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The best MacBook Pro cases in October 2022

Man carrying Harber London Slim Leather MacBook Sleeve, one of the best MacBook Pro cases
(Image credit: Harber London)

With the best MacBook Pro cases, you can keep your precious laptop safe and sound. As you probably noticed if you've bought a MacBook, they are not cheap, and that's putting it mildly. If you've put down the asking price of a new 2021 MacBook Pro, the last thing you want is for it to fall victim to some silly accident – especially if it's an accident that could have been prevented with a $30 case. 

So, we've picked out the best MacBook pro cases you get your hands on right now. We've included options for different tastes and different budgets, as well as a mix of cases and sleeves, to give you the maximum level of choice, and make sure we've got something to suit everyone. Whether you're looking for a rugged, all-terrain case, or a simple, elegant, minimalist sleeve, there should be a MacBook Pro case here to suit you. 

We've also made sure to cater for all sizes of MacBook, including the 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch, and the newer 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. The 14-inch size is less common in cases simply because it's newer, but there are still options at this size, so don't worry if this is the size you opted for – see our guide to MacBook Pro 14 vs 16 for a quick rundown of the key differences between the two models. Our choices of case are based on customer reviews, the experience of our team and recommendations from our contributors – learn more about how we test and review.

Still hunting for a MacBook Pro, or seeking to upgrade? We are constantly on the lookout for the best MacBook Pro deals to help you save on one of these fantastic computers. Considering the lighter, more affordable MacBook Air? We have a round-up of the best MacBook Air cases too, as well as the best laptop bags for carrying around your MacBook safely. 

The best MacBook Pro cases available now

The Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex, one of the best MacBook Pro casesCB

(Image credit: Incase)

01. Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex

A great all-round MacBook Pro case that will turn heads

Specifications

Material: Plastic, Woolenex
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch

Reasons to buy

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Top-class appearance
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Great protection
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Stylish

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing at this price

Sometimes, you don't need to choose between style and practicality. The Textured Hardshell in Woolenex by Incase is a sleek, premium-looking case for your MacBook that also offers serious protection. It's got a woven top surface that is not only fray-resistant, but is also lined with hard plastic underneath that means it can weather an impact or two and keep your MacBook Pro safe. Despite this, it's not bulky at all, and barely adds any extra size or weight to the MacBook Pro, so you can still take it out and about. The case also comes in four colours, so you can pick the look you like the best, and it's well-priced too. An outstanding choice. 

One of ProCase's best MacBook Pro 13-inch casesCB endorsed

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02. ProCase MacBook Pro 13 Case

The best affordable MacBook Pro case

Specifications

Material: Plastic
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Several colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks rugged protection
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Keyboard cover doesn’t protect Touch Bar

Even more affordable than our #1 pick is the ProCase range of MacBook Pro cases. They're just 1.2mm thick and weigh practically nothing, so are mostly good for scratch-protection rather than serious impact insurance. They don't have the kind of heavy-duty shell that allows other cases to take a knocking, but if you prefer portability over ruggedness and are trying to save money, they're an excellent choice. Offering a good splash of colour and an easy-to-use snap-on design, the ProCase cases also have an included keyboard cover to prevent ingress of dust and liquids (just be aware that it doesn't protect the Touch Bar).

The UAG case for MacBook Pro.CB endorsed

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03. UAG MacBook Pro Rugged Case

The best MacBook Pro case for rugged protection

Specifications

Material: Plastic
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 13-inch, 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Excellent laptop protection
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Minimalist, understated looks

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky when laptop is open
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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.

Product shot of Tech21 Evo Hardshell case for MacBook Pro on white background

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04. Tech21 Evo Hardshell Case

This tough case is designed for the newest MacBook Pros

Specifications

Material: TPU (thermoplastic polyurethanes)
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 14-inch, 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Tough, UV-resistant material
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Can weather impacts
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Non-slip feet

Reasons to avoid

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Comparatively pricey

One of the more recent MacBook Pro cases on offer, the Evo Hardshell Case from Tech21 made its debut in 2022. It comes in versions specifically for the 14-inch and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro models, and is constructed from translucent polyurethanes, which means the sleek design of the MacBook Pro is still visible, but is also protected from bumps and scratches. Also, the material is resistant to UV rays, meaning it won’t yellow and fade over time. This is a long-term case designed for many years’ happy use with your MacBook Pro – and while its price tag does reflect that, we feel it’s a price worth paying for a quality product.

Harber London Slim Leather MacBook Sleeve, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

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05. Harber London Slim Leather MacBook Sleeve

The best MacBook Pro sleeve for quality real leather

Specifications

Material: Leather, wool felt
Case or sleeve?: Sleeve
Size options: 12-inch to 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Great look and feel
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Fantastic fit
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Quality materials

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Not the most rugged protection

For a refined, elegant look that will look very presentable in almost any situation, you can't get much better than this slim leather MacBook Pro sleeve from Harber London. Handmade with quality leather front and back, it has a wool felt lining to offer some padding while protecting your MacBook from bumps and scratches but is still wonderfully slim. 

With an understated design available in four choices of colour, it looks formal but too formal. There are cheaper MacBook sleeves out there, but we'd take this one for the fantastic looks, lovely fit and quality finish. Harber London also has a slim leather laptop backpack (opens in new tab) that we like the look of, with a front pocket for chargers, and built-in Pockets for tablets.

Product shot of MOSISO MacBook Pro 16 case, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

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06. Mosiso Hard Shell Case for MacBook Pro 16

The best MacBook Pro case for the latest MacBook Pro 16

Specifications

Material: Plastic
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Good fit
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Glossy finish can pick up fingerprints

If you have the latest 2021 release M1 Pro / M1 Max MacBook Pro 16, there still aren't a huge number of cases on the market, but the ever-reliable MOSISO has put out this simple well-fitting case that does the job, and it comes in a wide variety of colours including transparent. It's fully vented gives full access to all buttons and ports. You can also order it with a matching keyboard skin and a screen cover. While it's not the toughest case in the world – and fingerprints can be an issue – it will protect your precious MacBook from bumps and scratches, and it can easily be fitted and removed as needed.

Product shot of MOSISO MacBook Pro 14 case, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

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07. Mosiso Hard Shell Case for MacBook Pro 14

The best MacBook Pro case for the latest MacBook Pro 14

Specifications

Material: Plastic
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 14-inch

Reasons to buy

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Good fit
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Affordable
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shock-absorbant corners

Reasons to avoid

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The looks won't be for everyone

MOSISO's offering something a bit different for the 2021 MacBook Pro 14. This case ads in shock-absorbent beveled ridges and bumper heavy duty hard shell for added protection without looking overly tank-like like some of the more rugged cases can. It also has a kickstand is designed to offer a more ergonomic typing angle, but that might depend on preference.

Product shot of the Native Union Stow Slim sleeve for MacBook Pro, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

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08. Native Union Stow Slim

The most stylish MacBook Pro sleeve

Specifications

Material: Plastic, polyester, nylon, leather
Case or sleeve?: Sleeve
Size options: 12-inch - 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful appearance
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Magnetic closure

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight protection
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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 for the 13in MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. 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.

Native Union Stow Lite MacBook Sleeve, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

(Image credit: Native Union)

09. Native Union Stow Lite MacBook Sleeve

A nice slim sleeve for MacBook Pro 13 and 16

Specifications

Material: SoftTouch Nylon
Case or sleeve?: Sleeve
Size options: 13-inch - 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Good value
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Nice minimalist design
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Decent quality

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most perfect fit

This is another option from Native Union that's sold by Apple itself. It's a smart, if rather pedestrian-looking sleeve that comes in 13in and 16in options. We felt that the lip around the edge was a little thick, but the benefit of that is added protection. The exterior textile feels resistant enough and the interior is quilted to add some protection. Note that the Stow Lite MacBook 13 sleeve is not compatible with the Magic keyboard: only compatible with the Smart keyboard and the Smart keyboard Folio.

A Casetify MacBook Pro case, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

(Image credit: Casetify)

10. Casetify

The best MacBook Pro cases for an artistic look

Specifications

Material: Plastic
Case or sleeve?: Case and sleeve
Size options: 13-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Enormous range of designs
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Customisable designs offered too

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best protection
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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 as more interesting MacBook Pro cases. 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 Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case for the MacBook Pro, one of the best MacBook Pro cases

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11. Pad & Quill Cartella Slim Case

The longest-lasting MacBook Pro case

Specifications

Material: Linen
Case or sleeve?: Case
Size options: 16-inch

Reasons to buy

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Very stylish
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25-year warranty!

Reasons to avoid

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No 13-inch option
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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.

Should I choose a MacBook Pro 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 material should is best for a MacBook Pro case?

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 I pay for a MacBook Pro case?

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
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Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren is an avid rock climber and music nut.