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Openbook
Aug 7, 2011, 09:47 PM
Any one have opinions on the best way to protect/travel with your MBA?



i0Nic
Aug 7, 2011, 10:44 PM
I'm interested in this topic too.

I'm looking for a felt type case similiar to Pack and Smooch - http://www.pack-smooch.com/de/shop/apple-macbook-laptop-tasche-hampshire/greylight-brown

Anyone have more suggestions?

stephenvaughn
Aug 7, 2011, 11:10 PM
I second interest in this topic. I looked at some bags and sleeves at TimBuk2.com, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. Or find something not too overly priced.

I want a small bag for the 13" Air with a pocket big enough for the power adapter and possible a pouch for an iPad 2. Cocoon seems to have the closest bag that I want for $70, http://www.cocooninnovations.com/product_info.php?cat_id=50&product_id=226.

Any other suggestions?

mac jones
Aug 7, 2011, 11:21 PM
I second interest in this topic. I looked at some bags and sleeves at TimBuk2.com, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. Or find something not too overly priced.

I want a small bag for the 13" Air with a pocket big enough for the power adapter and possible a pouch for an iPad 2. Cocoon seems to have the closest bag that I want for $70, http://www.cocooninnovations.com/product_info.php?cat_id=50&product_id=226.

Any other suggestions?

It's odd about this company (Timbuk2). I have around 3 laptop cases that I bought a few years ago that are really nice, but I went and looked again yesterday, and they no longer make anything like them: (padded, brief style). They have messenger types only now.

strange ( although a GREAT company :) )

PAC88
Aug 7, 2011, 11:26 PM
I need a case too but a rugged one for my travels. I wish there was a really thin one made out of titanium/carbon fiber with foam on the inside or something. I don't even care if it cost 300

All I found so far is this.. I'll keep looking. Might have to make my own.

http://www.hardcandycases.com/bubble-sleeve-macbook-air-case.html

UPDATE::
Just found this company.. They make 4 different ones for the MBA and you can customize the colors..

http://vajacases.com/

UPDATE 2 !
Exactly what I was looking for but they don't have the MBA version out yet.. only the MBP. So i'll have to wait.

http://www.mach3composites.com/cases.html

BigB82
Aug 8, 2011, 01:03 AM
The bookbook is very nice and unique too but I really was hoping to get something I can carry the charger in as well but bookbook seems nice

i0Nic
Aug 8, 2011, 01:06 AM
I love the Hard Graft cases and bags but they're so expensive!

http://www.hardgraft.com

Anyone know of anything similar and cheaper?

unconvinced
Aug 8, 2011, 01:21 AM
I think the biggest prob with all of Apple's aluminum laptops are dents and slips.

Unlike the plastic laptops my biggest concern w/ a metal body is knocking it & leaving a permanent dent. And I find the aluminum surface is slippery. So I have always gone for a full-body hardcase like a Speck case:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H4634ZM/A

It adds a bit of bulk & weight but I don't need any other sleeve or bag. It improves the grip, and I can throw it anywhere and pull it out & open it right away to use.

lyrrad721
Aug 8, 2011, 01:27 AM
^Would you put a plastic cover over a spankin' brand new Ferrari? Let that MBA show teh sexiness :D

wildonrio
Aug 8, 2011, 01:36 AM
I just got this case and I am LOVING it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZAAFJ2

Only $20 too! It fits very nicely, and the insides are made of some sort of faux velvet that feels comfortable on my wrists. You can leave it on the computer too since it stays on when you open and close it. For this price, it's a great intermediary case while I wait for something better (but this case might actually do as the best case for a while).

blumpkin
Aug 8, 2011, 07:13 AM
Definitely this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Speck-Products-Form-Fitting-13-Inch-SPK-A0227/dp/B004LWN3R0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312805440&sr=1-6

And this is after I tried the $80 Knomo one they sell at the store, and the neoprene Incase one.

h00ligan
Aug 8, 2011, 12:13 PM
I just got this case and I am LOVING it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZAAFJ2

Only $20 too! It fits very nicely, and the insides are made of some sort of faux velvet that feels comfortable on my wrists. You can leave it on the computer too since it stays on when you open and close it. For this price, it's a great intermediary case while I wait for something better (but this case might actually do as the best case for a while).


That looks interesting.. however I see a couple of gotchas.

1) heat dissipation
2) how easy/hard is it to get in and out
3) weight?


Definitely this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Speck-Products-Form-Fitting-13-Inch-SPK-A0227/dp/B004LWN3R0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312805440&sr=1-6

And this is after I tried the $80 Knomo one they sell at the store, and the neoprene Incase one.

There are a TON of neoprene cases just like that on ebay for < $10. The stitching may not be 'as good' but they are soft and work well.. a lot of the neoprene stuff you see is rebranded mass produced, rebranded, and super profit margin.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/quality-carrying-bag-for-13-laptop-black-red-33968

I use a smaller version of that for iPad.. it's fine. It's 90% of the incase sleeves at 1/4 the cost. I actually just ordered the 13"

Don't be put off by the open end bulge in the customer photos, they are horrible photos and just didn't tuck it in. If there's any interest I'll take some photos when it arrives.

YEEZY
Aug 8, 2011, 12:27 PM
I'm interested in this topic too.

I'm looking for a felt type case similiar to Pack and Smooch - http://www.pack-smooch.com/de/shop/apple-macbook-laptop-tasche-hampshire/greylight-brown

Anyone have more suggestions?

check out Etsy for some homemade cases. There are cheaper ones and they come quickly.

stevenpa
Aug 8, 2011, 12:37 PM
Any one have opinions on the best way to protect/travel with your MBA?

There are hundreds of opinions on this forum. All available for a quick and easy press of the enter button in the search box.

honggil
Aug 8, 2011, 12:48 PM
As someone mentioned previously, BookBook is a fantastic one and worth every penny even though it's a tad on the pricey side ($80). The quality, build and protection doesn't fail to disappoint. Furthermore, it's very unique and the design is sweet!

Here's the link, check it out!http://www.twelvesouth.com/products/BookBook_for_Air/

unagimiyagi
Aug 8, 2011, 12:56 PM
It's odd about this company (Timbuk2). I have around 3 laptop cases that I bought a few years ago that are really nice, but I went and looked again yesterday, and they no longer make anything like them: (padded, brief style). They have messenger types only now.

strange ( although a GREAT company :) )

They've gone the way of North Face--commercial. Their quality seems to be much worse than before. Their old bags had laptop sleeves that were so well padded, it was awesome.

Patagonia is next on deck. They've exploded in terms of commercial quality. Before them was Mountain Hardwear.

broboore
Aug 8, 2011, 11:27 PM
I love the Hard Graft cases and bags but they're so expensive!

http://www.hardgraft.com

Anyone know of anything similar and cheaper?

I asked this in another thread but thought I would try here. Is the 13" size meant to fit both the MBA and the MBP? They only have one 13" listed in their site but have a custom size for the 11"

i0Nic
Aug 8, 2011, 11:42 PM
I asked this in another thread but thought I would try here. Is the 13" size meant to fit both the MBA and the MBP? They only have one 13" listed in their site but have a custom size for the 11"

I asked Hard Graft that on Twitter. They are coming out with a new case specifically for the new 13" Macbook Air in September.

The leather 13" case will fit the Air but it won't be a tight fit.
And the Heritage felt case doesn't even come in 13".

I can't wait until September so I'm going with the Pack and Smooch case.

KevinC
Aug 9, 2011, 12:26 AM
I just bought the SmartCase from sfbags.com.. it's expensive but AWESOME and worth every penny, IMHO. Lots of other options from same company too...

http://sfbags.com/products/macbookair-cases/macbookair-cases.php

meistervu
Aug 9, 2011, 02:24 AM
First of all, I normally need to bring more than my 13" MBA so I usually need a bigger bag than one that accommodate the MBA alone. I use a sleeve with a backpack that has a large hydration pocket. Laptop backpacks will work too, but they tend to be too boring for my taste. Below are my short reviews of the sleeves I tried.

1. Hammerhead case http://hammerheadcase.com/_/img/products/sleeves/macbookair13.jpg

It is a really nice case. There is a bit of padding, plus the leather, so my guess is that it's enough for most situations because the MBA is pretty solid to start with.

2. Incase neoprene sleeve

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5197ZM/A/Incase_Neoprene_Slim_Sleeve?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY

It's a decent neoprene sleeve which costs almost as much as the Hammerhead leather case but doesn't look as good in my opinion. I am not sure if it is any more protective than the Hammerhead case. Neoprene feels soft and compresses so easily that I am doubtful as how much shock the material would absorbs. But again the MBA is pretty solid so unless you are going to throw your pack around a lot, I suspect it would survive. I picked it up from the store because it is a vertical sleeve which is simpler to use in the hydration pocket of my backpacks. The pullover top does take a bit more effort but eliminates the need for a zipper.

3. Be-ez LA robe Air 13

http://www.be-ez.com/la-robe-air-black-addict.html

This is by far the most protective sleeve of the 3. It appears to be just slightly thicker than the Incase neoprene sleeve, but is a lot more protective I think. Unlike neoprene, the memory foam stuff that it's made out of is pretty light yet appears to be able to absorb more shock at least several times better than the neoprene material for the same thickness. I could tell by putting my hand inside it and pounding on it. There's a muffled feel as the hand is hit through the bag, unlike the neoprene where you can feel most of the force. the Be-ez also looks better in my opinion: somewhat like neoprene, but much denser in appearance. I got the Be-ez last because I wasn't sure I wanted the zipper top, but now that I tried it out, I prefer the zipper to the pullover top of the Incase.

I am going to keep the Be-ez as it is nicer and more protective than the Incase. I am undecided on the Hammerhead. While it is really nice, it's not as protective as the Be-ez, and the side enclosure means I have to remove it from my backpack to get to the MBA. It would work better in a messenger bag.

The bottom line is, if you want protection, I can't think of a better sleeve than the Be-ez La robe. On the other hand, the MBA feels pretty solid, so if you are reasonably careful, any added protection will do I think. So if you like leather, a leather sleeve will probably be enough. On the other hand, if you decide to go with a neoprene type sleeve, I think the Be-ez la robe is cheaper than most name brand neoprene case, looks better, and is many times as protective from my fist pounding experiment :)

chazmink
Aug 9, 2011, 01:19 PM
I purchased the Mac-case sleeve but plan to get the vintage leather flight jacket as well.
http://mac-case.com/Leather%20Site/MacCase%20PL%20Sleeves.html

http://mac-case.com/Leather%20Site/MacCasePLJackets.html

geekygeek
Aug 9, 2011, 01:23 PM
I have a Speck Clear Case for my MacBook Air 13". It looks pretty good except for the Speck logo on the case. It is easy to put on, but hard to get out. I would not recommend using your bare hands to take off the case. I got cut and bled for like 2 weeks and it stinged. I use a small cloth put it between the cracks and slide it all over the case.

Gator Bob
Aug 9, 2011, 01:34 PM
If heavy duty protection is not a concern Amazon's $29 leather envelope is a neat trick. Looks and hefts exactly like a paper mailing envelope.

Gregabyte
Aug 9, 2011, 04:59 PM
I ordered a speck tuckpack from amazon and I likey it a lot.

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neile45
Aug 9, 2011, 06:52 PM
Cnet posted their top 13" macbook bags right here.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20090272-1/great-cases-for-your-13-inch-macbook/?tag=cnetRiver

FieldingMellish
Aug 9, 2011, 07:56 PM
3. Be-ez LA robe Air 13

This is by far the most protective sleeve of the 3.

I love the robe also. I bought one for my 11 inch.

meistervu
Aug 9, 2011, 07:58 PM
Cnet posted their top 13" macbook bags right here.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20090272-1/great-cases-for-your-13-inch-macbook/?tag=cnetRiver

Unfortunately, the MBA is significantly thinner than a standard 13" laptop, so you won't get a good fit with those cases. I tried a 13" Timbuk2 Quickie and it was too big for the MBA for my taste. The MBA flop around in it.

So if you want a good fit, either get a bag or case that's specific to the MBA, or use a sleeve that's made for the MBA inside another bag. The MBA in a sleeve will probably fit a pocket designed for a standard 13" laptop. This give your more options as there are more bags made for a generic 13". Furthermore, since your MBA is in a sleeve, all you are looking for is a bag with a pocket to fit the sleeve, not necessary additional padding, so addition to a number of typical (boring) computer bags, you can use any bag with the right size pocket like a nice backpack with a hydration pocket.

Abstract
Aug 10, 2011, 06:51 AM
3. Be-ez LA robe Air 13

http://www.be-ez.com/la-robe-air-black-addict.html

This is by far the most protective sleeve of the 3.

......Unlike neoprene, the memory foam stuff that it's made out of is pretty light yet appears to be able to absorb more shock at least several times better than the neoprene material for the same thickness. I could tell by putting my hand inside it and pounding on it.

.....The bottom line is, if you want protection, I can't think of a better sleeve than the Be-ez La robe.


....... On the other hand, if you decide to go with a neoprene type sleeve, I think the Be-ez la robe is cheaper than most name brand neoprene case, looks better, and is many times as protective from my fist pounding experiment :)


Completely agree.

I've recommended the Be.ez LA Robe sleeve in every sleeve thread over the past 4-6 weeks, but I doubt I've convinced anybody has considered it.

Most people seem to want something pretty, and that's it. Buy a nice sleeve if you want, as long as it's going to be carried around in a bag with a laptop compartment! Mine goes into a canvas "man-bag" with no padding or protection. The LA Robe is the only thing protecting my laptop from all bumps, and that includes when I just plop my bag on a table, or the floor.

And I tried punching the material as well. I put my hand inside the sleeve, pounded on top of the sleeve with my other hand, and can barely feel a thing. :)

mgs4
Aug 10, 2011, 08:02 AM
http://www.knomobags.com/uk/macbook-air-13-laptop-sleeve-leather-black.html/

beautiful :D

neile45
Aug 10, 2011, 08:05 AM
Unfortunately, the MBA is significantly thinner than a standard 13" laptop, so you won't get a good fit with those cases. I tried a 13" Timbuk2 Quickie and it was too big for the MBA for my taste. The MBA flop around in it.

So if you want a good fit, either get a bag or case that's specific to the MBA, or use a sleeve that's made for the MBA inside another bag. The MBA in a sleeve will probably fit a pocket designed for a standard 13" laptop. This give your more options as there are more bags made for a generic 13". Furthermore, since your MBA is in a sleeve, all you are looking for is a bag with a pocket to fit the sleeve, not necessary additional padding, so addition to a number of typical (boring) computer bags, you can use any bag with the right size pocket like a nice backpack with a hydration pocket.

There is actually at least one bag in this list that is specifically for the air

macnoobizor
Aug 10, 2011, 08:47 AM
Can't decide if I want the LA Robe or the BookBook. Would the BookBook be worthelss if all I'm going to be doing is carrying it in a backpack? Also, I'm not one to attract attention to myself lol.

Also, anyone know where to buy the LA Robe in Canada?

broboore
Aug 10, 2011, 10:39 AM
I ended up going with the Pack & Smooch. FYI - you can order it from Amazon instead of Etsy or their home site. It actually ends up being a little cheaper and as an added bonus you can use any Amazon credit you may have.

broboore
Aug 10, 2011, 10:55 AM
I asked Hard Graft that on Twitter. They are coming out with a new case specifically for the new 13" Macbook Air in September.

The leather 13" case will fit the Air but it won't be a tight fit.
And the Heritage felt case doesn't even come in 13".

I can't wait until September so I'm going with the Pack and Smooch case.

Thanks for this. I ended up putting my 13" Hard Graft on Ebay and getting a Pack/Smooch.

ZipZap
Aug 10, 2011, 11:09 AM
Completely agree.

I've recommended the Be.ez LA Robe sleeve in every sleeve thread over the past 4-6 weeks, but I doubt I've convinced anybody has considered it.

Most people seem to want something pretty, and that's it. Buy a nice sleeve if you want, as long as it's going to be carried around in a bag with a laptop compartment! Mine goes into a canvas "man-bag" with no padding or protection. The LA Robe is the only thing protecting my laptop from all bumps, and that includes when I just plop my bag on a table, or the floor.

And I tried punching the material as well. I put my hand inside the sleeve, pounded on top of the sleeve with my other hand, and can barely feel a thing. :)

Can you try putting the MBA in the Be.ez LA Robe and hammering it. We need definantive proof it will protect.
:eek:

scenemissing
Aug 10, 2011, 11:30 AM
My favorite by far are the ones from Waterfield. I used to see customers with them when I was working at Apple 10+ years ago, and ended up ordering them for my office when we did our last laptop refresh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJujj_TKtyo

mac jones
Aug 10, 2011, 11:39 AM
I love the robe also. I bought one for my 11 inch.

This is funny. I looked at this and realize that I have one of these for my Wacom Bamboo tablet.

That case is nice. It has a sort of 'hardish' shell with memory foam interior.
Very tuff and light.

I think i'm going to get one of these for the Air (matching set....I know :o )

For the guys just a heads up: These come with pink interiors , and I almost bought one like this as I didn't see it. Don't want pink anywhere near me (except on a women).

I'll stop now.....:)

onthecouchagain
Aug 10, 2011, 12:48 PM
Honestly, this looks great: http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Elite-Leather-Macbook-Messenger/dp/B000H180KE/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312996904&sr=1-2

It was suggested by another user over in the 11" case thread. It makes me regret getting my Speck neoprene sleeve. Has anyone gotten this and can comment on it?

mac jones
Aug 10, 2011, 01:00 PM
Honestly, this looks great: http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Elite-Leather-Macbook-Messenger/dp/B000H180KE/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312996904&sr=1-2

It was suggested by another user over in the 11" case thread. It makes me regret getting my Speck neoprene sleeve. Has anyone gotten this and can comment on it?

I have one from a different seller (same thing, basically: Cheap China clones (not leather). However, they are very nice, for pleather.

Give it a shot. Not a lot of money. But, you had better like vinyl. :D

dread
Aug 10, 2011, 01:45 PM
Ordered this, but don't have my air or case yet.
http://www.amazon.com/Macbook-Vertical-Sleeve-Shoulder-Strap/dp/B0014I4FPS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1313001822&sr=8-2

onthecouchagain
Aug 10, 2011, 02:19 PM
I have one from a different seller (same thing, basically: Cheap China clones (not leather). However, they are very nice, for pleather.

Give it a shot. Not a lot of money. But, you had better like vinyl. :D

The neoprene sleeve I have was a gift from someone, so I'm inclined to use it, unfortunately. Where/how did you get yours? Could your provide a link? Perhaps I can get one down the line after I've worn down the sleeve I have now, or something. >__<

mactoss
Aug 10, 2011, 03:54 PM
I am looking for a sleeve as well for my 13 MBP. A friend of mine has a 15 MBP and has a case by "builtny Platform" which is only made for the 15' models and it is the exact case I'm looking for. I want a case that obviously protects with padding but also can be used while still in sleeve like this one. If anyone knows of any cases other then the Thule 13' on the apple site please let me know!

This is the builtny platform case that is ONLY MADE FOR 15' MBP!
http://www.builtny.com/platform-laptop-case-15-4-inches-wide-prod.html

The Thule case looks like this and if I can't find anything else I'm going to go with it but I would like something else that isn't so ugly!

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H3422LL/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY

FieldingMellish
Aug 10, 2011, 03:57 PM
This is funny. I looked at this and realize that I have one of these for my Wacom Bamboo tablet.

That case is nice. It has a sort of 'hardish' shell with memory foam interior.
Very tuff and light.

I think i'm going to get one of these for the Air (matching set....I know :o )

For the guys just a heads up: These come with pink interiors , and I almost bought one like this as I didn't see it. Don't want pink anywhere near me (except on a women).

I'll stop now.....:)

Har Har. Mine was bring yellow inside. They have color combinations.

Another thing about the robe is that the zipper is offset, with deep padded lips underneath it. Even though the zipper teeth are plastic, your mac doesn't go near them. And when you zip it up, the offset creates a clearance all around. Ingenious; subtle.

mactoss
Aug 10, 2011, 06:47 PM
I am looking for a sleeve as well for my 13 MBP. A friend of mine has a 15 MBP and has a case by "builtny Platform" which is only made for the 15' models and it is the exact case I'm looking for. I want a case that obviously protects with padding but also can be used while still in sleeve like this one. If anyone knows of any cases other then the Thule 13' on the apple site please let me know!

This is the builtny platform case that is ONLY MADE FOR 15' MBP!
http://www.builtny.com/platform-laptop-case-15-4-inches-wide-prod.html

The Thule case looks like this and if I can't find anything else I'm going to go with it but I would like something else that isn't so ugly!

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H3422LL/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY


BUMP Someone has to be able to help!!!!1

Bob Coxner
Aug 10, 2011, 07:21 PM
I just got this case and I am LOVING it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZAAFJ2

Only $20 too! It fits very nicely, and the insides are made of some sort of faux velvet that feels comfortable on my wrists. You can leave it on the computer too since it stays on when you open and close it. For this price, it's a great intermediary case while I wait for something better (but this case might actually do as the best case for a while).

I have one of these for my iPad and it's great.

broboore
Aug 10, 2011, 08:43 PM
BUMP Someone has to be able to help!!!!1

BookBook by Twelvesouth.

http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/

ScottBx
Aug 14, 2011, 11:17 PM
Be-ez LA Robe owners: Is this case a tight fit for the 13" MBA? It is hard to see the actual fit from the videos on YouTube.

I am looking for something with a comfortable fit (not too tight to use easily), but not something so big that the MBA can slide around.

Thanks.

Scott B.

meistervu
Aug 15, 2011, 12:56 AM
Be-ez LA Robe owners: Is this case a tight fit for the 13" MBA? It is hard to see the actual fit from the videos on YouTube.

I am looking for something with a comfortable fit (not too tight to use easily), but not something so big that the MBA can slide around.

Thanks.

Scott B.

Yes, I got the one made specifically for the 13" MBA and it fits really well. It's not as stretchy as neoprene, not as tight as a typical leather case, so it slips in easily.

If you want to be critical, the MBA is wedge shape - thicker near the hinge and thinner at the front. The Be-ez LA Robe is the same on both side, so there is a bit of extra room on one side, unlike the Hammerhead leather case I has where the fit is tight. But it's not a bad fit at all, and it save you the trouble of having to figure out which side line up the MBA thin or thick side when you put the thing into the sleeve.