Review: Give Your MacBook the Same Level of Protection You Give Your iPhone

I have been using and recommending Urban Armor Gear cases for iPhones, for many years. They had a clever promotion at the last few Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas, where you turn in your old smartphone case, literally throwing it in a large, clear plastic bin, and they give you a new one. I did that and was happy to have the upgrade. But it occurred to me that, as valuable as my iPhone is, my laptop is even more important and harder to replace. This is why I was happy to review the Plasma MacBook Case ($79.95) when Urban Armor Gear gave me the case to try.

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Just like their iPhone cases, the UAG MacBook case offers robust protection with Mil-Spec drop testing. They have rubberized corners and footpads. The case is designed for a great fit, with access to all of the ports, and includes ventilation ports for heat dissipation.

Cosmetically, it looks tough, reminiscent of those expensive Panasonic ToughBooks but with all of the benefits of a MacBook. Apple fans will appreciate that the Apple logo is visible. I would like to see more color choices than the smoke/clear and black offering, but it does go well with both Apple's silver and space gray MacBooks.


  • Robust protection
  • Rubberized corners and footpads
  • Ventilation for heat
  • Access to all ports
  • Apple logo visible


  • Only one color choice

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a case, look no further. The Plasma MacBook Case from Urban Armor Gear should meet your needs.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.