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drewcare
Sep 18, 2003, 01:40 AM
Ok... so I broke down after spending almost 2 years waiting for the right 15" Powerbook to suit my needs (and to save up the money) I jumped on this new 15" and now I need to know what I need to do to protect it. What is the best way? I'm thinking about getting a sleeve and then throwing that inside of my backpack when i take it to class (I'm a college student) Or should I purchase a case instead of a sleeve, or both? What sleeve is the best one (in your opinion...) price does matter here, as I just spent a ton of money on this thing, and I cant afford a $150 case for it (I'm hoping to spend way less than $100 here).

Thanks in Advance... I cant wait for my powerbook to ship... on or before 9/19 :)

max11
Sep 18, 2003, 02:57 AM
if you want cool cases for your powerbook, check out www.compushell.com - the site doesn't appear to be up at the moment, but it has some very sweet hard cases to protect your computer.

i have a STM bag (soft), and although good, didn't do much when i fell and put my elbow right smack in the middle of my new 12" powerbook (ouch! :( ) so do yourself a favour and get a hard case.

in case you're wondering, the powerbook survived, but had to be physically bent back into shape. the whole case was bowed - but it still worked :D

KBFinFan
Sep 18, 2003, 08:48 AM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=38177

Here is a post about iBook cases, but you get the same websites. I really like the Waterfield Designs bags, but they are pricey.

Timbuk2 is pretty nice and avaliable on the Apple site, and I heard good things about Tom Bihn's models.

Ya, just check the other thread there's loads of links and helpful ideas... I need a case too so we're in the same boat.

excalibur313
Sep 18, 2003, 09:39 AM
I almost went with a timbuk2 bag but i went with the brenthaven because the way i looked at it the additional $50 would ensure that it would never be damaged in that case. I saw the representitive of brenthaven put a laptop in their bag and drop it from 6 feet and nothing happend to it so that's good enough for me. I looked at the timbuk2 bag and the sleeve is very flimsy and anything more than a modest bump or drop would smash up the laptop.
-Stephen

GrizzlyHippo
Sep 18, 2003, 10:19 AM
I'm in the same position - awaiting delivery of my 15" 1.25 PB.

If like me you will be carrying a briefcase as well as the laptop and want a slim case just for your PB, you might want to look at the two I'm considering:

http://www.acmemade.com/bags.html

and

The BrainCell at http://www.tombihn.com

I'm leaning toward the acme, just cos' it looks funkier, but the construction of the BrainCell seems better... ummmmm...

Grizzly???

JBoogieZX6
Sep 19, 2003, 12:24 AM
same here,
just ordered a 17 pb last weekend and ive been looking for a way to carry it around.

im thinking about getting a tombihn brain sleeve (or watever its called) and carrying that around in a messenger bag..

anyone have any experiences with this kind of setup?

one of the concerns that i have with messenger bags is that it will place a lot of pressure at the ends of a laptop as large as the 17" pb... maybe causing it to bend?

if anyone has experience carrying a 17" pb in a messenger bag please let us know how you feel about it.

max11
Sep 19, 2003, 02:27 AM
Originally posted by JBoogieZX6
one of the concerns that i have with messenger bags is that it will place a lot of pressure at the ends of a laptop as large as the 17" pb... maybe causing it to bend?

if anyone has experience carrying a 17" pb in a messenger bag please let us know how you feel about it. i used to work in an apple store - and a large amount of 15" TiBooks that came back bent or warped because they were carried in sling or messanger type bags. i can only imagine the 17", although stiffer, would suffer a similar fate.

go with a solid bag/case if you can..

Ramsos
Sep 19, 2003, 03:02 AM
I'll second the Brenthaven its great and it comes with a padded sleeve that attaches with velcrow which has its own handle, so you can have a small case when you need it.-RAM

JBoogieZX6
Sep 19, 2003, 08:08 AM
thanks for the advice max11....

i guess im going to start looking for a backpack instead of a messenger now..

dennis88
Sep 19, 2003, 08:09 AM
I have just got this one and it's very nice, it protective and slim at the same time!
I love it! (but I haven't tested a powerbook in it yet)

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71406/wo/eAOLJABYe3EM3Ss9tb21yhjZWAg/2.3.0.5.10.3.13.13.0

KBFinFan
Sep 19, 2003, 08:40 AM
Is it just me or do the Acme cases kind of look like purses? Or are they just 'trendy'?

RajK
Sep 19, 2003, 09:02 AM
One thing that concerns me about the Brenthaven case is that the spec sheet lists the laptop sleeve as having the dimensions: 1" X 9 1/2 " X 13 1/2". With the slightly larger size of the Al15" it doesn't look like it will fit. I'm assuming that this has already been taken into consideration, but I'd like to be sure. Has anyone tried fitting a new 15" into a Brenthaven case?

KBFinFan
Sep 19, 2003, 11:50 AM
I just ordered myself a Brain Cell due to great reviews around the Internet.. I'll be sure to comment on it when it arrives.

MacUser1
Sep 19, 2003, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by RajK
One thing that concerns me about the Brenthaven case is that the spec sheet lists the laptop sleeve as having the dimensions: 1" X 9 1/2 " X 13 1/2". With the slightly larger size of the Al15" it doesn't look like it will fit. I'm assuming that this has already been taken into consideration, but I'd like to be sure. Has anyone tried fitting a new 15" into a Brenthaven case?
that's a very good point. i didn't even notice that with the sleeve. i didn't order the brenthaven yet, but i'd rather wait till brenthaven supports the new powerbook 15"'s dimensions.

nickfit
Sep 19, 2003, 01:44 PM
Try looking at the Tibag. It was designed for the Tibook, but I emailed the maker and he said that it will work great with the new dimensions of the Albook. And, it is only 39.99 plus shipping. I read great reviews, and there is room to carry other things so it can double as a backpack. I would tell you for sure how it works, but Apple is having a hard time accepting my money. I hope, though, that my new 15incher will be in the mail soon, so I can slip it into my new Tibag which should be here today.

Oh yeah, the url is http://my2cents.biz/tibagusa/

lmalave
Sep 19, 2003, 02:01 PM
I use the Blurr BTR Note shoulder bag for my iBook, but it's definitely big enought for the 15" PB. I really like it because of it's more aerodynamic vertical orientation, and also the plushest shoulder padding you'll find on any shoulder bag. It also has inside pockets that are just the right size for an iPod or PDA.

Here's a URL:

http://www.mountainco-op.com/Products/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=676275&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=336535&bmUID=1063997918727

OKComputer
Sep 20, 2003, 09:38 AM
http://www.ebags.com/Samsonite_Business_Cases/4_Aluminum_Attache_Computer_Case/product_detail/index.cfm?ModelID=15017&bb_id=c6682&ProductList_25_Link=Details&sub_site_id=


nothing like and aluminum case for a alubook

drewcare
Sep 20, 2003, 03:53 PM
Ok, thank you all for all of your suggestions, I went out to my local compusa and looked at the brenhaven (i think thats right) it was a nice case, but I didn't like the sleeve, plus I dunno for $150 it was a bit much for me, so I looked around and purchased a Vanguard case (more like a briefcase) its a hard case that is not too large in size, and it looks pretty cool. I'll get some pictures of it and whatnot whenever my albook comesl.... as I'm waiting on that now. Here is a link to the case that has a picture to it tho.... http://www.jandr.com/JRProductPage.process?RestartFlow=t&Merchant_Id=1&Product_Code=VGD+VGA9526&JRSource=PriceGrabber.datafeed.VGD+VGA9526.text

Schiffi
Sep 20, 2003, 08:55 PM
Good, I have a Vanguard and they seem extremely high quality (even though I got it from ebay and the seller didn't send the keys or strap). But it was a 2.2" thick case, and those are hard to come by. Enjoy your Vanguard.

Abstract
Sep 20, 2003, 11:03 PM
http://www.sfbags.com/

Click on "Sleevecases". This was recommended to me a while ago, but I'm not sure if its great. It looks like it, though.

MetallicPenguin
Sep 21, 2003, 06:08 AM
I like Incase cases, which is very ironic because right as I reached down and pressed New Reply I spotted an Incase ad at the bottom of the page. Their website is www.goincase.com

mactastic
Sep 21, 2003, 09:46 AM
I got a Tom Bihn Monolith (http://tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=001&Category_Code=300) when I got my TiBook last November. It works in the portrait position rather than the landscape, and I carry it in my backpack rather than a messenger bag, but my wife recently got the Tom Bihn ID messenger bag with snaps to accept a brain cell. There's enough rigidity in the bag itself that I don't think there will be problems when she gets her 12"PB. I don't know if you can fit the 17" in there, but the Empire Builder bag is next on my list, and should fit anything.

BTW, I love my monolith. It has kept my 'book looking superb through many months of rough backpack travel and classroom use.

crees!
Sep 22, 2003, 10:52 AM
Could someone please explain how/why using a messenger bag would bend/warp a 15" powerbook? I use a messenger bag now and I was going to buy one just like it fit for a laptop.. so far Timbuk2 has my eye.

drjekyl
Sep 24, 2003, 04:11 PM
I just bought the timbuk2 messenger bag and I love it. It is a soft bag but for school it is really nice. I had a brenthaven before this an dthe one that I had (mobility 2) didn't have any room for ANYTHING besides the ibook (which is now a 15 pBook). The Timbuk2 has the shoulder strap and a waist strap to make it extra secure which is nice if you use any type of physical transportation beside your feet (longboard in my case). I don't know anything about bending it unless you were to stumble and land on it, but the timbuk2 is a sweet bag

Powerbook G5
Sep 24, 2003, 04:38 PM
Has anyone had any experience with Spire? I am also looking for a new laptop bag that also has room for extra storage for classes/traveling on a plane and the backpacks look good but I am not sure how they hold up or if they are worth the money. I've looked at Brenthaven, but there is no way I can spend $200 on a laptop bag after the money I spent on getting a new 15" and getting all new OS X software for it.

KBFinFan
Sep 24, 2003, 05:59 PM
Recieved my Tom Bihn Brain Cell today, for the computer I have not yet recieved.

Initial Impressions:
Solid Construction
Corners nice and hard
Bottom Padded
Soft inner lining

Basically it's a soft case with hard sides really well built.

Overall this seems like a really good case to protect my new 15", but I plan I getting an ID Bag from Bihn soon to pair with the Brain Cell.

crees!
Sep 24, 2003, 06:15 PM
Originally posted by KBFinFan
Recieved my Tom Bihn Brain Cell today, for the computer I have not yet recieved.

Initial Impressions:
Solid Construction
Corners nice and hard
Bottom Padded
Soft inner lining

Basically it's a soft case with hard sides really well built.

Overall this seems like a really good case to protect my new 15", but I plan I getting an ID Bag from Bihn soon to pair with the Brain Cell.

Cool, I ordered the brain cell too along with their Courier messenger bag. How long did it take to get to you? Mine shipped today and it's coming to the east coast.

KBFinFan
Sep 24, 2003, 06:48 PM
I got 3 day shipping.. so 3 days.. shipped last Friday. I am too impatient to have waited an extra few days for just $5.

jld
Sep 24, 2003, 09:34 PM
Why would the monolith and the braincell be for different carrying methods? I know they load differently, but I'm guessing that's the only difference, and I'm not sure how that would disqualify carrying it one way or the other.

RajK
Sep 25, 2003, 07:52 AM
Originally posted by jld
Why would the monolith and the braincell be for different carrying methods? I know they load differently, but I'm guessing that's the only difference, and I'm not sure how that would disqualify carrying it one way or the other.

I believe it's the way that they're padded - the Brain Cell is optimized for carrying landscape (protecting the bottom maybe?) and the Monolith for portrait. I read that somewhere but I can't remember where it was.

KBFinFan
Sep 25, 2003, 08:02 AM
Ya I think that is it. Brain Cell is for Messenger Bags/Briefcases, while the Monolith is for backpacks.

shecky
Sep 26, 2003, 06:15 PM
Waterfield Large Cargo + Sleevecase is the only way to go in my opinion. Nothing touches these bags for durability, style, design, useability, and customer service. Its like my TiBook is inside a semi-soft, sexy, padded Abrahms Tank. I got my bag literally 18 hours after i placed my order using 2 day shipping (apparently it was faster than 2 days) across the country from California to Rhode Island. gary & team are great to deal with and the bag is just freakin aewsome.

http://www.sfbags.com

fred_garvin
Oct 3, 2003, 09:34 PM
Anyone try the crumpler bag reviewed by powerpage?

Link (http://www.powerpage.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/powerpage.woa/wa/story?newsID=11439)

crees!
Oct 3, 2003, 09:39 PM
I just received the Courier Messenger bag and BrainCell from Tom Bihn. A smart buy I tell you. I was a bit worried from ordering online and not physically inspecting the bag in person before purchasing... no worries I tell you. The BrainCell is awesome and the bag is perfect with it. It's very comfortable to wear over the shoulder too. My last bag dug into my shoulders, this one is great.

flyhigher
Oct 4, 2003, 01:50 AM
http://vanguardusa.com/cart/businesscases/index.cfm

TheWitePony
Oct 4, 2003, 01:59 AM
Whatever you get, go the extra mile and get something with a waterproof/resistant layer. I ordered a Timbuk2 laptop bag. Trust me, one day it will more than pay for itself. I have been caught out on campus in the rain before without an umbrella (slaps forehead) and it has saved my powerbook's life.

Powerbook G5
Oct 4, 2003, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by TheWitePony
Whatever you get, go the extra mile and get something with a waterproof/resistant layer. I ordered a Timbuk2 laptop bag. Trust me, one day it will more than pay for itself. I have been caught out on campus in the rain before without an umbrella (slaps forehead) and it has saved my powerbook's life.

My PowerBook G3 has been through two hurricanes that ripped the roof partially off my house and one major flood and it is still working perfectly. I know it is bad to get them wet, but even if they do, they are not always going to be dead. I am always amazed by how resilient these machines are.

EvilBot
Oct 5, 2003, 08:34 PM
get a 'sleeve' and a backpack

www.wookey.net

or

www.vortexbackpacks.com

unsquare
Dec 11, 2003, 02:16 PM
http://shinza.com/product_info.php?products_id=46

They make in interesting sleeve. I already have a fairly nice yet affordable sholder bag that I purchased at Target...so this sleeve looks like a good option.

Anyone use it?