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(Pocket-lint) - Apple's diminutive little Macbook, the smallest laptop it's made, is a godsend when it comes to truly portable productivity, even if Apple has discontinued it. It's so small that you can fit it into even small bags - but, that said, you will risk scratching or denting it if you're not careful.

Getting a case for your notebook is a sensible choice, in that light, and there are a plethora to choose from on the market. Here's a selection of the best MacBook cases around. 

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Apple Leather Sleeve


Apple makes a "Leather Sleeve" for MacBook in "Saddle Brown" or "Midnight Blue". It features an etched Apple logo and costs comes at a pretty steep price. It's pretty basic, with no bells and whistles, such as hidden flaps or areas to store earphones. But it looks sleek, and will do the job.

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If you don't fancy spending quite as much as that, Apple also stocks a hardshell case from Incase that costs far less and should get the job done, too. It's translucent and classy, with a small range of colours to choose from, and won't compromise your laptop's portability. 

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Prefer soft flannel or felt to leather? The Inateck MacBook sleeve has a flannel inside with a grey felt on the outside. It's made from "environmentally friendly" materials and comes with a compartment for your MacBook as well as a second for any accessories.

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Twelve South


Twelve South's BookBook looks like a vintage hardcover book that you'd store on a bookshelf, which you can. It's handcrafted with genuine leather outer panels, has reinforced corners, a cushioned spine, and a soft interior. You can pick it up in "Classic" and "Rutledge" finishes.

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The Icon Tensaerlite sleeve has upper and lower "neoprene compression" panels with "shock-absorbing Tensaerlite" bumpers. The interior is made from a soft faux-fur lining, while its magnetic enclosure secures your MacBook and keeps it from ever falling out.

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Native Union Stow Sleeve 12”


The slim Native Union Stow Sleeve 12” is made to be a durable way to transport your precious 12" Mac (or any other ultrabook of similar size).

It uses abrasion-resistant material on the outside paired with a waterproof zipper to keep your laptop safe from the elements.

The slip on the side is handy for extra paperwork, and the overall design is small enough to fit in a backpack.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills and Elyse Betters. Originally published on 27 October 2017.