A great MacBook carrying case / bag

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Returnd2Mac, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Returnd2Mac macrumors newbie

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    Howdy, all:

    After spending all the time I could looking at carrying cases, reading posts on this website, and feeling like I've done a pretty good job at sizing up the market, I wanted to share with you guys the case I purchased so I might help in the decision-making process for somebody.

    I decided on the Brenthaven Metro. It is a classic design, dare I say stylish, and offers corner and side panel protection for a modest price. It comes in three colors...

    I found the best price on cases2go.com - 62.96 w/free shipping.

    I intend to use this case for 13.3 inch macbook and take it places quite frequently.

    I welcome any questions you might have.

    Sincerely,

    Returnd2Mac :)

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  2. iGary Guest

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    The Brenthavens aren't that great as far as a lot of room for extras, but they are really good at protecting the machine inside. Good choice.
     
  3. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    Id suggest a Timbuk2 i have their messenger bag it fits it like a glove..:cool:
     
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    They ARE good, but keep in mind that the Brenthaven has a hard insert that prevents damage. ;)
     
  5. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    i'm a fan of www.acmemade.com stuff, they are expensive and don't have room for extra stuff though (unless you buy another design). but pretty, they are!
     
  6. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

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    Gary,

    I'm considering getting a Metro because of the Brenthaven reputation. Do you think my MacBook would really survive a 3 foot drop in one? Is there any other brand that is as protective?
     
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    I highly recommend the sleeves and cases from Booq (www.booqbags.com)... I've had a Vyper case for each of my Mac notebooks (PowerBook and now MacBook Pro), and they are top-notch.

    Three...
     
  8. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

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    Clayj,

    I am considering those also, but what concerns me is they don't seem rugged enough to stop a drop. If I am going to be travelling I want my MacBook protected to the extreme.
     
  9. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

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    Brenthaven's are definitely a good choice. Another alternative is the Booq line of bags, the sleeves fit inside backpacks and protects while keeping the profile slim, which makes them ideal for students.
     
  10. fastlane1588 macrumors member

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    does anyone have any suggestions as to a good backpack to cary a mbp 15" for college? I want one that would still be acceptable for college but protect my laptop as well. Thanks for the help
     
  11. alec macrumors regular

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    I like the Acme Made bags ( http://www.acmemade.com/theslim.html ) but they don't describe the actual SIZES of their bags. They are just listed as small, medium, large, and extra large. This does not tell me what will be good for my MacBook.
     
  12. Returnd2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. Returnd2Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There is a link to their sizing chart. For more information, I would try to call acme made.

    http://www.acmemade.com/sizingchart.html
     
  14. regre7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm a bit confused with Brenthaven. I'm probably going to get a Fusion messenger bag, but I'm wondering whether there's a sleeve included with it or not....

    I'd love to get a Booq, but they're a bit pricey.
     
  15. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

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    I'd also like some input on this, I'm considering the BP.3 System from Booq. (I have a 15" MBP as well).

    http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=44
     
  16. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    Hey Chris. I think out of all the bags I've seen and used, I'd trust my laptop to be inside a Brenthaven case. After using my Metro Case for a few weeks, I don't doubt that my MacBook could survive a 3 foot drop while inside the case, although I don't think I'll try it out. As far as the Booq Vyper is concerned, I've used them, and don't think they're nearly as protective as the Brenthaven. The Vyper will definitely protect against all kinds of scratches, but I don't know about impact protection. It's very thin, and I don't know if it would provide much protection against anything other than scratches and small bumps.

    If you really want your MacBook protected, I'd go with a Brenthaven case.
     
  17. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    From what I understand, the Fusion will come with a very protective sleeve, that's removable. I was looking at it today, and it seems like with the sleeve in, there's not much more room.
     
  18. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

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    If money is not an issue, I suggest that you get a good North Face backpack and a Booq Viper sleeve.
     
  19. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

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    Guys, I contacted Axio about their hardsleeves and received a polite reply. Apparently Axio will release a hardsleeve specifically designed for the MacBook in September. I have a trip in three weeks so this won't be an option for me, but I felt it may help others.
     
  20. regre7 macrumors 6502

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    I never got the point of hard cases.... The point of a soft interior is to spread out the impact if dropped over time, applying less force over a longer period of time. With a hard case, I'd imagine it's just like dropping it, just without the scratches.
     
  21. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    I think there's a thick, soft foam lining inside the Axio hard case. I guess that would spread out the impact over a longer period of time. I've never used the Axio one, but I would think that it would work pretty well. They are expensive though.
     
  22. mac4life2007 macrumors newbie

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    PAQ AS-309 is a good choice for MacBook

    I highly recommend PAQ AS-309 for carrying bag for 13" MacBook. It is made with great material and lots of rooms for battery charger and external mouse.
    You might also try PAQ NA-001 if you need bigger case for MacBook PRO 15" or 17".
     
  23. mac4life2007 macrumors newbie

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    Updated list of MacBook carrying bag manufacturers

    I added the two PAQ bags to the list
     

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