Best macbook pro 15" case for college?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GreenStripe, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. GreenStripe macrumors member

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    I'm looking for something that will give my macbook a lot of protection, but will have enough room to fit a couple textbooks as well. I have a swiss gear bag right now, but the laptop slot isn't big enough, so a lot of the top pokes out.. :\ I've been looking at everything from rickshaw bags to some kind of neoprene + bag combination. What do you think?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    iThink you should search via mroogle.

    I'd recommend either STM, Chrome, Incase or timbuk2 for the bag. And ColcaSac for the sleeve.
     
  3. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    Get a sleeve and a decent backpack with a separate laptop compartment. Best Way to go IMO.
     
  4. GreenStripe thread starter macrumors member

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    Colcasac looks amazing. Just checking, but do you know if the 15" MBP option will fit the unibody ones, or is it designed for the older 15" MBP? I know incase didn't change their sizes, so it's a bit loose and allows a lot of unwanted wiggle room :\
     
  5. hyroboarder macrumors member

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    I also will need a bag for college in the fall. I'm looking into North Face packs, I have had one for about 10 years and they are very sturdy. As for the sleeves, those colcapacks look pretty nice
     
  6. GreenStripe thread starter macrumors member

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    so ideally, I'd like to get a rickshaw bag, but they are just too expensive. Does anyone know if I have a sleeve on my macbook pro, can I just throw it into the skinny commuter bag? Maybe then i'd be able to afford one, but $180 is just crazy.

    So right now i'm looking at a colcasac + a backpack... Good idea?
     
  7. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    Swiss Gear Synergy Backpack

    I use a Swiss Gear Synergy backpack for my last two 15" MBPs. No additional sleeve, as it has a substantially padded space for the laptop. I have packed it with 40+ pounds of computer, camera, and work crap and the padded, shock-absorbing shoulder straps are still comfortable. It has twelve-plus compartments and two water bottle holders, so you can organize to your hearts content, and even a pass-through grommet for your headphones so you can keep your iPod safely inside your pack while you walk. They're around $70 these days, I think.
     
  8. GreenStripe thread starter macrumors member

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    So, I'm looking at backpacks and I don't like how nothing really prevents books from leaning on your mac... Is it just me, or doest hat make anyone else feel a bit uncomfortable? Oh, and I've heard some quite bad things about the colcasac so that put a stop to that idea :\
     
  9. GreenStripe thread starter macrumors member

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    right now i'm leaning towards a $160 messenger bag from rickshaw. I like hoe it always stays up, so nothing leans on the actual mac, and the whole thing looks pretty sturdy. Is there anything cheaper that provides a similar product?
     
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    They demoed the ColcaSac with a Unibody in the above link, but I can't tell if that is a 13" or a 15" MBP.

    Link
     
  12. 3N16MA macrumors 65816

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    booq makes some great bags, I have a Crumpler right now which is extremely durable and worth the high price but had a hard time choosing between it and a booq bag. Check out:

    BOA SLIMCASE M90 http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/15mbp/Boa-slimcase-M90

    BOA SLIMCASE M http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/15mbp/Boa-slimcase-M

    TAIPAN PACK BLACK http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/15mbp/Taipan-pack-black

    Pair any of those with a TAIPAN SKIN M http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/15mbp/Taipan-skin-M-black

    I would have gone with a TAIPAN PACK if it was available when I bought my Crumpler. I love my bag but the TAIPAN is cheaper and booq's reputation for quality is on par with Crumpler. I do however have the TAIPAN SKIN and it works great.
     

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