Depending on how you look at it, you could either be lucky enough, or unlucky enough, in having the need to take a laptop into work with you by bike each day. Either way, the same holds true that your laptop will not respond well to the knocks and bumps that typically bombard your commuting luggage. Take it from me, I have written-off a laptop in an unfortunate commuting collision. With this in mind, there seems a real argument for cyclists to consider a robust, solid case for their laptops; it could be seen as 'insurance', for this normally very valuable accessory. The Vectros case from Thule is just that, and it promises to protect your MacBook against significant knocks and bumps, during its everyday life.
Fit and Forget FunctionalityOf course, the most obvious solution to protect a laptop in transit, is a good quality bag. The Thule Pack 'n' Pedal Commuter Rucksack, for example, contains a dedicated padded sleeve, which sits inside the bag. However, for a real belt-and-braces approach, a hard case is the way forward; especially one that remains fitted to the laptop, and can't be forgotten or misplaced.
The Vectros case clips around the MacBook, and creates a 365 degree protective bumper for all sides. It also features an optional protective scratch shield, for the top and bottom of the computer whose surfaces remains exposed in-part. On the base, there are rubberised feet, too; helping to avoid your Mac going sliding across the table, and also helping to increase airflow around the device, for better performance. It is an all-encompassing design.
Thule put the Vectros case through a 1 metre drop test, and it is shown to protect the Macbook inside very well. Whilst I didn't dare try this myself, I am sure that from the quality of the design, and from previous (multi-drop) experiences with the Atmos phone case, that the protective claims are very truthful.
Overall - Great Look and FeelWhilst some bumper cases undoubtedly look cumbersome and cheap, the Vectros is far from that; it adds bulk and weight, sure, but it is minimalist in doing so. In fact, I have come to really like the added strength and security that the case adds to my Mac, especially features like the click-shut lid, and the rubber non-slip feet; it has proven fantastic for rough ferry journeys and sailing trips, as well as everyday use.
Overall, this is a true Thule product. It is well engineered, sleek, and stylish; it also looks like it will last a lifetime (at least the lifetime of your MacBook). If you throw your Mac in your pack on a daily basis, this is a superb way of adding peace-of-mind. Mine isn't coming off in a hurry.
View the Thule Vectros MacBook Bumper Case at Thule.com (Link)