When it came, it didn't disappoint.
Until, I noticed the first dent. Then, another. And, another.
It seems that the aluminium shell isn't very tough - despite how it looks. I don't know how I scratched and dented mine - only that they appeared within days of using the laptop. I suspect that it's edges are too sharp and, therefore, extremely susceptible to being shaved off by anything they come in contact with - like tabletops and other assorted objects that it can knock against.
I searched around for some (inexpensive) way of protecting it. There were a number of sticker/decal solutions, which didn't sound particularly long-lasting. I was hoping to find a nice clear, gel suit to go around it. No such luck.
While I was searching, I noticed that I was not the only one with tales of woe. Many people were denting and scratching their MacBook Pro, too. Mysteriously, they didn't know how these blemishes came about either.
In the end, I went with the i-blazon Shell Case. It cost me $30 on Amazon Prime and arrived the next day.
I am extremely glad with this purchase. It's an ultra thin, matte black finish shell that comes in two pieces. One, slips over the top of the MacBook - the other, on the bottom.
It's very snug and doesn't add any noticeable weight or bulk. It's cut just right in order to allow all my ports to peek out, so I can access them.
As for the MacBook Pro itself... well, I'm still very happy with it. It's much faster than my MacBook Air ever was - and, even faster than my Quad-core desktop. Most of my applications look fantastic on the Retina display with one or two exceptions. Looking at a regular display afterwards does, well, look a bit fuzzy... so, it's going to be an upgrade that may start to irritate you until you upgrade your iPad to the 3rd version... and all your other non-Retina equipment!
I also bought a Buffalo 1TB Thunderbolt drive. I can't say that the difference in speed is blazing - except watching Blu-Ray movies from it. However, Time Machine is much happier for it. Now, my machine backs up very quickly.
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