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21+ Best Laptop / MacBook Cases and Sleeves (2011 Edition)


From geek to chic. Owning a laptop is a relatively new experience for me. For years I’ve lugged around work laptops or just gone without. My new MacBook has changed my whole outlook of portable computing and to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of the freshest laptop cases, pouches and sleeves.

OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST LAPTOP SLEEVES, CASES, SATCHELS AND POUCHES

FYI – There’s no difference between pouches and sleeves. We’re just being clever. If you’re a PC user we apologise as some of these are MacBook and MacBook Air cases and bags.


#1: HardGraft Sleeve – A versatile folio that packs everything up to a 15″ laptop / MacBook inside. We like the felt material. Very cool and very unique.


#2: Marc by Marc Jacobs Laptop Sleeve - Compact and hardwearing but with a hit of punchy style, this laptop case is perfect for protecting your technology while on the go.


#3: Balenciaga Studded Case – Suitable for a laptop up to 17 inches, this is a sophisticated way to carry your technology around in distinct, modern style. This is a personal favourite. Be warned it’s almost sold out.


#4: Bil Amberg Mr Porter Case – Bill Amberg black leather laptop / MacBook bag with white piping and interior and white press stud fastenings. This case is a step away from the usual zip cases we see.


#5: Embossed Gucci Diamond Case – The daily grind just got stylish; make between-meeting dashes a startorial artform with this sleek and expertly crafted Gucci laptop / MacBook case.


#6: COTEetCIEL Diver Case – Compact, lightweight and flexible, this stylish laptop / MacBook sleeve is an essential for the on-the-go demands of city life. Really like the simplicity of this case. It’s no thrills, but has skillz. Also comes in different colours.


#7: Autum Straing Jacket/Sleeve - Super simple, these sleeves by Autum are right up any minimalist’s alley. Leather (domestically tanned) with padded construction makes up a simple sleeve for your iPad or MacBook. BUY


#8: Hard Graft Heritage Case - Love this. Constructed from one hand-selected piece of leather lends to the precious nature of this sleeve. Or maybe just because its made in Italy. Either, or. We’re a big fan of this MacBook sleeve. BUY


#9: Kenton Sorensen Laptop Portfolio Case – The Kenton Sorensen Laptop Portfolio is hand cut and sewn by Kenton Sorensen in his studio in Cottage Grove Wisconsin. Sorensen’s minimalist designs call back to his Scandinavian roots, and an emphasis on longevity and functionality creates a timeless design that gets even better with age. BUY


#10 Rainer Spehl Wooden Laptop Case – We like this because it’s just so different. Perhaps the least practical it’s sure to get noticed and stolen. FYI: You might need to speak German to buy this. BUY


#11 Plastica Sleeve / Case – This is my favourite. It’s bright orange, like my hair. Made from wool felt with cotton trim, it has a stash pocket which snaps closed.


#12 Shouldercase / Pouch – We like the simplicity of this case. Stylish and simple, take care of your notebook with this hip slung premium leather shouldercase. Boom! BUY


#13 H by Harris Darkroom Case – The jury is still out on this laptop sleeve. It’s different, but somehow reminds me of my grandmother’s make-up case. I’m sure you could make it work. BUY


#14 Pack And Smooch Case – I’m always wary of things from Etsy. This could be shit, but we’re going to run with it. The wool felt has a unit mass of 900g/m² and with a thickness of 3 mm it provides excellent protection for your laptop. Felt is water repellent, insulating and anti-static. BUY


#15 Incase Coated Canvas Sleeve – Not every sleeve needs to be expensive. Incase products like this one are well designed and built. The coated canvas sleeve offers complete MacBook protection in a clean, simple design. BUY


#16 Wood Wood Leather Sleeve – If Indiana Jones had a laptop sleeve, it would be this. Made from sheep nappa leather, it’s one you won’t want to spill your coffee on.


#17 InCase Perforated Hardshell Case – Compatible with the latest MacBook Pro the Perforated Hardshell Case features durable, injection-molded construction for excellent notebook coverage and a custom fit. If you’re happy to hide your MacBook, then this is the bomb. BUY


#18 WANT Les Essentials De La Vie Laptop Portfolio – This sleek computer portfolio has been designed with special attention to incorporating functional features and compartments, to carry laptop computers and organize all the urban traveller’s needs.


#19 TravelTeq Trash Fox Yellow Bag - One of the best laptop bags we’ve come across since D’Marge first launched. Made from Florentine Vachetta leather with high quality, water resistant nylon lining. This is one you’ll have for years. Comes in a few colour variations. BUY


#20 De Bruir Tan Leather Laptop Bag - We like this because it’s just so different. It reminds me of a cosy sheepskin shearling jacket. Nuff said. BUY


Case #21 Carga Leather MacBook Sleeve – Check out the leather strapping closure – all made from vegetable dyed cowhide leather sourced in Argentina. This is one you’ll keep for the grandkids when they want to see what computer cases looked like in the olden days. BUY

Case #22 TravelTeq Trash Canvas Messenger - This is a slight variation on the other TravelTeq case we featured. It’s a canvas variation on a bag which has made TravelTeq famous. BUY

NOTE: ARE WE MISSING A KILLER LAPTOP / MACBOOK CASE? THEN PLEASE TELL US! WE’LL KEEP ADDING TO THE LIST THROUGHOUT 2011. 
28 Jul, 2011

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor