Hands-on review: Acme Made sleeves for MacBook, MacBook Pro

Summary:For those of you who travel often, either for business or pleasure, it's important to find a sturdy protective case for your laptop. Acme Made has a pair of new stylish entries for the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

For those of you who travel often, either for business or pleasure, it's important to find a sturdy protective case for your laptop. Acme Made has a pair of new stylish entries for the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

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The San Francisco-based company has aptly named the sleeves "SF" and Lombard" after that famous crooked street of which tourists can't get enough.

First up is the simple, sleek and shiny SF Sleeve, made from StretchShell neoprene fabric that is both waterproof and stain-resistant. It's also a very convenient and user-friendly option thanks to the 3/4 zipper path, allowing the owner to remove the laptop either horizontally or vertically. That could certainly come in handy when (gently) tossing this in a messenger bag or backpack.

Acme Made also has a more fashion-forward option in the form of the Lombard Sleeve. This one isn't boasted as being waterproof (rather, water-resistant), but it is still stain-resistant and there are some other noteworthy features. First and foremost, this one comes with a removable shoulder strap. It's certainly a small and compact choice for a laptop bag, but the versatility is perfect for travelers who don't want to carry a laptop bag but still need one later on. A laptop bag would certainly take up a lot of room in a suitcase.

Protective design notes include a ballistic nylon exterior to protect against stains and water and closed-cell foam padding and soft tricot lining on the inside to keep the laptop safe from scratches and bumps.

I had the opportunity to test out both of these sleeves in action during a couple of cross-country flights in the last two weeks. My 13-inch MacBook Pro slid in both of the sleeves easily. The SF sleeve is even supposed to be able to stretch a bit, but that wasn't necessary. I refrained from spilling an entire glass of water over the sealed laptop cases, but a few of drops of water did wipe off without a problem and didn't get anywhere near my MacBook Pro.

Of the two, I preferred the Lombard Sleeve the most, not just because of the design (which might not please everyone), but also because of the shoulder strap. Before boarding the plane and tossing my carry-on suitcase in the overhead compartment, I was able to easily grab on to the Lombard case and throw it over my shoulder, freeing up my hands to organize all of my other belongings. However, it's not really a laptop bag as there's not really any room for power cables. Those will need to go somewhere else if you plan to bring them along.

AVAILABILITY

Both the Lombard and SF Sleeves are ready for purchase now at the Apple Store. The SF Sleeve is only available in black for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro for $39.95 each. The Lombard Sleeve is a little pricier at $49.95 each. That one is also available for both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, but buyers have a choice between the white and black motif or a black and dark gray pattern.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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