hands-on with some of the best-known
brands as well as more eclectic designers to pick out the best
sleeves for Apple’s line of MacBooks, both new and old models.
Watch this space as we’ll be keeping it updated with our
favorites.

WaterField Maxwell Sleeve

waterfield maxwell

Price: $119 

Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook
Pro Touchbar 13-inch, MacBook
Pro Touchbar 15-inch 

Colors: Black, blue, dark gray,
green, red, waxed canvas 

Highlights: WaterField is a San
Francisco-based tech accessories and bag maker that
actually makes its products in the city. The Maxwell
is our favorite WaterField sleeve because of its
thickness, ergonomic design, and magnetic sealing. The
cross-stitch material the sleeve is made from feels
durable, protective, and is also water-repellant. The
leather patch that wraps around the bottom provides a
nice gripping surface for carrying. And our favorite part
is how after you slip your MacBook inside, the top of the
case magnetically seals shut. 

For an additional fee, you can also add in d-rings ($5)
and a strap ($22) so you can sling the case around on
your shoulders. WaterField charges $2 for first-class
shipping in the U.S.

Tomtoc Ultra Slim Envelope Sleeve

tomtoc ultra slim laptop envelope sleeve

Price: $14.99 – $17.99
 

Sizes: 11/12-inch, 12-inch,
13-inch, 13.3-inch, 15-inch,
15.4-inch 

Colors: Grey felt and brown
leather 

Highlights: If you want style on a
budget, this sleeve is for you. Tomtoc’s Ultra Slim
Envelop Sleeve is surprisingly well made for being less
than $20, boasting a faux suede lining and “leather” made
from polyurethane. The sleeve closes via four magnetic
ringlets, which fasten tightly and won’t leave you
worrying about your MacBook falling out. It even has
a side folder for stashing your smartphone, papers,
cords, or other small accessories.

Tomtoc’s Ultra Slim Envelope Sleeve comes with a
1-year warranty
 covering defects. You can order
the case via Amazon or
Tomtoc’s
website
for the same price.

Woolnut Sleeve

woolnut macbook pro cognac case

Price: $89 

Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Air
13-inch (2018), MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, MacBook Pro
Retina 15-inch, MacBook Air 13-inch (2015), MacBook
Pro Touchbar 13-inch, MacBook
Pro Touchbar 15-inch 

Colors: Cognac,
black 

Highlights: Woolnut’s MacBook
sleeve both looks and feels like pure class. The
Stockholm-based company’s full-grain vegetable tanned
leather is top grade, and the sleeve’s interior is lined
with 100 percent natural soft grey wool felt to give your
MacBook the luxury treatment. Anybody who loves leather
and wool will be in hog heaven. 

The sleeve is available from Amazon for $89 with free
shipping, which is a better deal than buying the case
directly from Woolnut’s
website
 after you factor in shipping.

Moshi Pluma Sleeve

moshi pluma macbook sleeve

Price: $54.95

Sizes: MacBook Pro 13-inch

Colors: Grey, pink

Highlights: Moshi’s Pluma sleeve may
look simple and unassuming, but it’s packed with all the
essentials you need in a MacBook sleeve. The sleeve is
specially designed for the MacBook’s form, which is
obvious when it zips up snugly. The case is made from
three core materials: water-resistant polyester,
neoprene, and spandex. The spandex and neoprene mix is
slightly stretchy, offering shock absorption and some
added durability. (It also just feels nice.) And we
absolutely love how the zipper puller can be locked into
place to prevent it from dangling. Sadly, this case is
only available for the MacBook Pro 13-inch and other
generic 13-inch laptops.

Moshi offers a 1-year limited warranty and includes 5 to
7 day shipping in the U.S. The case also comes in a
slightly roomier generic version for any 13-inch laptop.

Mujjo Leather Sleeve

mujjo leather sleeve tan

Price: $69.95 – $74.95

Sizes: MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Pro
15-inch

Colors: Black, tan

Highlights: This leather and felt case
from Mujjo oozes modern executive realness. The felt
provides a textured grip when in hand, or you can hold it
by the leather flap at the top. It’s roomy, too. The
sleeve has two compartments: One for the MacBook and
another capable of holding an iPad at the same time.
Our only complaint is that the case could benefit
from a magnetic clasp instead of its ringlet button.

The case is available from Amazon in both a 13-inch and 15-inch version, with shipping
included in the United States.

Casetify Tech Clutch (Large)

casetify tech clutch

Price: $80

Sizes: MacBook 12-inch, MacBook Air
13-inch, MacBook Pro 13-inch

Colors: Myriad of styles

Highlights: This sleek saffiano leather
Tech Clutch from Casetify comes in a seemingly countless
number of graphic prints. There are three different sizes
to choose from: small, medium, and large, the latter of
which is 13.98-inches wide and nicely holds either a
12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
It’s simple but elegant, and the colors pop beautifully
from the leather. Speaking of leather, it’s thick enough
to protect a laptop from scratches, light drops, and
splashes. And its interior sports a cardholder and is
lined with lux suede. It might not be the most protective
or high-tech MacBook sleeve available, but the cool
prints make these clutches excel in the design
department.

Casetify only provides a 6-month warranty; shipping is
included on orders more than $35.

Herschel Supply Co. Spokane Sleeve

herschel spokane sleeve

Price: $39.99 – $49.99

Sizes: 11/12-inch, 12-inch, 13-inch,
15-inch

Colors: 13 different colors and prints

Highlights: You’ve probably walked by
someone wearing one of Herschel’s trendy backpacks. The
company has plenty of other well-designed gear, too,
including its Spokane Sleeve which nicely fits around a
MacBook. Its design may be very simple, but you can liven
it up by choosing from 11 different colors or even a camo
or palm print. It doesn’t zip, but its flap shuts
magnetically to hold the MacBook in tightly enough. The
best part is how a sealskin-like fleece lines the
interior of the case, dying to be stroked.

The Spokane Sleeve comes with a limited lifetime warranty and the price
includes economy shipping.

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