2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$300
Cases

Samsonite Aluminum Attaché

Metal boxes imply important, top-secret contents—they’re the stuff of James Bond movies, the President’s nuclear “football,” and even Apple’s classic iPhone 3G commercial. If you’re looking for an affordable way to upgrade your MacBook to secret agent status, Samsonite’s Aluminum Attaché ($300) will help you create the same aura of mystery and importance. It’s actually available on the company’s website and from Amazon for half the MSRP—a pretty reasonable deal, really. Read More

$40
Cases

Incase Neoprene Slim Sleeve

Incase’s Neoprene Slim Sleeve ($40) has been a standard accessory for years. Watch the bag section of an Apple Store for an afternoon and you’ll definitely see a few make it out the door. Ready for a change, the company has updated the unit across the board with new versions for everything from the 11” MacBook Air to the 13” MacBook Pro. Updated: New hands-on pictures after the break! Read More

$50
Cases

Cocoon Grid-It! Wrap for MacBook Air

There are all sorts of laptop bags and cases with a few accessory pockets—they’re almost always preconfigured and incapable of changing over time. But your carrying needs may change a lot from day to day. That’s why we like Cocoon’s Grid-It! Wrap for MacBook Air ($50). Available in both 11” and 13” variations, it’s a clever way to carry your computer and organize the stuff that goes with it. Read More

€525/$753
Cases

Travelteq Trash Canvas Messenger Bag

We’ll be the first to admit that Dutch design company Travelteq’s Trash Canvas Messenger Bag (€525/$753) might not be the best named product that we’ve ever come across. And that the price, even with 15% taken off for those outside the European Union, is ridiculously high. But there is no denying that the bag is a sexy way to carry around your Mac, and functional too. Read More

$80
Cases

Acme Made Union Pack

If you’re picking up a new Mac for school, you’re going to need a way to carry it around campus. Acme Made obviously has been planning for the new academic year, as it has just introduced Union Pack ($80). Made partially out of what it calls “BombShell” textile—a highly ruggedized, waterproof material—the bag is durable and weather-resistant, giving your machine protection against whatever elements life may throw at it. Read More

$200
Cases

Kenneth Cole New York 15"/13" Single Gusset Flapover Messenger Bag

It’s not often that the fashion and fanboy/fangirl worlds collide, but great things can happen as the result of such mash-ups. Case in point: the Apple Store-exclusive Kenneth Cole New York 15”/13” Single Gusset Flapover Messenger Bag ($200). This canvas and leather bag has enough room for Apple’s mid-sized MacBooks and MacBook Pros; of course, it can hold smaller machines, too. Read More

$49-$69
Cases

WaterField Designs Keyboard Travel Case + Keyboard Travel Express

If a company is going to make sleeves for the Magic Trackpad, it’s only natural that they’d do the same for Apple’s Wireless Keyboard. So here you go: WaterField Designs’ Keyboard Travel Case ($69) and Keyboard Travel Express ($49) are both designed to be travel companions for your keyboard, as well as other stuff you’re most certainly going to be carrying around. Read More

$70-$80
Cases

G-Form Extreme Sleeve for Laptops

Sure, some people just need to keep their MacBooks safe from dings and scratches. But others put computers through hell and expect them to keep opening spreadsheets without complaint. If you fall into the latter category, you’ll want to check out the Extreme Laptop Sleeve from G-Form ($70-$80), now available for 11-, 13-, and 15-inch laptops, including MacBooks. G-Form has claimed that the smaller iPad version can survive having a bowling ball dropped on it and being thrown from an airplane, so you can expect the same resilience from this model. Updated! We’ve added new pictures and details for the both the black and yellow versions! Read More

$60
Cases

iLuv iCC1203 Protective Flexi-Frame for MacBook Pro

Most developers are so focused right now on slimming down their MacBook-protecting shells that they’ve stopped trying to use two different colors at the same time. iLuv’s new iCC1203 ($60) takes a different approach—it isn’t trying to be the thinnest option on the block. Instead, it tastefully combines frosted clear hard plastic cores with soft rubber edging in your choice of four different colors, letting part of the 13” or 15” MacBook Pro shine through while accenting the rest. Read More

$46-$50
Cases

Fabrix Black Suit

Pinstripes are classy and classic. If you’re rocking the pattern on your suits, now you can carry it over to your MacBook, too, thanks to the Black Suit ($46-$50) from Fabrix. Available in sizes ranging from the 11” MacBook Air to the 15” MacBook Pro—that’s the more expensive version—this sleeve will show everyone you mean business. Read More

$50
Cases

Hard Candy Cases Candy Convertible Air

After Apple rolled out the white iPad 2 and white iPhone 4, Hard Candy Cases decided to follow suit with a bright white collection of cases for all of Apple’s mobile products. Candy Convertible Air ($50) is the MacBook Air option—a smooth “animal-friendly faux-nubuck material” (read: fake leather) folio that is indistinguishable from real leather. It’s thin but doesn’t look or feel cheap, and keeps your Air substantially covered inside. Updated: We’ve added pictures of another colored version of Candy Convertible which uses a different soft faux suede material instead. Read More

$12-$25
Cases

WaterField Designs Trackpad Slip and Trackpad Socket

We’ve spoken highly of Apple’s Magic Trackpad in the past, and with Lion popping up next month, it’s going to become even more indispensable. If your MacBook’s built-in trackpad isn’t enough, you might be wondering how to carry the Magic Trackpad around—you have to keep that pretty glass top safe somehow. WaterField Designs has the answer with its Trackpad Socket ($12) and Trackpad Slip ($25). Read More

$60
Cases

Power Support Air Jacket Set for MacBook Air

Who would have thought that a couple of clear pieces of plastic would make us say “wow?” Power Support’s new Air Jacket Set for MacBook Air ($60) from Power Support may seem as simple as a computer case gets, yet it’s surprisingly gorgeous. Read More

$40
Cases

Acme Made Skinny Sleeve for MacBook Air

Think different, right? We do it with our computers, so it makes sense to do the same with our computer cases. Most laptop sleeves are the same—slide your computer in and zip it up. Acme Made takes a somewhat distinctive approach with Skinny Sleeve for MacBook Air ($40). It ditches the zipper, and a lot of the bulk too. Read More

€189/$271
Cases

Hard Graft Leather MacBook Sleeve

Ever wondered what you would get if you left British and Austrian designers alone in a room with some leather and wool? Straight from Vienna—or as Hard Graft calls it, the heart of Europe—comes the answer: the Leather MacBook Sleeve (€189/$271). We’ve seen plenty of high-class sleeves before, but this one is undeniably stylish, and at this sort of price, it has to be. Read More

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