In the test: The Booq Viper Hardcase for the MacBook 12 inch

Here in detail you can see the two bulges on the bottom and the lid of the case that the MacBook is padded all around. When you close the zipper, they are pressed together.

I got this a few days ago Viper Hardcase VHC12-BLR from Booq for testing sent. I have for mine though MacBook 12 inches already a cover, but this is quite "wobbly" because it is made of neoprene. It only offers protection through padding that is estimated to be 4-5 millimeters thick.

"Viper" - the 12 "MacBook sleeve from Booq

The Viper Hardcase from Booq, on the other hand, is more of a kind of "hard-shell case" for the MacBook. Even when you touch it, you notice that the top and bottom are made of protective "plates" that cannot be easily bent. In addition, three bars are built into the top and bottom, which also distribute the pressure and thus provide relief. The MacBook is accordingly safe in it.

The Viper Hardcase from booq offers protection for MacBooks from Apple. Here the 13 inch model for the MacBook with USB-C connection. You can clearly see the three bars that offer additional stability (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

The Viper Hardcase from Booq offers protection for MacBooks from Apple. Here the 13 inch model for the MacBook with USB-C connection. You can clearly see the three bars that offer additional stability (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Design and workmanship

As usual from Booq, with the Viper Hardcase you have a high-quality product in your hands. You can tell in the workmanship and also in details like the zipper, which obviously comes from a good brand called YKK. Personally, I haven't heard of it, but the fact that Booq gives a 5-year guarantee on the Viper protective cover shows that they have quality at the start.

The case can be easily opened with a double zipper. With the zipper, care was taken to ensure that it presses the inlay firmly together in the case. This means that there is an additional barrier "behind" the zipper before anything can get to the MacBook. In the photo you can clearly see the lower edge, which has a matching addition to the upper case lid.

Here in detail you can see the two bulges on the bottom and the lid of the case that the MacBook is padded all around. When you close the zipper, they are pressed together.

Here in detail you can see the two bulges on the underside and the lid of the MacBook case ensure that the Apple laptop is padded all around and can withstand a fall from a height. When you close the zipper, they are pressed together.

Splash water test ala Sir Apfelot

After lately already took a shower with a bluetooth speaker, I also tried the case (without my MacBook!) when closed for about 10 seconds in my shower with the water jet and then checked whether moisture had penetrated the case. While it "soaks up" the water on the outside, it has remained dry on the inside. Only after waiting a good 10-15 minutes (without another shower!) Did the fabric feel damp on the inside as well.

I would say that the protective cover is certainly not waterproof (and that is by no means advertised by the manufacturer!), But I would personally call it splash-proof. Nevertheless, the manufacturer does not advertise it, as more professional tests would be required for this designation.

booq MacBook sleeve opened

When open you can see which compartments the booq MacBook sleeve offers: On the left side you can, for example, insert an A4 magazine; The MacBook can be found on the right and USB sticks, adapters, mice and the like can be stowed in the smaller compartments above. You can also pack the MacBook USB-C power supply unit, but then the case is bulging and not so shapely - but it works in principle.

Space and compartments in the Viper Hardcase

With the case, it is particularly important to me that I can accommodate other material. In addition to the compartment for the MacBook, the Booq-Viper Case also offers three other compartments (see photo) in which you can accommodate USB-C adapters, SD card readers, an external hard drive (2,5 inch) and USB sticks .

Since it was asked in the Amazon reviews, I tested it: If necessary, you can also get the USB-C power supply from Apple in and you can zip it. But then of course it is already packed quite "tight".

What I find very practical is that you can put a magazine (like the MacLife or Macwelt) in A4 format in the Viper case. So you can also take a notebook, pen and the like with you if you need something like that on the go.

Protective function: hard case or sleeve?

In the Amazon customer reviews it is discussed whether the Viper case should be called a hardcase or a sleeve. If you look around for "MacBook Sleeves" on the Internet, you will quickly see that sleeves are only thin covers made, for example, of leather, felt, fabric or neoprene. To include the Viper case here would definitely do the Booq case injustice.

Definitely a MacBook case with a protective function: The Viper Case from the "back", where the zippers end.

Definitely a MacBook case with a protective function: The Viper Case from the "back", where the zippers end - here, too, it is very well made.

But: Despite the stability of the MacBook sleeve from Booq, one has to note that the hardcase is of course not an aluminum plate that would protect the MacBook from being exerted punctually strong pressure on the top or bottom of the device (for example when you are using a high heel on the MacBook in the case). But I am relatively sure that the Viper Case protects significantly more than most protective covers, which are only made of a thin material. In any case, the Viper case is well protected from scratches and the like.

My conclusion on the Booq Viper Hardcase

I've been using the Booq Viper for a few weeks now and have never used my old MacBook sleeve since then. Somehow it feels a lot safer to carry your MacBook in a Viper case than in a thin sleeve. The additional compartments that the case offers are also a practical addition that I didn't have before. There was only one large pocket on my old case, which was attached to the outside and accordingly neither provided for tidiness nor protection.

If you are looking for a good "transport case" for your MacBook with space for accessories, the Viper Case is the best choice. It is available, for example, from Amazon:

In addition to the 12-inch version that I tested, you will also find models for other sizes that fit the MacBook Pro (also Retina) as well as the MacBook Air:

Different colors on offer

If you find black too boring, you can also get color variants in gray, sand and purple in stores. You can find all color variations in Amazon with this link.

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