STM Grip for Macbook Air
Pros:- Lightweight, quality feel, scuff and knock protection.
Cons:- A little bit of fingerprinting
A quality, soft touch protection for your Mac – great protection if you’re frequently mobile!
The STM Grip is a moulded hard shell designed to clip on to the top and bottom panels of the Macbook range. Available in a range of sizes from the 11″ and 13″ for the Macbook Air, the 13″ Macbook Pro and the 13″ and 15″ for the Macbook Pro Retina. Interestingly, no Grip is listed on the STM website for the 15″ non Retina Macbook Pro.
The STM Grip is made of moulded tactical plastic, with a soft touch feel for a quality feel. The ridged parallel lines provide a bit of aesthetic interest, as well as that extra grip to keep your laptop suffering any slip-related falls. The inside is lined in soft suede material that protects from scratches should any dirt or dust get between the case as well as stop any noise from plastic on metal contact. Cutouts are provided for access to the ports and the rear (or side on the Retina) venting of the Mac range. The round raised rubber feet on the bottom shell is also a nice touch, and again gives the impression a little thought has gone into this case.
Installing the provided STM Grip onto a 13″ Macbook Air takes a matter of seconds with the clearly labelled top and bottom sections snapping onto the laptop. With the panels clipped into place the Grip provides a bit of added protection from scrapes, bumps and knocks. The unscientific Global Playbook drop hypothesis still says you wouldn’t want to drop your laptop though.
In daily use, I was initially concerned the STM Grip will add unnecessary bulk – after all the thin profile is one of the biggest attractions of the Macbooks, especially the Air. To be honest, I didn’t really notice the additional thickness, and the Grip held up well to daily use. An added benefit of the soft touch plastic means fingerprints are mostly non existent. Being a huge fan of slim, non-bulky bags also meant I could throw in other potentially scratch items like keys and coins into my bag without concern. The soft feel coating does attract mild fingerprinting, but nothing a quick rub away doesn’t appear to fix.
Priced from $6o, the STM Grip is available in pink, black or blue. It’s not for everybody, but if you’re on the road a lot, the STM Grip is a worthy investment.
*Thanks to STM for providing the STM Grip for Macbook Air for review.