17" Macbook Pro Bag Needed with Serious Padding!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by spacedesign911, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. spacedesign911 macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    Hi all, someone knocked my 2 week old Macbook Pro to the ground, I had it in one of these bags:


    The bag fell from about 25 inches to the ground and landed on the bottom corner of the bag, the keyboard sextion of the case crumpled in with the base plate sitting proud, the lcd lid took a hit too, alll very very upsetting as you can imagine, the macbook booted up but the chassis was severly warped, which left it rocking a lot on a flat surface.

    I would really appreciate your recommendations on a really really well padded arrangement, that fits 17" macbooks, there are lots of treads on here with ideas on 15" cases but its proving hard to find a decent 17" setup.

    I'm happy to look at a sleeve and then padded messenger or any other ideas.
  2. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I was JUST posting about this kind of danger in this thread:


    I don't think people realize just how little protection most "laptop bags" actually offer. You need 360-degrees of padding to properly protect a laptop. As your otherwise minimal drop unfortunately demonstrates.

    Sorry for your accident.
  3. spacedesign911 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks for the heads up Really Big Feat, Ive read that tread and agree fully, my bag had no protection to the top two corners whre you slip in the macbook.

    My search continues...

    I still welcome specific feedback here from 17" users
  4. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    I got this for my 15"


    Yes, it's a 17" case. Looking forward to getting the right size for my MBP!

    But it's really quite good. Lots of padding, along with a hard plastic sheet both sides. Holding it parallel to the ground, you could probably drop it around waist height and it'd be kinda ok (maybe... ), but the corner drop is always a tough one. It's definitely a lot better than that case you linked to! I'd consider your case to have 0 protection compared to mine!
  5. spacedesign911 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    Nice bag laserbeam, but again without corner protection I'm back to square one!
  6. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
    I think one of these (or similar) will help with any bag you like:


    Use it instead of your standard neoprene/other thin sleeve around the house for added protection.

    Use it inside a good bag's laptop compartment to add to the bag's own protection while traveling (and should help with weak points like corners). It's available in a vertical orientation, so it would maintain laptop accessability without having to remove it from a backpack to use the laptop, and the standard horizontal orientation for the same in a messenger style bag.

    For ultimate protection, you can always get one of those hard plastic cases, like the military grade ones.
  7. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
  8. spacedesign911 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
  9. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    I think this one would be classes "Over the top!", it definitely has more than enough padding, hell! It'll even float!! :) http://bit.ly/9Ng1DS
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  11. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Tech21 hasn't done well for their iPhone 3GS case, but the d30 technology they use is good.

    Worth checking out their laptop bags and sleeves.

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