2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com


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. Read More

Summer 2013

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. Read More


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. Read More


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! Read More


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.  Read More


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. Read More


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.  Read More



Cole Haan Messenger Bag for MacBook

Designer bags are rarely as affordable as ones from value-conscious brands, so it’s no shock that Cole Haan’s Messenger Bag for MacBook ($380) arrives at a jaw-dropping price as an Apple Store exclusive. What you’ll get for your dollars is a classic design in your choice of colors and materials: the standard version comes in timeless black or brown grain leather, while a new and more modern version mixes a tan leather trim with a reflective silver material that’s easier to spot at night. Each has room for a 13” or 15” MacBook Pro—you choose the bag size that suits you—as well as an iPad compartment, and interior pockets. Read More


Ogio Hamptons

Known for golf and other athletic-centric accessories, Ogio has moved into fashionable laptop bags geared towards women with its Buttons collection. Our favorite bag in the lineup is Hamptons ($65), a surprisingly affordable purse-style carrier for your MacBook. Available in black, terra, tide, red, or yellow, the tote is well-suited to use as an everyday bag. Read More


Twelve South BookBook for MacBook Pro with Retina display

This shouldn’t be a big surprise to any Twelve South fan, but the company has added BookBook for MacBook Pro with Retina display ($80) to its lineup. If you’ve seen the MacBook Air version, you know what’s up here: the brown leather case disguises your computer as an oversized book, keeping it safe and making it look pretty cool. Read More


Booq Boa Courier

Booq’s latest bag, Boa Courier, is one of the nicest we’ve seen from the company. Coming in separate sizes designed for the MacBook Pro 13” ($110) and 15” ($130), the water-repelling nylon carrier looks really sharp. Worn in landscape orientation and adorned with reflective piping to help keep you safe at night, Boa Courier has room for your computer gear, and also includes a removable key fob. Read More


Toffee Envelope for MacBook Air

A sleek, simple, leather laptop holder—that’s what you get with Toffee’s Envelope, available for the 11” MacBook Air ($90), as well as the 13” MacBook Air ($100). Available in five colors for each size, there aren’t a lot of surprises here, but if you’re willing to pay a premium for nice leather, Envelope might be worth checking out. Read More


X-Doria Dash Icon for 13" MacBook Air

X-Doria excels at creating distinctive patterns and textures; we’ve previously liked the company’s really cool iPhone and iPad cases. Now, with Dash Icon ($60), its case lineup has expanded to include the 13” MacBook Air. Hopefully the company will show some love for the 11-incher, too. Read More


Bluelounge Postal Bag

With computer bags, you’re generally stuck in one of two scenarios—something slim that can’t carry a lot, or one that’s big but inconvenient when you don’t have a ton to tote around. Postal Bag ($129), new from Bluelounge, solves that issue by transforming based on your needs. Capable of holding a 13” MacBook in one orientation or a 15” MacBook Pro in another, it flips and folds, making it two bags in one. Read More


Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus

Even though it’s called a sleeve, we’d describe Brenthaven’s Collins Sleeve Plus ($60) as a small bag, optimal for carrying around your MacBook, iPad, and a few other small accessories. The heather gray exterior is nice enough that it could be used in a semi-professional setting, but casual enough that you won’t feel out of place carrying it around elsewhere. It’s slim, too: only 16 inches wide, 12.5 tall, and two inches deep.  Read More

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