Twelve South’s newest edition of the BookBook (Vol 2) has been tweaked slightly. The leather case now fits the newest 12-inch MacBooks, 13-inch MacBook Pros and 15-inch MacBook Pros. I’m using it with the 12-inch MacBook.
Vol. 2 offers all the protection of the previous BookBook, but has also received a bit of a makeover with a 42% slimmer silhouette and a new spine design. It also debuts a hidden document pocket. This feature allows you to carry up to 20 pages of documents (depending on paper thickness), swatches or fabric samples, contracts to be signed, presentations and reference materials.
The quality is obvious as soon as you touch the case. The hard leather front and back assure you that your precious Mac laptop will be in good hands while you’re on the go. Since I am prone to dropping things the reinforced corners give me a sense of security that I have yet to have with any other case.
The inside of the BookBook is covered in a soft felt to ensure the computer has a cozy ride wherever I take it. And taking it anywhere iseasy to do due to the BookBook's lightweight, slim design. While there is a slight bulk to it, it is minimal and only due to the reinforced corners and spine for protection; this is well worth the tradeoff.
The best feature of the case is the quality zipper that completely zips around the computer. This feature not only keeps the computer from falling out of the case, but also protects all of your laptop's ports and drives from being damaged when your are hauling the computer around in a bag. It also keeps unwanted scratches off of the rest of your beloved Apple device.
Each BookBook is made of gorgeous, supple leather. It protects the MacBook in two ways. The BookBook Rutledge has hardback covers, a rigid spine and padded interior. It also disguises your expensive laptop as a vintage book, keeping it out of sight.
When typing on these uneven surfaces it is much easier for a laptop to slip free of the elastic bands that hold the case to the top of the computer. While this is an annoyance that is easy to live with, the BookBook would be unstoppable if the extra bands were added.
The BookBook for the MacBook can be used as a traditional sleeve. Or use the two soft elastic bands to steady your Mac while you work with it resting inside the case. Dual zippers, with leather bookmark pulls, allow you to charge your MacBook while it’s safely stored inside BookBook.
Finally, there’s the beauty of these cases. Twelve South puts quality into all of their products, and the BookBook is their showstopper. Made with artisan leather, this case has been crafted with a new technique for laying multiple layers of color to create the beautiful antique look that the BookBook boasts. Because of this method no two BookBook cases look the same.
While the BookBook Vol 2will set you back a pretty penny at $79.99, it’s worth every one of those pennies.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★