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Comparison to Moshi PalmGuard
on February 24, 2015
I have been a loyal user of the Moshi PalmGuard for many generations of Macs, recommending it and installing it on many friends' and family members' Macbooks, Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros.
When my own Moshi PalmGuard started wearing down (I had a scratch from a ring that took off the top coating of the PalmGuard--so it gradually got easier and easier to take the coating off and have small grey specks all over the place...Macbook itself was unharmed if you were wondering), I wanted a replacement fast. Since Amazon prime doesn't have the Moshi PalmGuard for MBP retina, I opted to try this Uppercase Palm rest.
The Uppercase is more or less identical to the Moshi PalmGuard for a cheaper price, except for three things:
1. The Uppercase feels a bit smoother than the Moshi. I have grown accustomed to the Moshi PalmGuard and prefer the Moshi feel that was just a tad bit rougher and felt more like real aluminum of the Mac in my opinion--but many users may prefer the Uppercase smoother feel.
2. The Uppercase is a bit more noticeable than the Moshi in terms of blending into the Mac. Hard to quantify, but if I said that the Moshi color matchup to the Mac was almost 99% identical--the Uppercase is probably 90% identical to the Mac. Still, you probably won't notice it if you aren't looking for it. I'm not sure if it is more noticeable because of the color or texture, or perhaps because of point number 3...
3. This is the only real CON I found with the Uppercase: While the protector looks like it is precision cut and fits the Mac perfectly, there is something a bit annoying about the outer edge/the entire outer perimeter of the protector--there are small bits protruding that makes the EDGES FEEL ROUGH. I took a picture of one small part that is more obvious and will show up in photos, but I notice it around the entire edges of the protector, not just in the picture. As you can see, maybe the cut wasn't perfectly clean. I tried scraping the rough edges down which only helped minimally. Hopefully this will go away over time, but it feels and looks just a tad annoying.
Overall, it does the same job as the Moshi PalmGuard for about 8 bucks cheaper. It fits the Mac perfectly and is easy to install. However, the Moshi PalmGuard does blend into the computer better in my opinion, and in my experience the quality control of Moshi is amazing and I have had no issues from the 5 or so I bought over the years with the rough/unclean edges that is currently plaguing my Uppercase. That said, if you aren't as OCD as me, you'll probably love the Uppercase just fine.
NOTE: Make sure, whether buying the Uppercase or the Moshi PalmGuard, that you buy the palm protector SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMPUTER MODEL. Even though the layout of many macs have largely stayed the same over the years so that it looks like you can use a non-retina macbook pro 15" palmguard on a retina macbook pro 15", the thickness of the computers have changed over the years. Specifically, friends and many people on forums have stated trouble with using palm protectors designed for non-retina macbook pros on retina macbook pros due to smaller clearance between the keyboard to screen when closing the retina macbook pro--thus the non-retina palm protectors are too thick for retina macs--WHICH MIGHT DAMAGE YOUR SCREEN WHEN CLOSING. That said, as of the date of this review (Feb 24, 2015), you can only get a palmguard for your retina macbook pro on Amazon for UPPERCASE protectors. If you want a Moshi PalmGuard for your retina Macbook, go to the moshi site, because the moshi ones currently on Amazon are only for non-retina models.
I purchased another Moshi Palmguard for the Retina Macbook Pro 15" off of the moshi website to compare. I discovered that the reason the Uppercase might have the rough/unclean edges is because they designed the palm protector to go all the way to the edges of the palm area of the laptop that the protector is aiming to protect. The Moshi, on the other hand, cut it so that their palm rest protector is just a hair smaller than the laptop, leaving just a fraction of a millimeter of the laptop unprotected from the edge. Thus, you won't notice any rough edges because the protector isn't flush with the edge of the laptop--you can't feel the edge of the protector. Thus, it is a trade-off, a fraction of a mm of less protection so that there aren't annoying edges. That said, a few days of usage and some attempts at smoothing out the edges of the Uppercase protector with just my fingers and some cleaning with a microfiber cloth made the rough edge problem pretty much nonexistent. Still, the Moshi Palmguard does blend into the laptop more and I do prefer the feel/texture of the Moshi over the Uppercase. I will continue using the Moshi I recently bought (cost to return it would not be worth it), but in the future, I will probably purchase Uppercase protectors over Moshi protectors--they are cheaper and pretty much just as good.