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Khurram
Feb 4, 2008, 11:19 AM
I'm looking very thin padded/protective slipcover for the MBA..
i've seen a few cheap ones on the bay but would anyone recommend any in particular..
I would like it to fit as tight as possible and be minimal in bulkiness as well..
Just something I can throw my MBA in and then put the mba in my messenger bag for school
Any ideas?



roland.g
Feb 4, 2008, 11:22 AM
Something neoprene, slightly stretchy or whatnot with a zipper and really no handles is perfect. Don't know if any MB cases would work well or if they are too bulky and if thinner cases will start showing up soon.

Khurram
Feb 4, 2008, 11:24 AM
would something like this be any good?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Laptop-Sleeve-Case-Bag-for-13-3-Macbook-Air-black-jz_W0QQitemZ360020112595QQihZ023QQcategoryZ4601QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

mcdj
Feb 4, 2008, 11:25 AM
Keep an eye on these guys...nothing for the MBA yet (the Macbook one would obviously fit but be too baggy I imagine). I have one for my PB 12" and it's superb. Their prices have gone up, (I paid $50) but it's still worth it IMO.

http://www.toffee.com.au/products/index.php?c=1&n=toffee%20sleeve

teleromeo
Feb 4, 2008, 11:27 AM
would something like this be any good?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Laptop-Sleeve-Case-Bag-for-13-3-Macbook-Air-black-jz_W0QQitemZ360020112595QQihZ023QQcategoryZ4601QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

looks ugly and isn't the apple logo a registered trademark ?

Gregintosh
Feb 4, 2008, 11:38 AM
I ordered my sleeve from www.sfbags.com

Expensive but from what I read online everywhere they are very good quality. I already received it (but sadly don't have the Air yet) and it does seem pretty well made.

TV Cameraman
Feb 4, 2008, 11:54 AM
I just did my first airplane trip with my MBA (to the Super Bowl no less!) and I had a great time just keeping it in a $1.29 padded, legal-size manila envelope that I bought at Target. Seriously. It works like a charm. They are cheap and disposable. And, they do not draw attention to themselves.

Catch
Feb 4, 2008, 11:57 AM
I just did my first airplane trip with my MBA (to the Super Bowl no less!) and I had a great time just keeping it in a $1.29 padded, legal-size manila envelope that I bought at Target. Seriously. It works like a charm. They are cheap and disposable. And, they do not draw attention to themselves.

When I first read that idea I was like 'why the heck?!', but the more I think about it the more I like it. It weighs hardly anything, is as thin as it gets, and if Apple could pull their adds off TV asap people would never think you had a laptop in there!

Regards,

C

heatmiser
Feb 4, 2008, 12:00 PM
Try the 13" sleeves here: http://www.meritline.com/laptop-sleeves-case.html Got a 15" for my Macbook, and it's like a glove.

roland.g
Feb 4, 2008, 12:01 PM
I just did my first airplane trip with my MBA (to the Super Bowl no less!) and I had a great time just keeping it in a $1.29 padded, legal-size manila envelope that I bought at Target. Seriously. It works like a charm. They are cheap and disposable. And, they do not draw attention to themselves.

When I first read that idea I was like 'why the heck?!', but the more I think about it the more I like it. It weighs hardly anything, is as thin as it gets, and if Apple could pull their adds off TV asap people would never think you had a laptop in there!

Regards,

C


That's a fantastic idea, except after a while people will wonder why are still carrying around the same envelope.

EDdoc
Feb 4, 2008, 12:30 PM
I ordered my sleeve from www.sfbags.com

Expensive but from what I read online everywhere they are very good quality. I already received it (but sadly don't have the Air yet) and it does seem pretty well made.

Same here. Well built and designed. Very supportive staff. Was here by mail overnight. Extremely well built. Maybe a little bit too thick with both the nylon and neoprene, so not too good in a briefcase for which a thin neoprene is better, but very protected in backpacks and other exposed environments.

maccloud
Feb 4, 2008, 01:30 PM
if you´re into the manila solution, go for this one :

http://www.manilamac.com/

soo lo-tek.. pre-ordered mine last week

montuori
Feb 4, 2008, 01:50 PM
I'm looking very thin padded/protective slipcover for the MBA..

i'm using a wool felt envelope by etcetera media. it wasn't meant for the MBA but it fits exactly: http://shop.etceteramedia.com/products/file-filer-grey

k.

andyokay
Feb 4, 2008, 03:16 PM
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=400024

Its perfect. Made for MBA (so you know it fits well), and no zippers or straps. You just slide it in, and tuck the top over.

I just want to know when it will be available!

Alfadoc
Feb 4, 2008, 03:18 PM
I got the Alcantera sleeve via Google checkout from a UK firm. Should be here shortly.

-Peter

christof
Feb 4, 2008, 03:31 PM
I got the Alcantera sleeve via Google checkout from a UK firm. Should be here shortly.
Wrappers started selling sleeves for MBA?... The shiny sleeves look gorgeous--but why are they more expensive than the Alcantara?

steffi
Feb 4, 2008, 04:14 PM
Please post a picture of an Air inside an SF sleeve.

I ordered my sleeve from www.sfbags.com

Expensive but from what I read online everywhere they are very good quality. I already received it (but sadly don't have the Air yet) and it does seem pretty well made.

Khurram
Feb 4, 2008, 04:15 PM
thanks guys,
I think I'll get something cheap for the time being until more companies put out covers specifacally for the air. I'm thinking the 13 inch sleeves for MacBooks might be a bit loose.

LizKat
Feb 4, 2008, 04:34 PM
While waiting for my silvery and shivery cold MacBook Air to come up to room temperature, I decided to let it try on its new Waterfield sleeve!

I purchased Waterfield's horizontal 13-2 sleeve for MacBook Air with the flap, D-rings, strap and piggyback setup. It fits like a well made glove, i.e. not so tight you feel like you'll never get the thing out if you manage to get it in. My experience with the WF sleeves is they ease just a little and will not get all stretched out. This one doesn't seem different on that score.

The little loop at the bottom of the sleeve is great. You can use one finger in the loop to hold the case still, and then slide the book easily out of the sleeve. Because the book is so light you don't feel like you're going to end up dropping it while unsleeving it. The Waterfield logo on the flap closure is stylish but discreet, and the little tab at the bottom of that flap is a very thoughtful touch: you can grab that tab and then will not feel the velcro bite back as you lift or secure the flap.

I like that I got this horizontal sleeve with the flap. I didn't get that for the 12"g4 PB's vertical sleeve because for that I almost always transport the sleeved book in the Vertigo case. So I would zipper that case over top of the exposed edge of the pb in the sleeve. It works well for the vertical carry. But, with the Air book's flapped horizontal case I will end up with fewer cat hairs making their way into the sleeve! That's because I will not usually be taking the Air in anything BUT the sleeve. I don't have much to cart around with the MacBook Air compared to what I usually drag along with the Powerbooks, be that out of habit or real necessity.

Carrying the sleeved MacBook Air on my shoulder feels great, very secure and the strap length is adjustable. I am so happy I got this -- thank you guys in SF!!! :) :) -- and especially that I got the piggyback too. That lets me cart the little bit of extra gear I bought for the machine in its own space, but right along with the book. Running around the house I won't sleeve the book, but having that gear with the sleeve means I know where it is and also that I'm ready to grab and go when I want to go somewhere else.

When I put the Air into its sleeve, set it down, leave the flap open and look down at the edge of the sleeved machine, I really connect to how very thin and yet sturdy the MacBook Air is at that front edge. Seriously, the closed MacBook Air's edge is skinner than my iPhone is. No wonder the machine feels as light as a couple of legal pads when I pick it up!

Now I also bought the Waterfield Cosmo bag (medium) when I bought the Air's sleeve. That's going to be borrowed sometimes by the 15" Powerbook which has a different sleeve of its own. Anyway, the Air's sleeve strap can be detached, then the sleeved Air book fits fine in the Cosmo with room for other gear. The Cosmo has its own shoulder strap as well as carry handles, and the strap ends are offset to D-rings on opposite sides of the bag for a very comfortable carry.

The Cosmo and the medium size Cableguy pouch that rounded out my Waterfield purchase this time are made with the same attention to detail that I have learned to expect after getting the Vertigo bag and sleeve setup for the 12" powerbook. I'm a happy camper again with my new Waterfield stuff!

steffi
Feb 4, 2008, 04:38 PM
Congrats on your purchase please post pictures of the Air in the SF sleeve. 13-2. I'm considering that.

also, the only reason I wouldn't buy an SF bag is because it sceems laptop inside here. but I do like the look of the Cosmo bag though.

While waiting for my silvery and shivery cold MacBook Air to come up to room temperature, I decided to let it try on its new Waterfield sleeve!

I purchased Waterfield's horizontal 13-2 sleeve for MacBook Air with the flap, D-rings, strap and piggyback setup. It fits like a well made glove, i.e. not so tight you feel like you'll never get the thing out if you manage to get it in. My experience with the WF sleeves is they ease just a little and will not get all stretched out. This one doesn't seem different on that score.

The little loop at the bottom of the sleeve is great. You can use one finger in the loop to hold the case still, and then slide the book easily out of the sleeve. Because the book is so light you don't feel like you're going to end up dropping it while unsleeving it. The Waterfield logo on the flap closure is stylish but discreet, and the little tab at the bottom of that flap is a very thoughtful touch: you can grab that tab and then will not feel the velcro bite back as you lift or secure the flap.

I like that I got this horizontal sleeve with the flap. I didn't get that for the 12"g4 PB's vertical sleeve because for that I almost always transport the sleeved book in the Vertigo case. So I would zipper that case over top of the exposed edge of the pb in the sleeve. It works well for the vertical carry. But, with the Air book's flapped horizontal case I will end up with fewer cat hairs making their way into the sleeve! That's because I will not usually be taking the Air in anything BUT the sleeve. I don't have much to cart around with the MacBook Air compared to what I usually drag along with the Powerbooks, be that out of habit or real necessity.

Carrying the sleeved MacBook Air on my shoulder feels great, very secure and the strap length is adjustable. I am so happy I got this -- thank you guys in SF!!! :) :) -- and especially that I got the piggyback too. That lets me cart the little bit of extra gear I bought for the machine in its own space, but right along with the book. Running around the house I won't sleeve the book, but having that gear with the sleeve means I know where it is and also that I'm ready to grab and go when I want to go somewhere else.

When I put the Air into its sleeve, set it down, leave the flap open and look down at the edge of the sleeved machine, I really connect to how very thin and yet sturdy the MacBook Air is at that front edge. Seriously, the closed MacBook Air's edge is skinner than my iPhone is. No wonder the machine feels as light as a couple of legal pads when I pick it up!

Now I also bought the Waterfield Cosmo bag (medium) when I bought the Air's sleeve. That's going to be borrowed sometimes by the 15" Powerbook which has a different sleeve of its own. Anyway, the Air's sleeve strap can be detached, then the sleeved Air book fits fine in the Cosmo with room for other gear. The Cosmo has its own shoulder strap as well as carry handles, and the strap ends are offset to D-rings on opposite sides of the bag for a very comfortable carry.

The Cosmo and the medium size Cableguy pouch that rounded out my Waterfield purchase this time are made with the same attention to detail that I have learned to expect after getting the Vertigo bag and sleeve setup for the 12" powerbook. I'm a happy camper again with my new Waterfield stuff!

christof
Feb 5, 2008, 01:09 PM
Wrappers started selling sleeves for MBA?... The shiny sleeves look gorgeous--but why are they more expensive than the Alcantara?
Bought the shiny sleeve--can't wait!