ProStyle Hardshell Sleeve 1 – Review

On February 4, 2013, in Laptop Case, Macbook Pro, Review, by Russ Walkowich

ProStyle Hardshell Sleeve 1
Company: Brenthaven
Price: $49.95 USD
ProStyle

When I purchased my first MacBook back in 2007, I immediately picked up a sleeve for it. First to protect it from wear and tear as I carried it around the house and elsewhere and also to maintain a bit of secrecy as I used it elsewhere as to what was inside.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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BX2 Backpack

Brenthaven

$179.95

The Brenthaven BX2 Backpack, a medium sized camera bag with padded shoulder straps and a chest strap, accompanied me on a trip to the California coast. I carried a DSLR with an 18-55mm lens on the camera body and two additional lenses, plus a 70-200mm telephoto and a 35mm, and had plenty of room to spare. In addition, a side zipper opened into a compartment for an iPad or 15″ laptop computer.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Brenthaven 5-in-1 for iPad – Review

On January 13, 2011, in Cases, Features, First Look, iPad, Review, by Russ Walkowich

5-in-1 for iPad
Company: Brenthaven
Price: $59.95 USD

With the iPad, things changed, at least case-wise they did. Getting a case for your iPhone is relatively simple; you want something to protect the iPhone. With the iPad, things got a little bit more complicated. Do you want to just carry the iPad in the case, protect the back of the case, protect the front and back, or are there other things that you want the iPad to be able to do when you want to use it? Can you use the case to angle the iPad so you can type or watch a video? Do you want to protect as much of the iPad as you can without  making things too complicated or too heavy to use? Brenthaven’s 5-in-1 for iPad may be the answer to your questions.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Switch Satchel iPad/Netbook Messenger Bag
Company: Brenthaven

Price: $39.95
http://www.brenthaven.com

So you have your shinny new iPad all dressed up with its new sleeve etc., and all you can do is drop it into the cavernous, compared to the iPad, generic backpack or messenger bag you had forgotten around. Brenthaven is here to help. See if the Switch Satchel will scratch your itch.

DESIGN
Not unlike its larger sibling, the original Switch, the Switch Satchel is very well made. It features a reversible flap system, a couple of organizer compartments for a few accessories, a backslip pocket for files or a newspaper, and a key lock. For more on the specs of the Switch Satchel, jump to the product page .

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Brenthaven Prolite 1 Computer Bag
Review

On July 16, 2008, in Review, by Rich Lefko

Brenthaven Prolite 1 Computer Bag
Company: Brenthaven

Price: $99.95
Available from Dr. Bott

When I bought my MacBook I got a free bag. I thought this was great, since I wouldn’t have to spend more money on yet another accessory. I’ve been using this bag for the better part of a year now, and I must say, it is the worst piece of crap I’ve ever owned. I’ve hated this bag since day one and recently at a business meeting, the flap opened up and the bag “threw up” all over a conference table. I had reached the limits of my patience.

I started researching computer bags and quickly realized there are somewhere near one bazillion of them for sale. Even worse, going to an Apple Store, Best Buy, or any computer store only gave me access to about four or five different brands. That left one bazillion minus five left to look at. This was not going to be easy.

At this point I started visiting Amazon and other sites, reading reviews that others had posted, and asking anyone that had a bag over their shoulder what they thought of it. Funny how I found that most of the people I asked hated their bags as well. Someone should really do a study on computer bag compatibility, “How much do you hate your bag?” on a sliding scale.

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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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Shoulder Case Pro 17” by Brenthaven

On February 4, 2004, in Bag, Review, by Owen Rubin

Shoulder Case Pro 17” by Brenthaven
By Owen Rubin

Shoulder Case Professional 17”
Company:
Brenthaven
Price: $149.00 (17” and 15”), $139.00 (12”) from Apple Store
http://www.brenthaven.com

My search for the perfect case for my new 17” PowerBook continues (please see my comments from the MacWorld Expo and my review of another bag on this site.) As I reported in the past, I am the proud owner of a new 17” PowerBook. That is the good news. The bad news is that it is so big, actually finding a comfortable, well made, useful case to carry it around has been an on-going challenge. As I have said in the past, there is no perfect bag, but I plan to keep looking until I get close.

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About Owen Rubin

Owen Rubin was one of the first people to program arcade video games for Atari a long time ago, and designed arcade video games for almost 15 years. He later joined Apple where he worked on both hardware and software projects, and was the key player on the MacLC, bootable CD, several pieces of Mac system software, as well as a contributor to many other CPU projects. He later worked for Pacific Bell to lead the design of services for the first commercial broadband system in the US, and then went on to be the lead researcher of broadband for Paul Allen's Interval Research. Since then, he has been an executive at a number of startups in security and semiconductors, and is currently the CTO of Edison Labs, a startup focusing on helping commercial clients write and develop mobile apps, especially for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

PowerBook Accessories
Review

On March 7, 2002, in Review, by John Nemerovski

“TiPack WhyBuy: Hands-On Reviews of Two Premium Backpacks Custom Designed for Apple’s Titanium G4 PowerBook”


Walking the hilly streets of San Francisco and the endless corridors of its Moscone Center during last January’s Macworld Conference gave Nemo a pain in the back. He was carrying Weeks’ Titanium G4 PowerBook and its power supply in a humble consumer day pack, along with endless press releases, pads of paper, cameras, snacks, and bottles of water. This pack felt like it weighed a hundred pounds. The distance walked felt like a hundred miles each day. Never again! Nemo vowed to obtain a MUCH better pack for future expos.

Nemo has been a backpacker for over 40 years. He was intrigued by an advance invitation to visit the Brenthaven booth. The thought of a premium padded PowerBook case made his shoulders straighten and back muscles flex in enthusiastic anticipation. After admiring Brenthaven’s product line during the expo, Nemo made arrangements to have an evaluation pack sent for review.

By coincidence, MyMac.com received an email invitation from Willow Design to review a competing backpack, which arrived at Nemo’s home office two days after the Brenthaven. What follows is our report on these two deluxe TiBook packs.

But first, consider the advantages of a custom backpack over a typical computer carrying case:

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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