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steffi
Dec 6, 2008, 07:46 PM
They don't make them like this anymore. I don't think you can buy these anymore as I bought this in 1998 but never had a laptop that suited it. As you can see it's perfect for the Air.

Picked this up from Computer City on Route 7 in NoVA for about $20



justit
Dec 6, 2008, 07:54 PM
nice

do the panels have zippers for more storage?

steffi
Dec 6, 2008, 07:59 PM
The first picture on the left hand flap has three small pockets for flat items. And there's the one big exterior pocket.

nice

do the panels have zippers for more storage?

plumbingandtech
Dec 6, 2008, 08:23 PM
I like the padding stips. Always a good thing.

jackfrost123
Dec 6, 2008, 08:41 PM
don't mean no disrespect or anything but I got to say this:

ultra kitch.

NC MacGuy
Dec 6, 2008, 09:25 PM
I've been using one of these since Feb. Works perfect. Matter of fact, going to get another.

steffi
Dec 6, 2008, 10:37 PM
Everybody is entitled to an opinion.

The thing I admire is the width of the velcro which allows it to accomodate other sizes. It would probably accomodate a MacBook too so overall it's a clever design because you aren't forced to take up space when it's not being used.

don't mean no disrespect or anything but I got to say this:

ultra kitch.

bbotte
Dec 6, 2008, 10:48 PM
I love this sleeve:http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white1.jpg
http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white4.jpg

When you carry it around most have no clue what it is. I like that. When some one asks, and you say your laptop, they say "What?". Then you pull out the Air and they are like "Holy Crap!". :)
I don't need to take the power supply with me as the battery in mine lasts 3-4 hrs of use.

steffi
Dec 6, 2008, 10:50 PM
That's nice as is the Incase black sleeve which I have also and will probably use in conjunction with the pictured bag/sleeve just to give it some added padding.

I love this sleeve:http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white1.jpg
http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white4.jpg

When you carry it around most have no clue what it is. I like that. When some one asks, and you say your laptop, they say "What?". Then you pull out the Air and they are like "Holy Crap!". :)
I don't need to take the power supply with me as the battery in mine lasts 3-4 hrs of use.

mhnajjar
Dec 6, 2008, 10:58 PM
I use the following folio by SwissGear & air manila by CivilianLabs:

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/2041/1484/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/TU992_AV2?wid=326&hei=326&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.5,0,0&iccEmbed=0&layer=comp
http://www.theaftermac.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/air-manila-front-perspective-sml.jpg

:)

deorg
Dec 6, 2008, 11:21 PM
Im diggin the All in one leather case... im about to google it in a sec:D

jackfrost123
Dec 7, 2008, 12:28 AM
@steffi, like I said didn't mean to insult your taste in anyway, to each his own, I can see the wonderful functionality your bag provides.

hey mh, and bb, beautiful, beautiful sleeves these ones. Care anwering a couple of questions?

a. How pressure, strain resistant are these sleeves? Do they offer enough protection to the air if placed in a tight backpack with ipods books etc, or do you need a special bag too?

b. would the air within a case ( a speck one say) fit in the sleeve too? I am thinking of the extra case for extra protection.

mhnajjar
Dec 7, 2008, 12:45 AM
jackfrost123,

The CivilianLabs sleeve is fees extremely expensive and it is kind of expensive lol but it is really well made and just premium product.

It has some space to MAYBE fit the MBA with the speck case, I am not sure since I never bothered using that junk.

It is sturdy and would protect your Air while being inside a bag for sure. I take it outside without a bag but I would never trust to drop it :D

jackfrost123
Dec 7, 2008, 01:20 AM
thanks for the heads up bro!:cool:

6SSD4
Dec 7, 2008, 04:02 AM
I bought this one, to be honest :D
Not the nicest, but it looks protecting and thin :)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c41/2sleepy/LArobe-Air-blackwasabi-open.jpg

bigglesinc
Dec 7, 2008, 04:43 AM
Been using one of these and I'm quite impressed with it. Not so much a case but does give that little bit of protection and being bright red means I don't tend to forget it.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31nY%2BoFv5YL._SL500_AA280_.jpg


LINK on amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tucano-Second-Elements-Skin-Macbook/dp/B0014DFF3O/)

descartes
Dec 7, 2008, 08:43 AM
I love this sleeve:http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white1.jpg
http://www.goincase.com/products/images/CL57163/detail/white4.jpg

When you carry it around most have no clue what it is. I like that. When some one asks, and you say your laptop, they say "What?". Then you pull out the Air and they are like "Holy Crap!". :)
I don't need to take the power supply with me as the battery in mine lasts 3-4 hrs of use.

nice i like the white.

hayduke
Dec 7, 2008, 12:29 PM
I use the following folio by SwissGear & air manila by CivilianLabs:

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/2041/1484/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/TU992_AV2?wid=326&hei=326&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.5,0,0&iccEmbed=0&layer=comp
http://www.theaftermac.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/air-manila-front-perspective-sml.jpg

:)

Hmm... can't find a link for the SwissGear case...

r6girl
Dec 7, 2008, 12:32 PM
Hmm... can't find a link for the SwissGear case...

Googled it and the second link (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TU992LL/A?n=13_3_inch_macbook_air&fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjgzMTk1MA&s=topSellers) is to Apple's own store..

NC MacGuy
Dec 7, 2008, 01:01 PM
Googled it and the second link (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TU992LL/A?n=13_3_inch_macbook_air&fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjgzMTk1MA&s=topSellers) is to Apple's own store..

That's a bag I've never seen before. Wenger doesn't list it on their site either. I imagine there's no room for a magsafe?

r6girl
Dec 7, 2008, 01:22 PM
That's a bag I've never seen before. Wenger doesn't list it on their site either. I imagine there's no room for a magsafe?

It doesn't look like it from the pictures, unfortunately, but I've never seen one in person myself. I do think it's a wonderfully stealthy case for the Air, though. You could totally take it into a meeting and no one would ever guess there's a computer in that since it looks like any other standard folio meant for folders and papers...

jackfrost123
Dec 7, 2008, 02:11 PM
It doesn't look like it from the pictures, unfortunately, but I've never seen one in person myself. I do think it's a wonderfully stealthy case for the Air, though. You could totally take it into a meeting and no one would ever guess there's a computer in that since it looks like any other standard folio meant for folders and papers...

which is such a hug plus security and safetywise sometimes.

hayduke
Dec 7, 2008, 02:23 PM
Googled it and the second link (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TU992LL/A?n=13_3_inch_macbook_air&fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjgzMTk1MA&s=topSellers) is to Apple's own store..

Thanks. Looks nice. I wish the power adapter were about twice as thin. It would obviously have to be taller, but thin would fit discretely into thiner bags.

Cynicalone
Dec 7, 2008, 03:56 PM
I keep mine in a Incase Neoprene Sleeve (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TR434LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=Mjg4MTU1MA), then stick that in a regular backpack. I do get some looks when I take it out of the sleeve since most people don't realize it's a laptop.

jackfrost123
Dec 7, 2008, 05:10 PM
do you guys think that such types of sleeves suffice for the air to go in the bag or do you need possibly an extra protection in terms of plastic case or something, esp. for long travels on the plain where you might lug it around with other baggage and put it on top shelves in airplanes?

GoCubsGo
Dec 7, 2008, 06:26 PM
do you guys think that such types of sleeves suffice for the air to go in the bag or do you need possibly an extra protection in terms of plastic case or something, esp. for long travels on the plain where you might lug it around with other baggage and put it on top shelves in airplanes?

I think a sleeve in a decent bag is perfect for travel. Frankly a decent bag is enough. The computer can withstand a bit no doubt, the SSD even more due to the lack of moving parts.

These people with just a sleeve seem to do ok. For me a bag is necessary as I don't want to just carry the thing like a book and I want to be able to store a magsafe when I travel.

ashowkati
Dec 7, 2008, 06:52 PM
They don't make them like this anymore. I don't think you can buy these anymore as I bought this in 1998 but never had a laptop that suited it. As you can see it's perfect for the Air.

Picked this up from Computer City on Route 7 in NoVA for about $20

Its kinda neat. I wouldnt call it perfect. The exposed/unpadded corners are a bit worrisome. Plus it seems a bit too complex for quick access.

And about the one with a zipper, Ive read lots of stories where the sides of the MBA gets scratched due to direct contact with the zipper line.

I think the best case is the one below. It's the Incase Neoprene Sleeve.I have it and it's amazing. Every square millimeter of the MBA is covered and the access is way quick (like putting on a sock.) And now they've got even more colors (http://goincase.com/products/detail/neoprene-sleeve-cl57148). I wish the chocolate one was out when I was buying mine.

http://goincase.com/products/images/CL57148/detail/blackdetail.jpg

http://goincase.com/products/images/CL57148/detail/blackinterior.jpg
Dont listen to the negative reviews on other sites, where they say it's too tight a fit. 99% of those people didn't remove the foam placeholder insert before using it. It would be like if they didn't remove the crumbled up paper from their new shoes.

jackfrost123
Dec 7, 2008, 06:59 PM
I think a sleeve in a decent bag is perfect for travel. Frankly a decent bag is enough. The computer can withstand a bit no doubt, the SSD even more due to the lack of moving parts.

These people with just a sleeve seem to do ok. For me a bag is necessary as I don't want to just carry the thing like a book and I want to be able to store a magsafe when I travel.

hey jes, thanks for the reply! But what do you mean in terms of decent bag, I usually carry around normal bags, or bagpacks, or leather bags with no exta padding protection for the lappie. Would such a bag be ok?

descartes
Dec 7, 2008, 07:32 PM
I wouldnt put it in a non computer specific bag without a sleeve.

mbamd
Dec 7, 2008, 07:36 PM
do you guys think that such types of sleeves suffice for the air to go in the bag or do you need possibly an extra protection in terms of plastic case or something, esp. for long travels on the plain where you might lug it around with other baggage and put it on top shelves in airplanes?

I got my Air in April and wrapped it with Invisible Shield. I don't need a sleeve.
It is a fine product. I did not cover the the trackpad and I covered the sharpe edge with that piece cut in half. Worked for me.

steffi
Dec 7, 2008, 09:51 PM
If you think about all you have to do to take the computer out of my bag is open one flap on one side and the air slides out. I may make it more complicated since I also have an Incase neoprene sleeve and so that would go inside my bag to additional protection.

hey jes, thanks for the reply! But what do you mean in terms of decent bag, I usually carry around normal bags, or bagpacks, or leather bags with no exta padding protection for the lappie. Would such a bag be ok?

dehory
Dec 8, 2008, 12:54 PM
I'm using Waterfield's super minimal suede jacket sleeve (http://www.sfbags.com/products/laptopsuedejacket/laptopsuedejacket.htm).

No zippers, no velcro, no (bulky) padding. It fits the MBA aesthetic perfectly, protects it from scratches, and makes it a bit more discreet in transit. If I need more protection, I stuff it in another bag.

Oh, and I haven't had to take it out of the sleeve at airport security yet. This includes domestic US flights and travel in Europe.

ashowkati
Dec 8, 2008, 01:52 PM
I think a sleeve in a decent bag is perfect for travel. Frankly a decent bag is enough. The computer can withstand a bit no doubt, the SSD even more due to the lack of moving parts.

These people with just a sleeve seem to do ok. For me a bag is necessary as I don't want to just carry the thing like a book and I want to be able to store a magsafe when I travel.

I dont think i would travel around with just the sleeve either. I forgot to point out that i slip the MBA in it's neoprene sleeve, then inside my satchel's built-in notebook sleeve. the MBA is still so thin even after the neoprene sleeve, that the whole thing fits quite comfortably.

descartes
Dec 8, 2008, 07:06 PM
Its kinda neat. I wouldnt call it perfect. The exposed/unpadded corners are a bit worrisome. Plus it seems a bit too complex for quick access.

And about the one with a zipper, Ive read lots of stories where the sides of the MBA gets scratched due to direct contact with the zipper line.

I think the best case is the one below. It's the Incase Neoprene Sleeve.I have it and it's amazing. Every square millimeter of the MBA is covered and the access is way quick (like putting on a sock.) And now they've got even more colors (http://goincase.com/products/detail/neoprene-sleeve-cl57148). I wish the chocolate one was out when I was buying mine.

http://goincase.com/products/images/CL57148/detail/blackdetail.jpg

http://goincase.com/products/images/CL57148/detail/blackinterior.jpg
Dont listen to the negative reviews on other sites, where they say it's too tight a fit. 99% of those people didn't remove the foam placeholder insert before using it. It would be like if they didn't remove the crumbled up paper from their new shoes.

looks nice but the price seems steep for what it is. how's the quality? how long have you used it?

ashowkati
Dec 8, 2008, 07:29 PM
looks nice but the price seems steep for what it is. how's the quality? how long have you used it?

Well that's the thing. I have the sleeve but not the Air :D. I have a vicious Dec. 31 delivery date, that I can thank Shanghai for :mad:. However I have tested it with other MacBook Airs, and it holds up strong. It feels really good and sturdy. I could probably survive a 3-4' or so drop easily. As long as you combine it with your backpack/satchel/briefcase. I would say its more for protection against "the elements."

ksmith80209
Dec 9, 2008, 08:38 AM
Try the Ristretto from TomBihn.com (or really anything by them) for super quality and fit. I have the checkpoint flyer by TB and really can't say enough about it. The MBA specific insert works perfectly!

Ironic
Dec 10, 2008, 10:05 AM
I use the macbook shuttle for my Air, like the extra pocket for the charger.

ninjadex
Dec 10, 2008, 09:11 PM
I second the Incase neoprene sleeve. Having no zipper and a low profile is key if using inside another bag. Although be careful, it can snag pretty easy on it's edges (in my case against velcro). But I would still recommend it.

descartes
Dec 11, 2008, 11:04 PM
I'm using Waterfield's super minimal suede jacket sleeve (http://www.sfbags.com/products/laptopsuedejacket/laptopsuedejacket.htm).

No zippers, no velcro, no (bulky) padding. It fits the MBA aesthetic perfectly, protects it from scratches, and makes it a bit more discreet in transit. If I need more protection, I stuff it in another bag.

Oh, and I haven't had to take it out of the sleeve at airport security yet. This includes domestic US flights and travel in Europe.

I read that about not having to take it out of SF sleeve when flying on another site. That is a huge benefit. Do you know if security makes you take it out of a neoprene sleeve like the incase ones?

XStream
Dec 18, 2008, 07:16 AM
Googled it and the second link (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TU992LL/A?n=13_3_inch_macbook_air&fnode=MTY1NDA2Ng&mco=MjgzMTk1MA&s=topSellers) is to Apple's own store..

It seems that it is not available in europe (at least not in Apple Store Belgium). Did anyone came across this folio in europe or a store that ships to Belgium?

stiphone
Dec 18, 2008, 08:05 PM
The SwissGear Folio looks wonderful. Love to get it but i don't think that i can justify to my wife for another laptop bag.

r6girl
Dec 19, 2008, 09:23 AM
looks nice but the price seems steep for what it is. how's the quality? how long have you used it?

I have this case (and just posted my review of it last night) - I do think it's priced a bit steep for what it is. It offers good protection for my Air in my backpack, but the edges are already showing wear after just over a month of use and I'm worried the opening will stretch out over time. It is a very low-profile case and "disguises" the MacBook Air very well, so that's a bonus. Once this one wears out, though, I think I'll check out a different sleeve rather than just buy another one of these...