We can all agree that Apple products are beautifully designed. They come in all shapes and sizes, but regardless of if that’s a computer, a tablet or a mobile phone, they are usually made of a combination of aluminum and glass. This means that you’ll probably need to purchase some kind of external protection like a bag or a sleeve, so you can preserve that beautiful aesthetics for a long time. After all, aluminum is very tough and light at the same time, but could be easily scratched with a key or a pen, and even dented in case you drop it on a floor.
Now, some of us are willing to spend quite some time looking for a nice bag or a sleeve which will protect our notebooks and tablets, so some designers and manufacturers are putting extra work in handcrafting their products and taking care that every detail is properly designed. We have reviewed several handmade cases for iPads in the past, but today we will be talking about a protection for your MacBook Air and Pro. This is a handmade sleeve called the Wool Felt Sleeve, and is sold by an interesting website called MyBanana.
MacBooks are built with tough aluminum unibody shell, but still can be easily scratched or damaged in case you don’t take proper care of it. This usually happens if your carry your MacBook throughout the day and use it, for example, at home, and in the library or a classroom. By putting it into your bag and taking it out several times a day, it’s just a matter of time when new scratches will appear. And this is where you can use the Wool Felt Sleeve.
First of all, it’s important to say that product is handmade, and it’s clear that its quality made. Wool is of fine quality and nicely protects your notebook, while stitching is very firm and well done. As you can see from the pictures, this is basically a sleeve with two pockets, which come with two leather straps which are used to close it. A big pocket is for your notebook, while you’ll also get a smaller pocket in which you can place some smaller things, or even your iPad Mini for example.
This product comes in different sizes (and different prices, accordingly), so you’ll need to purchase according to your notebook model. The Wool Felt Sleeve comes in several color combinations and there are sizes for MacBook Air and Pros with a screen sizes of 11 (priced at $73), 13 (priced at $82), and 15 inches (priced at $88). It is a bit pricey, but in pair with any other handcrafted sleeve, so I believe it is well worth the price.
Some users, who are already using this sleeve for a while, said that the smaller pocket can get loose so a small item can sometimes fall out (like a pen or a memory card, for example). I guess this is not a problem of design, since this pocket is made to hold your iPad Mini, a charging cable, or a notebook perhaps (medium sized things, but smaller than your MacBook).