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Jul 31, 2003, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the advice on the ibook purchase over the last couple of days.
Another question:
Do you folks know of a good brand of ibook carrying case or backpack that
1 would be good for a student
2 might possibly hold the ibook, two or three books, and a narrow binder
3 sells for less than the ones on the apple website?

Again thanks for your indulgence.
Cheers from the Newbie

Daveman Deluxe
Jul 31, 2003, 01:49 PM
If I were you, I'd just look around for a backpack that has a built-in laptop compartment. That's what I use and it works like a charm. You're not likely to find a bag specifically for a laptop for less than $70 or a backpack for less than $130. Try OfficeMax, that's where I got my backpack from.

Jul 31, 2003, 02:07 PM
check out the Volt from www.spireusa.com I have a Volt Xl and it fits my iBook excellently and a few texts when I need to take them.

Jul 31, 2003, 02:13 PM
I can't find the one i purchased, but I got something like this. http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=304323&pfp=BROWSE

Mine it sort of tight fitting with no room for anything else extect my ibook. I don't need to carry other hardware to class. I then can put this in my book-bag.

Jul 31, 2003, 02:36 PM
I forgot who told me, but someone recommended http://www.sfbags.com/ to me. I'll be getting an iBook soon plus a case as well, and I'll be getting the "Sleevecase" instead of a laptop carrier or backpack.

Just go to the site, go to "Sleevecases", buy it, and slip the sleevecase with your laptop in it into your regular backpack. I thought it was brilliant that I can use my regular school backpack plus a $39 sleevecase that will offer good protection.

Jul 31, 2003, 03:01 PM
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Jul 31, 2003, 03:06 PM
For a shoulder bag: Timbuk2 (http://timbuk2.com/)http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/2041/369/store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/t6878lla_125.jpg

3 words: Good sturdy construction.
I like the look of waxed canvas, but others choose the 840 Ballistic Nylon or Codura (http://www.dupont.com/cordura/). You choose the size, the colors, and the materials (but the insides are always synthetic). Heck, the company lets you make an ugly bag and return it if you don't like it.
I have yet to run into anybody that has worn a Timbuk2 bag out yet. I have the commuter, which was just discontinued from the BYO menu. If you get a messenger bag, find some ditty bags to go into it or you'll loose stuff. Pay for the laptop insert, get it in a bright color. (Search this site for reviews of Timbuk2 bags).

Some other bags that are worth the money: The Jand Esk is also very good. (http://www.jandd.com/) And Patagonia (http://www.patagonia.com/) also makes good rugged and ugly bags. www.Ebags.com often has savings on all of these company's products. I have used them all. The Jand Esk is a big bag with lots of pockets, Patagonia makes large and small bags that are absolutely ugly, and Timbuk2 just makes great bags.

For a backpack I recommend the Boblbee Megalopolis (http://www.boblbee.com/jsp/public/general/homepage.jsp).See Below I have abused the bag and it still looks great. I have the Darth (Shiny black) and it shows little ware well. The Boblbee system is modular and very compact (despite appearances). My bag meets the tightest carry on requirements for commercial flights, but can be expanded with add-ons that clip, snap, slide, and or tie on. The best part is the hard-shell, which created an air-pocket that saved a computer of mine when the bus I was in sunk under water in Cambodia, is that it protects your gear from the environment. It survived monsoon rains, (Both the soft and hard parts are very water-resistant). Another advantage of the hard shell (if not over expanded or packed) is that if you fall on your back, your computer wont get squished. This is also good if you have to pack your self in a NY subway car, or push your way though a herd of cows.

Jul 31, 2003, 05:50 PM
me likes my timbuk2 bag, since it fits my iBook and a few textbooks, and once in a while my 17" pb.
me also like the crumpler bag i'm prolly getting soon...it's awesome!

Jul 31, 2003, 05:58 PM
samsonite makes backpacks with specially designed padded cases made just for the iBook. i'm using one for my 12" PowerBook and it's the best laptop case i've ever had. it even has a pouch for the iPod with a headphone slot coming out of the bag. now i'm totally hands-free. excellent bags and VERY affordable.

Jul 31, 2003, 08:03 PM
I have an EX-1300 from LowePro (got it from Amazon). My 12" ibook fits snugly in the laptop sleeve front-down (larger laptops slip in edge-first).

I don't know how well it'd work for a student, tho, since it can't really carry large books. Two books and a binder in the main compartment with the laptop would be a stretch. There's another compartment but it's not really big enough to hold a textbook.

Check out the other lowepro (http://www.lowepro.com) bags and you'll probably find something that will work for you.

Jul 31, 2003, 09:51 PM
i got the marware from apples site, and i love it. Some advice, i dont know where you live but at Michigan Tech there is a LOT of ice on the ground in the winter, so if you live in a icey area avoid carrying your laptop in your backpack, you slip and land on your back......well it'd be bad. I've seen it. I would say get a sleeve, a standard backpack, and go from there.

Aug 1, 2003, 03:11 PM
I bought this sleeve from incase (http://www.goincase.com/DetailLaptopSleeveSoftTech.php) and just put it into my generic skateboard backpack. the sleeve is awsome and nobody sees that I'm carrying an Apple notebook around...

they also make a varity of backpacks and briefs for all different sizes of Apple notebooks...

the other bag I would recommend is one of the Timbuk2 bags with the additional sleeve... (damn, I didn't buy one while at college in the US!!! aaaaaarrrgghhhhh :( )


Aug 2, 2003, 02:24 AM
the ibook does fit in a VAIO bag nicely... and they are damn inexpensive.

Aug 2, 2003, 08:47 AM
the worst thing you can get is a standard black business laptop soft briefcase

thieves love those things

a laptop sleeve carrying the ibook in a children's looking backpack is prolly the safest thing securitywise

i also would not get one of those black leather yuppie looking backpacks which screams, " i have a laptop in here"

Aug 2, 2003, 11:07 AM
Iíll add to statement.
I once worked for a company as a troubleshooter and spent a good part of every week flying from one place to another at odd hours. Twice I have had somebody try to walk off with my laptop bag at airports. The first time somebody tried to walk off with my bag I saw it happen (across the x-ray counter). I yelled to a security guy that my red bag was being stolen. Bag grabbed, guy runs and doesnít get caught, but I have my stuff. The second time I fell asleep in a near airport when somebody tried to grab my bag from me. We got into a bit of a wrestling match before they bolted. I donít think that the second guy knew I had a laptop, mostly because it was evident by the look on his face that he was surprised that it weighed so much (3 lead-acid batteries) and that somebody had actually bothered to tie a bag to their body. Security didnít even bother looking for that person.

two techniques.
1- Bright a garish = easy to find and hard to hide.
2- Well worn and/or inexpensive or atypical = not worth a criminalís time.

Throes are the only two instances that I have ever had where somebody has tried to steel my bag. To put it in perspective it was over a decade ago, and I flew over a 100 times in less than 6 months. Since then, I havenít had any problems.

Aug 4, 2003, 12:12 PM
I'd go for the incase and a standard over the shoulder bag or backpack -- works perfectly for me. This way, you can slip the incase into the backpack if you are carrying a lot of stuff, or you can put the straps on the incase, and use it to just carry around the 'book. It's also a good looking bag.


Ambrose Chapel
Aug 4, 2003, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield
a laptop sleeve carrying the ibook in a children's looking backpack is prolly the safest thing securitywise

This is what my gf does with her TiBook. She has a TimBuk2 laptop sleeve (they make sleeves designed specifically for all Apple laptops) which she puts in her regular backpack. I've carried it around, it's a comfortable set-up. I use a TimBuk2 commuter bag for my Ti. They have just been redesigned as a Transit bag, with a laptop sleeve built in. Not sure of the size that built-in sleeve is optimized for. This bag costs $100, the laptop sleeve is $40.

Daveman Deluxe
Aug 4, 2003, 02:41 PM
I wrap a pillow case around my iBook and toss it into my backpack. You must be smarter than the thief.