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Top Ten Coolest Laptop Cases

CmdrTaco posted about 8 years ago | from the i-just-use-a-grocery-bag dept.


coverlim writes "The finishing touch for any uber geek is a cool laptop bag, even if that means duct tape. For some rather more fetching, stylish choices, check out productdose's Top Ten Coolest Laptop Cases . Im particularly keen on the haliburton for moonlighting at CTU, or the Knomo Frinton for hanging out. Im betting slashdotters will prefer the on with solar panels?"

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Crumpler (4, Informative)

ExE122 (954104) | about 8 years ago | (#15067633)

Not bad, but the coolest bags I've seen (I don't actually own any) are the Crumpler bags [crumplerbags.com]. I'm surprised they didn't get a nod. Their site is also pretty funny. Clay kitten shooting and the like. I think some of the posts below the article mention them (RTFPBTA?).

Now that I've promoted it on Slashdot, I'll sit back and watch my stocks soar!

"Man Bites Dog
Then Bites Self"

Re:Crumpler (1)

Doggan (945328) | about 8 years ago | (#15067794)

That is one extremely annoying webpage - especially for one trying to sell a product. The backpacks loop pretty nice, but even the catalog is a pain. I think my Targus backpack looks better.

Boblbee (2, Informative)

Kulilin (170982) | about 8 years ago | (#15068093)

I thought they would mention Boblbee's [boblbee.com] hardshell backpacks. They are incredibly tough and have an interesting design, both in the technical and the looks departments.

Re:Crumpler (1)

deadphoenix (929495) | about 8 years ago | (#15068491)

I was interested in buying a Crumpler when i recently got my new Dell lappy. The only problem was it was a widescreen model and didn't know whether they would be suitable. In retrospect i guess i could've purchased an ibook bag or something, but in the end i got a rather stylish Quiksilver bag for £15 and customised it myself with the aid of some tippex and a few coloured marker pens.

It's so stylish i use it for my college papers and project folder more than for carrying the laptop itself. Many of my laptop-lugging friends have asked me where i got my bag from, and if it comes from the shop like mine. Style is individual i guess!

Re:Crumpler (5, Insightful)

Jetekus (909605) | about 8 years ago | (#15068495)

If by "funny" you mean "impossible to navigate due to random icons and no labels", then yes, I agree.

Re:Crumpler (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068637)

"Now that I've promoted it on Slashdot, I'll sit back and watch my stocks soar!"

Methinks i'll sit back and watch your bandwidth soar instead!

What did you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15069014)

It's the same site that made a list of top geek watches without a binary display watch, computer watches, or any SF related watches.

I like my laptop case (4, Funny)

liliafan (454080) | about 8 years ago | (#15067643)

I find my walmart plastic bag to be perfectly suitable to carry around my old crappy dell :p On second thoughts perhaps I should transfer it to trashbag :)

Re:I like my laptop case (2, Interesting)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | about 8 years ago | (#15067931)

I'd take a Walmart bag any day over the "fine" veneer craftsmanship of Peter Kinne.

Re:I like my laptop case (2, Insightful)

Alex P Keaton in da (882660) | about 8 years ago | (#15068138)

My laptop bag is the standard black fare-
If I want something cooler I will make it myself (90% because I am cheap, 10% because I enjoy making stuff)
The coolest "bag" on there in my opinion is the halliburton, but for almost $400, I would just buy a small stainless briefcase or suitcase (maybe even used) (thanks to the internet, finding a funny size suitcase/briefcase is fairly easy) and then hit up the craft/hobby store and get foam padding. Heck, I might even buy a cheap laptop bag from walmart, and cut out the pen holders and all and affix them to the inside of my homemade "bag."
The wood case is cool though- but A: My laptop is a tool, and as such "fine wood" really isn't an option and
B: I can't see spending thousands for a nice wooden custom case for a tool I replace every couple years....

Re:I like my laptop case (3, Insightful)

Thud457 (234763) | about 8 years ago | (#15068701)

I wanted something that didn't say "HEY, I'M AN EXPENSIVE LAPTOP COMPUTER, STEAL ME !"

So I bought a Danish school bag [fatiguesarmynavy.com] at the local amy surplus. I got a sleeve for the laptop, which all fits in the bag. Then I grunged it up with some paint and iron-on patches to make it look like nothing nobody would want to steal. For extra padding, I can put my towel in it.

About the only thing less likely to get stolen would be a diaper bag with Barney all over it.

Here's a good tip for geek Aussies.... (0, Redundant)

Mattygfunk1 (596840) | about 8 years ago | (#15067646)

Try a Crumpler bag [crumpler.com.au]. They're not only extremely well built and comfortable, but extremely stylish as well.

They're fashionable to the point that non-geeks use them for regular bags. Shit website though [crumpler.com.au].

yikes (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067650)

grammar anyone? (emits the collective slashdot sigh)

Uber Geeks care about style? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067680)

I'm not sure uber geeks have the *coolest* laptop bags...

My operating systems professor often wore black with a brown belt/shoes.

Um (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067685)

Did the /. editors all go to sleep?

I guess I'm just not geek enough (2, Interesting)

Itninja (937614) | about 8 years ago | (#15067717)

I have the APC TravelPower bag and thought that was pretty cool. It has a built-in battery that charges my laptop and any other USB-chargable devices (i.e. pda, phone). And it came with AC, car, and plane adaptors.

Though the solar power 'on' [sic] is proabably way "lighter".

Comic genius.

Don't use a bag that clearly has a laptop in.... (5, Insightful)

internewt (640704) | about 8 years ago | (#15067755)

....unless you want to be mugged!

Re:Don't use a bag that clearly has a laptop in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068310)

....unless you want to be mugged!

On a recent trip overseas, I took a laptop bag as my carry-on - no laptop, just the usual crap one carries on a plane. Every time I got mugged, I couldn't help but chuckle as the poor thief ran off carrying bottled water, boiled sweets, etc.

Until that one guy shot me.

Do I win £5?

Re:Don't use a bag that clearly has a laptop in... (1)

sarge apone (918461) | about 8 years ago | (#15068552)

I carry an obvious laptop case for work. I walk around Middle and High Schools in bad sections of the Bronx, and even bring it on the subway quite a few times, without incident.

I would prefer my wife carry her Nano in one of these "cool" laptop cases instead of the designer leather iPod case!

I want the bulletproof one (2, Funny)

MECC (8478) | about 8 years ago | (#15067758)

For when I buy a laptop without an operating system, so I can deflect bullets from MS 'security auditors'.

Re:I want the bulletproof one (1)

scolby (838499) | about 8 years ago | (#15068111)

Bulletproof? You mean chairproof, right? Ballmer's training a squad of ninjas to track down people who purchase naked PCs.

foofpod (5, Informative)

demon411 (827680) | about 8 years ago | (#15067765)

got my gf a foofbag (aka foofpod) case [foofbag.com]. They have some cool designs, use nice material, and are hand made. she's gotten lots of compliments on the case ;0 they've gotten good reviews, made in australia

Re:foofpod (1)

KatchooNJ (173554) | about 8 years ago | (#15068196)

Wow! This foof site is awesome! I really love their stuff! I can't thank you enough for sharing! :) Not all bags have to have the "uber geek" stamp on it. ;) Some can look cool. Most geeks I know have ZERO fashion sense. ;) hehe

Solar Panels (1)

jrmcferren (935335) | about 8 years ago | (#15067766)

I like the one with the solar panels, but to save some from having to RTFA I must inform you that it will only power smaller devices. It will power PDAs, and cell phones though.

Backpack + padded shell (3, Interesting)

spooky_nerd (646914) | about 8 years ago | (#15067784)

I put a padded shell inside a slightly battered back pack. The shell does a great job of protecting the backpack. I can take the shell out when I'm using the backpack for something else. And, it doesn't look like there's anything valuable in the backpack. I've heard stories of people smashing car windows and grabbing shoulder bags, because they look like they probably have a laptop inside them. My bag looks like it's used by a student to carry text books.

Re:Backpack + padded shell (1)

modemboy (233342) | about 8 years ago | (#15068317)

Too bad with textbook prices these days they're almost as valuable as a laptop. :(

Good point though, I do the same thing, $15 neoprene sleve in my backback and my lappy is safe.

Re:Backpack + padded shell (1)

trogdor8667 (817114) | about 8 years ago | (#15068381)

The other reply is exactly right. Take it from a college student: people are just as likely to steal a backpack as a laptop now. You can make $500 easily selling books to a campus bookstore. At my school, you hear about a lot more book thefts than laptop thefts.

Also, I'm curious: where did you get the neoprene sleeve? I honestly could use something like that with my laptop.

Re:Backpack + padded shell (1)

demachina (71715) | about 8 years ago | (#15068983)

Timberland makes backpacks with a laptop pouch built in. Its not really heavily padded but I love it. If your laptop is sitting on your back that is about the safest place you are going to find to carry it and the weight is evenly distributed on your shoulders, not pulling to one side.

Yes a backpack isn't entirely going to discourage thieves but its about the best you are going to do for inconspicuous. A shoulder bag screams out expensive laptop and is going to invite a mugger or someone to try to snatch it at an airport.

Fact is it does have something valuable in it so you have to use common sense and keep it with you and keep it out of sight if you leave it in a car.

Too Pricey! (2, Insightful)

955301 (209856) | about 8 years ago | (#15067836)

Personally, I bought a case similiar to the haliburton from Office Depot for $100 then packed the other $282.50 around the computer for protection and $.50 coffees.

I subscribe to two financial rules: 1)Don't spend the seed money. 2) It's all seed money.

Buy a cheaper case, find a simple padding solution and go save an entire african family for a year with the rest of the money.

Re:Too Pricey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067873)

Buy a cheaper case, find a simple padding solution and go save an entire african family for a year with the rest of the money.

Yeah, with $282.50 you could buy the family 2.825 Media Lab computers that don't exist and never will! Good luck finding a case that will carry those crankable imaginary computers, Africans!

save local, troll global (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068806)

yeah, give the gift of GOAT! [heifer.org] The gift that just keeps on giving.

Re:Too Pricey! (1, Flamebait)

darkitecture (627408) | about 8 years ago | (#15068121)

Personally, I bought a case similiar to the haliburton from Office Depot for $100 then packed the other $282.50 around the computer for protection and $.50 coffees.

I subscribe to two financial rules: 1)Don't spend the seed money. 2) It's all seed money.

Buy a cheaper case, find a simple padding solution and go save an entire african family for a year with the rest of the money.

I can imagine your righteous indignation schtick ends up being a BIG BUNCH of fun every time someone orders an extra hit of malt in their milkshake or orders a regular fries instead of a small. You'll always have that little nugget of information ready at the get-go about how that extra sixteen cents could pay for water filtration for a thousand endangered macaques in Nothern Kreplakistan.

Sometimes it's considered being frugal, but when you make it out like spending an extra couple hundred bucks for a case that has a LIFETIME WARRANTY to protect an invest of perhaps a couple THOUSAND dollars, you just end up sounding like a TIGHTASS.

I bet you're the type of person who contemplates turning the fridge off every now and again to 'save a few cents.'

Normally I hate hurling abuse and burning up karma but man, you made yourself sound like such an egotistical I-earn-$85k-a-year-but-still-clip-coupons-and-rati on-my-butter tightwad I just snapped.

I might just add that my father bought a set of Halliburton suitcases back when he used to be a travelling project engineer and it's lasted him 37 years and somewhere in the vicinity of six and a half million frequent flyer points worth of travelling. He still uses it to this day. I personally have a Halliburton briefcase that's lasted me seven years, about 1.2 million miles worth of travel, countless trips down stairs and other trials and tribulations in some of the most inhospitable parts of Northern Africa and bitter cold parts of Southern America (I'm a photographer in case you're wondering). I can't even begin to imagine how many dozens of $100 Office Depot briefcases I would have gone through during those times.

Imagine how many starving fucking African families that would save. Jackass.

Re:Too Pricey! (1)

Arctic Fox (105204) | about 8 years ago | (#15068401)

Hear Hear. Nothing worse than a bad case of smug. How is the Halliburton bag in terms of going through TSA at airports? Do they just assume that you're a g-man and wave you through? I'd like to get one, but I'm a frequent flier, and I suspect they'd bust by balls everytime I'd go through.

Re:Too Pricey! (1)

darkitecture (627408) | about 8 years ago | (#15068804)

No problem 99% of the time. I was asked to open it years ago while going through LAX and then also Kansai and Narita. Ever since then, I just open it up and let them scan it open.

Re:Too Pricey! (1)

Jay Maynard (54798) | about 8 years ago | (#15069121)

The TSA doesn't trat the Halliburton any differently from any other piece of luggage: if they don't like the way you look, you get strip-searched, regardless of what you're carrying.

Re:Too Pricey! (1)

misfit815 (875442) | about 8 years ago | (#15068474)

First of all, that was pretty impressive.

Anyway, in the tightass's defense, a $100 knock-off may be appropriate. After all, most of us think of our nice pullover when you mention Patagonia, not our last business trip.

I personally used the freebie bags from a couple of Microsoft TechEd's for a while (sit down, somebody else paid for me to go). They worked well enough for me and were the right price. My wife still uses one off-and-on for her laptop. Of course, I probably wouldn't have taken either of them to the African plains.

Nice slam, though.

Re:Too Pricey! (1)

pebs (654334) | about 8 years ago | (#15068646)

Sometimes it's considered being frugal, but when you make it out like spending an extra couple hundred bucks for a case that has a LIFETIME WARRANTY to protect an invest of perhaps a couple THOUSAND dollars, you just end up sounding like a TIGHTASS.

Being a tightass, you wouldn't want to spend "a couple THOUSAND dollars" on a laptop. An older used IBM Thinkpad will do just fine (T23 for $360). I spent $40 on my laptop bag and it protects my laptop quite well. No need to go spend money on a fancy bag that costs the same as the laptop itself.

Negroponte Can Buy The African Family Their Cases (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 8 years ago | (#15068541)

I've been toting around the Haliburton for quite a while, and it's worth every penny. Not only does it get the job done (being lighter even than many leather and fabric cases I've used), but nothing sez "Here comes the Pro from Dover" quite like tossing that gunmetal bad boy up on to a table in a conference room filled with new clients and snapping 'er open. Tough to gauge, of course, but in the long run it may even have put more money back in my pocket than it took out in the first case.

Whassa matter, don't they teach "Dress for Success" in school anymore...?

booq (3, Informative)

darkitecture (627408) | about 8 years ago | (#15067851)

I always thought Booq made some fantastic laptop bags and accessories. Although it's predominantly aimed at Mac owners, the bags are obviously suited to other models as well. I have a Toshiba Portege which just loves the Booq bag it calls a cozy home.

Check them out at http://www.booqbags.com/ [booqbags.com]

axio has the most efficient, protective, lightest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067870)

Without a doubt, a much more efficient, protective, lightweight, and versatile solution is the axio-mini (http://www.axio-usa.com/html/product.html [axio-usa.com]) I got this after crashing on my bike with my laptop in a soft backpack and it looked very similar to the damage picture here.

And what is the deal with messenger bags? I know not everyone has a 3 pound tablet to carry around, but that's rediculous carrying a 6-8lb laptop around on ONE shoulder!

Missing from the list (4, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | about 8 years ago | (#15067929)

The FedEx box, seams carefully reinforced with duct tape, which includes a bubble wrap lining to protect your laptop from even the most rude of shocks.

Re:Missing from the list (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067986)

Sure it will take the shocks as long as it's not handled by a FedEx carrier.

I have one of the solar-powered ones (5, Interesting)

who what why (320330) | about 8 years ago | (#15067988)

I have a Voltaic solar-panel bag. It definitely gets a lot of attention. People often ask me (usually on the way out of a room/office/store) what the solar panels are for. I'm not sure how useful the solar panels are though - I live in New York and got the bag as a xmas present so it hasn't really seen much sunshine yet!

I use it to charge my PDA, mp3 player and crappy cell phone which runs out of batteries after an hour because it can't get a signal in Manhattan. So far I've been plugging the bag in at the office, then using the built in batteries to charge the gadgets in emergencies.

Basically, it's a nice idea, and a good conversation piece, but it's not really all that useful (well, it does a great job of carrying my laptop and papers around at least!)

Sleeve (1)

krygny (473134) | about 8 years ago | (#15067998)

Mine of choice: Vyper XL [booqbags.com]

Simple; just something to hold and protect the unit. Somtimes, that's all I carry. If I need pockets for cables, charger, batteries, etc., then I use a briefcase that does NOT advertise "HEY, THERE'S A LAPTOP AND RELATED EXPESIVE STUFF IN HERE!!"

Re:Sleeve (1)

TransparentOx (965050) | about 8 years ago | (#15069166)

If you want something which makes people not want to steal it, you could always put a label on the outside with a certain Penguin on it... or perhaps the Mac's Apple logo.

Thatd be enough to make most thieves who knew what those meant not even bother =P

I like that Maloo Wrap. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068037)

Just a mere $100 [yahoo.com] for literally a piece of felt with velco. What a rip-off.

Need ultra-thin "holster" case (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 8 years ago | (#15068040)

I'm looking for a real stealth type of backpack/holster case.

Something that just carries the notebook and not much else. Kind of like those neoprene "slipcases." But I'm looking for one that straps to my back and can be worn under a jacket or coat and would do a pretty good job of hiding the fact that I was carrying a notebook with me at all.

Of course this would only be useful for an ultra-thin notebook, the kind that only ways a couple of pounds and has a screen 13" or less.

Anyone know where I can find such a holster-style notebook backpack?

Re:Need ultra-thin "holster" case (2, Interesting)

Itninja (937614) | about 8 years ago | (#15068129)

You could try the ScottEvest [scottevest.com]
It can hold just about anything and you can even get solor panels for your back to recharge.

But there is this little disclaimer at the bottom of the page:
* Although most laptops will fit in the back pocket of your SeV, we don't recommend using it in lieu of a laptop bag. Sitting on your laptop is not comfortable nor good for your laptop. But it will surely work for short distances and especially for some of today's lightweight sublaptops.

Papa's got a brand new bag (1)

digitaldc (879047) | about 8 years ago | (#15068041)

The wooden case is excellent! My choice for overall best case.

(also perfect for the wooden executive)

How about some dimensions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068079)

Anybody who spends any real time on a computer knows that there's no substitute for screen real estate. We're finally able to get some decent 17" widescreen laptop screens. However, most of these laptop cases aren't designed for anything but the typical 14" or 15" laptop.

The first company to make some decent rugged laptop cases for 17" widescreen will make a killing.

Re:How about some dimensions? (1)

rxmd (205533) | about 8 years ago | (#15068306)

Anybody who spends any real time on a computer knows that there's no substitute for screen real estate. We're finally able to get some decent 17" widescreen laptop screens. However, most of these laptop cases aren't designed for anything but the typical 14" or 15" laptop.
My experience is exactly the other way roun d, but the result is the same. There is no substitute for low weight. I just ordered a Thinkpad X60 weighing at about 1.4 kg because if you carry your computer everywhere, the extra 1.5 to 2 kg for a 17" model do make a difference. If I need screen real estate, I'm probably sitting at a desk anywhay where I can be dual-screening with a large external screen. But on the road, a 17" display is the weight equivalent of two extra bottles of beer, in your bag, on your back, all the time.

The bag problem is similar with small machines, though. I used to use a Thinkpad 240 for some time (Celeron 300, 10" screen, 1.4 kg) and I had real trouble finding a bag for it. I did half a year of fieldwork in Uzbekistan where I regularly carried the machine in a plastic bag, it had the added advantage of being completely unobtrusive and making you blend in perfectly (no foreign tourist ever carries a grocery bag), but it was somewhat unwieldy and I had to be careful with it. Now that I'm back I wanted to switch to a messenger bag, but the generic Timbuk2 [timbuk2.com] laptop models were suboptimal regarding size, ease of use, comfort and price/performance ratio [you pay for the name] and the more professional Ortlieb [ortlieb.com] models (which are a lot better) aren't really that functional with a laptop. I ended up getting a technical support messenger bag from Bagjack (warning, flash site alert) [bagjack.com]. They're handmade in Berlin and thus expensive, but completely customizable regarding accessories as well as looks. They have a laptop compartment that fits in using a double velcro system that is both tough and completely customizable in size. The subnotebook snugs in nicely, and you'd have no problems fitting a 17" machine in there either. The bag protects you in a fall, is functional due to its clever strap length adjustment mechanism, and it looks good.

Re:How about some dimensions? (1)

heinousjay (683506) | about 8 years ago | (#15068921)

I am built larger than most people, but I have no problem carrying a 17 inch laptop and associated supplies in my backpack everywhere I go. Is there really that much difficulty in carrying 5 or 6 kilos? I can understand it being uncomfortable in a shoulder bag, but a properly adjusted backpack is barely even noticeable to me until I'm carrying two 17 inchers plus accoutrements.

(Notice: I assume I've done the conversions correctly here, I'm American but trying to use metric as much as possible)

Targus (1)

hal9000(jr) (316943) | about 8 years ago | (#15068086)

I have been using a Targus backback for about 7 years and it has held up to alot of travel and wear. I can make that run from Terminal K to Terminal H at O'Hare and still get a Starbucks on the way. I am looking for something a bit slimmer though so that I am not fighting on airplanes for space. I have finally gotten to the point that I don't need to carry all that extra crap with me that I used to.

Bah (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 8 years ago | (#15068095)

I don't like messenger bags, they require either a hand to be occupied or a shoulder to be disproportionately burdened. I use a Camelbak Alpine backpack. It will hold my laptop, charger, two USB cables for my Palm and my digital voice recorder, plus books for one class. I can squeeze in my Eos Digital Rebel if need be, and it'll still hold two 1-liter bottles of water. It is now carrying its second laptop and I see no problem with it lasting indefinitely.

And when I'm at a convention or something, the laptop stays in the hotel room hidden in luggage and I add the liter bottle of water back to it.

What I want is a Swiss Gear bag [bestbuy.com], but I'm kind of severely underemployed right now. I think the compartments would work better for the stuff that I need to keep around, the only problem with it is that it won't hold the one liter bottles of water that I prefer.

Zero Hallibutron r00lz, d00d (1)

Jay Maynard (54798) | about 8 years ago | (#15068150)

I've carried a gunmetal gray Zero Halliburton Z5 computer briefcase for 5 years now. It looks like it's been thorugh hell (because it has), but still does the job. It goes wherever I travel.

mdo3 up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068152)

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Cool? (1)

Looke (260398) | about 8 years ago | (#15068166)

Im betting slashdotters will prefer the on with solar panels?

Right ... Leaving all my gadgets in the heat of the sun doesn't sound quite cool to me.

Function over form, every time (1)

winkydink (650484) | about 8 years ago | (#15068174)

My current laptop case for travel weighs 25lbs fully loaded with all my "stuff". I want something functional, well padded and with pockets that are easy to get into and out of without opening the whole thing up. With that much weight, if it doesn't roll, it isn't worth squat.

500k air miles and 4 years later, I'm finally wearing out the bag that was the predecessor to the Travelpro Wall Street.

My replacement? Probably a Briggs & Riley [briggsriley.com] because of the unconditional lifetime guarantee, but at $350, it's not in the range of the average consumer. For somethign more affordable, I'd look at the Travelpro Wall Street VIP rolling computer brief [travelpro.com]

Cases? (1)

Clinton (798067) | about 8 years ago | (#15068179)

The title misled me into thinking of a computer case, as in what the laptop looks like - not what to put the laptop in.

I hope I'm not the only one who thought wrong.

Re:Cases? (1)

oldstrat (87076) | about 8 years ago | (#15068283)

You aren't.
The article isn't decpetive, it's just that slashdotters are so used to seeing articles on cool case mods that when we hear case we assume it's a mod or DOJ or SCO.

Briefcases (1)

RocketScientist (15198) | about 8 years ago | (#15068251)

Backpack in winter, when I want to have my hands in nice toasty gloves.

Summertime, though, I prefer the briefcase. I think it looks better.
http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0 991005000 [fender.com]

The Fender Tweed briefcase. With a nice, hand-made padded case for my laptop, made out of crushed red velvet.

Re:Briefcases (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about 8 years ago | (#15069101)

The Fender Tweed briefcase. With a nice, hand-made padded case for my laptop, made out of crushed red velvet.

The coolest thing about that is that you can open up the case and sit down in a train station or on a sidewalk and hack for spare change.

Check the Oakley (1)

LunarOne (91127) | about 8 years ago | (#15068315)

The writing on the back looks military in nature, reading: "Tactical Field Gear, standard issue, Level 4 Restricted".

I wonder how smooth your trip through an airport would be with one of these slung over your shoulder.

Bags not cool (1)

Britz (170620) | about 8 years ago | (#15068328)

I dunno, but I would prefer to see at least one backpack. Also at least two of the bags seemed to look like bags you get with your laptop.

Everything for Powerbooks (1)

boingyzain (739759) | about 8 years ago | (#15068345)

Is there a case I can use for my IBM Thinkpad? All these bags and cases say they're meant for Powerbooks...

Looking for a backpack sleeve (1)

gestalt_boy (586219) | about 8 years ago | (#15068367)

For ages I've been trying to find a laptop sleeve with backpack straps. Does something like this even exist? Basically, I want the most minimal of padding, which one would get from a sleeve, with no extra pockets or bulges with backpack straps that allow it to stick close to my back and won't let the laptop move around as I bike to work. Any suggestions?

I like... (1)

citizenklaw (767566) | about 8 years ago | (#15068396)

Roadwired's Mega Media Bag. www.roadwired.com.

When I had one I could pack everything, and then some. Once I packed two laptops with all related paraphernalia, a couple of CD's and a couple of books. I miss that bag.

Heys ePac (2, Informative)

iamnotaclown (169747) | about 8 years ago | (#15068449)

The Crumpler bags mentioned somewhere above are very nice, but way overpriced for what is essentially a backpack with a padded compartment.

I grabbed a Heys ePac [www.heys.ca] for my new MacBook Pro and love it. Almost as snazzy as a Crumpler, but for a fraction of the price.

Re:Heys ePac (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15069054)

How can we order one, other than flying to Canada?

Plug for WaterField Designs (1)

MBCook (132727) | about 8 years ago | (#15068502)

I've been using a little slip by WaterField Designs [sfbags.com] for about a year now. It's one of their Sleeve Cases [sfbags.com] for my 15" PowerBook. My brother has been using one for his Titanium PowerBook for years now and it has held up great (as has mine). It's just the right size for the laptop, easy to get the laptop in and out. It's padded to it adds some protection (I tend to put it in my backpack) and keeps scratches away. It has a pocket on the back that can hold paper or something too which has come in quite handy.

It's nothing heavy duty like some of the cases in the article, but it's a very nice and light bag. They have many others so they may have something tougher but this was exactly what I was looking for to keep my laptop looking nice and in good condition.

Subterfuge (1)

glindsey (73730) | about 8 years ago | (#15068504)

The coolest laptop bag is the one that doesn't look like a typical laptop bag, and is thus less a target for theft. My wife's looks somewhat like a large diaper bag; that can certainly keep thieves at bay.

Binh and Crumpler are by far the best (1)

splatterboy (815820) | about 8 years ago | (#15068560)

I've got a Tom Binh brain cell http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0300 [tombihn.com]

Its a minimalist messenger affair, and a crumpler new school hymn for when I need to bring more than the bare essentials -

http://www.crumpler.com.au/cartIndex.php?prodId=23 6&prodType=Bag&catId=5 [crumpler.com.au]

Its just a sleeve, it fits in my messenger bag and my backpack... The thing about most bags is that they are jus bags, these two have a hard plastic shell along with the foam - real support and protection. The only real problem is the Crumpler will not fit a macbook, only the powerbooks, so now I have to wait for them to make a macbook sized case.

I you live in a city (New York esp) and commute by train or on foot - carrying a briefcase sucks and carrying a hard case, backpack or attache suck - they're too heavy. The Binh is light as a feather and the crumpler on its own is closer to a protective "coating" and is an ultimate "stealth" option. Both have saved my 15" PB on more occasions than I care to remember.

So male centric... (1)

divxdawn (966319) | about 8 years ago | (#15068761)

Like another posted the subject is entirely misleading - but I'm still waiting for the cool female versions. None of these appealed to me as a female and as a shop-o-holic had one of them appealed to me I probably would have finally bought a cool one that fit my personality. As is, I went to Tumi this weekend to see if they had any cool laptop roller bags and they just introduced a new silver one they were hoping to appeal the female demographic with. Yeah, it was cool and I liked it way better than the basic black but it was over $600. Maybe I should start designing...

Applesac (1)

moosesocks (264553) | about 8 years ago | (#15068762)

This [applesac.com] is my laptop case. It keeps my laptop snug and padded while it's in my backpack, or when I'm toting it from place to place.

It's small, distinctive, stylish, and does exactly, and only what it's intended to do. Carries my laptop and the power cord.

What's even nicer is that apart from the shape, nobody would ever guess it's a laptop sleeve.

And apart from that, the people who run the company are amazing people. Shortly after I ordered mine, I got mine, I got an email from the company informing me that they were running 2-3 days behind schedule because they ran out of material, and that they'd rush mail it to me once they got more in stock. Once I got it (ahead of schedule), inside the bag was a hand-written card addressed to me apologizing for the short delay. Very professional, and uber-friendly.

The Brain Bag (1)

BDaniels (13031) | about 8 years ago | (#15068775)

Get a Bihn Brain Cell. Then get the Brain Bag to put it in:
http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0104 [tombihn.com]

Need more organization? Add a Freudian Slip and a Snake Charmer.

I've been carrying this combo for years. All the pockets I need, tough, doesn't scream 'STEAL ME' like some of the bags mentioned here do. Fits under an airline seat. Has a chest and waist strap for long hikes through airports.

Not cheap, but what's your gear worth? And made in the USA.

What about the stuff I need to carry?? (1)

clevergeek (966309) | about 8 years ago | (#15068856)

So I'm shopping for a laptop bag, and figure I'll browse over to /. and see how recently the topic had been posted...and it's the FIRST POST AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN. Freaking scary. Anyway, my problem is this. I recently picked up a Dell E1705(9400), and although most decently large backpacks fit it, most don't fit it well. On top of this, as a network admin and do-it-all tech, I typically need quite a bit of gear to feel like I can provide catch-all solutions on-site. (cables, cd's, drives, docs, tools, etc...) NOTHING fits what I want to carry, yet again fits it well (enough pockets, nets, straps or whatever). Any hints? Although I've spent most of my work life under desks or in drop ceilings, I've just started a new gig and have been sporting a coat and tie...so a little style probably wouldn't hurt... Cliff

A Lappy Case for Indiana Jones (1)

Asakura_Joe (734770) | about 8 years ago | (#15068873)

It may not be an official computer bag, but I think that this [renaissance-art.com] bag beats any of those 10, hands down.

I've never seen a laptop bag say "badass" more clearly. Or ever, actually.

padded sleeves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15068886)

Rather than a laptop-oriented bag, I like the form-fitting sleeves, usually neoprene, that'll work with any bag. I've got a big backpack and a small messenger bag which I use as circumstances warrant. I don't want yet another bag that's going to impose its own limitations when I want to carry a laptop.

Is it just me... (2, Funny)

aafiske (243836) | about 8 years ago | (#15069001)

Or are their tastes a little backwards?

I mean, the Haliburton case looks like something that's filled with toy-tools for your 6 year old nephew. And the Oakley? Mad max? Nothing says post-apocalyptic to me than 'Oakley'. And the 'level 4 restricted'? I see we have moved on from the 6 year olds to the 14 year old marketing category.

Finally... the number one spot. A case that looks like a reject from a 70s design company. Who would walk around like that? Can you picture someone on the street carrying one of those? Exactly what suit or outfit would one be wearing to match a cedar briefcase? As much as I love wood-paneled station wagons, I never wanted to _look_ like one.

Don't get me wrong, the padded-grey-yawn that most laptop cases could do with a lot of improvement. But these aren't it.

STM Alley Bag (1)

WiseWeasel (92224) | about 8 years ago | (#15069059)

It's all about STM [stmbags.com.au] laptop bags, in particular, the Alley [stmbags.com.au] model. You can buy them for reasonable prices in the US from Radtech [radtech.us]. They cost $45, and fit my MacBook Pro 15.5" lappy perfectly. These are definitely the most stylish bags I was able to find after an hour's worth of googling... You don't have to look like a tool just to carry your favorite tool with you...

functionality (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | about 8 years ago | (#15069093)

My dad is religious about his Tumi laptop case. It's not particularly cool, and it's a bit overpriced, but boy is it extremely functional. Every zipper feels right, it's very durable, and it isn't too bulky. What converted me was how nicely the handles have worn.

http://www.tumi.com/business_laptop_cases/laptop_c ases_non_wheeled/category_search/small_expandable_ computer_brief/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=57 315 [tumi.com]

They have better looking designs, and I hate to admit I trust their brand:

http://www.tumi.com/business_laptop_cases/laptop_c ases_non_wheeled/category_search/index.cfm?fuseact ion=searching&Nso=&Ns=&itemsPerPage=1000&N=4005+20 026325&Ne=100&order=ORDER_COUNT [tumi.com]

Could someone recommend a good portable? (1)

ClarkEvans (102211) | about 8 years ago | (#15069109)

My age old dell latitude (maintenance nightmare) is at the end of its life... I've run out of spare parts from 2-3 of its brothers I picked up from a previous employer. It's time I got a new Laptop. Any recommendations?

My only requirement is that it has a 15" screen, a full-sized keyboard, and is compatible /w FreeBSD.

I can't believe no one mentioned Brenthaven (4, Informative)

pillohead (553676) | about 8 years ago | (#15069160)

First of all this is based on the knowledge I obtained while selling luggage about 7-8 years ago, so as per usual YMMV. Back in those days Brenthaven made the best bags to offer drop protection to your laptop. The owner or president or whatever Harvey Stone would come into our shop and demonstrate by dropping his bag with his laptop in it and then pulling it out and booting it up to show there was no damage. If the cases are too expensive, then check out the laptop sleeves, they have decent 20 dollar jobbys that will really work. I got a hundred dollar http://www.brenthaven.com/catalog-glove.html [brenthaven.com]laptop glove for my bro in the army back in 2000 and he still has it. They're made with great materials up in Bellingham Washington and their warranty is phenomenal. They used to be fanatical about customer service, I bet they still are.

Also I have an older Halliburton 5" case and by itself that thing weighs a pretty good amount. If I throw in my latitude c800 with a 15" screen with both batteries and charger it's ridiculously heavy. The Halliburtons look cool but if you have to do any walking further than from your car to the client then forget it. They're damned impressive in interviews, that first impression with that bad boy and you'll be sure they won't forget you.
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