When traveling with a laptop case, which way should I put my laptop into the bag?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by unsmashed, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. unsmashed macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2007
    I just got done doing a week of traveling, constantly packing and unpacking my laptop into my laptop bag. It got me to thinking, which way is better for the laptop to be up, while in the laptop bag.

    Imagine a laptop bag standing up - would you put the hinge of the laptop (where the keyboard and screen meet) at the top of the bag - or would you put the hinge at the bottom of the bag?

    The vent is near the hinge - so having the vent in a place where it could breathe is probably the best spot.

    What do you think?
  2. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I go hinge down, It doesn't matter about the vents as the thing is sleeping and not producing heat.
  3. balofagus macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    I go hinge up/out. I like to grab it at the back because on my iBook it has less give than at the front and I don't feel like I'm smwashing the screen.
  4. Reaver macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    Columbus, Ohio
    I travel with mine hinge up and out that way I grab the back of my MBP when pulling it out of my bag.
  5. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    I can't think of any reason that it would matter from a protection point-of-view, though feel free to correct me if you can think of one. A proper case for it should protect the laptop in any orientation. If the laptop has enough room to move around in the padding, you need a new case. Movement in the padding is the only possible reason I can think for the hinge positioning mattering, and even that's iffy.

    I put my laptop in hinge up and with the Apple logo facing the back of my messenger bag+Brain Cell case so I can pull it out straight and just set it down without flipping it to get the orientation right or anything.
  6. unsmashed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2007
    Sometimes I put the laptop into the bag hot - I would imagine having the hinge / vent up at that point would provide some benefit in letting the heat continue to escape
  7. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    I would say put it on the INSIDE of the bag. :) I never really cared too much how I put it in, but I tend to put the rear down.
  8. fab5freddy macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2007
    Heaven or Hell
    i bought a see thru sealing for my MBP 15". It makes it so much
    easier to grab out of your bag. With the factory make of the MBP, it slips out of your hand very easily. It is this helicopter wing protectant that i bought from Tekserve in NYC. It cost $ 40. forgot the name of it....

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