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Over the past decade, I've tested dozens, if not hundreds of laptop cases, and there's still only one brand that I trust to keep my MacBook Pro safe -- and that's Smatree hardshell cases. I've been using these cases for my MacBooks and MacBook Pros since 2019, and despite trying loads of different ones since, I can't move away.
The thing that drew me to the Smatree hardcase in the first place was the minimalist design. It's a case, pure and simple, and doesn't try to be any more.
The thing I hate most about traditional laptop bags is that they get filled with stuff -- chargers (the extra-long battery life offered by the new MacBook Pros means I can get a couple of days of use from my laptop without needing a charger), external drives, cables, pens, toothbrushes, memory cards, books, and more. The result, traditionally, is you end up lugging a pile of stuff from place to place.
But that's not what happens with the Smatree hardcase. It doesn't have handles or pouches to hold chargers (although Smatree does make cases that have these features), and this keeps the case slim and lightweight.