Published on August 2nd, 2012 | by Celina0
Moshi: Protecting Your New MacBook Air
We were pretty excited when Apple announced the new product lineup recently. After all, it's not every day that a computer comes along that weighs practically nothing, but can handle pretty serious tasks, and features most everything you need in an ultraportable… and costs under $1000. It'd be great if there was a PC that was competitive, but the sad fact is that there simply is not. So: we happily put down the cash for a MacBook Air 11″, and then needed to find ways to protect the sleek body.
We turned to the same company that we talked about yesterday- the folks behind some of our favorite new audio gear, Moshi. The Moshi accessory lineup includes a pretty wide array of gear for every style and size of Apple laptop, as well as tablets and smartphones. We'll focus on two- the Moshi Palmguard and the slick Moshi iGlaze, both of which we tested out on the new slim almost-netbook-sized machine over the last few weeks.
The Moshi Palmguard PalmGuard Air 11 w/ Trackpad Protector is actually two products in one- not only do you get a thin, silver metallic sheet to protect the area where your hands rest while typing, you also get a perfectly-sized sheet of the same material to protect your trackpad. We tend to have greasy hands, and slightly sweaty fingers, and that wears down on surfaces over time. Even after a month, we can pull up the sheet and see the difference, actually, where one edge has collected a bit of gunk just outside of the protective surface. Easy to install thanks to the special adhesive, it's also easy to clean off. You aren't supposed to remove this one and re-apply though, it's a one-shot sort of deal. Solid, simple, and only $20- and we didn't notice any change in trackpad use or sensitivity.
The iGlaze Air 11 Translucent is the clear version of Moshi's two-piece case that snaps on around the computer and protects the top and bottom. Best of all, it also has built-in non-slip rubber feet that also raise the bottom a bit, allowing some airflow and preventing overheating. None of the ports are blocked, and the polycarbonate shell adds very little weight or bulk. It doesn't add much edge protection, though- we did drop or device and ended up not only denting the plastic, but scuffing up the laptop as well unfortunately. Available in black or pearl white as well, all three allow the Apple logo to shine through when lit up, a nice effect. The logo and branding are minimal, and it really does snap on readily, with only a bit of care required to take off the case. Those who have noticed it have liked it, but for the most part, it's barely visible, and thus only adds some durability to Apple's lovely design. Runs about $55.