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The best MacBook Pro cases: protect your Apple laptop with these quality covers

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Best MacBook Pro cases: The Moshi Muse 13-Inch 3-in-1 Slim Laptop Sleeve for MacBook Pro.
The best MacBook Pro cases money can buy. (Image credit: Moshi)

You'll be wanting one of the best MacBook Pro cases if you've got a MacBook Pro. There’s no doubting Apple’s pro laptops are as expensive as they are powerful, and that means if you do have one, you’ll want to make sure you keep it protected and in tip-top condition.

That can feel like it’s easier said than done, though. There are a lot of choices to be made – should you get a padded sleeve or a clip-on case? Do you want a clear case or something with a design on the back? What sort of price is right for your needs? And with Black Friday deals just around the corner, can you score a bargain?

But don’t worry, we’ve got the answers to all these questions and more. We've picked the very best cases from the most reliable brands for you here. And if you’re looking to get a MacBook Pro but haven’t bought one yet, you’ll want to check out our selection of the best MacBook Pro deals. Don’t forget to take a peek at our round-up of the best MacBook Air cases if you have a lightweight laptop in your life.

The best MacBook Pro cases of 2021 

The Moshi Muse 13-Inch 3-in-1 Slim Laptop Sleeve for MacBook Pro.CB

(Image credit: Moshi)

01. Moshi Muse 13-Inch 3-in-1 Slim Laptop Sleeve

The best MacBook Pro case overall.

Specifications
Material: Vegan leather, microfibre
Cast or sleeve?: Sleeve
Size options: 13-inch
Reasons to buy
+Raises MacBook to comfy level+Gorgeous looks
Reasons to avoid
-Only in 13-inch size-Not real leather

Moshi’s Muse sleeve is the perfect blend of form and function. It looks superb, with a vegan leather exterior that comes in three stylish colours. But it’s not just a pretty face – it’s also loaded with clever features that take your MacBook to the next level – literally. When unfolded, it props your MacBook up to a comfortable typing angle, saving you wrist ache. Its SlipGrip opening prevents your laptop from dropping onto the floor, while its zipless design makes scratches a thing of the past. And for £60, it’s reasonably priced for what it offers.

One of ProCase's MacBook Pro 13-inch cases.CB endorsed

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02. ProCase MacBook Pro 13 Case

The best affordable MacBook Pro case.

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Cast or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Several colour options
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks rugged protection-Keyboard cover doesn’t protect Touch Bar

Protecting your MacBook Pro need not cost the earth, as ProCase’s range of MacBook covers goes to show. Its cases are 1.2mm thick and super lightweight, making them great if you want to add a splash of colour to your laptop and protect it from scratches at the same time, without weighing it down with a heavy duty shell. The snap-on design is easy to use and comes with a smooth, rubberised finish that looks as good as it feels. There’s even an included keyboard cover to keep out dust and liquids.

The Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro.CB endorsed

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03. Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex

A great all-rounder that will turn heads.

Specifications
Material: Plastic, Woolenex
Cast or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Top-class appearance+Good protection
Reasons to avoid
-Not quite all-over protection-Mostly limited to dark colours

Incase’s Hardshell in Woolenex case proves that getting premium looks doesn’t mean you have to miss out on protection. The woven top surface comes in four colours and looks wonderfully classy, but it’s also fray-resistant and can take a battering thanks to the hard plastic casing underneath. Yet despite the protection, this is not a bulky case, barely adding any extra heft to your MacBook. That helps keep it portable and easy to take on your travels. It’s a great option if you want to guard your laptop – but also want to be seen with it.

The UAG case for MacBook Pro.

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04. UAG MacBook Pro Rugged Case

The best rugged MacBook Pro case.

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Cast or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Excellent laptop protection+Minimalist, understated looks
Reasons to avoid
-Chunky when laptop is open-No colour options

When it comes to protecting your devices, Urban Armor Gear (otherwise known as UAG) is one of the best-known names in the biz. With its MacBook Pro case, it’s not hard to see why. It offers solid all-over protection against bumps and bruises, and we particularly like its impact-resistant corner protection for when your laptop takes a tumble. Yet it manages to do this without looking like an overdesigned monstrosity, as so many other rugged MacBook cases do. That’s a rare combination, and one that scores it plenty of points in our book.

The Native Union Stow Slim sleeve for MacBook Pro.

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05. Native Union Stow Slim

The most stylish MacBook Pro sleeve.

Specifications
Material: Plastic, polyester, nylon, leather
Cast or sleeve?: Sleeve
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful appearance+Magnetic closure
Reasons to avoid
-Lightweight protection-Can’t use MacBook in the case

Sometimes, a simple MacBook sleeve is all you need. In times like that, the Native Union Stow is a superb choice. Not only does it look fantastic with its canvas body and genuine leather highlights, but it’s packed with useful features that put it a step above the rest. Its magnetic closure keeps your laptop in place without risking zip-induced scratches, while there’s a pouch for files and documents to be securely stored as well. It’s perfect for slipping into a backpack and keeping your MacBook Pro safe on the go.

The Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case for the MacBook Pro.

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06. Pad & Quill Cartella Slim

The longest-lasting MacBook Pro case.

Specifications
Material: Linen
Cast or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish+25-year warranty!
Reasons to avoid
-No 13-inch option-Lacks side protection

Pad & Quill’s Cartella Slim case is certainly eye-catching. Its appearance is modelled on classic hardback books, with a strengthened spine that protects your MacBook’s hinge. It’s sealed with a Moleskine-inspired elastic loop, while the linen cover looks sharp and helps keep scratches at bay. It’s all backed up by a massive 25-year warranty, so there’s no need to worry about it falling apart a few months after purchase. No, this is one MacBook Pro case that’s built to last.

A Casetify MacBook Pro case.

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07. Casetify

The best MacBook Pro cases for your artistic side.

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Cast or sleeve?: Case and sleeve
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch
Reasons to buy
+Enormous range of designs+Customisable designs offered too
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best protection-Can feel like too much choice

If you’ve ever wondered why so many MacBook Pro cases come in such muted colours, you’re not alone. Casetify has thought the same thing, which is why its range of laptop cases are the perfect antidote. The company offers a huge range of bright, interesting designs in both case and sleeve formats – there are hundreds to choose from, in fact, and Casetify regularly gets artists to add new designs. If you’re looking for something more creative, chances are you’ll find it in Casetify’s catalogue.

The Tech21 Evo Clear case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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08. Tech21 Evo Clear

The best clear MacBook Pro case.

Specifications
Material: Plastic
Cast or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch
Reasons to buy
+UV-resistance prevents yellowing+Rubber feet protect against slipping
Reasons to avoid
-Not as rugged as some rivals-Costly versus other clear cases

Clear MacBook Pro cases are cheap as chips, so why are we recommending this rather more expensive one? Because unlike so many clear cases, Tech21’s offering is UV-resistant, meaning it won’t go yellow after spending time in the sun. As well as that, it gives plenty of protection against bumps, while its rubber feet ensure it won’t go flying off your desk and crashing onto the floor. If you’d rather avoid obscuring your MacBook Pro while still keeping it safe and sound, Tech21’s Evo Clear should be right up your street.

Picking the MacBook Pro case for you

When you're buying a case for your MacBook Pro, there are a few things you need to look out for. Once you have a clearer idea of what you want, it will make the whole buying process a lot more straightforward.

Sleeve or case?

There are two main types of protective cover you can get for your Mac: a sleeve and a case. A sleeve is essentially a soft pouch that protects your Mac from bumps and bruises. Like a bag, though, it doesn't affix to your laptop, and is mainly used to protect it in transit. In contrast, MacBook cases clip onto your laptop and offer protection whether you're using the device or not. Both sleeves and cases have their pros and cons, and you can use both at the same time if you like by stowing a MacBook Pro with a case inside a sleeve.

What case material should you go for?

Some companies use a form of plastic topped by a fabric layer that not only looks great but also resists scratches. Others use hard-shell plastic that can take a real battering. And some companies prefer clear plastic cases that let you see your device under its protection. Each material will suit different people and different tastes, but it's good to know there is a lot of choice in this area.

How much should you pay?

Beware ultra-cheap cases and sleeves, as these are likely made from inferior materials that won't keep much damage at bay. MacBooks are expensive devices, and you don't want to find yourself lumped with a huge replacement bill because you opted for a poor-quality case. Reliable, affordable cases do exist, but just make sure you check the manufacturer's reputation before going for one.

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Beren Neale

Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.