Back in Black
Lightweight, compression-molded EVA material remains the selling point of the Ultra TechStyle, a sleek carrying option from Mobile Edge. Extensive interior storage and an expandable filing section give the user space for a phone or PDA, and a removable mesh pouch for cables can also be used to stabilize a smaller notebook. This case is a lightweight, protective option for those who prefer a slimmer briefcase-style
bag to the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink variety. Comes with a lifetime warranty. Price: $70.
Your Briefcase, Mr. Bond
Matias’ classically designed Slim Aluminum Laptop Case features a Corner Protection System and removable interior foam pads that adjust to fit both 12- and 14-inch laptops. The adjustable shoulder strap and file organizer add convenience to the sturdy frame, and the rigid aluminum shell provides more than adequate protection, creates an illusion of secrecy and screams importance. Good if you’re rushing to the next meeting or need to fight off thugs before parachuting from a cliff face. Price: $150.
Targus’ patent-pending Dome Protection System protects screens by redistributing pressure at the center out to the corners, and its SafePORT Air Cushion system offers overall protection from bumps and bangs. Among the features that make this a first-rate bag are a top-loading notebook
compartment; an easy-access sliding ticket holder;
and a workstation pocket with a passport holder,
removable CD/DVD holder, retractable mini blue light and a reflective interior fabric that works with the flashlight to provide a better look inside once the overhead cabin lights go down. Fits laptops with up to 15.4-inch screens. Price: $110.
Slide In, Slide Out
Made of light molded foam, the Nucleus PC Portfolio from Pacific Design is a slim, semi-protective standalone sleeve that can slip neatly into the computer pocket of other Evolution Cases when greater protection is needed. Available in black, silver, pink, orange, green, blue and gray, and weighing just 1.75 pounds, the case is perfect for quick trips out of the office or around campus, when lugging a bulky full-service case isn’t necessary. Fits most 15-inch laptops. Price: $40.
Just for the Ladies
Mobile Edge provides a whole line of cases “Just for Women,” and leading the way is the leather briefcase. This model features poly-suede interior lining; a flip-out pocket for easy access to a cell phone and travel tickets; a SafetyCell computer protection compartment; a removeable accessory pouch; and a detachable leather shoulder strap to supplement the chic carrying handle. Also available in red, white and—in faux croc— espresso and black. Price: $200.
For toting everything from your phone to your PDA and everything in between, the Roadwired PDA/Phone Organizer is designed to hold credit cards, notebooks (paper, not digital) and any other necessary wires. The “phonebooth trapdoor” compartment provides easy cell phone access without opening the portfolio, and an open-cell foam and PVC sheet provide protection without bulk. Holds everything but the laptop. Price: $40.
A True All-In-One
The Signature Ladies Tote from HP features a top-loading compartment, a double-zipper flap for enhanced security and double purse-style straps for greater comfort. Interior folios are perfect for folders, business papers and other essential items, and a removable mini bag is included for personal items. The fuller design of this nylon carrying case leaves room for the real-life items that flatter bags can’t accommodate and that women wind up lugging around in a
second bag. Fits notebooks up to 15.4 inches. Price: $70.
10 Steps, and Draw
The Holster, from Extreme PDA, is a simple solution to the increasingly complicated carrying case dilemma. Designed and adapted for almost any model PDA, the Holster features a belt clip for accessibility and an over-the-top Velcro flap to ensure the handheld stays safely in place. The ingrained logo on the front gives a distinctly Western feel, for those impromptu office PDA showdowns. Price: $35.