My Backpack doesn't have a laptop compartment...trouble?!?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lina231, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    I just got my MBA about a week ago. I will be starting classes soon and didn't even think about it until backpack doesn't have it's own laptop compartment. I plan on carrying my laptop with me pretty much all the time with my books, and living in State college the weather is either rainy or snowy most of the time so I am worried that my laptop will get damaged (either by the books, or bad weather). I have hard cover case on my laptop and I also have it in a sleeve. Will that be enough to protect it? Should I get another backpack with its own laptop compartment? Just looking for some input.
  2. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    I would replace the backpack. I'm very cautious by nature.
  3. lina231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Thanks, I'm definitely thinking about it...
  4. waa1futs macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    I would say the sleeve by itself is more than enough protection if your simply carrying it in your backpack. Just place it on top of your books and your good to go.
  5. w00d macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2010
    This sounds really ghetto, but I made a DIY sleeve out of a padded envelope with duct tape reinforcement, and it's been used it for lots of traveling, internationally too, crammed with all my clothes and gear for multi week trips. It's ugly, and I don't necessarily show it off, but I don't worry about damage while in my backpack. I just want to have a little padding on the edges in case my backpack hits the ground. The bigger concern is dropping it, spilling a drink on it, or dropping something heavy on it while it is not in my backpack.
  6. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    I would reccomend a Booq case. I use on and they're like Kevlar etc, a bit overkill but Books are damn heavy!
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    I used a bubble wrap envelope for a while before I got my perfect sleeve. The bubble wrap performs its function, fits perfect, and is cheap to boot. Didn't feel ashamed at all, proud to had found a cheap temporary solution.
  8. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    My backpack doesn't either. I got a nice Vatuka sleeve, it's perfect.

    Edit: I just looked up booq from the post above. They have a nice graphite hard case that is pretty tempting!

    Edit: I'm sold - Gonna get one to replace my Vatuka :D
  9. lina231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your input! The thing that I am most worried about is when i'm outside walking to class when it rains. I'm worried that the water will seep through my backpack and get my laptop books I'm not too worried about. Are there any specific cases that are waterproof? Is there anything I can spray on my backpack to make that water proof?
  10. posguy99, Aug 9, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013

    posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004

    You can buy it lots of places, including Amazon. I just know Tom Bihn sells it because I like their bags. I use a Smart Alec backpack and a Cache when carry my MBA in it.
  11. lina231, Aug 9, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013

    lina231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Thanks! Those are nice looking backpacks. I'm considering purchasing one.
  12. lina231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Those booq cases are nice, they're really not too expensive either.

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