$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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$50-$60
Cases

Brenthaven BX2 Sleeve + BX2 Sleeve Plus

Brenthaven has put out some really impressive products recently, so when we heard it was releasing new MacBook sleeves, we knew they would be worth checking out. BX2 Sleeve ($50) and BX2 Sleeve Plus ($60), both come in black or white, and in 11”, 13”, and 15” versions. Three features set these sleeves apart from others: a handle that you can easily slide your hand through to hold the case securely, protective foam in the corners, and a soft bubble lining.

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$140
Cases

Chrome Mini Metro Night

We already know Chrome makes high-quality bags, but now it’s making even smarter ones. The hipster-friendly company has introduced a lineup of its classic bags under the “Night” moniker, including Mini Metro Night ($140). It’s not the shape of the bag that’s original, but rather the reflective panels on the outside. As Chrome says, it’s “perfect for urban commuting … and raves.”

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$156
Cases

Epiphanie Austin

Long-time iLounge + Mac readers know that we’re always looking for novel bags that are capable of holding both a MacBook and a DSLR with accessories. Designed as a unisex option by Epiphanie—a company with numerous female-focused bags—Austin ($156) uses a messenger-style enclosure to accomplish this, including one pocket capable of holding a 15” MacBook Pro, and a segmented compartment with enough space for multiple DSLR bodies and attachments. Even though it looks pretty traditional from the outside, Austin’s water-resistant synthetic leather and real brass accents give it a leg up on typical messenger bags, while the DSLR compartment’s dividers can be removed to convert it to whatever needs you may have.

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$50+
Cases

Snupped SpaceSuit

Customizable cases are easy enough to find for iPhones and iPads, but there aren’t too many options for Macs. Thankfully, Snupped makes personalized Mac cases, and the lineup includes SpaceSuit ($50+). Available in pretty much whatever size you need, the vinyl and rubber sleeve can be had with any of more than 60 pre-designed images, or your own uploaded photo.

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$50-$60
Cases

SwitchEasy Thins (Magnetic Closure)

When it was released back at the end of 2011, Thins was SwitchEasy’s first case for Macs; it came in variations for the 11” and 13” Air. Now the company is back with a brand new version of Thins ($50-$60), which is notable for its extended lineup, and new magnetic closure. Gone are the bright colors that made the series so eye-catching before, replaced by a more neutral anthracite black.

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$50
Cases

Tucano Stand Up Sleeve Cargo

Available for 11”, 13”, and 15” MacBooks, Tucano’s Stand Up Sleeve Cargo ($50) is one of the more ingenious laptop cases we’ve seen in some time. Although it’s called a sleeve, it’s actually a zip-open case that stays on your computer even when it’s in use, with clear plastic bands holding the MacBook’s top and bottom corners in place. What sticks out—literally—is a special part on the bottom.

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$120-$130
Cases

Crumpler Cut, Flock + Pinnacle of Horror Bags

We’re not sure why any company would name a line of bags “Horror,” but that doesn’t change the fact that Crumpler’s Apple-exclusive Cut of Horror ($130), Flock of Horror ($120), and Pinnacle of Horror ($130) are pretty nice ways to carry your Mac. All three are made of heavy-duty polyester with a water-resistant coating, and come in tan, black, or blue. Flock of Horror will hold up to a 13” MacBook, Air, or Pro, while the other two are large enough for 15” Pros.

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$190
Cases

Chrome Citadel

Huge. Really huge. Seeing Chrome’s Citadel ($190) in person, it’s hard for the first thought to be about anything except the size of the company’s largest laptop backpack. Moving on past that, you’ll discover a really high-quality bag, the likes of which we’ve come to expect from Chrome. According to the company, it’s designed for “weekend adventure trips where laptops are required.” Citadel is made of weatherpoof nylon, and lined with waterproof truck-tarpaulin liner.

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$70-$80
Summer 2013
Cases

Moshi Codex MacBook Case

There are plenty of neoprene sleeves for MacBooks out there, and hard plastic cases that snap on to the top and bottom of your machine. Moshi’s upcoming Codex MacBook Case ($70-$80) is something different. Available later this summer for all MacBook Airs and Retina display MacBook Pros, the case offers benefits over other styles, such as the ability to use your MacBook without removing it. It’s also truly distinctive looking, although it fits in well with the rest of Moshi’s lineup.

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$250
Cases

Cole Haan 11" Reflective Tote for MacBook Air

Coming in bright summertime colors, Cole Haan’s 11” Reflective Tote for MacBook Air ($250) is sure to appeal to fashion-conscious Apple users who are willing to drop a good chunk of change on a carrying bag. Seen here in blue, this Apple Store exclusive also comes in white and peach variations. The large purse is made to carry an 11” MacBook Air along with plenty of other stuff; at a little over a foot tall, you shouldn’t have any issue fitting books and other items inside.

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$130
Cases

Booq Boa Squeeze Backpack

Backpacks tend not to look all that different from one another. Most of the time you’ll find two straps, a zipper running from side to side, and a few extra pockets. Booq’s new Boa Squeeze ($130) bucks that trend, at least somewhat. It’s one of the most distinctive-looking backpacks we’ve seen in a while, although it still accomplishes the same task of lugging your stuff around. Naturally, it was designed to hold your favorite MacBook along with plenty of extras. Updated with hands-on pictures and our impressions!

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$110
Cases

Chrome Welded Rucksack

Chrome’s Welded Rucksack ($110) is the first MacBook bag we’ve ever seen compared to a Coast Guard boat. The huge new bag features waterproof construction to ensure that your gear is safe, and it’s said to be the same technology the Coast Guard uses. It includes a removable, padded sleeve made to hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro. 

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$65-$70
Cases

STM Bags Linear Laptop Shoulder Bag

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: STM makes great bags. At least one of our editors is particularly fond of its vertically-oriented computer carriers, so we were excited to see the introduction of the Velocity line, and with it, Linear Small Laptop Shoulder Bag ($65) and Linear Medium Laptop Shoulder Bag ($70). The former fits up to a 13” MacBook, and the latter, 15” machines. You have your choice of red, black, blue, and grey for the smaller bag, or black and grey for the larger one.

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$50
Cases

Uncommon Deflector for MacBook Pro

Although it doesn’t offer the customization options Uncommon is known for, Deflector for MacBook Pro ($50) is still worth your consideration. We received the 13” model, but it’s also available for the 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display. Both are like many of the other MacBook case solutions on the market, with a two-piece construction and soft touch finish.

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