United SGP has released more products than we can count over the years, but for the most part, the company has focused on cases and accessories for Apple’s smallest gadgets. Now it is moving into nice laptop bags, having introduced the Klasden Series Levanaus Backpack ($90) and Neumann Shoulder Bag ($63). Both look like well designed, very functional carriers for your favorite MacBook. Updated January 23, 2012 with hands-on impressions and pictures!
As with pretty much every laptop bag we’re seeing these days, Levanaus not only has room for up to a 15” MacBook Pro, but also an additional pocket for an iPad or iPad 2 and plenty of extra holders for all your other daily needs. The back panels and shoulder straps are padded, providing more comfort over long period of time—and yes, having a comfortable bag is key to reducing arm and back fatigue. Neumann offers an alternative for those who prefer messenger bags. This one can store an 11” or 13” MacBook Air or Pro, and is fully adjustable depending on where you want it to hang on your body. Update: Having had a chance to examine the bags in person, we like what we’re seeing. The quality of the materials is very nice, especially the soft faux fur lining the inside laptop pocket. Both models feel well put together, and the Neumann shoulder bag strikes us as a particularly good deal given its design and finished feel. The only thing we’re not sure about is the choice of colors—no black or white, really?—though plenty of people will like the currently-available options.