Apple Macbook Pro Retina laptops are sleek and stylish, however protecting them while maintaining that sleek and stylish look is difficult. Booq has created the Viper Sleeve case (with magnetic closing mechanism) to not only protect, but also allow for easy access (no fumbling for zippers). How does this sleeve perform? Find out in the full review after the break.
The Booq Viper Sleeve (our sample) was made for the Macbook Pro 15″ Retina. The outer portion of the Viper Sleeve is constructed of natural fiber fabric that’s waterproof and feels very much like denim. The sleeve is also rigid providing a good amount of shock and impact protection. During out tests, durability was never an issue as the Viper Sleeve took all the beatings we put it through and still looked pristine. The inner nylon lining did not scuff or damage our Macbook Pro’s finish, however we would have liked a bit more padding.
The laptop is easily inserted into the sleeve due to the unique magnetic closing system. In our tests it worked wonders allowing us to remove and insert the Macbook Pro 15″ Retina with one hand. Not having to fiddle with zippers was a huge plus for the Booq Viper Sleeve. The magnetic closing system is also fairly strong (no accidental openings while being transported during our tests), but still allowing us to easily open it when needed.
One of the only issues with the Booq Viper Sleeve was it adds a bit of bulk and size than just a plain sleeve would. This is due to two primary reasons: the magnetic closing system and an additional seam that appears around the other 3 edges of the Viper Sleeve. It will really depend on the user whether they’re willing to sacrifice some additional bulk and size for added protection and the magnetic closing system.
Overall, the Booq Viper Sleeve is a stylish, durable, and unique solution to a protective sleeve for your Apple laptop. We liked the added functionality of the magnetic closing mechanism and the waterproof outer shell was a definite plus. The only true downsides were the additional bulk and increase in size the Viper Sleeve created.