What is being reviewed?
Up for review today is the Skinny Sleeve for the MacBook Air. The Skinny Sleeve is from Acme Made, priced at $39.99, available in a variety of colors and made for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. The Skinny Sleeve is touted as having an ultra-thin design, a unique StretchShell neoprene that is both water and stain resistant and a zipperless closure. With that, continue reading to see what our thoughts were and perhaps more important, whether we would suggest anyone spend their money on this sleeve-style case.
Disclaimer: This Acme Made Skinny Sleeve was provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.
I have been using the Skinny Sleeve for a few weeks now, mostly just to offer some protection while I bounce around in town. Nothing fancy, just from the house to car to destination. Typically the public library or a local coffee shop. Destination aside though, I have found that the Skinny Sleeve holds up well. And not that I am throwing it around, there is a MacBook Air inside, however it does seems to be holding up rather well. In fact, I have yet to see any real marks show at all.
Let me start with this though, the Skinny Sleeve is made from a neoprene material. Or what Acme Made refers to as a unique StretchShell neoprene. This is said to be both water and stain resistant and while I have yet to have the opportunity to test either of those points, given the feel and texture — I am likely to believe it.
Otherwise, the sleeve is open, which means no zipper to scratch your notebook as it goes in. It does however have an elastic band to keep your MacBook Air from slipping out. Not to mention, the MacBook Air fits rather snug and even without the band, it would likely have a hard time falling out.
The sleeve also has a bit of reinforcement for both sides of the notebook as well as a nice looking stitching around the sides and the bottom of the sleeve. All said and done, the Skinny Sleeve looks (and feels) rather nice.
Our review unit arrived in grey with orange, however it is also available in purple with purple, purple with pink, java with teal and matte black. The case weighs about a half-a-pound, which does make a noticeable difference when you are talking about a MacBook Air, but it is certainly not enough to make us think poorly.
Overall, the sleeve is nice looking and seems to be holding up well. Basically, it does what you would expect, offers some protection for your notebook. And given the price of the MacBook Air to start, the price of the sleeve, $39.99, seems more than fair. Basically, spending $40 to protect a MacBook Air seems like money well spent. And given the Skinny Sleeve is available direct with Acme Made and also with Apple, should you want to make a purchase, you should not have much trouble locating one.
The bottom line
Maybe it is just because I am a sucker for orange with gray, not to mention neoprene sleeves and cases — but I really liked the Skinny Sleeve and I wouldn’t hesitate to offer a recomendation. In fact, I already have.
Lastly, if for some reason you read this review, liked the Skinny Sleeve and found yourself upset because you don’t have a MacBook Air, rest assured in knowing that Acme Made also has this same sleeve for the MacBook Pro.
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