Case Logic Video Review: Hands-On With the Ibira MacBook Backpack

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Case Logic is known its line of backpacks, cases, and other storage accessories, all of which are priced affordably, making it quite popular with people looking for inexpensive but quality solutions for carrying around their devices.

    We met up with Case Logic at CES this year, where the company had a large booth showcasing all of its products, including the Ibira backpack, one of its newest offerings. We went hands-on with the Ibira backpack in our latest video review, so check it out to see what we thought.

    The Ibira is a lightweight, slim backpack but we were impressed with what it was able to hold. We fit in a MacBook, an iPad, an Apple keyboard, an iPhone, several chargers and accessories, a water bottle, and several notebooks. Build wise, the backpack is made of a high quality material that feels like it will stand up to heavy usage, but the straps were a bit too thin and could use more padding to be comfortable.

    Case Logic's Ibira Backpack is available in black and anthracite from the Case Logic website for $29.99.

    Article Link: Case Logic Video Review: Hands-On With the Ibira MacBook Backpack
  2. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Would have liked to see the backpack on someone to gauge how it looks. Even when full it looked good sitting on a desk, but how does it look on someone could be totally different.
  3. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    its a book bag.................. There's nothing unique about it. I could go to Marshalls and find a dozen of these for 15 bucks.
  4. ricci macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2012
    I don't like the two strap back packs! I like the the one strap back packs that you throw over either shoulder! Much cooler and comfortable!
  5. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Did you watch the video? It can hold a MacBook & an iPad, I've never seen a bag that can do that before...
  6. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    i hope you are joking.
  7. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    So far, the problem with combo carry packs is that if you have, say, and OtterBox on your iPad, it isn't going to work at all.

    I have the combo MacBook Pro/iPad case from Timbuk2, and it will not fit the OtterBox iPad case. I was bummed...

    But anyway...

    Apparently Timbuk2 dropped that case too. It was solid made. Just not as I had hoped.
  8. AdamJD macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    Funny...I find the one strap back packs pretty nerdy and odd-looking. They ARE great for "kick me" post-its that the rest of carry in our 2-strap backpacks. :p
  9. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    21 Jump St!
  10. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    I actually want a big bag. I have a big back and need something bigger. But looks awesome. 30 bucks isn't too bad.
  11. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    "Feels like it will repel water relatively well."

    Does it repel water or not?
  12. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    "Can hold pretty much anything"

    Cool, which pocket can I store my horse in?:p
  13. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    Why would anyone want to carry a keyboard and a note book at the same time with a laptop which has built in keyboard and can type note?

    If I carry that much stuff, I got to rethink the way I work!
  14. MSlaw macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
  15. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006

    I have a north face backpack which costs about 4 times as much. I've had it for a few years and it shows no signs of wearing down. It's nylon so it's actually waterproof. Well worth the money.

    If I'm carrying $3000 of equipment I need to know if it's completely waterproof. I don't need to save $80 on a cheap bag if I get caught in the rain and my stuff gets ruined
  16. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    If you iPad is in an Otterbox, your iPad doesn't need a special sleeve anyway. You should be able to pretty throw into any pocket in the backpack.

    An Otterbox is a pointless waste of resources for anyone who takes half-decent care of their electronics anyway, but that's another debate.



    I'll honestly never understand this idea of someone being able to afford a $2000 computer, $500+ ipad, or $650+ iPhone but can't spend more than $20 to buy a backpack, sleeve, or case. It's an epidemic among college students.
  17. imola.zhp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    Mud Island (Memphis), TN
    My $80 2009 North Face back pack is starting to show its age so this post intrigued me. But I agree, this should be an "is waterproof" or "isn't warerproof" situation for your exact reasons. I'll probably hold out another year but look at getting anothe NF bag.
  18. Sanjeevverma1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2015
    This 'review' is basically an advertisement for a cheap, unimpressive backpack...why would MacRumors post this?
  19. PinkyMacGodess, Feb 28, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 28, 2015

    PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    I guess where I misjudged the Timbuk2 bag (and so far every other notebook and iPad bag) is that they aren't meant to 'protection' as much as 'organizing and carrying'.

    IMO, for a company to assume that someone isn't going to have a Speck skin on their MacBook, or an OtterBox on their iPad is ignorant of the fact that they do spend *some* time outside of their bags. 'Occasionally'...

    I like my toteables to look 'like new', and not have garish scratches and risk getting the screens cracked because, well, life happens. And it usually happens when you aren't ready for it, and they aren't in the case.


    Not everyone needs a Tumi bag for their stuff that screams "TAKE ME I HAVE EXPENSIVE STUFF INSIDE!".

    Just kidding...

    I found one of my first college book bags while cleaning out my parents house after they died. I had no clue where it went, at the time. I've used it a bit for schlepping things around. It's beaten up enough to say 'Huh? What you lookin' at! I got nuttin here!' and actually comfortable enough to be lugable all day. It lacks compartments, but it's the perfect size, and has a very thick leather bottom panel. It's an old JanSport. They made some good solid bags, in the day. Don't know if they are still around...
  20. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    Why would you use an iPad when you have a MacBook pro next to you? If you need to do something that require long typing, an iPad is not a logical choice when you're also carrying a MacBook pro.
  21. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I often read for my iPad in space constrained places, like airplanes. A full laptop takes a lot of space to use, while you can get a lot done on an iPad if you have one handy. (And yes, that includes typing. I prefer drafting stuff on my iPad mini on a plane than on any laptop).

  22. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    How does your setup look? Do you carry the Apple wireless keyboard like in the ad? I imagine if you like to use a wireless keyboard, you're using the one that is also a case?

    Like I said, the setup in the ad is stupid. Nobody carries around a separate wireless keyboard for an iPad AND a laptop.
  23. Snowshiro macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
  24. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Why the heck are people still storing their bags inside of footprints? It takes forever waiting for a large enough creature to walk by and leave footprints to store things like this in.
  25. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I have an under armor book bag and a cheap book bag each of which can hold my MacBook air, my iPad, three books, and a box of cereal. Most book bags can do that. It's just a book bag man. Don't fall for the hype. Just because they label it a computer bag and not a book bag does not mean it's not a book bag.

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