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Old 11-16-18, 09:56 AM
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Need something tougher than a laptop sleeve

When I commute I stuff my 15" Macbook into an Amazon sleeve and then inside my Ortieb Pannier. Any suggestions on finding a tougher sleeve or case? What do other folks use?
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Old 11-16-18, 10:38 AM
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They make hard laptop cases (sold on Amazon): https://amzn.to/2DpFd4h
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Old 11-16-18, 11:37 AM
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really rugged..

consider Pelican cases...
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Old 11-16-18, 12:04 PM
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Where do you need the toughness? A laptop should protect its own screen when it is closed. If you have a spinning hard drive, then you do need to protect it from shock, but if you have solid state storage, you don't so much.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Where do you need the toughness? A laptop should protect its own screen when it is closed. If you have a spinning hard drive, then you do need to protect it from shock, but if you have solid state storage, you don't so much.
I agree. I've never found the need for anything on my rMBP. If I wanted to keep it new and shiney that would be one thing. But damaged, hardly after 1200 commutes or so. It's only been damaged when I'm in an actual accident.
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Old 11-18-18, 01:28 AM
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At work they gave me this huge Dell. The bag fell from a hook in an airport bathroom stall, and the corner cracked. The board was cracked by the charger port and it couldn’t charge. Repairing it would basically be taking it all apart and putting it back together, not a worthwhile thing to do in 2018. So they wrote it off. Never mind about the screen. Armor up.
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Old 11-18-18, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Where do you need the toughness? A laptop should protect its own screen when it is closed. If you have a spinning hard drive, then you do need to protect it from shock, but if you have solid state storage, you don't so much.
This. ^^

You need to explain why it needs additional support. Like others have suggested anything greater that the sleeve would be a hard case.
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At work they gave me this huge Dell. The bag fell from a hook in an airport bathroom stall, and the corner cracked. The board was cracked by the charger port and it couldn’t charge. Repairing it would basically be taking it all apart and putting it back together, not a worthwhile thing to do in 2018. So they wrote it off. Never mind about the screen. Armor up.
Sounds like user error? I have a honking Dell Precision workstation, that I've carried on my commutes for over 5 years with only one incident where it slid off the chair. The screen cover clamps came open but luckily it snapped back into position none the worse for wear. I keep it in a sleeve inside a Timbuk2 messenger bag.

I never trust those bathroom hooks so carry a heavy duty hanger inside the pocket I got from Home Depot.
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Old 11-18-18, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Sounds like user error?
Of course. Ad hominem?
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Old 11-23-18, 06:19 PM
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When I think I need to protect a laptop more than just a plain sleeve, I grab a Fedex box. Poor man's laptop sleeve.
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Old 11-24-18, 10:26 AM
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I commute (irregularly) with a laptop in a padded sleeve, inside of an Ortlieb pannier, and it has always worked out just fine. I suppose if I felt the need for more protection I would just use my most minimal laptop backpack and slide it into the pannier... or wrap the sleeve with a laptop in it inside of a big towel, but even with a pair of street shoes in the pannier I've never felt like the laptop is significant risk.

Also, you didn't mention which sleeve you do have. Mine is the Amazon Basics laptop sleeve, and I will admit that it is pretty flimsy (yet still I have no problem commuting with it). Most of the more expensive options on Amazon have stronger construction. You could also visit your local Electronics store and purchase one that you're able to evaluate in person.
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Old 11-25-18, 10:20 AM
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I got a this after... well... https://www.amazon.com/Thule-Gauntle...le+laptop+case
It's heavy enough to offer reasonable protection. Like dropping.
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Old 11-26-18, 06:22 PM
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Here's what I did... regular panniers with industrial bubble wrap.

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User error? Well, spit does happen. If you expect it, then it does make sense to protect from resulting damage.
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Assuming you bring work clothes in...I wrap my dress pants, shirt, and/or gym towel around my Dell work laptop. It protects the laptop surface and keeps my clothes from wrinkling. I have a front mounted bag (Brompton style) and have had no issues with the jostling for the past 2 seasons.
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Old 12-01-18, 07:43 AM
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Again. This is one reason why I find a backpack superior to other options.

Having said that, I have been run over once and thrown off the bikes twice which did result in dents in the rMBP.

Character, I say, character.
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Of course. Ad hominem?
Never.
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