Tucano vs. InCase laptop sleeves

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by munckee, May 13, 2006.

  1. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking for a sleeve for my 15" powerbook, usually to be carried in a timbuk messenger bag. I want something that keeps a low profile and takes up as little space as possible while still protecting the computer.

    I had a tucano for my 12" PB and it was quite nice, although not particularly padded. I figured if I drop the computer the tucano will protect from scratches, etc, but if its a hard enough fall to damage the computer I'm screwed either way. The InCase sleeve has a bit more padding, but is it really enough to make a difference in the event of a fall or knock compared to the extra bulk?
     
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  3. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    Tucanos are not enough to protect laptops from even modest falls. I have first-hand experience of this - a 17" PB getting a major dent when it was in a Tucano Second Skin *inside* a rucksack that was put down on a hard floor. Don't buy one expecting it to prevent dents and dings in Powerbooks/MacBooks.
     
  4. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Crumpler - The Gimp is an extremely tough case.
     
  5. crazydrumma macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't really think that any sleeve is going to protect a computer from a fall, but out of the two, I reccomend incase. I have the slingpack for my MBP, and the thing is really padded. From the looks of their lappy sleeves, they look pretty dang good. I haven't had any experience with Tucanos, however, so I can't really help you there.(I guess that means I'm ignorant and bias when it comes to incase then.:D ) Good luck finding the right one!
     
  6. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, that's enough to push me toward the incase sleeve. I wasn't sure that I wanted the extra bulk, but I suppose a little extra protection for my PB is worth it.
     
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  9. California macrumors 68040

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    Zeroshock Zeroshock Zeroshock.

    Get the ones with the internal frame. Best on market for PBs.
     
  10. After G macrumors 68000

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    I never had any problems with a Tucano 12" sleeve for my iBook. You might want more protection for aluminum though. And I thought $20 for a sleeve was expensive ...
     
  11. twalkabout macrumors newbie

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    Tom Bihn Monolith

    The Tom Bihn Brain Cell is actually designed to 'live' inside a messenger bag. Although they do sell specially made bags to partner with the Brain Cell, you can just throw it inside of whatever bag you have. I've been using their Monolith bag for 5 years now with my PB (the Monolith is like the Brain Cell but is in a vertical orientation to fit inside of backpacks instead of messenger bags).

    Here's a link to a pic from their website that shows the inner workings of the bag http://www.tombihn.com/lapdogdetail.html and here is their description:

    What I like about it is that it is suspended and has the ability to bounce a bit, and therefore I feel like the shock of travel from day to day use is lessened. I have traveled in a dozen countries with my 15" PB in the Monolith inside of an Arc Teryx Arro 22 http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?prod=2830 over the past few years and have never had any problems with day to day use, and my PB still works great and has no scratches (impressive considering I have a scratch prone Titanium PB)

    As far as more serious incidents, I did once have my backpack loaded with the Monolith and a heavy text book - and it fell from on a shelf 7 feet up. It landed horizontally (Monolith is designed to protect against vertical oriented shock) essentially sandwiching the computer between the book and the ceramic floor -- and I have since had a small 1 inch white line on the bottom right of my screen, which I assume means the LCD is cracked (it fortunately doesn't actually bother me during use, but it shows that the Monolith is not a Pelican Case or a MacTruck - both of which offer probably a lot more protection, but I don't think they would comfortably fit inside of a messenger bag or backpack.

    I'm still a big fan of the monolith, since I prefer to carry my laptop in a backpack. I've just received a 17" monolith to house my MBP I ordered. Only problem is that it's a little too big to fit in my Arc Teryx pack, so I've got to buy a slightly larger backpack. Probably will stick with Arc Teryx, since I don't want a backpack that is only used for a computer. If anybody has any suggestions for backpacks, let me know.

    Thanks.
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  12. debrey macrumors member

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    Any recommendations for where to buy the Zeroshock? It seems very hard to find.

    -- David
     
  13. tiffanyleigh33 macrumors newbie

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    Zeroshock

    This could be late in coming, but I Googled my way here also looking for sleeves, and swear by the Zeroshocks. Ideal for messenger bag transport and protection in my experience.

    I buy mine at Shinza.com and they also have other useful accessories (their screen brushes rock).
     

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