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krisjon
Mar 1, 2004, 08:49 AM
I've been poking around looking for a bag to carry my new 17" PB that's coming this Thursday. Just curious if anyone has seen these or maybe has one? A buddy of mine that went to MacWorld saw them and thought they were pretty cool and very different from the other messenger/business styled ones out there + it will hold a 17".

http//www.axio-usa.com

krisjon
Mar 4, 2004, 04:20 PM
I've been poking around looking for a bag to carry my new 17" PB that's coming this Thursday. Just curious if anyone has seen these or maybe has one? A buddy of mine that went to MacWorld saw them and thought they were pretty cool and very different from the other messenger/business styled ones out there + it will hold a 17".

http//www.axio-usa.com

Lots of looks, but no comments on this?

djkny
Mar 4, 2004, 05:17 PM
Sorry, but that looks way tacky. You'll be ringing up x-ray security at every oulet in New York City.

The shell is PLASTIC, too.
I'd stick with the Apple-endorsed 17" Brenthaven. It's pricey, but solid, functional, etc. Also, if anything ever goes wrong with it, you can hold Brenthaven AND Apple accountable.

mactastic
Mar 4, 2004, 10:27 PM
Sorry, but that looks way tacky. You'll be ringing up x-ray security at every oulet in New York City.

The shell is PLASTIC, too.
I'd stick with the Apple-endorsed 17" Brenthaven. It's pricey, but solid, functional, etc. Also, if anything ever goes wrong with it, you can hold Brenthaven AND Apple accountable.

I have a Tom Bihn (http://tombihn.com/) Monolith that I used for over a year with my TiBook in my backpack. It's cheap ($40) and goes vertically in a backpack, so it's good for students. After I graduated I needed a more professional look, so I got the Tom Bihn Empire Builder (http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TB0730&Category_Code=300&Product_Count=4). I highly recommend either of these solutions, although the Empire Builder was about $200 with the insert for my laptop and the Absolute shoulder strap. Both are very sturdy protection for you laptop, which is held in a sling-style holder inside a rigid sided case. In the Empire Builder, the laptop case clips into the briefcase and can be removed if you need the space or if you don't need your laptop that day. The removed laptop case is plenty sturdy enough to carry on it's own when you need the room in your briefcase, or when you are going light with just the laptop. An all-around excellent solution.

adamjay
Mar 5, 2004, 02:55 AM
when i was in germany last month i stopped in at vinyl record shop and saw on display some VERY stylish modern bags. They are called Air Bags.
www.airbagcraftworks.com they are pretty pricey, especially if you are american (the prices are in euro's), but they are also very stylish.

They are made out of recycled material (usually some sort of inflatable material, hence the name airbag) like air-boats, military hovercraft tubing, inner tubing, etc. Hand sewn, and not at a sweat-shop

Have a look at their site, go to the online airshop to see the available models. The good (and bad) thing is that each bag is unique in that because it is made out of recycled material, no 2 bags are alike and the company makes sure that no 2 bags are alike. The bad part is if you see a bag they have made that you like, chances are its the only one that looks like that. They did have one 17" Powerbook "Nerdbag Pro", but it sold pretty quick, i am sure they will make more as materials become available.
The price for that bag , a hefty 178 Euro's.

i myself got one of the "10 inch" bags at that shop in Bremen, Germany. It holds my 12" G4 Powerbook perfectly (the PB is 8.5 inches wide) and most important to me, doesnt look like a laptop bag (stay away thieves!) Now my girlfriend has to have one for her iBook (note to self, never buy a sylish "accessory" accessory in europe without bringing one back for my other half). I payed 85 Euros for that bag. have a look at their site and you will get a better sense of their style.

as they say, "they're all the rage in europe these days" :cool:

IJ Reilly
Mar 5, 2004, 11:53 AM
I went on a hunt for the perfect 12" PB bag at MacWorld last January. I investigated everything on the floor at least twice, including the Axio. It quickly fell to the bottom of my personal list, if only because it looked like it belonged on the top of my car instead of over my shoulder. I considered bags from Timbuk2 and Crumpler but in end I ordered the Brenthaven bag from Apple when I got back (they were displaying on the floor, but not selling). The Brenthaven is fairly expensive, but seemed very well made compared to some that sell in the same price range, and it was custom made for the PB (the iBook actually).

FWIW, my second choice was the Crumpler. Long on style and short on features for the money, though.

You need to decide if you want a messenger or backpack style bag. That will limit your choices quite a bit.

Captnroger
Mar 5, 2004, 12:26 PM
I second the Brenthaven. The best bag vbar!

pclark
Mar 5, 2004, 12:51 PM
I've been poking around looking for a bag to carry my new 17" PB that's coming this Thursday. Just curious if anyone has seen these or maybe has one? A buddy of mine that went to MacWorld saw them and thought they were pretty cool and very different from the other messenger/business styled ones out there + it will hold a 17".

http//www.axio-usa.com

Those backpacks look pretty sweet. I had been looking at the boblbee bags, but they're too small for a 17". I ended up settling on the Tom Bihn Smart Alec (http://www.tombihn.com) . It's not a hardshell case, but it holds the powerbook and lots of other goodies, and I've been quite happy with it.

aricher
Mar 5, 2004, 01:33 PM
I went with the Brenhaven for my PB 17 after going using a Large Waterfield Cargo (messenger style) bag for a few months. The WF bag was great for short term use but after bringing it with me to Europe let me tell you - I never wanted a backpack more. I had the WF bag loaded up with my laptop, external drive, DV camera, etc. and it literally left bruise marks on my shoulder after walking a few miles with it. The PB 17 sleeve also would not fit inside the back "laptop pocket" which was made for a PB 15 - this made me worry about the PB safety. The kind folks at WF offered me a refund no questions asked.

The Brenthaven is not so much on looks but interior pocket-wise and protection wise it's killer and besides, I didn't really need a case that screams out "steal me - I'm an expensive laptop bag."

I have heard very good things about the Tom Bihn bags but I like the fact that Brenthaven bags are sepcifically designed for the PB line. As far as the axio bags go I contacted them because I was concerned that the strapped-in but still exposed laptop might come in contact with stuff in the other side of the bag and scratch the PB. Axio responded saying that there is space in between the compartments - I'm still not sure how much. My other problem with those bags is that they are essentially motorcycle carry cases and believe me - those get scratched to hell with minimal abuse. They do have a cloth covered one that holds camera gear - my fear is that the cloth would eventually tear and expose the plastic underneath.

Backpack - Go Brenthaven or Tom Bihn - you won't be sorry.
Messenger - Go Waterfield

eclipse525
Mar 5, 2004, 02:34 PM
You can't forget BOOQ bags. Very sleek and well built. I actually bought an iPod case from them and it's great.

http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=21


~e

mactastic
Mar 5, 2004, 05:15 PM
FWIW, my TiBook fits perfectly in the Tom Bihn Brain Cell that clips into the Empire Builder (and other bags/packs). I don't know if he designed it specifically for the TiBook or not, but the fit is stellar.

cr2sh
Mar 5, 2004, 06:22 PM
http//www.axio-usa.com
I don' care for those at all.. indeed, tacky.

Brenthaven have been the best bag I've seen so far.. which isn't sayin g much. I don't like them at all..

Still looking for the right bag, with texture, style, lots of padding, and enough space for a firewire enclosure...

krisjon
Mar 6, 2004, 03:54 AM
This is the kind of feedback I was looking for. Thanks, guys.

Honestly though, several of the recommendations are for bags that frankly look like ass! I know the Brenthavens are good bags, but they look like something my Dad would use. The reason I brought up the Axio bags is because it's one of the few bags I've seen recently that has form and function and less of a compromise between the two. I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag that I've had for years and love. I like what they're doing with their laptop bags as well. I guess in the spirit of Apple I'm just looking for something, well, different.

Angelus
Mar 6, 2004, 08:27 AM
whats the opinion here on the InCase SlingPack?
I was thinking of getting it for my Tibook.

IJ Reilly
Mar 6, 2004, 03:21 PM
No, the Brenthaven bags aren't visually exciting. But that was a deliberate choice for me, since I'm in business and need something I can carry into a meeting without looking like a college student. I rejected the Timbuk2 bags because to my eye they look a bit too much like camping equipment -- especially the backpack bags with the big rubberized thing on the back. Another consideration is that many of these bags simply aren't finished very well and have features that look good but aren't very functional. My decision was helped a lot by actually holding the bags in my hand, putting them on my shoulder and stuffing some of my gear into them. After all that was said and done, the Brenthaven came out on top. Oh, and I got the blue/black version which isn't nearly so dull as as the all black!

mystixman
Mar 6, 2004, 11:30 PM
Actually the Axio bags are quite nice. I tried one on full of stuff at MWSF and it felt great. It has a spot for you PB, and looks really cool.

plunar
Mar 21, 2004, 04:06 PM
www.sfbags.com

that oughta do it for ya

Westside guy
Mar 21, 2004, 08:19 PM
Huh, well when I tried the original URL given, it seems to be redirecting to google.com - kinda odd.

I love my Crumpler bag, and couldn't see my dad using one either. :D Well made, lots of pockets, very nice protection in terms of both padding and versus water (I live in the Pacific Northwest USA, so this is important).

Spizzo
Mar 21, 2004, 08:39 PM
www.sfbags.com

that oughta do it for ya

I use the waterfield sleeve for my 17", and carry it in my backpack.

Now if i could only get my PowerBook back from Apple (needs a new Logic Board). :(

gdavid
May 19, 2004, 10:32 PM
when i was in germany last month i stopped in at vinyl record shop and saw on display some VERY stylish modern bags. They are called Air Bags.
www.airbagcraftworks.com ........:

Have to add a second recommendation for these bags. I just got a 10 inch one for my 12 inch powerbook. They have heaps of cool, unique designs and the bags are very well constructed and resonably padded although I will be using mine with a sleeve as well.

abc123
May 19, 2004, 11:19 PM
Have to add a second recommendation for these bags. I just got a 10 inch one for my 12 inch powerbook. They have heaps of cool, unique designs and the bags are very well constructed and resonably padded although I will be using mine with a sleeve as well.
those bags are the only ones i have seen that i've really liked in almost a month of looking.
i'm confused about the sizes though, if any one knows which designs will fit a 12" powerbook i'd be really happy.
and thanks to the user who posted that link, it made my day :)

edit:
1. they don't ship to australia :(
2. $250 @!$#$%^$
3. :(

gdavid
May 20, 2004, 05:48 PM
those bags are the only ones i have seen that i've really liked in almost a month of looking.
i'm confused about the sizes though, if any one knows which designs will fit a 12" powerbook i'd be really happy.
and thanks to the user who posted that link, it made my day :)

edit:
1. they don't ship to australia :(
2. $250 @!$#$%^$
3. :(

Hi abc123 they should ship to aussie, I just got one shipped to NZ. I would email them, perhaps they have just never had to ship there before so haven't calculated the cost. It was about 27euros to NZ. Yes they are quite expensive but I don't mind paying that much for a one of a kind bag, especially after I paid so much for the computer anyway. About sizes I got a 10inch. The 12inch powerbook measures 21.9 by 27.7 by 3 cm and the bag is 30 by 32 by 12 cm. It has one main internal pocket and a small front pocket that would fit A4 papers then it also has a small internal pocket that would fit an ipod or cellphone or such like. It depends on how much you want to carry in the bag, the only other things I need to carry are my power adaptor and mouse. They do have some powerbook specific ones, the nerdbags, otherwise you just need to look at the measurements they give and estimate how much you need for your powerbook and whatever else you need to carry. If you are unsure about any pockets on any of the bags just email them they were really helpful and prompt in replying to my questions.

abc123
May 20, 2004, 07:14 PM
thanks, i'll still think about them. if i can't find something that costs a little less in a few weeks i'll splash out and get one. they are really the nicest things i've seen in a long time.

zach007
May 22, 2004, 01:19 PM
I got the vertical computer sleeve from llbean.com.. couldn't be happier and it only cost me $23 shipping included. It's simple, got a few pockets, safe for my comp, and fits great in my bag. And $23 was the best part.

Koodauw
May 22, 2004, 02:26 PM
If you looking for style, then I would recemened checking out acmemade.com They have some really cool bags. I have one and like it alot. not much room for anything other than you computer though.

There is also the timbuk2 bags, which have a fair amount of space and a bit of color.

I would agree though, that no one has made the perfect combination of design, style, and storage space. I hope you find something to you liking.

SuperChuck
May 22, 2004, 04:37 PM
The sexiest powerbook cases ever...

AcmeMade (http://www.acmemade.com/bags.html)

Be sure to check out the grey flannel - sexy. As far as how much protection they offer, my guess would be minimal. If you're going to kick, drop or otherwise abuse it, go with the hideously ugly Brenthaven. I totally agree with you that it has no style whatsoever, but my friend left his Brenthaven on top of the car with his 17" in it. Had no idea he had done so. It fell to the curb, and was later picked up by the police who found it lying by the side of the road - no damage whatsoever.

SuperChuck
May 22, 2004, 04:39 PM
If you looking for style, then I would recemened checking out acmemade.com

We were thinking the same thing at the same time, apparently. I'm glad to find somebody who owns one. How much protection do they offer? I'm seriously considering one.

vollspacken
May 24, 2004, 01:02 AM
if you want extreme ruggedness, you should check out the laptop bag section (http://www.maxpedition.com/catalog/catalog_bagcase.htm) at "MAXPEDITION" (http://www.maxpedition.com/menu.htm)...

Maxpedition offers gear designed with civilian use in mind, but with military styling and rugged construction/materials and the market that Maxpedition is aiming at are regular people who are tired of poorly constructed gear, and like the 'military' styling combined with civilian functionality, made with durable materials and construction. most of their stuff is available in tan, 3-colour desert camo, black, olive, woodland (yeeaaah!!! :D) and midnight blue.

I will probably order a Thermite Varsipack (http://www.maxpedition.com/catalog/catalog_versipack.htm) for my iPod and other small stuff and a Mini Rollypoly (http://www.maxpedition.com/catalog/catalog_pouches.htm) for my Nalgene bottle... (Hmmmmm, woodland camo :))

check out their website, good stuff

vSpacken

wide
May 24, 2004, 08:26 PM
if you want extreme ruggedness, you should check out the laptop bag section (http://www.maxpedition.com/catalog/catalog_bagcase.htm) at "MAXPEDITION" (http://www.maxpedition.com/menu.htm)...

No offense, but those bags are ugly. I would never trust any computer of mine in one of those things--it would make my Dell look even uglier (and yes, that is possible).

vollspacken
May 24, 2004, 08:51 PM
well, that's what you think... :p

I like 'em (but I still use a Timbuk2 messenger bag most of the time, 'cause camo and military style does not match all clothes and colors... so it's all about flexibility)

and yes, I think they are stylish (says someone who also likes to wear Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Bape, and Maharishi... :))

vSpacken

vollspacken
May 24, 2004, 09:05 PM
AND they are supposed to be rugged high performance gear, not pretty looking... and I think that's where Maxpedition's products draw their style from (just as The North Face, Alpha Industries and Spiewak)...

vSpacken

yinyang
Jun 15, 2004, 10:09 PM
those bags are the only ones i have seen that i've really liked in almost a month of looking.
i'm confused about the sizes though, if any one knows which designs will fit a 12" powerbook i'd be really happy.
and thanks to the user who posted that link, it made my day :)

edit:
1. they don't ship to australia :(
2. $250 @!$#$%^$
3. :(

apparently there is a place in sydney that stocks them - if you check the where to find link on their site it'll show some place called krites - northern beaches somewhere i think!

nice looking bags, but quite expensive...! odd site as well, took a bit of getting used to :)

magid
Jun 18, 2004, 04:55 PM
Has anyone boughten a bag from airbagcraftworks.com? They look like very interesting bags, but are a little on the expensive side. I am looking at one for my future 15" powerbook. Does anyone have pics of the bag itself? thanks

puckhead193
Jun 20, 2004, 11:40 PM
Are the Timbuk2 bags good for a 12" ibook/powerbook. I also want it to hold an ipod, and a textbook or 2. They look more youngish since i'm going to be a college student!

kim0785b
Jun 22, 2004, 08:38 AM
I just carry mine in a tuscano case but with an A3 (ISO Paper sizes) portfolio zip case fits perfectly and disguises the computer in an art case

toezter
Jul 15, 2004, 04:53 PM
AND they are supposed to be rugged high performance gear, not pretty looking... and I think that's where Maxpedition's products draw their style from (just as The North Face, Alpha Industries and Spiewak)...

vSpacken

what size powerbook do you have? i really like the fatboy versipack (camo r0x). is there enough space in there for a well protected case (for a powerbook), notebooks, and text books?

btw: i found this...
http://www.humanbeans.net/powerpizza/

vollspacken
Jul 23, 2004, 04:44 PM
what size powerbook do you have? i really like the fatboy versipack (camo r0x). is there enough space in there for a well protected case (for a powerbook), notebooks, and text books?

sorry, but you won't be able to fit in anything bigger than a Newton MP 2100 in the Fatboy...

according to the spec sheet (http://www.maxpedition.com/catalog/full_jpg/cat_page_12.htm), the main compartment inner dimensions are 8"x6.5"x3"

still, I recommend getting that Fatboy bag since I have my termite since almost two months now and I love it... fits my iPod, my sunglasses, Blistex, paper handkerchiefs... nice bag, I might get the Fatboy too later this year :)

vSpacken

sapuki
Aug 19, 2004, 01:06 PM
I've been poking around looking for a bag to carry my new 17" PB that's coming this Thursday. Just curious if anyone has seen these or maybe has one? A buddy of mine that went to MacWorld saw them and thought they were pretty cool and very different from the other messenger/business styled ones out there + it will hold a 17".

http//www.axio-usa.com

FWIW:

I bought an Axio hardpack about three months ago. The style and practicality of the design were very appealing. The cool extra strap-on case turns out to be very useful. The main component--the plastic 'body'--seems durable. The hardware components (buckles, zippers) and other materials seem to be of various quality, with many of them feeling cheap.

One of the plastic strap buckles has recently broken, without excessive weight having been applied to it and with normal (I'd even say "light") use. I have a customer service request in now to see whether the hardware has been improved; if not, I want my money back.

If asked to give a buy/not opinion today, I'd say "no." Too bad, because there are some nice design ideas. But if quality and price determine value, then it doesn't add up.

vraxtus
Aug 19, 2004, 01:15 PM
I just bought this (http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencms/tnf/gear.jsp?productId=430) backpack from Northface to sling my lappy in for my last year of college. I went and saw it, liked the design. Not sure if you're a backpack person tho...

spasticmutant
Aug 19, 2004, 02:36 PM
www.sfbags.com

that oughta do it for ya


I second that, and then some. I have their 15" Powerbook neoprene-lined sleeve with D-Rings, velcro flap, "piggy back", and ultra comfortable shoulder suspension strap. That works for around town travel; the piggyback clips to the D-rings and is a godsend. For longer travel, I also own their large Cargo Bag. I like the airplane buckle and lots of pockets, plus it looks really nice.

I like their sleeves so much I bought another one for my work PeeCee, an IBM T40.

EGT
Aug 20, 2004, 06:20 AM
When i first got my pb i used a crappy bag i bought at PC world just to keep it safe as i was traveling around, until i got a decent one. Itís stuffed in the attic somewhere now. (Anyone want it?)

I then got the Tom Bihn Empire Builder (http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TB0730&Category_Code=200&Product_Count=4). This is one awesome bag. You can get extras like the snake charmer (http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=TB0302) for all your cables, and ďstrapeezĒ for keeping them neat and tidy and. Some good colour combinations available by the way.
I donít use it for my computer anymore though; I use it for charts and nav equipment etc.

I just recently bought the Tom Bihn brain bag (http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TB0104&Category_Code=TBP&Product_Count=5) and use the brain cell that I initially got with the Builder. You can fit so much in this bag, its just unbelievable. I can get a pair of shoes, 2 pairs of trousers, a few t-shirts and jumpers in the front bit along with all my computer stuff in the back. Great if I have to go on an overnight stay somewhere. I could fit a fair bit more in it as well. Top-notch build quality and its quite good looking.

The Brain cell (http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=TB0300) clips on to the inside of the bag and it is suspended, so if you dropped the bag the impact would be absorbed giving max protection to your computer. The pb itself fits the brain cell really well. It "feels" so secure.

If a backpack isnít something youíre after then check out these Shoulder bags (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/CTGY/200)
What more could you ask for? Nine different shoulder bags to choose from and all of them are great looking!! Again, loads of colour combinations.

Check out the details of all the bags on the site. It's very well done, very informative. I strongly recommend the Brain bag. As youíve no doubt guessed, Iím very happy with it !!

The customer support at Tom Bihn is excellent, which I think is very important.

Good luck finding the right one for you :)

7on
Aug 22, 2004, 03:12 PM
Currently I'm using a combo of a Brethren shoulder strap style, but I ditched the inline case for a Marware Sportfolio. Because the Brethren inline case lacked compartments and a shoulder strap. Plus the Sportfolio fits right in there perfectly. By itself the Sportfolio lacks much protection (has padding on the bottom and the edges) but other than that it's a thin plastic shell incased in neoprene. The main reason I got it is that it claims to be water proof, something I look forward to (as in I haven't tested this water protection).

www.marware.com

beatle888
Aug 22, 2004, 04:33 PM
can anyone recommend a laptop carrying case/bag/cover that you dont need to take the laptop out of in order to use it. ive seen two...the laptrap and a maccase. i like the maccase because its just a cover that totally unzips, revealing your laptop for use inside the bag and its pretty streamlined. but i'd like something with a bit more thought put into it. any suggestions.

this is what i came up with so far...

vraxtus
Aug 23, 2004, 10:46 AM
Check out the details of all the bags on the site. It's very well done, very informative. I strongly recommend the Brain bag. As youíve no doubt guessed, Iím very happy with it !!

The customer support at Tom Bihn is excellent, which I think is very important.

Good luck finding the right one for you :)


I took at look at the bags there, but frankly I thought the designs to be rather uninspired and alltogether rather boring... but that's just me.

EGT
Aug 23, 2004, 11:01 AM
If that's what you're after then you might like these.

http://www.acmemade.com/

My Brother has one; cost a fortune though. And there is very little protection if any when your computer is inside. They are very nice looking though.

I suggest you look around the forums. There are plenty of bag/case posts.

EJBasile
Aug 23, 2004, 11:41 AM
Haha thats the funniest thing I've ever seen. It reminds me of one of those car roof mounted Thule storage hambergers. Look Here

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/carrier_luggage.asp#

deral
Aug 29, 2004, 07:40 AM
i got me a boblebee, with white plastic hardshell btw (to match ipod and ibook, and the color of my finger nails), and I was a dummy and fell off a tree (a coconut tree--how stereotypical for someone who lives in hawaii) and no scratches on the shell (just a little dirt--but the bag was white, so no one noticed...or did they?!?) and wallah!!! my ibook wasn't smashed. but but was though--too bad i didn't get butt insurance.

lannanh
Sep 25, 2004, 11:31 PM
can anyone recommend a laptop carrying case/bag/cover that you dont need to take the laptop out of in order to use it. ive seen two...the laptrap and a maccase. i like the maccase because its just a cover that totally unzips, revealing your laptop for use inside the bag and its pretty streamlined. but i'd like something with a bit more thought put into it. any suggestions.

this is what i came up with so far...

I think this is a great option if your looking for somethng you can leave in the case. Lots of extras, it seems like they really know the computer and the user when they designed these. The look pretty cool too.

http://www.tekstyl.com/

Good Luck,
Hilary

Aluminum PowerBook G4 15"

t300
Sep 25, 2004, 11:44 PM
You know, EVERYWHERE I go with my Axio, I always get people coming up to me asking where I got "that cool backpack." I admit, it's kind of funky at first, but it grows on you. The protection is tremendous! I feel I could drop it 3 stories up and the PB be a-okay, but of course I wouldn't. I do wish, though, that would actually test one out and use it before just looking at the website and saying it's the worst bag ever...And actually they are coming out with new, smaller ones in November. It shall be interesting.

ocellnuri
Sep 26, 2004, 12:02 AM
When I type http//www.axio-usa.com into my browser, I get redirected to Microsoft's website... am I the only one? :eek:

t300
Sep 26, 2004, 12:20 AM
When I type http//www.axio-usa.com into my browser, I get redirected to Microsoft's website... am I the only one? :eek:

Well... "http//www.axio-usa.com" does not include what we like to call a colon.

Reference: http://www.axio-usa.com

chynaxdawl
Sep 26, 2004, 02:05 AM
Have to add a second recommendation for these bags. I just got a 10 inch one for my 12 inch powerbook. They have heaps of cool, unique designs and the bags are very well constructed and resonably padded although I will be using mine with a sleeve as well.

my first post, yay! haha. :D well i'm looking into buying a 12" g4 powerbook so i'm looking at bags and cases and stuff. these air bags look cool, although expensive. but i was wondering if they were spacious...they look small. like is all u can really fit is the computer itself?

Macs R Us
Sep 26, 2004, 07:34 AM
WOW Thats a nice bag I want one... But way to much $$$... I spend my money on the PowerBook:).

sushi
Sep 26, 2004, 08:50 AM
I've been poking around looking for a bag to carry my new 17" PB that's coming this Thursday. Just curious if anyone has seen these or maybe has one? A buddy of mine that went to MacWorld saw them and thought they were pretty cool and very different from the other messenger/business styled ones out there + it will hold a 17".

http//www.axio-usa.com
I've an Incase Nylon Backpack - for iBook 12" and 14", PowerBook G4 12" 15" and 17"

Plenty of room for my PB15, plus my wireless keyboard.

Works great.

When I want to just take my PB15, without extras, I use the Incase Laptop Sleeve - for PowerBook G4 15" and iBook 14"

They have a model for the PB17 as well.

This case provides a wonderful way to just carry your PB, wireless mouse and power adapter. Plus you can carry around a few papers as well.

I believe that both of these are only available at the Apple store.

Sushi

ocellnuri
Sep 26, 2004, 02:07 PM
Well... "http//www.axio-usa.com" does not include what we like to call a colon.

Reference: http://www.axio-usa.com

I knew it'd be something I was overlooking like that. Thanks! I hope this head-cold clears out soon, the Nyquil really gets me messed up.

eleveneastgate
Feb 14, 2005, 09:59 PM
... found here:

http://stores.ebay.com/domesticfly_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZkm

for my PB, I purchased:

http://www.gravityengine.net/ebay/Applepb12greywp.jpg

with a free pouch:

http://www.gravityengine.net/ebay/IMGP2152sm.JPG

for my IB, I purchased:

http://i8.ebayimg.com/02/i/03/61/ba/dc_1_b.JPG

They were $27.99 each.

Hope this helps... :D

JGotham
Feb 15, 2005, 04:25 AM
Hey:

I'm a new switcher (or rather, will be switcher once my new PB arrives), and I've been going nuts to find a bag solution that will fit the bill. I'm kinda a bag freak, so I've done a bit more research than one probably should, I thought I would just give some knowledge that I have found.

I don't think a single bag will take care of it all, for protection, your going to want to get a sleeve and a bag. Stylish, is going to be purely your opinion, and practicality of use. I'm a fledgling graphic designer/IT college grad, so I'm still into the young sheik look, although I would probably reconsider if going corporate! So here's the lowdown:

Axio - these bags look pretty solid. I was considering one cause I primarily bike everywhere I go. The problem being side protection for your laptop. If you fall sideways, a couple people have reported that side impact (along the zipper) has caused great damage to their laptops. This for me seemed like a big downer, so I ditched on the Axio.

ACMEmade - these bags are really cool, even designated cool in HOW design magazine. There isn't much protection as far as laptop proetection goes, but look really nice. Not much room for anything but the book, so its more of a light travel to the coffee shop kinda bag. I'm considering getting one, but only as an accessory to a main setup.

Booq Bags - They look decent, functional, and in my opinion, simple is nice. They made a new Vyper sleeve, which I plan on getting, only it won't ship till April at the earliest. The sleeve seems SOLID, and they recommend pairing a sleeve with bags as a means to laptop protection, because honestly, I don't know of any single bag solutions that would make anyone feel super secure (contents shift, bags fall, its just not really possible with the various laptop sizes and forms). The sleeves fit certain laptops like a glove, and that will protect it pretty well. Pop it inside another bag of cosmetic liking, and go with that for looks.

CHROME bags - these are courier bags, which I must say, ROCK for riding on a bike. I just got one, and its bomber. The look is a little odd, but ultimatley looks pretty cool, and is a very functional design for a messenger bag. I'm going to pair a Booq Vyper sleeve with this bag for aroung the town biking with my laptop. These aren't laptop bags, just something different to give you options for outside carrying bags.

For you, Sir Sheik... go with a rugged and bomber sleeve like the vyper, and then wrap it with a ACME bag (the wider non SLIM ones) for superstar looks. That seems to be the look and functionality you are looking for. If that isn't to your liking, get a Vyper sleeve, and put it in a CHROME bag, but get a white one. Then, use a sharpie and let your creative side loose. It may sound crazy, but it might be worth it to just be original. Nothing pre-made is gonna top your own hand drawn masterpiece. As long as it means something to you. If anyone asks, say you got it at URBAN OUTFITTERS.

In the end, ROCK OUT....
Jonny Gotham

JGotham
Feb 15, 2005, 04:29 AM
Oh, I forgot RadTech sleeves and screen protectors... if you are super protective of that aluminum shine, wrap it in some nouveaux techie suede and put that in the sleeve... and then that in a bag.

Good Luck!

Vster
Feb 15, 2005, 06:59 AM
I got this bag with my PB, I love it! :D

http://www.casauri.com/odyssey/odyssey_laptopcase.shtml

rt_brained
Feb 15, 2005, 07:30 AM
I haven't seen anything about the Brenthaven bags that justifies the additional $ versus the Timbuk 2 bags. I've been through numerous bags over the last few years and these are the best I've used so far:

A. Timbuk 2 for work ~ $129.99
B. JanSport Optimizer backpack everywhere else - $99.00 (SALE $69.99 @ ebags.com)

Flyinace2000
Feb 15, 2005, 08:15 AM
I haven't seen anything about the Brenthaven bags that justifies the additional $ versus the Timbuk 2 bags. I've been through numerous bags over the last few years and these are the best I've used so far:

A. Timbuk 2 for work ~ $129.99
B. JanSport Optimizer backpack everywhere else - $99.00 (SALE $69.99 @ ebags.com)

I jsut got the MarWare Sportfollio II sleeve and keyboard cover. I like it alot. Procects from scratches and the bumby road of life very well. The zipper is shielded from the laptop with some extra fabric. Best valentines gift in a while.

eclipse525
Feb 15, 2005, 09:25 AM
Don't know if these were mentioned but here goes, Tom Bihn Bags (http://www.tombihn.com/) and Booq Bags (http://www.booqbags.com//index.html). Both are VERY well built and may i say stylish! :D ;)

~e

zelmo
Feb 15, 2005, 09:48 AM
I have the Brenthaven Professional Backpack for my PB, and also use the Radtech Screensavrz and Powersleevz for added surface protection. Want to keep that PB looking new. I may be a tad anal about my kit, but I'm not into shouting to the world that I'm toting an expensive laptop around with me. The Brenthaven is inarguably devoid of style, but the functionality can't be beat, IMHO. And it is amazing how much crap I can stuff into that thing.

If I were more style conscious, I'd have gone for something by Crumpler, Tom Bihn, or Booq. All good choices.

JCT
Mar 3, 2005, 08:13 PM
I use the VoltXL by SpireUSA (http://www.spireusa.com) . It's a very rugged bag and beautifully balanced. I use it when I have serious traveling to do with my PB 17".

Great company, too.

Good luck and enjoy your PB,

JT