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MacAddiction
May 26, 2010, 04:00 PM
I've been trying to find a solution for carrying the iPad, an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and maybe a couple of other items. I'm trying to avoid carrying my Macbook Pro around Manhattan. I've been using a TUMI laptop bag but it seems like I could now downsize.

I bought a cheap iPad case for now, waiting for the ultimate case to emerge. Any ideas on keyboard protection for transporting? Any solutions for both iPad and keyboard?

Thanks for the advice.

:apple::apple::apple:



sracer
May 26, 2010, 05:13 PM
I bought this at Best Buy:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Targus+-+CityGear+Netbook+Case+-+Black/Gray/9285613.p?id=1218074556687&skuId=9285613&st=targus&cp=3&lp=1

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/9285/9285613_ra.jpg

It fits the iPad, BT keyboard, and a few other essentials.

lascott
May 26, 2010, 05:18 PM
I got this one from apple

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0964ZM/A

Works great :) even with the ipad case by apple on it.

JayMysterio
May 26, 2010, 05:40 PM
I have the Incase Travel kit, which says on the Apple page is discontinued, but you can still buy it. I got mine from an Apple store this weekend.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/JayMax/Misc/photo-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/JayMax/Misc/photo-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/JayMax/Misc/photo-1.jpg

A cheaper solution is one I got from an earlier thread. Hit an Army/Navy store, get one of the bags there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/JayMax/Misc/photo-3-1.jpg

I got that one off a 50% of table, it was originally $17 I think.

MacAddiction
May 26, 2010, 05:47 PM
Great advice all around! Does the apple case have a shoulder strap? I couldn't really make it out in any of the pictures.

JayMysterio
May 26, 2010, 06:06 PM
No the Incase Travel Kit just has a carry handle. When I use it I throw it in sling bag for longer distances.

vynn
May 26, 2010, 06:15 PM
I own the Incase Travel Kit Plus as well and love it. The one thing to consider is that if your iPad has a case on it then it won't fit unless your case is real slim. It'll fit with the Apple case but it's real tight. Something like the Belkin Grip Vue would fit no problem. I'm pretty sure the Maclly BookStand or XGear Folio would fit but I don't have either to test with.

lascott
May 26, 2010, 07:25 PM
I own the Incase Travel Kit Plus as well and love it. The one thing to consider is that if your iPad has a case on it then it won't fit unless your case is real slim. It'll fit with the Apple case but it's real tight. Something like the Belkin Grip Vue would fit no problem. I'm pretty sure the Maclly BookStand or XGear Folio would fit but I don't have either to test with.

Mine was real tight until I pulled out the foam piece at the bottom. Now it fits nice :)

Galley
May 26, 2010, 09:12 PM
WaterField Designs Muzetto. :cool:
http://www.sfbags.com/products/muzetto/muzetto.htm

MacAddiction
May 26, 2010, 09:37 PM
Now the decision becomes even more difficult. I love that Muzetto from sf bags but $179 is a bit steep......although I'm not opposed to paying for quality. For my purposes, the InCase would need to be put into a larger bag with a strap to lug around the city, but it does solve the keyboard protection issue. Almost ready to take the bag plunge.

JayMysterio
May 26, 2010, 09:47 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=907251&highlight=army+navy

A closer look at the military bags...

Meets all your criteria. If you don't have an Army/Navy store near you, you can order online from a store in your state.

MacAddiction
May 27, 2010, 08:00 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=907251&highlight=army+navy

A closer look at the military bags...

Meets all your criteria. If you don't have an Army/Navy store near you, you can order online from a store in your state.

Thanks for all the help Jay (and others). I appreciate all the advice, pictures and links. I think I'm going to look for a "skin" type protection for my iPad. The military bag is terrific.

qpid360
May 27, 2010, 08:54 PM
Love the Weyland-Yutani wallpaper. Nice nod to Aliens/Predator mythos.

ecks618
May 28, 2010, 08:38 AM
Ideally, one of these companies will make an iPad case that will have a bluetooth keyboard incorporated into the case negating the need to even carry around an additional accessory. I'm imagine an apple style case where the flap has a keyboard built in on the inside. Would be the best case IMO.

JonMPLS
May 28, 2010, 08:51 AM
I am thinking of ordering this case. Less formal, but not too "purse like"

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/laptop/netbook-laptop-cases/freestyle-netbook-messenger

orlandocano
May 28, 2010, 08:54 AM
I am thinking of ordering this case. Less formal, but not too "purse like"

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/laptop/netbook-laptop-cases/freestyle-netbook-messenger

I had it and returned it for their small messenger.. this bag is almost too small for my taste.. not sure how well it will fit once you put the ipad and the keyboard in there...

MaeMae
May 28, 2010, 10:14 AM
The M-Edge Method Portfolio will hold the Bluetooth Keyboard (on the left side) along with the iPad and other accessories (phone, notepad, Ipod.)

http://www.medgestore.com/products/ipad-method.psp

Just my 2 cents!:D

txaggie90
Jul 23, 2010, 06:30 PM
Found this one today over at Best Buy (don't laugh, had a gift card I needed to use up). It has two zippered compartments. The front one isn't padded, but is good for the keyboard. The back pocket is padded. Comes with a strap, though it has the hard composite plastic rings and clips.

There is also a velcro pocket and another open pocket on the front and back for small items. I paid $35.