Sleeve vs bag?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dewey decibel, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. dewey decibel macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Or both?

    Just wondering what people's preferences are. Right now I'm leaning toward a bag- I'm thinking of I guess what's called a messenger style bag. I guess the plus with a sleeve is that you could then throw your laptop in any bag? Otherwise the sleeve's not really making much sense to me.
  2. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I use a sleeve and a bag. The sleeve usually stays in the bag and adds extra protection. I can take it out when I take the laptop over to someone's house without the bag.

    - James
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I use a sleeve and a bag, the sleeve fits into the bag, but I can also just use the sleeve alone of I don't want to carry the whole bag around. Both the sleeve and bag are by Tom Bihn
  4. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    I used to use both with a speck plastic cover as well. It gt to be overkill and I realized with the speck on the machine is fine in a messenger bag...
  5. maestro55 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2005
    Goat Farm in Meridian, TX
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    I use only a bag right now but I am thinking about getting the sleeve for extra protection for my MacBook.
  6. neoben macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2007
  7. VOGUEx macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2007
    i use a sleeve cuz i just put the laptop in my backpack if i need to travel. i cannot drag a messenger bag i think its ugly. plus i think my sleeve gives my macbook a more personal protection since it seals it in..not sure what kinda cushioning the messenger bag has..
  8. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
  9. kaiwai macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2007
    Just a bag; inside the bag itself there is a divider where I can place the laptop, it keeps it protected from the other things I put in there.
  10. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    Speck shell, Booq Sleeve Vyper and a Swiss Gear bag for me.
  11. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Moshi Codex/Booq Vyper sleeve then just in my normal university bag.
  12. ivan1234 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    i prefer sleeves because that allows for use in any bag whereas a laptop bag is severly limiting.
  13. Type121 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2004
    I have the messenger-style MBP bag from Spire USA and love it. It's my second bag that I've purchased from them as this new 15" MBP doesn't fit in my old bag that I originally bought for my Lombard and TiBook.
  14. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    A sleeve casn be used in most any bag, and therefore does not scream "laptop inside -- steal me!". So, sleeve for me and any bag that I feel comfortable carrying at the time -- even a standard canvas tote!
  15. lost eden macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2007
    I use a sleeve because it means I can then use any bag I want without having to pay a premium for a 'laptop' bag & without being limited to a the often awful styles of laptop bags. I use a Be-ez La Robe sleeve which live permanently in my Visconit leather messenger bag.
  16. dewey decibel thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Thanks for the replies. The idea of a sleeve inside a plain bag appeals to me. The only issue is I'm worried the sleeve (such as the InCase) won't supply enough protection, and I don't really have a plain bag anyway. There is the Brenthaven Edge which looks very durable, but it's also not really a sleeve and maybe a bit too bulky to put inside another bag.

    Thanks, nice job. I think I spent more time looking at your co-host than the bags, though...
  17. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2007
  18. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    I would say get a sleeve, you can get a great one for pretty cheap, and they can fit into any bag you already have. I recommend the Brenthaven Eclipse Sleeve ($39) and offers a hell of a lot of protection for a sleeve, and works great as a standalone case if you do not feel like carrying a bag (has a retractable handle).
  19. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    I second SFBags! They are great, really protective and super well made. Highly customizable! Great customer service as well.
  20. dewey decibel thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    So I went to the Apple Store, Best Buy and an Office Max to have a look. I have to say, I was really unimpressed with the InCase Sleeve which was a front runner in my mind. It really seemed like it doesn't offer much protection, only scatch protection really. Don't get me wrong, I'm not planning on dropping my Macbook anytime soon, but I'm more worried about compression protection. If I'm travelling I want to be able to put it in a overhead or in a car with other gear and not worry too much about it.

    Most of the messenger bags didn't impress me either (Swiss Gear, Targus, etc). The Apple Store really didn't have much, but they did have a Brenthaven Metro Lite, and I have to say it was the only thing I saw all day that I felt would offer any protection besides a couple hardshells I saw at Office Max. They didn't have the Brenthaven Edge, which is one I'd like to look at. If it's small enough it could double as a bag and a sleeve, but I have a feeling it isn't.

    Thanks for the thoughts- I'm still on the fence about a sleeve or a bag. Ideally I'd do both, but I already dropped most my cash on buying my Macbook. And when it comes to one or the other I think I'm leaning bag right now.
  21. DaveTurnbull macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I bought an STM Sleeve, but I'll be getting a bag as well soon (also from STM - they rock). Twice the protection. :)
  22. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I use the uniea u suit for my macbook and my macbook pro. I love them and it still fits in my case.

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