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MTBlogBot2000
7th December 2009, 04:45 AM
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Laptop bags make boring reviews. It's a bag, you shove a laptop in it. Will it hold laptop? Does it look good? Is it reasonably priced? End of story. This review is no different.<!--more-->

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The sleeve I have today is by <a href="http://shuky.com/">Shuky</a> - these guys saw the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLb7EVF6-Jc">MacBook Air ad</a> and took it a bit to seriously. Their signature sleeve is a yellow/brown leather sleeve with a red wrap around latch.

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Shuky calls it the Par Avion. It is a sturdy sleeve, well padded, very nice to the touch. Laptop just slides in and it is protected - nice and snug. It's not a rock solid, bomb-proof sleeve and if you dropped the laptop off a car for example, a sleeve aint gonna save you. It's more for carrying around with you between places and in another bag. Not a carrying and protection solution unto itself. The inside is a nice felt sort of thing that won't scratch or mark the laptop in any way. The latch is a bit pissweak though. Looks nice, but it comes undone quite easily in day to day use. A zip, or a button, or velcro would be better. Would ruin the look of the bag though, as it's supposed to be like the ad!

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I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, as really, the sleeve is fine and isnt' going to fall apart after a few weeks. It's up to you as to decide if it's something you want.

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I reckon it's a bit too hipster and trendy for me, plus a bit on the pricey side (<a href="http://rushfaster.com.au/listingsearch.php?pKeywords=shuky&amp;FindBags=Go">$140 for a 15.4" sleeve, $120 for a 13" sleeve</a>). But I am hardly a barometer of taste, so if you like how it looks and can afford it, go hog wild. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

prerecorded
7th December 2009, 07:07 AM
I think that's a fairly uncharitable assessment of the closure - if you wrap the leather strap around the toggles in a figure 8 rather than around in a simple loop as in your photos, it will hold closed much better.

It also offers more protection than your bog-standard neoprene sleeve, as the side seams and thickness of the leather make the outside edge of the sleeve sit quite far away from the actual edge of your laptop. It ends up working as extra padding on the corners and edges, and it's not just any padding, it's tough leather. As a consequence, it adds a bit of bulk to your laptop which may or may not be desirable.

I've been using a black one for several months now, and the black leather actually looks very classy and professional, and I have no hesitation rocking up to client meetings with it under my arm.

decryption
7th December 2009, 07:12 AM
I think that's a fairly uncharitable assessment of the closure - if you wrap the leather strap around the toggles in a figure 8 rather than around in a simple loop as in your photos, it will hold closed much better.

It also offers more protection than your bog-standard neoprene sleeve, as the side seams and thickness of the leather make the outside edge of the sleeve sit quite far away from the actual edge of your laptop. It ends up working as extra padding on the corners and edges, and it's not just any padding, it's tough leather. As a consequence, it adds a bit of bulk to your laptop which may or may not be desirable.

I've been using a black one for several months now, and the black leather actually looks very classy and professional, and I have no hesitation rocking up to client meetings with it under my arm.

Maybe I'm just retarded, but I couldn't get it to wrap around without it coming undone. I can manage to clip a button, do up a zip and stick down some velcro though.

Like I wrote in the review: "But I am hardly a barometer of taste, so if you like how it looks and can afford it, go hog wild. I doubt you'll be disappointed." That said, the black one does look a bit better.

geoffco
7th December 2009, 11:59 AM
Seems a bit sad that they don't actually make one specifically for the MacBook Air - the whole point of the envelope/air combo was that it was so thin....

Seems more ParcelPost than Par Avion - but I like the idea. If I had an Air, and if they made one specially for the Air, sure, I'd be keen :-)

MrJesseRoss
7th December 2009, 12:05 PM
Seems a bit sad that they don't actually make one specifically for the MacBook Air - the whole point of the envelope/air combo was that it was so thin....

Seems more ParcelPost than Par Avion - but I like the idea. If I had an Air, and if they made one specially for the Air, sure, I'd be keen :-)

AirMail: The world's most perfect sleeve for the MacBook Air. (http://www.manilamac.com/)

:)

The_Hawk
7th December 2009, 12:22 PM
*SNIP*
the black leather actually looks very classy and professional, and I have no hesitation rocking up to client meetings with it under my arm.

You know I was very self concious about how "professional" the protective sticker on my MacBook was...

Seems most people just think it's cool:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b202/Th3_H4wk/Other/Random002/IMG_1201.jpg

I will admit there are times when I think something a little more "normal" like the Sistine Chapel or something might be more appropriate (although I think I would have to edit in a space so they are both pointing at the Apple logo ;)

nightelves
7th December 2009, 01:51 PM
Can I please ask where you got that Gela Skin from? That looks awesome.