Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Is a Hexpact case or AppleCare better for your piggy bank?
You’ve just made the great decision to buy a new MacBook. Now it’s time for an equally important decision – how will you protect it?
A protective Hexpact MacBook case is one option, but there’s also AppleCare. Which is the better deal and the best protection for your MacBook?
Before you decide either way, take a look at the pros and cons, including cost and level of protection. After this, you’ll easily be able to tell which is right for you.
AppleCare is typically the first thing people think of it when it comes to MacBook protection, so let’s take a look at it first. When it comes physical protection, AppleCare does nothing. You have to damage your MacBook before AppleCare comes into play. That doesn’t help you if the hard drive is irreparably damaged and you didn’t have your files backed up.
With a Hexpact MacBook case you get immediate physical protection from the moment you place it on your MacBook. The honeycomb design is made to help distribute the impact from a fall, protecting the MacBook itself from damage. The case is made of polycarbonate and TPU for stronger protection against impacts.
However, a common problem with protective cases is they’re not properly vented, so even if it does protect from falls, it causes the device to overheat. The Hexpact case is fully vented and has rubberized legs to elevate your MacBook slightly when in use to ensure safer operating temperatures.
Cost Of Each
While the protection part is great and all, you’re probably more concerned about the cost, at least upfront. Once again, let’s start with AppleCare.
The AppleCare+ plan for Macs is $249. If the screen or external enclosure are damaged, it’ll only cost you $99 to have it repaired. Other types of damage cost $299 to repair. This is in addition to the original plan price. One additional benefit is 24/7 access to customer service via phone or chat to discuss any issues you may be having with your MacBook.
The Hexpact case is just $49.99 and doesn’t require you to damage your MacBook before it starts protecting it. However, if you do manage to damage your MacBook, such as dropping it in water, the case doesn’t provide any coverage for repairs. Think of it as preventative care only. However, you’ll save nearly $200 and avoid most types of MacBook damage.
AppleCare is only applicable for up to two incidents during the life of the warranty. This means if you happen to drop your MacBook three times and the screen is damaged every time, you’ll pay $99 each for the first two issues, but full price (which varies based on your model) for the third incident.
The Hexpact MacBook case is designed to last through numerous incidents for the same exact price. If you ever notice any damage to the Hexpact case, this may indicate the case is wearing out and you should consider buying a new one. However, these are made to stand up to rigorous use.
Years Of Protection
Finally, you have to consider how long each option protects your MacBook. With AppleCare, your original 90 day warranty is extended to three years. After that, you’ll have to pay full price for any damages that occur.
A Hexpact case is made to last for years. With standard use, your case may easily last for the lifetime of your MacBook. For those who travel often and have slippery hands when it comes to handling their MacBooks, you may need to eventually buy a replacement, but that could easily take years.
The final verdict is a Hexpact case is the better deal. It’s cheaper, yet far more effective at preventing damage to begin with. After all, it’s always better to prevent than to have to repair later.
Interested in learning more about cases that help protect your MacBook? Check out iBenzer’s line of stylish, yet durable MacBook cases.