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AppleMac
18th January 2007, 01:32 PM
I will be getting a new 13'Macbook soon and need to decide on a good bag. I am deciding between either:

(1) STM small alley - $77
(2) All The Kings Men (ATKM) mini - $189

Could I please get some user experiences with these bags? I like the seatbelt buckle design with the ATKM, but do you think it's worth it ($$) (compared to the STM)? There are hardly any reviews on the web about ATKM so it'll be helpful to get some opinions.

I anticipate the bag will need to carry the usual things - macbook, power adapter, about 1cm thick worth of paper, snack bars etc...

Thanks:)

tcn33
18th January 2007, 01:40 PM
I have a Chrome messenger bag which is ridiculously sturdy and also has the seat belt buckle. They make a couple of laptop (http://www.chromebags.com/shuttle.php)bags as well. Also expensive, but generally well reviewed.

sunrisesister
18th January 2007, 01:44 PM
You cant go past a crumpler :)

ClockWork
18th January 2007, 01:47 PM
STM are very good! One particular feature that STM came up with which really was staring everyone in the face, was to make a lap-top bag that did not look like it carried a lap-top.

Certainly, designs like this one (http://www.stmbags.com.au/smallloop) look like they'd have a few uni books and a couple of oranges in them, when in fact they're holding a couple of Apples! :)

Price-wise - I can't say, yet for the piece of mind over protection and the possibility of theft, even $189 is worth it against $1,749 through to $2,399 of expensive hardware.

Cheers and welcome to MTAU,

ClockWork

thorevenge
18th January 2007, 01:51 PM
I have an STM that I used for Nemesis, but it now holds Slave I like a dream.

Apparently it was made for the 15 inch Powerbooks but I've not had an issue with it for either of those 2 models.

AppleMac
18th January 2007, 02:11 PM
Thanks! I'll look more into it and keep you posted:)

Peter Wells
18th January 2007, 02:16 PM
spend the extra ten bucks and get the STM small loft. thats a damn fine looking bag...

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8774/pslloft1yl8.gif (http://imageshack.us)


or spend big for the STM cargo bag:

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5134/pslsmallcargo1wh9.gif (http://imageshack.us)


i've used both crumpler and stm. I had a black STM backpack, back when they only made ugly bags. I replaced it with a crumpler wee bee which was real pretty. Both were well made, tough and are still going strong.

but i'm gonna go back to STM for my macbook bag because they're cheaper, they've stopped making ugly bags, and crumpler still dont have a decent 13' bag.

kingsdesign
18th January 2007, 02:54 PM
damn that cargo bag looks good.

I bought a incase bag about 1.5 year ago and it still is a beauty.

Rik

MactrixAUS
18th January 2007, 03:31 PM
STM all the way! Getting a Cargo Bag to put my Gecko Skin Case in. I also use a 13" MacBook and previously had an STM Alley bag.

shorebuck
18th January 2007, 04:46 PM
I use an STM small loft - used to fit my 12" ibook beautifully, had no probs with a 15" Powerbook and now they've been replaced by a MacBook - too easy - easily fits an external hard disk, power supply, kensington lock, mouse, tablet, ipod and pda - oh and the mobile phone and charger.

always get "cool bag" comments too (:

Soleil
18th January 2007, 04:48 PM
I ended up buying the Tucano bag from the Apple site. It said it was for 13-15 inch and I thought it would be too big. Ordered it anyways intending to send it back if it was no good but it is brilliant. Could fit up to 15 inch in there but for my macbook its padded enough and fits whatever else I need and more. Glad I got it now.

sendai
18th January 2007, 05:17 PM
Will you be walking around a lot? If so, narrow your options to back-packs.

I was chagrined by my physio for using a sling/single-shoulder computer bag for some two years. Never-mind the back-pain that I suffered.

Now I use a Booq (http://booqbags.com/) Mamba S, and a Crumpler Salary Sacrifice.

MactrixAUS
18th January 2007, 06:36 PM
Will you be walking around a lot? If so, narrow your options to back-packs.

I was chagrined by my physio for using a sling/single-shoulder computer bag for some two years. Never-mind the back-pain that I suffered.

Now I use a Booq (http://booqbags.com/) Mamba S, and a Crumpler Salary Sacrifice.

BOOQ is okay. I didn't really like there sleeve, since the zip came un-hinged after a few months of day-to-day use. Maybe because I had an IBM? Anyway, I agree with you there, backpacks are defiantly good way to go if you are walking around.

For small walks, e.g. class to class I would use a case like the Cargo.

smilne360
18th January 2007, 07:35 PM
ive been using STM's for a while and love them. that said i do use the full backpack models as i have had back problems in the past...

Repulse
18th January 2007, 07:38 PM
I have a STM Small Alley for my 13" MacBook, and it's very durable and I'd definitely recommend it. :) Originally I was going to get the the Loft, but I preferred the look of the Alley. My only complaints is that there isn't anywhere to store a drink bottle, and I have to carry larger text books by hand.

Keep in mind that the Loft and Alley are the exact same layout wise, with the main difference being the colours. Here's a review > http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=130245



I anticipate the bag will need to carry the usual things - macbook, power adapter, about 1cm thick worth of paper, snack bars etc...


Yeah - you shouldn't have any problems fitting all of that into the Small Loft / Alley. You could always go the Medium Alley though if you wanted slightly more space.

Geoff3DMN
18th January 2007, 08:00 PM
I have an STM backpack, can't recommend it highly enough. I've been thinking about getting an STM loft as well... crumpler bags are ok, but that web site is enough to make me want to hit my head against the wall until the pain goes away :eek:

mini_Matt
18th January 2007, 08:29 PM
WTF is with the Crumpler bag website.. I can't see what spraying shit on the screen has to do with looking at bags, albeit a little bit amusing for a couple of seconds.

mjankor
18th January 2007, 08:36 PM
http://www.stmbags.com.au/smallloop

That one is the finest laptop bag I've ever owned. It's extremely versatile and still offers excellent laptop protection. It has a hard plastic shell that sits in the base of it and absorbs impact so the laptop's lower corners are protected in the event of a drop.

Wally
18th January 2007, 08:54 PM
Get one of those Life Backpacks from Officeworks, i have the same problem with shoulder straps. Although they want me to get one of those bags for work so i can look like a geek.

These backpacks dont even look like a computer bag, they hold your iPod, Digital camera and even have a hole for the headphones to stick out!

It also has room for books and W/e at the front


However i cant seem to find a picture of one online (even at officeworks website), have a look around at the officeworks store for one.

IT has to be the best $60 i have spent on a computer bag

blackiridium
19th January 2007, 01:19 PM
A nice and cost-effective notebook backpack (http://rushfaster.com.au/product.php?pProductID=TGU-CN600#ProductInfo)

kingsdesign
23rd January 2007, 03:18 PM
This is the incase bag i bought 1,5 years ago in silver.
Must say the black version would look so good with silver white or black notebooks.
Bag is 160 in apple store online. (was 99 1,5 years ago)

http://store.apple.com/Catalog/AsiaGeneric/Images/TK690_screen3.jpg

Rik

vicmeldrew
23rd January 2007, 05:11 PM
While killing a bit of time waiting to see a bike mechanic today, I saw a STM Sports 2 (http://www.stmbags.com.au/sports) at the local "Good Guys" discount electrical store. It had $179 on the price tag. It was just what I needed so I stood around pathetically trying to get some service. Eventually I managed to ask a sales woman the best price she could do. She said $90, so I bought it. Get home and it appears to have a RRP of $129 and Streetwise are selling it for $109. Nevertheless I feel somewhat ripped-off. What a bunch of scum bags to use that old trick. I guess there are enough cashed-up idiots in "The Shire" for it to work.

It is a great bag though. It fits my 15" Powerbook in its STM glove perfectly in the bag's special insert.

newusr
26th January 2007, 06:26 PM
Belkin or Targus laptop bags are also good. I have a Belkin.
http://www.belkin.com.au/
http://www.targus.com/

neg2led
29th January 2007, 12:48 PM
the STM Small alley will fit everything you need :D

--neg

Remorhaz
30th January 2007, 07:35 PM
Altho not specifically useful for your laptop I bought an STM bag for my 17" MBP - I got the Large Convertable (shoulder bag and backpack in one) specifically because it was small, thin and light so I wouldn't be able to cram too much crap into it - just the MBP, wireless mouse, my 160GB external laptop hard drive, eyetv and perhaps a few papers and discs. This way it isn't some huge bulky backpack which weighs a ton (like my previous laptop backpack) - in fact it ends up nice and close to the body when I'm using it as a backpack and it feels incredibly light - even with my 17" laptop in it - marvelous :)

http://www.stmbags.com.au/largeconvertible

datacenter
30th January 2007, 08:29 PM
WTF is with the Crumpler bag website.. I can't see what spraying shit on the screen has to do with looking at bags, albeit a little bit amusing for a couple of seconds.

Its part of their brand / culture, weird site, weird names, weird everything,

great great from an aussie owned and well made product.

Steve

rickyd
30th January 2007, 09:09 PM
I just got my Tucano Cobra for my new MacBook Pro 15", which fits the MacBook as well. I can't speak more highly of it than - it is bloddy fantastic, resonably priced too. Has all the compartments you wanted too.

Here's the link to Apple's Online Store, that's the only place I could find mine from - http://store.apple.com/133-622/WebObjects/australiastore.woa/6974021/wo/o03Jp16ROaV02UsTXc71ZF7x1Za/1.0.21.1.0.8.25.7.11.0.3

Cheers,
Ricky

www.rickyprograms.com

xatz
30th January 2007, 09:31 PM
I bought an STM Loft shortly after I got my iBook, and love it. :thumbup:
It looks great and has stood up to a LOT of travelling. It also holds a surprising amount of stuff for such a small bag. But the greatest thing is that I've only ever seen one other person with one in Newcastle :D