Protect your MacBook Pro on the go with one of these cases
The MacBook Pro is a heck of a machine, with slick internals and frequent updates (a new one every year since 2016). If you’ve just picked up a new laptop, whether it has the Intel chip or the new M1 chip, then you’ll want to protect it or maybe even just dress it up a bit with one of the best MacBook Pro cases. Some even come with extras such as a screen protector and a keyboard cover, like the Mosiso plastic hard case. If you need a MacBook Pro stand or docking station, we’ve got you covered.
Note: Always remember to select the right size and model before you check out. Also, remember that any case for the 2019 MacBook Pro will also fit into 2016-2018 versions, but the 2020 models are slightly thicker and probably won’t. Check each listing carefully before purchase.
Best Overall: Mosiso Plastic Hard Case for MacBook Pro
Mosiso’s plastic hard case even comes with a screen protector and a keyboard cover so that your MacBook Pro is covered through and through. It matches whichever exterior color you choose, and just like most MacBook cases, these are made from hard plastic and feature an anti-slip rubberized coating making it one of the best MacBook Pro cases for just about anyone.
- Great value
- Great color selection
- Keyboard case included
- Screen protector included
- Not everyone likes plastic
Mosiso Plastic Hard Case for MacBook Pro
Three in one
Choose from more than two dozen colors and get a screen protector and matching keyboard cover included as well.
Best Value: TopCase 2-in-1 Ultra Slim Hard Cover for MacBook Pro
This is the perfect basic case for your 2016 to 2019 MacBook Pro, and it comes in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch versions. It’s made from hard plastic but features a softer rubberized coating, which provides excellent grip, especially when it’s sitting on your lap.
- Colorful options
- Keyboard cover included
- Not compatible with the 2020 models
TopCase 2-in-1 Ultra Slim Hard Cover for MacBook Pro
Two for one
This great basic case includes a keyboard cover as well to keep dust and grime from gumming up your keys.
Best Heavy-Duty Case: UAG Plasma Series MacBook Pro
If you’re looking for some rugged protection, then Urban Armor Gear’s heavy-duty armor shell is the way to go. The tactile non-slip grip helps deter drops, while the impact-resistant bumpers around the edges protect your MacBook Pro just in case. The bottom of the case is vented for airflow.
- Rugged protection armor shell
- Impact-resistant bumpers
- Tactile non-slip grip
- Bottom vents for airflow
- Bulkier than some
- Not for 2020 MacBook Pro
Best Heavy-Duty Case
UAG Plasma Series MacBook Pro
If your MacBook Pro is subjected to more than the average bumps, you might consider a heavy-duty case like this one.
Most Modern: KECC Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro
If you’re looking for something with a nice and appealing design, then check out KECC’s “out of this world” cases. They feature space scenes, as well as abstract, wavy paint designs. If you’re a stargazer or just like a celestial scene, then these are the cases for you. The 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch are available in this listing, from older models up through the 2020 version.
- Cool, modern designs
- Available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch models
- 2020 models available
- Not everyone likes the logo cutout
KECC Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro
Take your MacBook Pro’s looks out of this world when you protect it with this beautiful cover.
Most Luxurious: Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case
These cases are super thin and feature a wrapped spine, which buckles at a corner to allow your MacBook Pro to open fully. The cover is made from soft linen, and your MacBook sturdily stays put thanks to 3M “secure locking adhesive,” which leaves no residue on your laptop.
- Archival quality linen cover
- Stunning looks
- All MacBook Pro sizes available
Pad & Quill Cartella Slim case
When you need to make an elegant impression—look no further than Pad & Quill.
Most Reliable: Speck SmartShell for MacBook Pro
The SmartShell is a two-piece case with rubber feet on the bottom to stop your laptop from sliding about. It’s somewhat similar to other cases on this list, but it’s a bit thicker, helping it stand up to bumps and travel slightly better. There are plenty of color options to choose from — and it’s available for the 2016-2019 MacBook Pro models.
- Quality case
- Thicker than some
- Not for 2020 MacBook Pro model
Speck SmartShell for MacBook Pro
Speck is a popular and trusted brand among the iMore staff.
Most Colors and Patterns: ProCase Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro
This case is a lot like others on this list with a matte-finished, hard plastic top and bottom. It comes in many colors, and each case comes with a black keyboard cover. The bottom is vented, so your MacBook Pro doesn’t overheat, and the covers snap on and off when you want to admire your laptop on its own. There are multiple size options, but the 2020 models are not included.
- Two dozen colors and patterns
- Keyboard cover included
- Included keyboard cover doesn’t match case
- Not for 2020 MacBook Pro model
Most Colors and Patterns
ProCase Hard Shell Cover for MacBook Pro
Great color and pattern choices here, but note that the included keyboard cover will be either black or clear.
Best Sleeve: Apple Leather Sleeve for MacBook Pro
For the Apple purist, nothing but Apple’s own design will please. This premium European leather is crafted to suit your MacBook Pro perfectly. The soft microfiber lining ensures your MacBook Pro won’t pick up scratches when you’re on the move. Available in several neutral colors, it will develop a rich patina over time. The sleeve is compatible with all of the latest models—just choose your size.
- Crafted from premium European leather
- Soft microfiber lining
- Available for all models
- It’s a sleeve, so no protection while using your MacBook Pro
Apple Leather Sleeve for MacBook Pro
Slide your MacBook pro into this microfiber-lined premium leather sleeve for on-the-go protection.
Best Textured Case: Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro
This lightweight, form-fitting, durable MacBook Pro cover has a unique texture. The case’s exterior features a Woolen Polyester material, which feels like a cotton blend. It resists moisture and mildew while protecting your MacBook Pro. The case fits your MacBook Pro like a dream and is ventilated for heat release. Choose from two colors and either the 13-inch or 16-inch size.
- Durable and protective
- Unique Woolen Polyester material feels like a cotton blend
- Heat ventilation
Best Textured Case
Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro
Dress up and protect your MacBook Pro in this unique form-fitting, moisture-resistant, and durable Woolen Polyester fabric case.
The best MacBook Pro cases for you
Yeah, the MacBook Pro is a nice-looking machine, but if you want to keep it looking gorgeous, then you’ll want a quality case for it, whether it has the Intel chip or the newer M1 chip. For just about anyone, the Mosiso Plastic Hard case is going to be one of the best MacBook Pro cases. It’s sturdy and well-fit. The bottom piece is ventilated so your MacBook Pro won’t overheat. Rubber “feet” ensure your laptop won’t slip around on your desk. You can choose from 25 beautiful colors. If you can’t pick just one, well, the price is so reasonable that you can pick up a couple of different colors to suit your mood or the season. Note that some colors are more translucent than others. This is important if you want your Apple logo to show through. There is no cutout for the logo.
Each Mosiso Plastic Hard case comes with a keyboard cover that matches the case. Give your MacBook screen a little extra protection with the included screen protector. Mosiso offers a one-year warranty on the case and the keyboard cover. This is a precision-fit case, so be sure to check the model number of your MacBook Pro before you purchase the case so it will fit.
If you want more specific types of cases, check out our guides for the best hardshell cases for MacBook Pro, best sleeves for MacBook Pro, and best rugged cases for MacBook Pro as well. Here are some of the best MacBook Pro cases overall.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.
Cella Lao Rousseau is a writer, true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, Sicilian, gamer.