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Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on November 22, 2005, 13:27:
Is it a really bad thing that I dropped my laptop and spilled coffee into it while on the floor?

Okay...I'm kidding...just putting something up that's on par with some other 'Ask a Geek' questions. [Wink]

Now, seriously, my question is this - I have an iBook 14" which I love dearly, and have been taking around with my in my briefcase a lot. I'm a little concerned about how it is to put it in there loose, but I really hate schlepping a laptop bag around, as well as the 'steal me, steal me!' factor of bringing a telltale bag with me to a cafe. Therefore, my question is - what slipcase (?) do you recommend. Something perhaps, like this. I basically want something that will fit inside my Land's End Lighthouse bag, with adequate room for books, and all the other things I keep in my 'bag of tricks.'

Oh...and while I won't be paying for it, it should not be 'outlandish.' [Wink]


Posted by maia (Member # 3778) on November 22, 2005, 13:48:
I think what you are looking for is a notebook sleeve. One of my coworkers bought this one. It fits snugly on her laptop and just provides a little extra padding. It doesn't have any straps/handles, so it doesn't add much extra bulk to your bag (more room for tricks). I have a backback with a dedicated laptop pouch which provides its own cushioning, but sounds like the sleeve would be the cheaper, more appropriate solution for you.
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on November 22, 2005, 15:28:

Of course, I think I might like this...but I'll just dream on. [Wink] Tom Bihn bags seem to just rock... (originally learned about them from a page on Mac mini cases...)

I'd really love it if he made a horizontal version of this:

I want to be able to get at the laptop without taking the sleeve out - which is the only thing I hold against the link maia left - the flap looks like it might be a nuisance. :-/

Back to a related link off maia's site, though - I really like the looks of this...

...a whole lot.

(It's too bad the 14" model doesn't seem to fit my iBook 14" - the 15.4" model bag seems like it's be a tight fit in my briefcase.)

Given the dimensions, I'm thinking twice about it, and checking out the Apple store online, I see the following:
Incase Neoprene Sleeve for 15-inch PowerBook and 14-inch iBook (Black)
for ~$25.

I think I'm going to go to an actual Apple store now. [Big Grin] (Actually, I want to go to a nearby store, and I suppose it's high time that I see an iMac with Front Row sometime. [Wink] Besides, I'm not about to shell out my own cash for this. [Razz] )

P.S. OTOH, can this possibly be tackier?

P.P.S. I believe this is the case I'm currently using:

I love the thing - I've gone all around the world (cough: all across the country, and to England) with it, as well as a rock solid L.L. Bean bag. Only recently did I break down, and buy a proper Samsonite as my main suitcase, but I continue to use the Land's End bag as my primary bag.
Posted by Matias (Member # 4216) on November 22, 2005, 15:31:
I am in favor of the laptop backpacks. The only reason why is because when I lived in NY and we rode the train daily, a backpack is easier to tote around, it holds the laptop and much more. Finally, it looks like a backpack full of books. [Big Grin]
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on November 22, 2005, 15:53:
Front Row?
Posted by nerdwithnofriends (Member # 3773) on November 22, 2005, 16:41:
you can make a sleeve for teh laptop with a sheet of that foam stuff you find at an arts store and a hot glue gun.
Posted by dp004i (Member # 1177) on November 22, 2005, 17:02:
If you have money to burn, grab one of those - they're built like tanks, have a very well-protected laptop compartment along with tons of space for your books and whatnot, and no self-respecting thief would ever try to steal what looks like a typical hipster's messenger bag [Smile]
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on November 22, 2005, 19:03:
Originally posted by nerdwithnofriends:
you can make a sleeve for teh laptop with a sheet of that foam stuff you find at an arts store and a hot glue gun.

No way, dude. I could also do that with the packing material that some of my hardware came in. I'd rather buy something that will 'just work.'

After visiting the Apple store, I think I've found what I want:

It's clean and nicely designed. Great strap! I'm glad I went to a bricks and mortar place, or else I would never have learned that the neoprene slip case, slim and sleek as it may be, smells like a discount tire store. I'm also not really as fond of the Incase Slim Sleeve - it's oddly bulky, and I think that the pockets of the Nylon laptop case seem to be great. It fits perfectly in my current bag, and with the few pockets that it has, I think I might even be able to take it with me solo.

Now, I just have to buy it - I have an Apple Part No.: T7486LL/B
...but I can't find it on Apple's online store. Googling for it only shows it here, without a link:

(bottom right, penultimate row)

Hopefully my purchasing person can strongarm Apple into selling us one - we already have an account, and do a fair enough amount of business that they ought to be decent to us.

That, or I'll beg them to sell me one off the floor of my local Apple store. [Wink] Road trip with the corp. credit card! [Razz]
Posted by dp004i (Member # 1177) on November 22, 2005, 19:50:
Here's another one - a sleeve made specifically for the 14" Ibook, on sale for $30. If you don't want anything sized specifically for the Ibook, a imple $15 CaseLogic neoprene sleeve from Best Buy will do just fine.
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on November 23, 2005, 07:34:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Is it a really bad thing that I dropped my laptop and spilled coffee into it while on the floor?

I dropped my laptop twice, quite badly. And at the moment, it's still sticky from when I spilt orange juice on it.

It's fine... nothing left in it to break, anyway.

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