2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$50
Cases

SwitchEasy Cocoon

Once again, SwitchEasy has put its own unique spin on an established accessory category—this time, it’s entering the MacBook shell market with Cocoon ($50) for the 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display. Although we’re a bit surprised the price isn’t somewhat lower—SwitchEasy is usually known for ultra-affordable accessories—Cocoon sells for roughly the same price as competing alternatives. The hard polycarbonate protector comes in four shades: Milky White, Slate Grey, Smoke Black, and Yellow Jade. Read More

$60
Cases

Griffin Tamakwa Sleeve for 13" MacBook Air

Doodlers rejoice! If you’ve even gotten in trouble for writing or scribbling somewhere you’re not supposed to, you’ll appreciate Griffin’s new Tamakwa Sleeve for 13” MacBook Air ($60). Made of Papernomad’s paper composite material, it’s designed to serve as a canvas. Bust out the markers, pens, paints, or whatever your preferred medium is, and go to town. Read More

$160
Cases

Chrome Bravo Laptop Backpack

Most of the MacBook-ready backpacks we’ve seen are soft, brightly colored, and ready to keep your laptop snug at school. Chrome’s bags generally take a completely different tack: ruggedized and dark-toned, they’re designed to be used in urban and harsh outdoor environments, with atypically durable materials. Bravo ($160) is an example of Chrome’s philosophy writ large: this unusually capacious waterproof backpack screams “take me anywhere,” as it’s built with a Cordura shell, military-grade truck tarp liner, and weatherproof zippers. Read More

$40
Cases

Chrome Tactical Sleeve

It may be missing the company’s trademark seat-belt buckle, but don’t be fooled: Tactical Sleeve ($40) is every bit a Chrome product. Coming in 13” and 15” sizes, the laptop holder is made in the United States, and the rugged aesthetic matches the company’s other bags, accessories, and apparel. Plus, it comes in red or black versions. Read More

$100
Cases

iHome Smart Brief

Longtime speaker maker iHome previously partnered with Lifeworks for a series of non-speaker Apple accessories, and recently expanded into a new Smart series of cases and bags, including Smart Brief ($100). Available from Amazon right now, the bag is made to hold not only any MacBook up to the 15” Pro, but an iPad, iPhone, chargers, and other accessories too.  Read More

$40-$80
Cases

Greene + Gray MacBook Sleeve + Tote

Startup bag maker Greene + Gray must’ve done something right; its first batch of MacBook sleeves and totes ($40-$80) have landed in the Apple Store as exclusive offerings. Available in either Stripe or Tribal prints, and varying depending on the size of the laptop you’re using, the designs are pretty cool; they skew more towards female users than most computer bags. Read More

$25-$55
Cases

Raw MacBook Wood Skin

Straight out of Brooklyn, Raw’s MacBook Wood Skin ($25-$55) is just what it sounds like: a single sheet of wood attached to 3M adhesive, it protects the top of your MacBook—or at least most of it. You have your choice of ebony, bamboo, or wenge finishes, and custom engraving is available too. Read More

$190
Cases

Matt & Nat 13" Motto Bag for MacBook Pro

Matt & Nat is a company dedicated to using vegan materials to create attractive and functional bags—the name is an abbreviation of “material” and “nature.” Available exclusively from Apple’s online store, its new bags are no different: all of them, including the 13” Motto Bag for MacBook Pro ($190), are made from animal-free, 100% recycled materials.  Read More

$50
Cases

STM Bags Grip for MacBook

STM Bags has been ramping up its product line over the past year. Not only has it added iPad and iPhone cases into the mix, but now it’s gotten into MacBook cases too. The new Grip ($50) comes in four sizes: 11” MacBook Air, 13” Air, 13” Pro, and 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display. Each hard shell comes in black, blue, or pink.  Read More

$50
Cases

Incase Protective Sleeve Deluxe for 13" MacBook Pro

Incase’s neoprene laptop sleeves are a mainstay in Apple Stores, but they don’t do much more than protect your computer. The company’s latest adds some functionality, and it’s actually pretty useful. Protective Sleeve Deluxe for 13” MacBook Pro ($50) includes an extra pocket for your wall adapter, and makes it easier to charge your Mac too. Read More

$60
Cases

Hard Candy Cases Hard Shell Case for 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display

There hasn’t been a ton of innovation when it comes to MacBook shells over the years—the shapes have changed to match the dimensions of new machines, but that’s about it. Hard Candy Cases has worked over the years to make more distinctive cases, and now it’s bringing its Hard Shell Case ($60) to the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display. The key difference is the corner snap design, which is said to offer more protection and easier installation. Read More

$120
Cases

ECBC Trident Messenger Bag

Most of our editors subscribe to the “smaller is better” school of thinking when it comes to both MacBooks and bags, but we appreciate that many users still prefer bigger machines. For them—or anyone else who just needs to carry around every accessory they can think of—ECBC’s Trident Messenger Bag ($120) is worthy of consideration. We’ve seen bags with lots of pockets, but this nylon satchel is definitely near the top of the list. Read More

$179-$199
Cases

Fabrix Leather Satchel

Fabrix has already proven it knows what it’s doing with high-quality felt, so now, it’s moving on to leather. Leather Satchel ($179-$199) caught our attention with its jaw-droppingly gorgeous design, which looks akin to classic Coach briefcases. Coming in black or tan, users have the choice of 13” or 15” variations of Leather Satchel. Read More

$50
Cases

Speck SmartShell for 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Though it hasn’t been officially announced by the company yet, Speck’s SmartShell for 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display ($50) is starting to pop up in Apple’s online stores around the world. While it’s not the first hard shell case we’ve come across for the hi-res machine, it may be the first to make it to market; Hard Candy Cases’ Hard Shell Case is showing as not shipping until the fall, while Speck’s is listed as one to two weeks out. Read More

$50
Cases

Incase Hammered Hardshell Case for MacBook Air

It’s hard to find a pattern that hasn’t been used in some sort of Mac accessory over the years, but Incase is using a relatively uncommon one here. Just released is the Hammered Hardshell Case ($50), which comes in sizes suited to the 11” and 13” MacBook Air. It’s made from plastic, but is molded to look like it was pounded on by a smith’s hammer. We’re surprised by how cool it looks. Read More

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