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Review: Incase ICON Sleeve for MacBook Pro 13″/15″ with Retina Display

A lightweight case that combines portability with protection

Price: $69.95 (approximately £40)
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One of greatest things about a MacBook Pro is its portability; the fact that you can carry around such a powerful machine with you at all times without too much effort.

However, such a valuable piece of equipment needs to be protected in a proper fashion, so many users decide to wrap their MacBook Pro up in a heavy, bulky case – in the process negating one of its standout qualities.


On the other hand, a cheap, flimsy sleeve may enable you to take advantage of the MacBook Pro’s transportable nature, but if you accidentally drop it then you’re unlikely to see your laptop in one piece ever again.

Incase’s ICON Sleeve combines the best of both worlds, offering a lightweight way in which to carry your laptop around, but without sacrificing much-needed protection.


The 13” model weighs in at just over 7 ounces (200g), and the 15” model weighs 9.17oz (260g) so there’s barely a noticeable difference from carrying your MacBook without a case.

The protection comes from Incase’s Tensaerlite technology, an innovation that provides maximum impact absorption with its lightweight bumper that frames the sleeve. It makes the sleeve feel robust and able to handle most knocks and bumps with ease. The neoprene outer panels make sure that the MacBook is safe from scratches, too.


Of course, this protection wouldn’t matter one bit if your device were to fall out of the case. Thankfully, that’s not likely to be a problem with the ICON Sleeve. Not only does the device fit snugly into the fur-lined sleeve, it’s sealed with a magnetic snap closure that’s easy to open but feels secure when it’s shut.

In fact, it fits so well that you won’t be able to fit anything else inside the sleeve while your MacBook’s in there. It’s great for keeping your laptop safe from harm; it’s not so great if you want to keep any accessories protected as well.

The Incase ICON Sleeve for MacBook Pro Retina is available in 13” and 15” models, in Black/Slate and Grey/Lumen (lime green) colours. It’s on sale for $69.95 from