Trina Turk MacBook Case Review – Bright & Cheerful Protection

Trina Turk MacBook Case

The Trina Turk MacBook Case

I’ve been guilty of playing it safe bland by keeping my mobile devices inside black, brown, and beige accessories … not that there’s anything wrong with that. But every now and then I do like to carry something that pops a bit more, and that’s where the Trina Turk for M-Edge MacBook Case comes in.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

For those who didn’t know, Trina Turk is a California designer who is known for splashy graphic designs that are heavily influenced by her appreciation for the 1960s and ’70s era. Trina opened her first retail boutique in 2002, and now she has seven; you can also find her designs at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales. While Trina’s clothing isn’t necessarily budget-priced, a judicious shopper (like me) can easily pick up a few signature pieces without breaking the bank; I find her clothing to be bright, cheerful, and borderline preppy.

The Trina Turk for M-Edge MacBook Case is the perfect example of what I’m talking about. Trina’s Ladybug design is composed of signature Black circle-Ts that pop on a white background, and every now and then a lime green circle-T appears to keep things from being too somber. The result is a design that is playful, and yet not disrespectful. The case is also available in the gorgeous “Crazy Botanical” and the slightly manic “ZigZag” patterns.

The M-Edge site lists the case’s exterior as printed satin; the back of the packaging mentions that the fabric has been Scotchgard treated, and it appears to be a water and stain-resistant material that should hold up well through regular use. The sleeve measures approximately 15″ wide x 10.5″ tall x 1″ thick. On the front, there is a bright brass plaque with an embossed circle-T logo with Trina Turk underneath.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

On the back of the sleeve, there is an 8″ long black zipper with a bright 1.25″ long brass zipper pull.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

Trina Turk MacBook Case

The Trina Turk MacBook Case has solid brass hardware

The interior of this 12″ deep pocket is lined in green satin, and it would be the perfect place to stow the MacBook’s charger and a spare cable or two.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

The interior of the Trina Turk MacBook Case pocket is lined in soft satin

Tugging on another 1.25″ long brass zipper pull opens the zipper on the top of the sleeve and exposes the bright green microfiber interior. The sleeve’s interior is thickly padded on the front and back, however there is no real padding on the sides, top or bottom. Due to the stiff trim that rings the diameter of the case on its front and back edges, I suspect that the MacBook carried inside would be protected in the event of a fall; if inside a laptop bag, doubly so.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

The sides of the Trina Turk MacBook Case are plushly padded

My 15″ MacBook Pro fits inside perfectly with a little bit of room to spare.

Trina Turk MacBook Case

I really like the new Trina Turk for M-Edge tech accessory cases for a couple of reasons, not the least of which being that unlike Tory Burch, Trina is making fashionable accessories for more than the iPhone 4/4S. There are accessories for the iPhone 5, the iPad 2/3/4, and the iPad mini. Trina’s designs are protective, but they are also beautiful and fun; these are accessories that have personality, but they will still work in all but the most conservative professional environments.

The Trina Turk for M-Edge Laptop & MacBook sleeve is available directly from M-Edge or from the Trina Turk site.

MSRP: $59.99

What I Like: Bright cheerful designs with fashionable flair; sides are thickly padded; solid brass hardware; Scotchgard treated fabrics;

What Needs Improvement: Perhaps a little more padding could be added on the sides, top and bottom

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.