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    MacBook protective skins

    OK, I've decided that the Ristretto is ok for short-trip low-impact travel, but would like to get a Brain Cell for my 13 inch MacBook to put it in my Super Ego for the heavy hauling.

    The protective cases for the macbook may create as many problems as they solve. One problem I've mentioned in another thread: if I get the Incase hardshell, what brain cell size will work?

    So, I'm considering getting some protective vinyl-type skins for the case lid and interior surface of the macbook.

    Options include www.gelaskins.com or www.skinstyler.com or itoppers.com or http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/...ns-shields.php or www.macstyles.com.

    Reviews out there seem to be mixed. Anyone here have some experience and/or suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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    As I stated in your other thread, I don't think you understand how these products work. The Brain Cell is basically a protective sleeve for the Macbook. The InCase hardshell is also basically a protective sleeve for the Macbook. They cannot be used together.

    FWIW I have tested both and strongly prefer the Brain Cell, clipped into another Bihn bag of course. I use a Zephyr with mine but your Super Ego is a great Macbook bag when fitted with a Brain Cell. I don't feel that the InCase comes anywhere close to offering the same protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonjake View Post
    As I stated in your other thread, I don't think you understand how these products work. The Brain Cell is basically a protective sleeve for the Macbook. The InCase hardshell is also basically a protective sleeve for the Macbook. They cannot be used together.

    FWIW I have tested both and strongly prefer the Brain Cell, clipped into another Bihn bag of course. I use a Zephyr with mine but your Super Ego is a great Macbook bag when fitted with a Brain Cell. I don't feel that the InCase comes anywhere close to offering the same protection.
    As I stated in the other thread,I am using the Brain Cell and Incase hardcase together with great success.
    I wonder if you understand the Incase HardShell and exactly what it is for?
    The Incase is always on the Macbook. It prevents anything from scratching the lustrous finish of a Macbook and provides a slip free hand holding grip to lessen any potential for errant dropping of the Macbook.

    The Brain Cell is for transporting the Macbook and the Mac MUST be used outside of the Brain Cell. Thus any protection afforded by the Brain Cell while in transit is lost entirely when in use.

    This seems like a clearly fundamental difference to me?
    It also seems like an application where a slightly oversized protective transport case might just come in handy.

    As I have observed in the other thread about this,I have found several Sleeve type cases that can accomodate both of these needs together.

    Again I agree that for transport the Brain Cell offers much better protection but while in use it offers no protection at all.

    The Incase Hard Shell offers some protection both in transit and in use,they are not the same in many ways.

    Ed

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    Thank you for your comments. I do know what the InCase product is for, but I don't think very highly of it, nor do I feel it is a worthwhile addition to either a Brain Cell or a Ristretto, or any Bihn bag for that matter. It's a crappy hard-plastic shell that gives the impression of protection but is axctually quite fugly and inneffective. Not to mention it scratches the Macbook's case more than if you just used the laptop sans hardshell and took good care of it.



    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    As I stated in the other thread,I am using the Brain Cell and Incase hardcase together with great success.
    I wonder if you understand the Incase HardShell and exactly what it is for?
    The Incase is always on the Macbook. It prevents anything from scratching the lustrous finish of a Macbook and provides a slip free hand holding grip to lessen any potential for errant dropping of the Macbook.

    The Brain Cell is for transporting the Macbook and the Mac MUST be used outside of the Brain Cell. Thus any protection afforded by the Brain Cell while in transit is lost entirely when in use.

    This seems like a clearly fundamental difference to me?
    It also seems like an application where a slightly oversized protective transport case might just come in handy.

    As I have observed in the other thread about this,I have found several Sleeve type cases that can accomodate both of these needs together.

    Again I agree that for transport the Brain Cell offers much better protection but while in use it offers no protection at all.

    The Incase Hard Shell offers some protection both in transit and in use,they are not the same in many ways.

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonjake View Post
    Thank you for your comments. I do know what the InCase product is for, but I don't think very highly of it, nor do I feel it is a worthwhile addition to either a Brain Cell or a Ristretto, or any Bihn bag for that matter. It's a crappy hard-plastic shell that gives the impression of protection but is axctually quite fugly and inneffective. Not to mention it scratches the Macbook's case more than if you just used the laptop sans hardshell and took good care of it.
    OK Then?

    None of this speaks at all to your last assertion which I think I clearly explained was not correct.
    These two cases are not in opposition to each other and can indeed work together.

    Now the last observations you make are entirely subjective and a different matter.We each see the utility of these cases in a different light,clearly.

    I had read a lot about the Speck Hard Case scratching the Mac but I never saw any mention of the Incase product doing so nor have I had that problem with mine.

    "Fugly" is certainly just your opinion,I like mine.

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    Back to the original question......
    I also am curious about these "Skins" which adhere to the case of the Macbook.
    They seem like they would allow for any case without modification and provide scrath protection for the Mac.
    I especially am curious about the one made from the Helicopter Blade protective leading edge material,what a sales pitch!
    I wonder if that makes them Blade Proof somehow?

    What I really wonder is just how flat or smoothly the skin lays on the Mac?
    I can easily imagine air bubbles and dirt getting and staying under the film.

    These skins also claim to be removeable and replaceable and I wonder how they really stick?

    I wish there were someplace to look at them first.

    Ed


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