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Old 05-13-12, 02:15 PM
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pelican style case for laptop?

Hi All,

I started a new job and would like to commute. it's about 7 miles each way. I got a gigantic laptop from work. it's very nice and works well, but it's big. it's an hp 6-something and it has a 15.6" screen. I use a laptop bag with a padded compartment, but I haven't ridden with it yet. There are times when it is convenient for me to bring the beast home so I can get some work done. I am worried that if I take a spill the laptop will get damaged.

Do you have some recommendations on a durable case for this laptop? I was thinking about a getting a Pelican style case with a foam insert and then bungee cording it to my rack. The PC is too heavy to ride comfortably with the laptop bag - it hurts my shoulder and back if I carry it too long. I am concerned also about the crash worthiness of the laptop bag. i don't think it has any crash worthiness.

What do you do for porting a large laptop?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-13-12, 02:28 PM
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I use a Topeak office trunk case, fits in an MTX modular rack. Holds a Dell Precision M4600 laptop, sounds like the same size. I like that it is center-mounted. Not a hard case, not sure of how it will hold up to impact.

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Old 05-13-12, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by cynergy View Post
Hi All,

I started a new job and would like to commute. it's about 7 miles each way. I got a gigantic laptop from work. it's very nice and works well, but it's big. it's an hp 6-something and it has a 15.6" screen. I use a laptop bag with a padded compartment, but I haven't ridden with it yet. There are times when it is convenient for me to bring the beast home so I can get some work done. I am worried that if I take a spill the laptop will get damaged.

Do you have some recommendations on a durable case for this laptop? I was thinking about a getting a Pelican style case with a foam insert and then bungee cording it to my rack. The PC is too heavy to ride comfortably with the laptop bag - it hurts my shoulder and back if I carry it too long. I am concerned also about the crash worthiness of the laptop bag. i don't think it has any crash worthiness.

What do you do for porting a large laptop?

Thanks in advance.
Pelican case will be a lot of dead weight IMO. For 5 years i carried around a 17" Macbook-pro inside a Brenthhaven backpack designed for 17" laptops. A couple times i dropped the pack loaded w/laptop+gear. It all fell out of my car and onto the pavement. The laptop was fine. When riding my bike, i would carry ONLY the laptop inside the backpack. i would put all the peripherals like power-outlets etc.. in my panniers....this made carrying the 17" much lighter on my back and less of a pain. And easier on my pannier rack too
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Old 05-13-12, 02:33 PM
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I use the Ortlieb Downtown pannier, which fits my 15" laptop perfectly. It has it's own compartment for it and everything. Though, I would try it out before I buy it. It's a pretty snug fit, so if your laptop is a half inch or so larger than mine it _may_ not fit. I bet it would though. And the sleeve is right up against the inside wall, so if your bike goes down on that side everything else hits the ground before the laptop. Plus, the weight is as close as possible to the center of your bike, which makes it tough to notice.

I wouldn't worry about crashing. Behind a bunch of layers the laptop will probably be okay in anything that you are okay through. The closer to the ground the better though, which is a why a pannier may be better. And if you wreck your car there's a chance you'd wreck your laptop too.
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I have a 17 inch Lenovo that's 11 pounds by itself. The power supply is nearly the size of a brick. I also carry a couple pounds of other extras, in the Lenovo laptop case for it. It is well padded and seems nicely designed.

Then I put the whole case in a large backpack, and I commute that way. It is just a bit more exercise. One of my little jokes about it is that I didn't want a wimpy little city folk net book. And I really feel like that too. It is a serious machine and I get a lot of serious work done with it.
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Here's a notebook case that I recall seeing on Nashbar: Cannondale notebook case. Looks to be out of stock right now, however. Can probably find it somewhere else. I also noticed this Pacific Laptop Pannier while looking for the Cannondale.







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Definitely throw it in a pannier, being mindful to have some padding, both to prevent knocking against the rack and to afford worst-case-scenario, crash, protection. I agree that a Pelican is overkill, and also that the closer to the road location of the pannier is better than a high mounted backpack.

Your biggest concern will be waterproofness; maybe drop in a dry bag from REI?
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I'm mid project on a DIY laptop pannier. Protection wise, I'm using a 10mm caselogic sleeve that fits the laptop, and then that inside a padded laptop case sized just a bit bigger. I may post info on it in a new thread later this week.

You need to define crash worthiness for yourself. Dislodged and run over by an auto? Yes, you need a pelican or similar and even then not guaranteed. I trust double padding for a moderate speed tumble off the bike, but I do daily backups anyway, even when not biking with laptop.

And I agree with Cabezashok, if you can get everything else into panniers and have just the laptop in your backpack that may work. But it is nice to get everything off your back.
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thanks All for the replies!

I tested out bungee cording my laptop case to my rack and it works fine. It will do for now. I like the Topeak trunk bag, but since I don't have a Topeak rack, I would have had to strap/bungee cord the thing to my rack so I figured using my existing laptop case is good enough.

I also placed an order for a Pelican laptop case. it will hold the laptop, but not any accessories (power adapter, etc.). i would like to use this because it is waterproof and has some impact protection.
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Originally Posted by pkulak View Post
I wouldn't worry about crashing. Behind a bunch of layers the laptop will probably be okay in anything that you are okay through. The closer to the ground the better though, which is a why a pannier may be better. And if you wreck your car there's a chance you'd wreck your laptop too.
You can always add a home made bubble wrap sleeve.
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