The Thule Gauntlet 15″ Mac Book Pro Sleeve was one of those love at first sight type of products for me. I thought to myself that I had found the perfect, rugged, slim laptop case for my Mac Book Pro. After all, I was tired of lugging around my laptop on one shoulder strap that would dig into my shoulder as I have the heavier Mac Book Pro – the last to cary a CD/DVD Rom and a non SSD hard drive.
For those of you that own the same Mac Book Pro know how weighty and yet delicate they are, so shaving of some unnecessary weight on the case was most welcome.
This case is built like a boss, by that I mean it is rock solid with premium materials used to provide some serious protection for your Mac Book Pro. I like the textured material on the outer two halves that act as the exoskeleton for your Mac Book Pro to protect it.
Every zipper, decorative logo attached or printed, feels like it should be on the product and more importantly, will stay on it. The decorative depressions embossed on the cover come down into the interior cushioning, that comes in contact with the laptop, in a nice way. The cushioning itself feels fantastic when you run your hands through it and definitely won’t be scratching your precious aluminium laptop. Overall, it is a stunning piece of accessory.
I was very happy with the purchase. The way it feels in hand, especially when the laptop is in it. It just feels built in a way you can tell that was a lot of thought and love in the craftsmanship process. I enjoy throwing a few documents in it with my laptop, as the elastic inside it holds things steady from rocking around while you are on the move. The elastic hinges on the either side of the case, offer nice resistance when using the laptop in the case. Almost as if they are helping the laptop stay in place.
I liked this product so much that I wanted to give a perfect score, until it wreaked havoc. When I got it, I loved using the Mac Book Pro inside the Thule Gauntlet Sleeve. I would unzip it, take the laptop out of the elastic strap and place it inside the sleeve opened at 90°. The problem that arose with that setup was the heat from the Mac Book Pro got trapped inside the sleeve. I didn’t realise this until weeks later, and even then I thought it wasn’t an issue so I continued using it until my Mac Book Pro started giving me weird on-screen behaviour. Eventually my laptop wouldn’t start and I had to book a meeting with the Apple genius bar.
“In true Apple customer service style, they replaced both parts for free that would have cost me collectively about AU$1,500.00.”
Thankfully I had bought an Apple Airport Time Capsule and backed up my data because they later told me my motherboard was fried and the hard drive corrupted. In true Apple customer service style, they replaced both parts for free that would have cost me collectively about AU$1,500.00. Moral of the story? The way the vents of the Mac Book Pro are positioned at the back of the laptop, does not play nice with the Thule Gauntlet Sleeve.
A more minor issue was how the sleeve was not very ergonomic either, as it sits flat on the table with no elevation encouraging bad typing posture. Elevating it manually with some supports at the two back corners should do the trick or improve the way you rest your hands on the laptop.
Conclusion: Thule Gauntlet
15″ Mac Book Pro Sleeve
Thule makes beautiful products, especially outdoors gear. That craftsmanship was almost transferred to this product. The Thule Gauntlet 15″ Mac Book Pro Sleeve was almost the perfect product for my laptop. Instead, now it will be known as the case that fried my Mac Book Pro, and that’s not good. As long as a you use it as a carry case only, you should be fine. You can also place your laptop on top of the covers, however the grooves on top of it still don’t provide good enough air circulation so I still found my laptop heating up.
Despite this poor ventilation flaw, I actually would still recommend this product to someone who wanted to get it but after cautioning them to be careful in it’s use as a rest support or desk top.