2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$150
Cases

Booq Boa nerve

Booq is back at it, with yet another bag for taking your Mac on the road. This time, it’s a messenger bag called Boa nerve ($150). Not only has the company made the bag look nice—something we’ve come to expect—but it has also built in some really cool features that make it a particularly great choice for bikers.

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$150-$170
Cases
Camera

Incase DSLR Pro Pack + DSLR Pro Sling Pack

Incase wowed us with its DSLR Sling Pack, a great camera bag that also has room for an 11” MacBook Air or iPad in the back. But if you’re a photographer with a bigger Mac, the company has options for you as well. DSLR Pro Pack ($150) and DSLR Pro Sling Pack ($170) both offer dedicated space for your DSLR, plus room for up to 15” MacBook Pros, not to mention accessory pockets galore. The former is a full backpack, while the latter is a sling-style bag.

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$160
Cases

Waltzing Matilda Avery Sleeve

There are a few qualities that push the price of tech accessories up, including the use of real leather, and being assembled in America. Waltzing Matilda’s Avery Sleeve ($160) might make more sense, then: the expensive envelope is all real cowhide, 100% American sourced, and manufactured in the USA. And should be the case for the price, it looks really nice.

 

 

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$150
Cases

Booq Boa shift

Booq is known for its high quality canvas bags, and Boa shift ($150) is no exception. This time, it’s a deceivingly spacious backpack. Despite the fact that it doesn’t look huge, there’s an incredible amount of storage space inside, along with all the usual Booq benefits, including a system for tracking lost bags.

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$299
Cases

CalypsoCrystal CalypsoFlip

Expensive by any means, CalypsoCrystal’s new CalypsoFlip ($299) is certainly more focused on fashion than pure functionality. Coming in six different interior colors, and four different sizes for the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups, it’s a handsome case designed to stay on the laptop rather than being removed.

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$100
Cases

STM Bags Impulse Medium Laptop Backpack

We’ve come to expect that when STM sends us a bag to check out, we’re going to be impressed. Its new Impulse ($100) is no different in that regard. The polyester backpack is a solid option, especially for those who need to carry books, a tablet, and other gadgets along with their MacBooks.

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$42
Cases

Côte&Ciel Diver Sleeve for Evernote

For many people, Evernote has become an essential tool—a smart app with a great ecosystem that just makes sense. The company has started to branch out, moving into the accessories market with items such as last year’s Moleskine notebook, and its new collaboration with Post-it Notes. Now add to that list Côte&Ciel’s Diver Sleeve for Evernote. Where does a MacBook sleeve fit in to the equation? It frankly doesn’t. But it does look pretty nice.

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$80
Cases

Cocoon Slim Backpack

Cocoon has based its business around its Grid-It! elastic band accessories, which are available as standalone products and built into various accessories. The latest, currently an Apple Store exclusive, is Slim Backpack ($80). Designed to hold any current Mac laptop up to a 15” MacBook Pro, the waterproof ballistic nylon bag is attractive enough from the outside, though not terribly different from the pack. It’s the faux suede-lined interior design that makes this one stick out.

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$60+
Cases

Toast Tech Covers for MacBook

Wood and aluminum may seem to make odd bedfellows on paper, but the combo can work under the right circumstances. Toast has seized on this, creating an entire business out of selling thin wooden stickers for Apple devices. Recently added to the lineup are Tech Covers for MacBook ($60+), currently including covers fitted for the non-Retina 13” and 15” MacBook Pros, 13” Retina Pro, and 13” Air.

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$76-$79
October 2013
Cases

DFWcomposites Carbon Fiber Sleeves

Carbon fiber is a fashionable and generally expensive material, more commonly used to accent objects than completely fabricate them. Yet DFWcomposites has gone all-in with its new line of Carbon Fiber Sleeves ($76-$79), which are made from sheets of carbon fiber and plastic. The company is currently offering pre-orders for 13” and 15” MacBook sleeves, in both Retina and regular thicknesses.

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$90
Cases

Toffee Bleecker Brief

Few cases can both protect a MacBook while it’s being used, and carry it when it’s not. If you have a 13” MacBook Air or Pro and are looking for that kind of functionality, Toffee’s new Bleecker Brief ($90) might appeal to you. The briefcase-style carrier is a classic-looking option, coming in either black or tan.

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$100-$110
Cases

Booq Viper Courier

Booq says its new Viper Courier ($100-$110) falls “somewhere in between a MacBook sleeve and a slim bag.” Coming in 13” and 15” versions, it’s smartly designed to hold plenty, without taking up too much space. Booq knows bags, so we’re not too surprised to see them pull this one off with style.

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$349-$399
Cases

ECBC Rolling Luggage Collection

We cover plenty of backpacks, messenger bags, and other day-to-day carrying options, but luggage is new territory for us. ECBC’s Rolling Luggage Collection is made up of Sparrow Wheeled Garment Bag ($399), Pegasus Wheeled Backpack ($399), and Falcon Rolling Duffle ($349-$399). Other than nice design, we’re choosing to spotlight them for their computer and tablet compatability, and the portable recharging unit each has inside. That’s right, these bags can juice your stuff up on the go.

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$150
Cases

Incase Leather and Canvas Mini Messenger

Incase generally makes nice bags, but it hasn’t tried to directly compete with luxe brands. That’s changing with Leather and Canvas Mini Messenger ($150), which shows that the company has the chops to go toe-to-toe with premium accessory makers. The key is the materials: Incase uses pebbled leather and coated canvas for the bag that can hold an 11” or 13” MacBook, plus accessories.

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$79
Cases

Timbuk2 Slide MacBook Backpack

Timbuk2 knows what it’s doing when it comes to bags, so seeing it apply that expertise to a MacBook-focused option is exciting. Made with Apple in mind, but not exclusive to the company’s stores, the new Slide MacBook Backpack ($79) is certainly worth checking out. Coming in four color combinations, this one is made to fit an entire Apple product lineup, including an 11”, 13”, or 15” Mac, an iPad, an iPhone, and more.

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