Cases / Bags
Somewhere between the structured placement of the laptop bag and the open expanse of a messenger bag is the need for a bag that is easy to carry around but has enough room for a day’s worth of items and accessories. It’s quite possible that bag is the newly announced Franklin Tote from WaterField Designs. This naturally-tanned, full-grain leather and nylon bag stows “… everything needed for busy day of innovation or recreation.”
For my purposes, laptop shoulder bags cannot be small enough. I don’t want to be able to cram everything I could possibly need into them, I just want efficiency with the items I actually need to put in. A laptop (of course), my iPad and iPhone, and perhaps some business cards, a pen/pencil, etc. Obviously, we all want different things out of our laptop bags, but if you’d rather yours be svelte than accommodating, the STM Sequel is well worth a look.
The Outback Solo for Macbook Air is one of the best cases I’ve used from Waterfield Designs, especially because it strips down the case/bag experience to the bare essentials. Those bare essentials—my iPhone and Macbook—are key items in my average work day, and most times are the only things I need.
WaterField Designs suggests a Mac Pro and Mac Pro Go Case combo will make the ideal rig for travelling gamers, developers, video editors and any others who prefer to take their systems with them, and miss the late, lamented 17-inch MacBook Pro.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the Outback Solo for iPad Air from WaterField Designs. That’s the link if you want to read the review, but the basic gist is that the Outback Solo is the kind of product that makes you want to take your iPad places you otherwise wouldn’t just so you have an excuse to use the bag. And now that there’s an Outback Solo for MacBook Air, you’ll be doing it with that, too.
Known for their handcrafted wood and leather accessories, Grovemade has introduced a premium wood veneer sleeve for MacBooks and iPads. The sleeves feature geometric contouring created from laser cut eastern hardrock maple or Oregon black walnut wood, and are lined with premium German wool to avoid scratches and scuffs.
Sometimes you just don’t need that much from your MacBook sleeve. Scuff protection? Scratch protection? A classic look? If that’s it, then the STM leather sleeve will do the job. I recently used it on a trip from Cleveland to Hong Kong, and as a way to keep my MacBook Pro safe, it was perfect, but only because I carried them inside a backpack.
I frequently buy cheap iPhone 5s cases as my collection at the local flea marketsOf course, as always, buyers get what they pay for, and sadly, it didn’t last that long. Cheap price means cheap quality—I knew this from the start, but I was also hardheaded and compulsive when it comes to these cases. When I received the Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin case, my first impression was, “Hmmm…it’s lightweight, sleek, and smooth.” Will that impression will last?
The Rough Rider Leather Messenger is all about maximizing space and carrying all of your digital devices in style. The bag is made of very high quality leather and waxed canvas (two of my favorite materials for products like this), and when you’re walking around with the bag (or running for the bus or train) the strap system keeps all of your stuff close to your body so it doesn’t move around too much.
WaterField Designs is continuing its push into designing excellent products for not only Apple products, but for many other gadgets. Today, Waterfield introduced the Rough Rider Leather Messenger for users to carry around their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and any other gear that needs transporting.
Your football team may not have won the Super Bowl (mine did), but that doesn’t mean you should abandon them this off season. On the contrary, it’s more important than ever to show everyone what colors you bleed when you bleed colors other than the actual color. It’s what I’ve done for 30 years now, and it finally paid off. So, here’s your chance to get your NFL skins ready for the 2014 NFL season.
Before you brush off that headline as a simple but fine example of clever wordplay, know that I do think it’s a fantastic idea to literally show some skin this Valentine’s Day. I’m all for the romance and the sweet, sweet lovin’ and whatnot. More relevant to AppleTell, however, are skins for your Mac, iPhone and iPad products, and both DecalGirl and Slickwraps are offering some specials.