iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case with Free Keyboard Cover for Model A1278 13-inch Regular Dis

Brand: mCover
EAN: 0887590351916
Category: Personal Computers (Bags, Cases & Sleeves)
Price: $11.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 9.12 x 13.00 x 1.12 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.63 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iPearl mCover® Collection for  MacBooks
Product Highlights:
+ Designed to fit perfectly with the 13.3" MacBook Pro with Regular Display, model A1278
(part number MB466LL/A or MB467LL/A or MB990LL/A or MB991LL/A or MC374LL/A or MC375LL/A or
MC700LL/A or MC724LL/A or MD313LL/A or MD314LL/A or MD101LL/A or MD102LL/A, etc.)

+ Made of High-Quality High-Strength DOW polycarbonate plastic
+ Built-in ergonomically designed foldable feet to let you type more comfortably. It also helps your MacBook Pro to stay cool
+ Rubber feet on the front side to prevent from slipping on smooth surface
+ No interference with Open/Close of MacBook and access to all ports(USB,ThunderBolt,DVD,SD Card,Power,Audio,etc)
+ The MacBook Pro's original heat ventilation grill is NOT blocked. Extra slots on the bottom cover were built in for better heat dissipation all the time
+ Multiple vibrant popular colors available!
+ Made under license of US Patent 7,643,274

This case is NOT compatible with:
— 13" A1425 / A1502 MacBook Pro with Retina display.
— 13" white MacBook, 15.4" MacBook Pro and 11.6"/13.3" MacBook Air.

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(Updated on 8/25/2014)


  • Made of USA-made high-quality translucent DOW polycarbonate material, which is shatter-proof and will protect your 13-inch Aluminum Unibody MacBook Pro with 13.3-inch regular display and black keyboard, model A1278, all around.
  • Custom designed to perfectly fit all A1278 with part number MB466LL/A or MB467LL/A or MB990LL/A or MB991LL/A or MC374LL/A or MC375LL/A or MC700LL/A or MC724LL/A or MD313LL/A or MD314LL/A or MD101LL/A or MD102LL/A.
  • NOT compatible with the 13-inch Macbook Pro with 13.3" Retina Display released in October 2012, model A1425 / A1502. NOT compatible with 13-inch model A1342 (part number MC207LL/A MC516LL/A) white plastic MacBook released after Oct. 20th, 2009. NOT compatible with 13-inch model A1181 original white/black plastic MacBook released before Oct. 20th, 2009.
  • Ergonomically designed with retractable feet at the rear bottom to let you type more comfortably. Engraved square window to show Apple logo clearly and make it more stylish. All ports (including ThunderBolt port), battery test button and DVD drive are accessible.
  • 2-piece light-weighted (10 oz or 285g) shell easily snaps on and off. 9 colors (Aqua/Blue/Black/Clear/Green/Orange/Pink/Purple/Red) available.

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Top Reviews

Excellent protection for your MacBook Pro Model A1278
by M. Erb (4 out of 5 stars)
June 22, 2012

UPDATE: 8/24/2012 - I'm actually removing one star from my rating due to an issue that I have experienced using this hard shell case on my new MacBook Pro. Several other people have reported this issue to me as well. With this new tweaked design of the iPearl mCover, I have noticed that the two tabs on the bottom rear hard shell actually rub against the black plastic piece which is part of the assembly of the top cover of the MacBook Pro. When you slowly open the lid of your comptuer while looking at the tabs, you can clearly see them hitting the black piece as it slides into the case of the MacBook Pro. When the lid of the computer is opened or closed, the two tabs rub against the black piece of the top lid causing either a squeak or clicking sound. This by itself is more of a nuisance rather than a huge problem. However when you go into a quiet room or office meeting and open your MacBook Pro, you may hear this squeak or click. I have a previous version of this mCover and it has a slightly different tab design and that older model does not squeak or click. So I guess what I'm saying is that you may also experience this. But not everyone does. Seems to be a tolerance issue either with the hard shell itself or the MacBook Pro or both.

This is the third iPearl mCover hard shell case that I have purchased. Previously I had purchased a black mCover as well as a blue one.

This case is the aqua color and it might be my favorite color so far. It is also nice to see that iPearl is still improving the already excellent mCover case.

The previous version of the case that I own has two large open areas on the bottom piece of the cover. These open areas leave a good portion of the bottom of the MacBook Pro exposed to potential scratching. The new design eliminates that potential issue by replacing the two open areas with a full width slotted design. This reduces greatly the possibility of something scratching the bottom side of your MacBook Pro.

Other improvements include longer rear feet which slightly increases the angle of the MacBook Pro when the feet are deployed. This makes for a more comfortable typing experience. The feet are a bit fragile however so you must use sensible caution when using the rear feet. The front pads had a tendency to catch on my nylon pack when transporting my MacBook Pro and they occasionally got pulled off the mCover case. I've had to stick them back on several times. I don't consider this to be a serious issue though as they are easily replaceable and using reasonable care should prevent them from falling off at all.

The mCover case is very light and does not add any bulk to the MacBook Pro that is worth mentioning. I like the color and also like that the backlit Apple logo shines brightly through the top case.

I've been very pleased with the protection that this case has given to my previous MacBook Pros and feel that the improvements in the mCover make this an even better value than before. Highly recommended.
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Does what it's supposed to, and rather well.
by Nicholas Norton (5 out of 5 stars)
December 14, 2011

It's a hard case for your MacBook. It does everything that a hard case for your MacBook should do. Easy to put on, and I haven't had any of the problems with the case blocking the power cable that a couple of other people have asked about.

The little feet to prop up the angle of the keyboard are nice.

Honestly, I read like 20 reviews of different cases before saying "screw it, this one is probably fine." I was right. Go for it.
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Not as expected
by KelMarCos (1 out of 5 stars)
April 19, 2017

After much deliberating I eventually decided on this laptop cover because of the high reviews, my choice of color in stock, and the case/keyboard cover combo. After receiving it today, I am majorly bummed to discover the keyboard cover is clear, not the matching aqua color as I expected from the numerous colored keyboards seen in other reviews. Terrible bait and switch advertising. Would not have ordered had I known the keyboard cover would be clear and flimsy. It is also branded right across the spacebar with the product's name...? Again, was not advertised as such, terribly misleading.
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Super easy installation, great protection
by M. Erb (4 out of 5 stars)
June 16, 2011

UPDATE: 9/4/2012 - I have had several purchasers of this case let me know that their case fit their MacBook Pro very loosely. It was hard for me to believe because all three of my mCover cases fit snugly and perfectly. Then I had to get one of my bottom pieces replaced by iPearl and the piece they sent me was loose! It was so loose that the tabs on the front right and front left of the bottom case barely touched the sidews/top of the MacBook Pro. Now I see what the others were complaining about and it makes me wonder whether I was just lucky the first three times. So there may be a quality control issue going on with these cases now. It puts me in a difficult spot because I thought so highly of these cases and now I'm wondering if I can continue to rate them so highly. for now I am going to reduce my rating from 5 stars to 4 stars. I'll update my review again if need be.

What follows is my original review, before I became aware of the looseness issue that some people are reporting.

I looked at a lot of cases for my MacBook Pro before choosing the iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case. It seems that the company has listened to all the issues that were apparently present in earlier incarnations of this case and have brought it to the level where it is today.

I love this case. It was super easy to install and is just as easy to remove from the MacBook Pro if you need to for any reason. Installation is a simple matter of placing the bottom cover on a table, grabbing your MacBook Pro and placing the back end of the MacBook into the case first, then slowly lower the front into the case and gently press the left and right corners of the MacBook down into the case until you hear the tabs "click" into place. Then ensure the back corners are secure. Next, just place the top part of the case over the MacBook lid and again simply push gently on all four corners until you hear the tabs click into place. That's it. In the video I mention clicking in the back corners of the case on the MacBook Pro, actually the clips on the back of the case are on the backside where the airvent is along the back edge of the MacBook Pro... that's why you tip the back of the MacBook Pro into the case first so that it catches those clips.

This version of the case has a matte finish which eliminates the issue of fingerprints and smudges while diminishing the appearance of any minor scratches on the plastic. The Apple logo just barely shines through the Black case but that's OK with me. I think the lighter colored cases would display the logo more brightly then the Black case did. Personal preference I guess. I like the Black case since the bezel around the LCD is black, it just seemed to compliment that.

The feet on the bottom case will raise the MacBook about a 1/2 inch which keeps the laptop cooler since air can circulate easily underneath the MacBook, and the bottom cover has lots of vent slots and cutouts to facilitate cooling as well..

It's a great case and a terrific bargain. I'm tempted to get another color in addition to the Black because I can afford to at this price and a little variety might be nice. I believe this hard shell case compares very favorably with cases that cost two to three times as much. And the company seems responsive and eager to please.

I read somewhere that someone was complaining about the slight "bowing" of the top piece so that it does not actually touch the MacBook case uniformly. It is true that the top piece of the hard shell case has a very slight bowing once it has been installed so that it is not touching the aluminum top in the middle where the Apple logo is. You can press down on the case where the logo area is and it will move down a few millimeters until it touches the aluminum. As far as I'm concerned, this is a non-issue. It does not affect my ability to carry my MacBook Pro in any way... it does not cause the top to pop-off the MacBook when pressed so it's nothing to be concerned about.


Lightweight and fits MacBook Pro perfectly

Matte finish resists fingerprints really well

Retractable "feet" raise back of MacBook for easier typing position and to facilitate air-flow under MacBook Pro

Ports are all accessible, even Magsafe connector is unimpeded

Screen can be fully opened with no restriction caused by hard shell case.

Case is easy to remove if needed

The price is right!


The foot pads may inadvertently get pried out if you're not careful putting this in and out of a bag or pack.

The back retractable feet are a bit fragile so be careful with them.
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The best protective hardshell for several reasons.
by M & J (5 out of 5 stars)
January 31, 2017

My favorite protective case for several reasons that put it above all the other manufacturers. I have been using iPearl mCovers for 7 years now. the built-in features put it at the top of my list. (a) the bottom cover has ventilation holes to keep my computer running cooler (unlike some of the others out there) (b) there are 2 little flip down feet that lift the bottom of the computer up at a slight angle and improve both cooling, and keyboard comfort. (c) they come in a large color range, but even better than many of the others out there, they have a slight texture (dimpling) so you don't lose your grip and drop your Mac or PC on the floor. my cover previous to this one from another company had a rubberized nonslip textured coating, but it starts to wear off and look bad. The Pros will speak for themselves when you purchase one of these, and the Cons are only one that I have found in seven years (1) you can break the little flip down feet if you're not careful, and they tend to break after 4 or 5 years of use. fortunately they are replaceable from the manufacturer.
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Only one problem with this purchase
by Nathan B (4 out of 5 stars)
September 11, 2018

The keyboard cover, while nice in concept, and with a good feel to it, actually can lead to the death of said MacBook Pro. The way that MBP cools down is something of a two part method. One is that it uses the aluminum body as a heatsink(this is why you should only really use it on a flat and hard surface) The second part is that it pulls air THROUGH the space between the keys and pushes it out the crack under the screen at the back of the computer. They keyboard cover basically prevents air from following this path causing a VERY hot computer. The outer shell case is amazing though, just really wish they didn't include a laptop killer with it. (yes I removed a star from my review because of a "freebie")
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by Jo Cobbett (5 out of 5 stars)
October 10, 2019

everything it does.. honestly for this price, it gave my mac durability that is hard to imagine! I've had it since December 5 2015.. that's right almost 4 years. and it's been around the world. australia, nepal, difficult places in my soft backpacks.. it's kept my macbook pro running and able regardless of shocks and challenges. I'm getting a new one tho this one still works fine, because the cover that came with it has finally started to wear and the little support legs the fold down, which help it to breath and ventilate, one has lost it's click that keeps it extended ... it still works, but collapses more easily. Honestly for the price I can't even get a good keyboard protector, and this has BOTH.
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I love how it just snaps on tight and still is ...
by MaxLuke (5 out of 5 stars)
March 5, 2018

Purchased this plastic shell case - cover and bottom and free keyboard cover - to protect my nephew's older 2012 edition MacBook Pro. I love how it just snaps on tight and still is fairly easy to snap off when needed. I personally love the lift "feet" on the bottom of the case bottom cover - which allows for better tilt of the keyboard not only for the user but also allows for better airflow underneath the laptop. When my nephew saw the case and how it went on, he was excited. Teenagers are always rough with their stuff. My hope is the plastic shell case and keyboard cover means, I only have to do a full external clean of his laptop once a year instead of every few months.
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Good ol' nostalgia (and function)
by wascherr (4 out of 5 stars)
August 5, 2018

All of the positive reviews stand correct in my eyes. This case is pretty great.This orange case gives me a nostalgic feeling. It reminds me of when I had a transparent orange Nintendo 64. I wanted this case specifically because of the kick stand legs (and the nostalgia), as I feel it will allow me to type my notes more easily during lectures. The added ventilation is always a plus as well. The top cover fits very snug, very secure. The bottom half, and my only concern with this purchase, is that it isn't as secure as the top half. It seems to slip a bit, even though the added latches are in place. It's the only reason I take 1 star off from otherwise a great case.

I wasn't expected it, but this case also came with a silicone keyboard cover. I ordered the orange case, and it came with an orange keyboard cover. Wouldn't have been my first choice of color for a keyboard cover, I'd rather have a simple clear or black, but this will do the job I suppose. I'll probably take it off since it looks pretty cheesy being orange and all. But I digress.
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A Pleasant Surprise with this Peacock Blue Teal Case
by CoryBroker (5 out of 5 stars)
April 13, 2016

I was surprised by this case. I ordered it as a "backup" in the event that I didn't like the Incase Hammered Hardshell I ordered at the same time. The Incase arrived cracked--not a good indication of it's protective ability. Conversely, the iPearl mCover arrived in pristine condition and I ended up loving it once it was on my computer. It has a frosted texture, two solidly attached clear rubber feet in the front, and two expandable legs in the back that I don't use. There are also two protective "bumps" in the back near the legs that protect the original rubber feet from falling off, as Apple's rubber feet oftentimes do.
I want to address some things mentioned by other reviewers. There are four distinct, smooth dots on the top. These almost unnoticeable dots serve a purpose: if you set the laptop on a table face down, the dots prevent the laptop from sitting directly on the table. I don't know if it is a design improvement, but this case does not appear to have the rectangle on the top mentioned in other reviews. Rather, it is one continuous surface, and it is all the frosted texture. The case allows for the lit Apple logo to shine through the top of the case, and I really appreciate how it looks.

The color is a teal blue. It is difficult to describe, but I'd say it is a translucent aqua with a slight teal tint to it, so that it isn't a true blue. I'd say perhaps you could call it "peacock blue." It is a beautiful color and I get countless compliments on this case. And for the price, I'm satisfied.

Note: it also came with a keyboard skin. I wasn't sure how well this would work, but it surprisingly clings right to the keyboard, and is effortless to remove and reapply for the purposes of cleaning.

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