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potentpotable
Dec 11, 2010, 11:26 PM
Simple as that. I haven't seen any.

Oh, and manilla envelopes don't count. ;)



dmelgar
Dec 11, 2010, 11:53 PM
How about this? http://cgi.ebay.com/MacBook-Air-11-11-6-Memory-Foam-Case-Pouch-Sleeve-Bag-/140486425873?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b5a4bd11#ht_2818wt_1141

I haven't tried it. I paid $35 for some case that still hasnt even shipped and I ordered it mid last week.

potentpotable
Dec 11, 2010, 11:55 PM
Nice, we have a contender! :D

This almost makes the cut: rooCASE Carrying Bag for 11.6" (http://www.amazon.com/rooCASE-Netbook-Carrying-MacBook-11-6-inch/dp/B004C4IHEQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1292132086&sr=1-4), still a fantastic deal.

teski
Dec 12, 2010, 12:09 AM
You drop $1000+ on a sweet laptop yet you're only willing to spend $10 or less on protection for it when you carry it around?

bowlerman625
Dec 12, 2010, 01:06 AM
You drop $1000+ on a sweet laptop yet you're only willing to spend $10 or less on protection for it when you carry it around?

Thank you! As I read the first post this is exactly what I was thinking!

guitarte
Dec 12, 2010, 03:06 AM
Got this one from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Ultraportable-Neoprene-Notebook/dp/B0018LYCYK/ref=sr_1_39?ie=UTF8&qid=1292144460&sr=8-39

Fits very snug and has a zippered pocket on the outside to hold your power adapter.

jazziethomas
Dec 12, 2010, 06:16 AM
If you really want a protection for your Mac book air, you have to spend a couple of dollars to be assured with the products quality check out this 13" MacBook Air sleeve (http://colcasac.com/macbook-sleeve)

barmann
Dec 12, 2010, 07:53 AM
Nice, we have a contender! :D

This almost makes the cut: rooCASE Carrying Bag for 11.6" (http://www.amazon.com/rooCASE-Netbook-Carrying-MacBook-11-6-inch/dp/B004C4IHEQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1292132086&sr=1-4), still a fantastic deal.

Wow, that's false advertising , it's not for the MBA - you can put one into it, same with hundreds of netbook cases and sleeves , but it's not designed for a proper fit . :rolleyes:

Lefort1
Dec 12, 2010, 09:12 PM
Got this one from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Ultraportable-Neoprene-Notebook/dp/B0018LYCYK/ref=sr_1_39?ie=UTF8&qid=1292144460&sr=8-39

Fits very snug and has a zippered pocket on the outside to hold your power adapter.

How snug are we talking? Any risk of the zipper scratching the 11.6" MBA while closing it? Is it chunky on the outside or pretty slim?

potentpotable
Dec 13, 2010, 01:28 AM
You drop $1000+ on a sweet laptop yet you're only willing to spend $10 or less on protection for it when you carry it around?
Thank you! As I read the first post this is exactly what I was thinking!

What, do you guys kill zombies with MBAs or something?

In four years of owning notebooks, I've only ever dropped a VAIO once, and that was a blatantly stupid mistake of putting it on my bed and forgetting about it. It's never happened since, and it will never happen again.

I'm looking for a cheap sleeve or bag to carry it around in so I don't have to always hold it in my hands like a newborn child. Even with a sleeve, I'll secure it inside a messenger bag.

Wow, that's false advertising , it's not for the MBA - you can put one into it, same with hundreds of netbook cases and sleeves , but it's not designed for a proper fit . :rolleyes:

Yeah it's not, but the dimensions of the bag are very slim and small nonetheless. The more I think about it, the more I realize that it might be perfect for students like me lugging around their Air and their printed notes and maybe a small textbook. I'm seriously considering getting it now, especially given that there are no other "fitted" messenger bags of comparable price.

Meric
Dec 13, 2010, 01:38 AM
I got a belkin sleeve with shoulder strap for 15 at amazon.com...

idiiamots
Dec 13, 2010, 03:06 PM
I ordered this today. Will know in a week how good it is:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017Q4ZXO/ref=oss_product

Mechinyun
Dec 13, 2010, 03:55 PM
How about this? http://cgi.ebay.com/MacBook-Air-11-11-6-Memory-Foam-Case-Pouch-Sleeve-Bag-/140486425873?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b5a4bd11#ht_2818wt_1141

I haven't tried it. I paid $35 for some case that still hasnt even shipped and I ordered it mid last week.



I bought this one recently, its great, under 10 bucks and fast shipping. Fits snug, no zippers, encases the entire laptop. Reversible, either black or red.

Recommended!

ITASOR
Dec 13, 2010, 04:24 PM
I got this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sumo-ME-SUMO77101-11-6-Inch-Graffiti-Netbook/dp/B001W0Y3QY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1292278957&sr=8-8

It fits pretty well and is good quality. You can turn the whole thing inside out if you don't like the design on the top.

arc918
Dec 13, 2010, 05:49 PM
I bought this one recently, its great, under 10 bucks and fast shipping. Fits snug, no zippers, encases the entire laptop. Reversible, either black or red.

Recommended!

I went back and forth on everything out there, but I finally took the cheap bastard route and went with the $10 ebay case as well. I figure I can always pony up for a fancier one in the future if this one doesn't fit my needs.

1rottenapple
Dec 13, 2010, 08:58 PM
Can you guys recommend a semi snug case for an 11.6 in? I'd like to put it in my messenger bag.

GT-R
Dec 14, 2010, 04:27 PM
yes it does

i bought this case for $2 + tax, came out to be $2.25
from my local Daiso, which is like a japanese $2 store (if your not familiar)

they have these sleeve bags for all laptop sizes, and low and behold, this one is the exact same measurements as the macbook air. The zipper is a little tight, i might take it apart and have a larger zipper installed but yeah, very very happy with this case.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/gtsanga/photo1.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/gtsanga/photo.jpg

potentpotable
Dec 15, 2010, 06:12 AM
yes it does

i bought this case for $2 + tax, came out to be $2.25
from my local Daiso, which is like a japanese $2 store (if your not familiar)

they have these sleeve bags for all laptop sizes, and low and behold, this one is the exact same measurements as the macbook air. The zipper is a little tight, i might take it apart and have a larger zipper installed but yeah, very very happy with this case.

Awesome!! There's nothing like that where I am (there's only one Canadian store, and it's in BC), and I doubt dollar stores are going to have anything worthwhile...

What's the sleeve bag made out of? Is it washable?

Psychmike
Dec 15, 2010, 07:08 AM
You drop $1000+ on a sweet laptop yet you're only willing to spend $10 or less on protection for it when you carry it around?

I wager accessory makers love your kind of thinking. Just because the laptop is expensive, it doesn't mean that a sleeve for it should be. Money has to go into initial design but a sleeve is essentially made of sewn material. The pattern (and therefore labor) isn't very difficult (one continuous seam).

The cost of a protective sleeve should only be dependent on the cost of the laptop if that cost goes into better protection (materials, design, etc.). I walk into BestBuy and see hundreds of cheap cases and sleeve for netbooks for under $15 that are made of exactly the same materials as cases and sleeves for the iPad which cost $75.

barmann
Dec 15, 2010, 08:33 AM
I wager accessory makers love your kind of thinking. Just because the laptop is expensive, it doesn't mean that a sleeve for it should be.

Fair point.
And I own an MSI Wind that actually came with a sleeve that's not too shabby - that's a $300 netbook.

molala
Dec 15, 2010, 09:56 AM
I wager accessory makers love your kind of thinking. Just because the laptop is expensive, it doesn't mean that a sleeve for it should be.

+1

A well-fitted piece of neoprene with a zipper works as well whether it's $10 or fancy-branded at $75.

GT-R
Dec 15, 2010, 12:19 PM
Awesome!! There's nothing like that where I am (there's only one Canadian store, and it's in BC), and I doubt dollar stores are going to have anything worthwhile...

What's the sleeve bag made out of? Is it washable?

i believe its a neoprene material, i cant read japanese and i threw away the tag... it feels like any other laptop bag, its soft on the inside as well as outside and i love it vs regular sleeves because it has a zipper to hold it in.

i mean for $2 u cant go wrong lol, i am looking to grab a laptop bag on top but for now it offers protection from scratches

and its probably washable, i dont see why not

Cerulean Scar
Dec 15, 2010, 12:40 PM
There is nothing wrong with wanting to save a buck, but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I feel sorry for someone who buys a cheap case only to find that the zipper carves grooves into your laptop from the inside of it.

I'm currently holding out for Speck to drop something for the updated model.

Wicked1
Dec 15, 2010, 01:19 PM
Simple as that. I haven't seen any.

Oh, and manilla envelopes don't count. ;)



Just curious that you spend so much on a MBA then go cheap on a Case? Why? Again not trying to poke fun as I am not sure of your finances, but being that the HW cost so much, you would think you would spend less to protect your investment?

arc918
Dec 15, 2010, 01:37 PM
Just curious that you spend so much on a MBA then go cheap on a Case? Why? Again not trying to poke fun as I am not sure of your finances, but being that the HW cost so much, you would think you would spend less to protect your investment?

The erroneous part of your argument is that a more expensive case will do a better job of protecting your MBA.

I can find $75 cases that offers less protection than the $10 ebay neoprene sleeve (no zippers). After that it is just a matter of need, style and preference.

potentpotable
Dec 15, 2010, 10:42 PM
Just curious that you spend so much on a MBA then go cheap on a Case? Why? Again not trying to poke fun as I am not sure of your finances, but being that the HW cost so much, you would think you would spend less to protect your investment?

Agreed with arc918 right above. I bought a $25 SFBags suede sleeve and I dislike it, because it's definitely not worth the money. I try to budget as little as possible because I don't need a case or sleeve...I never put myself in a situation where my notebook could suffer physical damage.

Besides, everyone in this forum is talking about the expensive, common brands - the RFDer in me wants to balance it out!

barmann
Dec 16, 2010, 11:10 AM
Well, I posted this one before - a couple bucks and protects as well as any neoprene sleeve - meaning hardly at all ;) .

jozero
Dec 17, 2010, 01:36 AM
I've been using sleeves from MEC for my last 3 13" macbooks. Unfortunately they don't have one for the 11". MEC is a Canadian outdoor co-op store, the US equivalent would be REI.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442621950&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302886190


$18

RichyB
Dec 17, 2010, 05:53 AM
I got the incase one from ebay for my 13 for 19.99 plus postage. A snug fit but seriously overpriced for what it is.