I have had several MacBooks over the years and have used the Speck shell cases for most. Thus, my reference points are the similar Speck products. I purchased this Incase version for my wife's 2015 MacBook Pro because she likes the color. The case is aesthetically very nice, with a textured look not on the surface but molded within the translucent plastic. The outer surfaces are rather slippery; most people will of course handle their laptop carefully, but I can see the possibility of an accident if one is distracted or otherwise not paying attention when picking up their computer. Fit and finish are very good otherwise. The Speck cases I have used all had a slightly tacky coating on the outer surfaces, which until now, comparing with the Incase version, I had not really thought of as a safety feature. One tradeoff about that tacky coating is that at least for me, the coating would begin peeling off in spots after a couple years of daily use carrying the laptop between meeting rooms all day. So it could be that the Incase version will be more durable over time, we'll just have to see. My suggestion is that you touch the actual Incase product before deciding on it. It would be best to try it on your actual laptop as the weight could change your perception of whether or not the plastic surface is an issue for you.