Hardshell case for teenager's Macbook Air?

We're buying a refurbished 13-inch Macbook Air for our daughter, who's sixteen. She's about as conscientious as any other teenager, which is to say not very, so she's definitely going to drop the computer multiple times. We want to buy a rugged case for it--the closest equivalent we can find to an Otterbox--to protect it. This is the best option I've found so far--

https://www.stmgoods.com/product/macbook-air-13-retina/

--but I wondered if anyone out there has purchased an Air case, and if so, what you might recommend. Thanks.
 

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We're buying a refurbished 13-inch Macbook Air for our daughter, who's sixteen. She's about as conscientious as any other teenager, which is to say not very, so she's definitely going to drop the computer multiple times. We want to buy a rugged case for it--the closest equivalent we can find to an Otterbox--to protect it. This is the best option I've found so far--

https://www.stmgoods.com/product/macbook-air-13-retina/

--but I wondered if anyone out there has purchased an Air case, and if so, what you might recommend. Thanks.
Unless you want industrial strength protection, I have used Speck clear cases in the past. Good enough for cosmetic protection and for protection against basic bumps. And they preserve the Macbook aesthetic. With that said, Speck seems to have gotten less durable in recent years. Still probably better than most of the other no-name brands. I think the Otterbox is probably a good choice for a student if the computer is going to be get packed and travel with any regularity. If it's just going to be used around the house, then maybe something more like the Speck.
 
Otterbox doesn't make Air cases, unfortunately. I wish there was a close equivalent. So many reviewers (of many different cases) complain that attaching the case, or removing it, cracked the screen of their computer. That's kind of the opposite of the effect I'm going for. This is going to be a long-term research project, looks like. Ugh.
 

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Im trying to figure out still how one drops a laptop computer...

This feels like a problem that doesn't really exist outside of a parent's head.
 

luckiestman

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Im trying to figure out still how one drops a laptop computer...

This feels like a problem that doesn't really exist outside of a parent's head.
Wonder if it is a dropping it (when in use) issue, or throwing it in a bag and tossing the bag around kind of issue which probably has a different solution
 

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Im trying to figure out still how one drops a laptop computer...

This feels like a problem that doesn't really exist outside of a parent's head.
I see it somewhat frequently. It's more “knocking it off the footstool/ottoman/whatever that you'd perched it on to work/Zoom” than actually dropping it, but same net effect.
 

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Im trying to figure out still how one drops a laptop computer...

This feels like a problem that doesn't really exist outside of a parent's head.
How does one drop anything?

I’ve done it with almost every laptop I’ve had, especially pre- and post-MagSafe tripping over the cord. Here’s a nice ding on my current work machine.

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mr_smith02

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Im trying to figure out still how one drops a laptop computer...

This feels like a problem that doesn't really exist outside of a parent's head.
I teach middle school kids who all have their own Chromebook, I can assure you this is not a problem that only exists in parents' heads.