View Full Version : 17" PowerBook Carrying Case

Mar 21, 2003, 06:06 PM
Hello everyone,

Like many I'm awaiting the arrival of my new 17" PowerBook. I ordered on 1/26 from the ADC Store. My original est. ship date was 3/11. But come 3/11 that changed to 4/15. I'm hoping it comes soon!

The question I have is:

Are there any folks out there who have there 17"er already and have found a good carrying case for it?

Specifically I'm looking for something small, and compact, preferrably with two-shoulder straps (backpack style).

So far what I've found that I like so far is:

I think the Tom Bihn backpack may be what I end up going with, but if anyone else has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.


Josh Estelle

PS.. this would be my first post on MacRumors... the reason being... I've never owned a Mac before. I've always been a PC and Unix user. But now with OS X about, the BSD Unix core is very appealling. Then with the introduction of the new PowerBook, the decision was obvious. I needed a new laptop, and it needed to be a Mac. Woo hoo, can't wait till it gets here.

Mar 21, 2003, 06:15 PM
i suggest checking out www.timbuk2.com they have great bags and you can customize them too. I've had nothing but great experiences with them.

Mar 21, 2003, 07:17 PM
i saw this one in macminute a few days ago, it seems very nice, well.. it LOOKS very nice :)

Booq Powerbook 17" sleeve (http://www.booqbags.com/ps17.html)

Heart Break Kid
Mar 21, 2003, 07:18 PM
I've ordered and recieved the Brenthaven case from Apple. This thing is the epitimy of form and funtion meeting to create a great case. It's got 2 shoulder straps like you want ( a primary requirment for me as well), it's as sturdy as hell and it doesnt look like a "computer case". With regards to its build, this thing is a beast. It can withstand pretty much anything you throw its way and manage to keep you happy. Its look is pretty important too. People never would suspect that my Brenthaven case housed a goregous $4000, 17" Apple Powerbook. It's probably always better to be a little discreet with your laptop. I cant stop praising this because it's just a great pack. Consider it. I know the price tag is prety hefty in comparison to every other case I've seen so far, but look at it like this - You've already realized that if you want the best you're gonna have to shell out some dough when you bought your 17" PB. This is probably the best case for the computer. I'm not talking about best case in it's cost class - I'm talking about best case period.

We'll consider it. You can buy it through the Apple store like I did, or through thier site www.brenthaven.com

Mar 21, 2003, 10:28 PM
I also have the Brenthaven. This one is HUGE! But I'll keep it.

For daily use, I wil be ordering the macCase when I get my Powerbook, whenever that will be. It looks slim and cool. Check it out - www.jambags.com

Mar 21, 2003, 11:12 PM
The timbuk2 laptop sleeves are VERY nice for the PB17. It fits like a glove.

I got a 'dee dog' sized messenger bag to go with it and I'm very happy with it. They have new commuter computer bags coming out soon. I bet they'll be nice - but I like having the Hypalon liner in my messenger bag for extra water-proof help.

Mar 21, 2003, 11:21 PM
Check out www.sjdesign.com. Their cases are the best I've ever used. I don't know if they ahve a 17", but you can contact them and ask.

Mar 23, 2003, 07:36 PM
Hmmm.... thanks for all your suggestions. The perfect bag hasn't been found yet though....

Wow, I love the modular backpack at http://www.jambags.com/, its unclear if it will hold the 17"er though. If it does this may be the perfect bag.

The TimBuk2 bags look really nice, and I like the customability, but I'm a bit concerned about the single shoulder strap. I would much prefer a bag with two shoulders straps. How do you find the strain on your back is? http://www.timbuk2.com/

The Brenthaven looks like a nice bag, but too big and bulky for me. How have you folks found it? Does it seem bulky?

I still like the Tom Bihn "Smart Alex" alot. http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=TB0103&Product_Count=2&Category_Code=17POWERBOOK
Its got a good look and seems pretty streamlined.

Also the MarWare bag, http://www.marware.com/Overview_N_Laptop.html, does have a nice look to it.

I like how the Shaun Jackson bag (http://www.sjdesign.com/) opens up into a 'desk' like setup. But it seems like a bit of a bulky backpack. (plus not sure if it'll fit the 17"er)

The booq bag looks like you're standard laptop bag to me. Looks nice, but nothing particularly special about it. http://www.booqbags.com/ps17.html

Let me know if you guys come across anything else nice.


Heart Break Kid
Mar 23, 2003, 08:58 PM
with regards to the brenthaven bag and its bulkiness - it feels like a standard backpack. It's not overly bulky. Its about the same size as the one I take to school everyday. Its far less cumbersome then your average leather-clad single strap laptop case. It also has more then enough room for storage and offers more then an adaquate amount of protection. No one wants to see a cracked screen if you accidently drop your bag.

I hope that helps

Mar 24, 2003, 12:09 AM
Maybe ebags.com may have something that interests you.

Best of luck. :D

Mar 24, 2003, 02:03 AM
i'm a big fan of bags from willow design. i, too, have been on the lookout for compact, full-fefatured bags that give me extra storage space (for papers and folders) beyond just the computer. i like the sleekness of sleeves, but sometimes they just don't feel like enough. i HATE the bags that come with dell computers... they're like suitcases. though, they have tons of compartments.

http://www.willowdesign.com/WillowAppleCatPORT.html not only do they have a HUGE selection of different types of bags specifically designed for apple's portables. they also have a huge amount of options for slightly different versions of their bags.. so you can find one that you like, then find a version that's slightly thinner, or slightly larger, or opens with a flap, or opens with a zipper, etc, etc.

their new "vermillion" powerbook slipcase for the 17 incher orients the 'book vertically, for ease in carrying....

Mar 24, 2003, 08:32 PM
I was looking at all the links on this thread and it amazed me that most of the cases were soft not hard cases. I was wondering (if anyone happens to know) why don't they make more hardcases?

For example, if they made a slim attache like the Zero Halliburtons which looked similar to the 17" PB in color in shape and was:

1.) slick, hard case on the outside with plenty of fabric padding on the inside;

2.) maybe a section of the case that conformed to the shape of the adapter so as to minimize the adapter's presence and bulk in the case,

3.) and had optional hooks on the outside which would allow single or double shoulder straps to be added,

wouldn't that make a little more sense? I would be afraid that if it wasn't a hard case that the 17" might get tossed around and the screen broken. But that's just me.


Heart Break Kid
Mar 24, 2003, 08:35 PM
hard case?

soo oogly

why dont you just use that box it came in?
the box has a handle
pleanty of "storage room"
has a spot for the adapter and stuff


Mar 24, 2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by Heart Break Kid
hard case?

soo oogly

why dont you just use that box it came in?
the box has a handle
pleanty of "storage room"
has a spot for the adapter and stuff


I would probably use one, but the Zero Halliburtons are just so slick. Are you familiar with them? What got me thinking along these lines was an article on Wired.com wherein Mac modders in Japan were doing things like taking the guts of an ibook and putting them in Zero Halliburton cases and they were really looking sharp.

Very space-agey. Anway, thanks for the input. Maybe I'll look for my old iBook shipping box and see how that looks carrying it around town. :D

Mar 24, 2003, 11:29 PM
If I was ONLY carrying my laptop around, I'd by a zero Halliburton in a heartbeat. Those are some TOUGH MOFO'S and your machine will be just fine inside one of them and withstand virtually any abuse.

Also, the ZH's are only 2" thick (if memory serves) so it's nothing like carrying around the box - about 8" thick.

Regarding the Timbuk2 strap - you don't wear it like a backpack. The strap goes across your chest "messenger style" and it is WAY more comfortable than any backpack. It puts pressure on your chest and increased surface area and I notice zero strain on my back. It is very very nice. It took me a couple of days to adjust to it since I've had a backpack for a billion years. I'll never go back.

If you get a Timbuk2 - I'll warn you that the Green on the laptop sleeve fabric is significantly brigther than 'tea green' should be. It's not bad - it's just not what I was expecting.

I still recommend Timbuk2 - some of the others I've seen are just cheap ripoffs.