REVIEWED: Twelve South BookBook for MacBook Air

The most portable laptop gets the book thrown at it by this unique retro cover, but it’s not as tight a fit as it should be

Price as reviewed: £80

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Why would anyone want to make an expensive machined aluminium laptop look like a dusty old book? We’re not convinced about the reasoning behind the retro styling of the Twelve South BookBook for MacBook Air, but it’s certainly unique.

Judge a book by its cover

Olde worlde or not, the Twelve South BookBook for MacBook Air is mostly functional. While outside is a red and brown spine and a worn leather-look (though it’s not leather all), inside is a soft interior designed to keep a MacBook Air safe from scratches.

Two sizes

Available for both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, the Twelve South BookBook weighs either 354g or 381g. It zips-up around three sides to create a pretty sturdy package that can easily be inserted into inflight luggage.

Slippage

However, when unfurled for working, the elastic security tags across the top corners of the screen that keep a MacBook Air in place can’t stop a large space appearing at the top that leaves everything feeling a bit loose. It could also do with some corner fasteners on the keyboard, too.

Style over substance

A decent effort, but the Twelve South BookBook for MacBook Air is more about its retro look – one that perhaps offers a secure disguise – than on-the-go- productivity.