• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Protects from scratches but is crudely manufactured.

    • Written by from Meridian

    I just received my 2014 Macbook Air about a week ago as a graduation gift and with it I picked out this clear SmartShell. I was struck immediately as I opened the box that it was difficult to pry it out of its container and that it had two large scratches on the actual SmartShell (not the protective coating). I then pried it onto my Mac and noticed that the grooves that snap onto the Mac scraped the finish on the computer. The product is also crudely and cheaply manufactured: the edges are sharp and in some places unneeded pieces of plastic are sticking up and have scratched me on a number of occasions. The case also has many scratches on it with just a week's use on my lap and on a table. I don't cary my laptop around much and try to keep it as scratch less as possible.
    A plus, though, is that it blends in with the mMacbook and from a distance it doesn't seem like I have a case on it. It also protects my laptop from scratches which is another big plus obviously. It stays in place very well and it doesn't come off without having to pry it off with force.
    Even though the case does what it is supposed to do, I would not recommend it because it doesn't match the high quality of Apple products.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Preserves the computer, but has some flaws.

    • Written by from Providence

    I've owned two of these shells. They certainly protect the computer, but the case (especially the bottom) breaks very easily. It ended up messing up the back of my laptop, and I just bought a new case 10 days ago and it's already broken. The thing is, I'm not very rough with the case either. I would recommend this product, but keep in mind that it will break very easily. I hope Speck rethinks the case design to make it more durable.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Well... It does its job.

    • Written by from Cape Coral

    The case certainly protects the MacBook Air, that's undisputable. There are a few flaws with it though:

    - The case tends to hold on to quite a bit of dirt/dust/sediment The case is very flexible where the cut out to open the laptop is, so there is a lot of stuff that tends to collect in that area especially. However, this is to be expected from any case.

    - The corners on this case and the snaps that hold the case to the MacBook tend to break off rather easily. This isn't a huge deal and Speck will replace them under warranty.

    - Putting the case on and taking it off for cleaning can be a major pain, I keep thinking I am going to gouge my MacBook or break the case itself while doing so.

    - The top of the case, for some reason, tends to scratch easily. Within the first week I got my case, I was beginning to notice scratches on it. I am extremely gentle on my laptop, if it's not out on a table and actively being used, it's inside of a padded laptop compartment in my backpack, so it's odd that it would be scratched at all. Although, I suppose it's better that the case be scratched than my MacBook.

    Overall, I wouldn't ever get rid of this case as it does a great job of protecting the MacBook, there are just a couple of flaws you must be made aware of before buying it. I do believe the price point could be just a little bit lower considering it's just a piece of plastic, but I'm not one to spare a nickel when it comes to protecting my Mac.

    35 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One of Specks Best MacBook Cases

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I've been a speck consumer for a long time, since I purchased the first generation iPod Shuffle to be exact. The Clear color case for the Air is well suggested over any other as I am owner of this model and the Matte Black. The Clear case helps kept the computer clean and safe from scratches and dings and on top of it the case holds strong against blemishes in comparison to the color versions of this model. The only thing i dislike but isn't a huge flaw and is also expected is that the rubber feet on the bottom yellow a bit but other than that its a great case. lastly the price is a bit steep but if you want a good case with a good warranty than its money well spent.

    70 of 77 people found this useful