Tucano Finatex XS: Slimmest/smallest carrying case for the 11.6" MacBook Air!

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  1. BeyondtheTech, Nov 27, 2010
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    Sleeves and cases are nice, but they usually have no strap, or they can't carry the power adapter and other necessities, or they've got some other major flaw or omission that force me to pass up on it.

    I had an iPad 16GB that I traded off for a MacBook, to which I sold that off and paid the difference for an Air. The case I bought for the iPad was the Tucano Finatex XS, and it worked beautifully.

    Who knew that the same case would work just as well for the 11.6" Air?

    http://www.tucanousa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BFITXS

    The case provides decent padding and extra pockets to hold an iPhone, the AC adapter, a portable hard drive, and even my Wacom Bamboo tablet, and still manages to be under 2.5" thick.

    My favorite part is the the sling strap that houses my wired headphones. When it carried my iPad, I realized the headphone jack routed into the outer pocket, not the main sleeve where the iPad was sheathed. So, I picked up a pack of grommets at Home Depot and hammered in a few clean holes (albeit bronze-colored, that's all I could find on short notice) and was able to route it either out of the case entirely, or into the main sleeve.

    If you don't have a tablet, you can substitute it for a firm piece of plastic or presswood, like from a clipboard, or even cardboard, so as to provide an extra layer of protection for the screen and prevent any warping of the Air.

    At only $35 from Tucano's site or J&R where I bought mine, it serves its purposes as the smallest case I could find for the Air.

    UPDATE: J&R is selling the coffee-colored one for $25 and the red one for $31.

    http://www.jr.com/product/productListing.jsp?Ntt=finatex

    I hope this helps someone looking for a perfect case that's small and not intrusive. I found myself carrying my iPad and now my Air practically anywhere.

    (not affiliated with product or companies mentioned.)
     

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    Perfect. Exactly what I've been looking for. Thanks for pointing this one out.
     
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    Is the strap small enough that it can be folded up or stuff in a pocket for times when you don't want to use it and want to use the case as a simple sleeve?

    I've been planning to get a sleeve to use in a backpack, but like the idea of having the option to just carry it around without the backpack. Ideally could support both without being too bulky.
     
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    I suppose you can stuff it into the pocket like this and close the zipper as close as you can, so as to not let anything else slip out. Honestly, the strap has never been intrusive, I've held it with the case without issue.
     

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    I was all ready to order it, when I saw a confusing discrepancy in the description.

    For the same named case, it sometimes lists it as holding up to a 11.6 and sometimes up to 10". The sizes of the bags are different. The charcoal one listed above at J&R says its for a 10". Even its outside dimension is shorter than the 11.6" MBA so there's no way it could possibly fit in there.

    So then I thought it was a color thing. The red and charcoal one seem to be 10". On the Tucano website it says the black is for 11.6". But then I saw other references on the web for a black case that holds only up to 10".

    So whats the deal? Did Tucano change the size without changing the name? Is there a subtle difference in the name I'm not catching?

    Does the one that says it fits 11.6" netbooks really fit the MBA?

    I emailed Tucano days ago and haven't received a response.
     
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    Huh ?
    It looks oversized for the MBA 11.6 , and the fixed strap is a dealbreaker.
    There a lots of netbook cases in that size ...
     
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    i believed they have the same size. maybe, this is marketing strategy.
     
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    I just got mine yesterday. This is perfect for the 11.6" Air. Exactly what I was looking for. It's small and light and the front pocket is perfect for the power adapter and a few odds and ends (small notebook, USB flash drives, keys, etc). There is also a small pocket in the main part of the bag that works well for papers (8.5"x11" sheets need to be folded in half) and other flat objects. All in all this is a great bag for the MBA and I'm sure that it will serve me well.
     
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    You got which one? Recent discussion that there appear to be multiple sizes. Which color did you get? Where did you get it?
     
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    I got the black one from J&R (as linked in the first post).
     
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    Nice to hear that, glad I could help. I emailed Tucano yesterday in regards to the other colors and their sizes, still waiting for a response.
     
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    Ok, with the confusion I broke down and actually used the telephone and called Tucano.

    They said they've updated the bag to be the larger size for 11.6" and should fit the MB Air. They only updated it in Black. The red and charcoal are still the smaller sizes up to 10". They said that J&R should have the new larger black version even though their website says it only fits 10".

    They also mentioned that they're releasing a neoprene sleeve for the 11.6" MB Air at the end of this week. It does have a zipper (which I don't like). I didn't ask any more details.
     
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    uh oh... saw this thread earlier today, and was impressed with this bag, so I ordered it from amazon. I realized there was some confusion with size in alternate colors, so I made sure I got the black one.
    I ordered it from amazon at a great price $22 plus s&h.
    Hope it is the larger size.
    Maybe my chances are good, as the OP stated he originally bought for his ipad and it ended up fitting his not yet released (assuming) at time of purchase mba.
    btw OP, when did you purchase the bag?
     
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    I bought it originally for my iPad on May 7, 2010 on a walk-in at J&R and it's the same 11.6" bag that fits my new Air.
     
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    Wow!
    Quick reply, thanks!
    7 months ago huh... that seems reassuring, unless the co. is making a buck off old, outdated stock. Only time will tell. They did note in there confirmation email that they only ship brand new items, directly from the manufacturer.
    I'll be sure to let everyone know as soon as I get it, as this is a really good price.
     
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    I received my messenger bag for the air today and am happy to report it is indeed the 11.6 size needed to fit the mba. I ordered from "The Price Pros" through amazon, shipping was fast. Price was 22.82 + 6 shipping.
    So far I like this bag, only complaint, if any is that it doesn't fit well in the soft faux fur section, not a big deal, guess that is for an ipad... nice bag, thanks OP for sharing.
     
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    I ordered mine a couple of days ago from J&R, mostly because they have a good return policy. But shipping seems really slow. They still haven't even shipped it.
     
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    Ya, they were four days late in shipping my cappuccino machine, then lied to me saying it would ship Thursday and upgrade to overnight delivery for Friday - the shipped it UPS Ground on Friday evening. Their excuse was the holiday rush. I was highly pissed and when I called to complain (and gave a negative review on their www.jr.com/feedback page), they gave me a $15 credit for my next purchase. It'll get to you, eventually.
     
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    Cancel and order from Amazon, shipped the same day and had it in three.
    And not to mention... cheap!
    It's an awesome bag.
     
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    Days later and it still hasn't even shipped. However I don't like the return policy from 'Price Pros'. Basically 20% restock if you've never opened it sounds like practically no returns allowed. Not worth the risk to me for pretty close to the same price.
     
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    If it was a notebook I would have been more concerned about the return. No problem at all before opening, as there is a big tag attached to the bag that says "fits up to 11.6" that was my only concern and it was addressed before the seal was even broken. Hope you get yours soon.
     

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