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Speck SeeThru SATIN Case for MacBook Pro

January 8th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Speck SeeThru Satin cover

Speck Products was founded in 2001 and have primarily focused on building cases and accessories for Apple products, though they’ve ventured out to include cases for some other smartphones, tablets and eReaders. The SeeThru Satin case is a form-fitting, two-piece case, like the kind you’d buy for an iPhone. Does it work as well on a lapotp, as it does on a phone?


  • Good protection against dings and scratches
  • Easy to install
  • Attractive appearance
  • Satin coating is soft and easy to grip


  • May hinder the use of a laptop lock

Most case companies don’t bother making form-fitting cases for laptops because PC laptops come in so many different shapes and sizes; it just wouldn’t make sense. For those laptops, padded sleeves are the best solutions for protection outside of a laptop bag. MacBooks on the other hand, usually maintain their design and dimensions long enough for it to be worth making a snap-on case for them. That gives MacBook users an option that most PC users don’t have––a permanent protective case around their laptop.

Installing the hardshell SeeThru Satin case couldn’t be simpler. Just line up the top part to the MacBook Pro lid and snap it on, then repeat for the bottom.

SeeThru Satin bottom panel

Figuring out the best way to remove it is a little tricky at first, but gets easier after doing it a couple of times. Basically, you just push the tabs off the edges and gently pull away the covers. And you’ll want to know how to remove it, because Speck recommends taking it off about once a month to clean out any debris and dust that may have built up inside the case.

SeeThru Satin tab SeeThru Satin tab

Using the the SeeThru Satin case is really a pleasure because it’s like not having a case at all. It doesn’t get in the way of using it on a day-to-day basis. All the ports are accessible, while your beautiful MacBook Pro is protected from dings and scratches. It doesn’t add too much bulk, but with the case on, my MacBook Pro wouldn’t fit inside a laptop sleeve that fit easily without the case.

SeeThru Satin lid open

SeeThru Satin left side SeeThru Satin right side SeeThru Satin front SeeThru Satin back

It also has a vent on the bottom piece, allowing proper ventilation of your MacBook Pro. The rubber feet also keep your MBP gripped securely to your desk.

SeeThru Satin bottom

The only drawback to the SeeThru Satin case applies to people that use laptop locks. When I tried to insert my Kensington laptop lock onto the MacBook Pro, the lock pushed up against the top piece of the case and popped that portion of the case off of the MBP. It’s still usable and some locks may not interfere with the case, but I didn’t have any other locks to test with.

The Speck Products SeeThru Satin case is the perfect case for those who don’t want to fumble with a sleeve and prefer a permanent protective solution. Design touches like the rubber, non-skid feet and ventilation, add to the appeal of the case. The finish is soft, easy to hold, and attractive. If you can’t bear the thought of accidentally denting or scratching your MacBook Pro, the SeeThru Satin case is probably your best bet for 24x7x365 protection.

Available from Amazon.com for $34.99.

Review unit provided by Speck Products

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