Notebook Case Review: Macally Lightweight Neoprene Sleeve AirCase for 15" Notebook Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Super lightweight for travel, protective and nicely built.
What's Not: No shoulder strap hooks, bottom isn't as padded.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The Macally AirCase is an attache style sleeve case that's extremely lightweight yet quite protective thanks to the thick padding. The sleeve case comes with robust handles and fits most 15" notebooks such as the MacBook Pro 15" models including the Retina Pro, Sony and Lenovo 15" models. The only 15" notebook it doesn't work with is the HP Envy 15 which is wider than most 15" notebooks. The Macally Lightweight Neoprene Sleeve case currently comes in black with light grey interior.
The Macally Lightweight Neoprene Sleeve AirCase has a modern design: it looks clean, chic and 3D. The unique square pads add an interesting look to the case but also provide extra protection. The exterior surface is made with neoprene, and the case has a layer of leather protecting the sides and the bottom of the sleeve. The top loading case has a heavy duty two way zipper that looks sturdy and slides smoothly. The case also has built-in handles for carrying your notebook easily, but it doesn't offer rings for shoulder straps. The sleeve handles are well done with metal seats that give the strong nylon handles better support to bear the hefty weight of a 15" notebook. The wide nylon handles have soft leather grips that make it easy to carry in your hand. A small tab with a snap keeps the handles bundled in transit.
The interior of the Macally Lightweight Neoprene Sleeve AirCase has a padded interior. The padding is thicker on the front and back of the sleeve case than the padding on the sides and the bottom. So be careful when you set down the notebook to avoid bumping it too hard. The interior lining is in light grey providing contrast to the black exterior but also makes it easier to use the case in a dimly lit environement. The Macally AirCase has strong stitching in black thread that disappear on the black material of the exterior and white stitching on the inside to matching the interior color.
The Macally Lightweight Neoprene Sleeve AirCase measures 15 x 11 x 1.5 inches, and it fits the MacBook Pro models the best. Any notebook that has similar dimensions as the MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina Display (14.13 x 9.73 x 0.71 inches) will fit in the case very nicely. If your notebook is thicker and a bit longer, it should have no trouble fitting in the case. The only thing to watch out for measurement-wise is those notebooks that are wider, like the HP Envy 15-3040nr (14.96 x 9.6 x 1.11 in), which is just little too wide to fit into the case.
If you're looking for a slim and light sleeve case that's easy to carry for your 15" notebook, the Macally AirCase is simple yet effective. The case is super light, great for travel, and the padding on the case is efficiently protective for bumps and scratches. The case is surprisingly well built and has a unique and cool modern look. Watch out for the size of your notebook as it doesn't fit all 15" machines, and there is no ring hooks for a shoulder strap.