New 15" Powerbook ordered.. What case?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by drewcare, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. drewcare macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2003
    Ok... so I broke down after spending almost 2 years waiting for the right 15" Powerbook to suit my needs (and to save up the money) I jumped on this new 15" and now I need to know what I need to do to protect it. What is the best way? I'm thinking about getting a sleeve and then throwing that inside of my backpack when i take it to class (I'm a college student) Or should I purchase a case instead of a sleeve, or both? What sleeve is the best one (in your opinion...) price does matter here, as I just spent a ton of money on this thing, and I cant afford a $150 case for it (I'm hoping to spend way less than $100 here).

    Thanks in Advance... I cant wait for my powerbook to ship... on or before 9/19 :)
  2. max11 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2003
    if you want cool cases for your powerbook, check out - the site doesn't appear to be up at the moment, but it has some very sweet hard cases to protect your computer.

    i have a STM bag (soft), and although good, didn't do much when i fell and put my elbow right smack in the middle of my new 12" powerbook (ouch! :( ) so do yourself a favour and get a hard case.

    in case you're wondering, the powerbook survived, but had to be physically bent back into shape. the whole case was bowed - but it still worked :D
  3. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2003
    Connecticut, USA

    Here is a post about iBook cases, but you get the same websites. I really like the Waterfield Designs bags, but they are pricey.

    Timbuk2 is pretty nice and avaliable on the Apple site, and I heard good things about Tom Bihn's models.

    Ya, just check the other thread there's loads of links and helpful ideas... I need a case too so we're in the same boat.
  4. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    I almost went with a timbuk2 bag but i went with the brenthaven because the way i looked at it the additional $50 would ensure that it would never be damaged in that case. I saw the representitive of brenthaven put a laptop in their bag and drop it from 6 feet and nothing happend to it so that's good enough for me. I looked at the timbuk2 bag and the sleeve is very flimsy and anything more than a modest bump or drop would smash up the laptop.
  5. GrizzlyHippo macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2002
    on the sofa
    Which bag?

    I'm in the same position - awaiting delivery of my 15" 1.25 PB.

    If like me you will be carrying a briefcase as well as the laptop and want a slim case just for your PB, you might want to look at the two I'm considering:


    The BrainCell at

    I'm leaning toward the acme, just cos' it looks funkier, but the construction of the BrainCell seems better... ummmmm...

  6. JBoogieZX6 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2003
    same here,
    just ordered a 17 pb last weekend and ive been looking for a way to carry it around.

    im thinking about getting a tombihn brain sleeve (or watever its called) and carrying that around in a messenger bag..

    anyone have any experiences with this kind of setup?

    one of the concerns that i have with messenger bags is that it will place a lot of pressure at the ends of a laptop as large as the 17" pb... maybe causing it to bend?

    if anyone has experience carrying a 17" pb in a messenger bag please let us know how you feel about it.
  7. max11 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2003
    i used to work in an apple store - and a large amount of 15" TiBooks that came back bent or warped because they were carried in sling or messanger type bags. i can only imagine the 17", although stiffer, would suffer a similar fate.

    go with a solid bag/case if you can..
  8. Ramsos macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2002
    Oakland, California
    I'll second the Brenthaven its great and it comes with a padded sleeve that attaches with velcrow which has its own handle, so you can have a small case when you need it.-RAM
  9. JBoogieZX6 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2003
    thanks for the advice max11....

    i guess im going to start looking for a backpack instead of a messenger now..
  10. dennis88 macrumors member

    May 13, 2003
  11. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2003
    Connecticut, USA
    Is it just me or do the Acme cases kind of look like purses? Or are they just 'trendy'?
  12. RajK macrumors newbie


    Sep 8, 2003
    One thing that concerns me about the Brenthaven case is that the spec sheet lists the laptop sleeve as having the dimensions: 1" X 9 1/2 " X 13 1/2". With the slightly larger size of the Al15" it doesn't look like it will fit. I'm assuming that this has already been taken into consideration, but I'd like to be sure. Has anyone tried fitting a new 15" into a Brenthaven case?
  13. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2003
    Connecticut, USA
    I just ordered myself a Brain Cell due to great reviews around the Internet.. I'll be sure to comment on it when it arrives.
  14. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    that's a very good point. i didn't even notice that with the sleeve. i didn't order the brenthaven yet, but i'd rather wait till brenthaven supports the new powerbook 15"'s dimensions.
  15. nickfit macrumors member

    May 31, 2003
    Try looking at the Tibag. It was designed for the Tibook, but I emailed the maker and he said that it will work great with the new dimensions of the Albook. And, it is only 39.99 plus shipping. I read great reviews, and there is room to carry other things so it can double as a backpack. I would tell you for sure how it works, but Apple is having a hard time accepting my money. I hope, though, that my new 15incher will be in the mail soon, so I can slip it into my new Tibag which should be here today.

    Oh yeah, the url is
  16. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC

    I use the Blurr BTR Note shoulder bag for my iBook, but it's definitely big enought for the 15" PB. I really like it because of it's more aerodynamic vertical orientation, and also the plushest shoulder padding you'll find on any shoulder bag. It also has inside pockets that are just the right size for an iPod or PDA.

    Here's a URL:<>prd_id=336535&bmUID=1063997918727
  17. drewcare thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2003
    Ok, thank you all for all of your suggestions, I went out to my local compusa and looked at the brenhaven (i think thats right) it was a nice case, but I didn't like the sleeve, plus I dunno for $150 it was a bit much for me, so I looked around and purchased a Vanguard case (more like a briefcase) its a hard case that is not too large in size, and it looks pretty cool. I'll get some pictures of it and whatnot whenever my albook comesl.... as I'm waiting on that now. Here is a link to the case that has a picture to it tho....
  18. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Good, I have a Vanguard and they seem extremely high quality (even though I got it from ebay and the seller didn't send the keys or strap). But it was a 2.2" thick case, and those are hard to come by. Enjoy your Vanguard.
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location

    Click on "Sleevecases". This was recommended to me a while ago, but I'm not sure if its great. It looks like it, though.
  20. MetallicPenguin macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2003
    NC, USA
    I like Incase cases, which is very ironic because right as I reached down and pressed New Reply I spotted an Incase ad at the bottom of the page. Their website is
  21. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    I got a Tom Bihn Monolith when I got my TiBook last November. It works in the portrait position rather than the landscape, and I carry it in my backpack rather than a messenger bag, but my wife recently got the Tom Bihn ID messenger bag with snaps to accept a brain cell. There's enough rigidity in the bag itself that I don't think there will be problems when she gets her 12"PB. I don't know if you can fit the 17" in there, but the Empire Builder bag is next on my list, and should fit anything.

    BTW, I love my monolith. It has kept my 'book looking superb through many months of rough backpack travel and classroom use.
  22. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003

    Could someone please explain how/why using a messenger bag would bend/warp a 15" powerbook? I use a messenger bag now and I was going to buy one just like it fit for a laptop.. so far Timbuk2 has my eye.
  23. drjekyl macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2003
    I just bought the timbuk2 messenger bag and I love it. It is a soft bag but for school it is really nice. I had a brenthaven before this an dthe one that I had (mobility 2) didn't have any room for ANYTHING besides the ibook (which is now a 15 pBook). The Timbuk2 has the shoulder strap and a waist strap to make it extra secure which is nice if you use any type of physical transportation beside your feet (longboard in my case). I don't know anything about bending it unless you were to stumble and land on it, but the timbuk2 is a sweet bag
  24. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    Has anyone had any experience with Spire? I am also looking for a new laptop bag that also has room for extra storage for classes/traveling on a plane and the backpacks look good but I am not sure how they hold up or if they are worth the money. I've looked at Brenthaven, but there is no way I can spend $200 on a laptop bag after the money I spent on getting a new 15" and getting all new OS X software for it.

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