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Wish_4_A_Mac 12-01-2004 05:08 AM

17" powerbook: Bag and airline travel suggestions?
Well I got my 17" powerbook. And what a computer. Very pleased with it. However I am going to need to travel with it soon and will cry when it gets its first scratch.

I have been looking on the internet but am really having problems finding the right bag for it. Can anyone suggest a good place to get a bag or case for it though? Any good websites that sell such a bag? Or any websites that review the different bags available would be good. I am looking for the "messenger bag" type to take as carry-on baggage on the airplane.

Ideally I would get a sleeve to place the powerbook itself in, and a bag to put the sleeve containing the powerbook inside which could also fit accessories such as the power unit and CDs/DVDs/Ipod etc.

Also I am flying economy class in December and was wondering if anybody had experience trying to do this with a 17" (You know like on that Powerbook TV advert where theres a guy with a 12 sitting next another with a 17 on the airplane).

When I had my 14.1" vaio it was ok on an economy class seat. Just. I am concerned that I might disturb other (envious) passengers!

MickMAC 12-01-2004 11:11 AM

Well! I like you have had the same delima for some time now, and after trying a messenger bag, a regular briefcase bag with sholder strap and a solid briefcase, I still have not found a comfortable way to carry the 17inch powerbook for long periods of time. I like to carry all of my accessories with me kind of like a mobile office. I have finally decided that I need to get some type of backpack, but being a professional I don't want to look like a collage kid!

This is the only option I have found for a backpack that will work for me, and I have searched the internet for weeks:
I will be purchasing this bag this week for xmass, (for myself)

This is the one I wanted to get but of course the company went out of business and there are none of these bags to found... ANYWHERE!!!:

kyrre 12-01-2004 03:04 PM

Check out, an Australian supplier of carrying-devices. There's a really cool specialized Powerbook G4 protector/bag, which you can customize the colour as well. Find it here:

Strider 12-01-2004 10:18 PM

one word - Brenthaven :alien:

agentphish 12-02-2004 04:34 PM

I got a sleeve from waterfield designs. Very thick neoprene inside with soft felt coating on it so it wont scratch and protects your PB. the outside of the case is thick ballistic nylon. They have the best customer service too and have even checked on me since i got it to make sure everything is going alright. By all means carry your PB on, you'll find that unless you're in first class you wont have room to use it very well though, I found that problem with my 15. I also have a regular messenger bag from Timbuk2 that i stick the sleeve inside.

leonel 12-03-2004 07:55 PM

I think you should pay one first class ticket for your 17inch. You may also consider a first class suit? And of course a limosine to take it from the airport to the hotel... Some security Guards to take care of it it's another option..

Osiris22x 12-06-2004 02:11 PM

Can't help you on the case, but I can tell you one thing:

On my flight home from Siggraph 2004, I popped open my Powerbook to start writing a review to submit to my boss the next day. It just barely fit between me and the seat in front of me. I had to pull my hands way back and was able to awkwardly type.

Oh, and mine is a 12" model. ;)

Wish_4_A_Mac 12-16-2004 08:09 AM

Thanks guys, have ordered a sleeve from Waterfield Designs ( with shoulder strap and flap. They produce good bags and also give good after sales service apparently. Hopefully I will get in time for X-mas when I am due to travel.

Thinking I might also get that Racer X bag later from the same people. Has anyone got that one and is it any good? would have been my next choice - Funny website but friendly replies from the people involved.

Well if you can take a 17" Powerbook on a BA economy flight then hopefully I should have no problems on Virgin Atlantic. (Strider posted info about this on someobne else's thread about a bag for powerbooks - thanks mate)

I can't afford first class, limos and suits etc because I have just spent 2000 pounds plus on a 17" powerbook. It would be nice to be able to look after a powerbook in this way though, and there are probably celebrities around who have 17" powerbooks that do this.

code777 12-16-2004 08:16 AM

man i wish i had your problems! haha. yeah 17" is a bit much for a laptop IMHO but still, you got a killer computer!

Macman 12-16-2004 09:21 AM

if your gonna fly with it, my only suggestion besides those posted here is take an extra fully charged battery if its a long flight.

Wish_4_A_Mac 12-17-2004 04:08 PM

Yeah I'm aware of this problem. Thanks for the advice though - I used to take an extra battery with my old Vaio on flights so that I would be able to finish watching one DVD! The 17" PB seems to be able to manage a whole DVD but I will be getting another battery.

UrbanAmy 12-20-2004 01:11 PM

I don't know about you but I just went with Timbuk2 Commute messenger laptop bag. It works well for me and fits my 15" PB plus additional stuff like magazines, pens, a book, some DVDs, and keys. I'm going to take it with me soon as I go on my trip. I'll put it in good use. I am thinking whether I should buy an extra battery if I want to watch a DVD while I'm in the air. It's hard to find good laptop bags for 17" monster! :spook: I hope you find something you like and in a good use.

Relay 12-20-2004 08:43 PM

i use the Brenthaven messenger bag for my 17". I have travelled on a few flights with it as a carry-on and have had no problems. I always fly coach/economy and i usually pull out my laptop to play a dvd or play a little pocketanks with whoever i am on the flight with. It is a tight fit on the lap table, but its functional.

Brenthaven bag has tons of pockets for everything. I carry tons of stuff with me and it holds it all perfectly. Glad i took my friends reccomendation on buying it when i bought my PB.

Wish_4_A_Mac 12-23-2004 07:55 AM

Got my Waterfield 17" sleevecase yesterday in time for Christmas. Highly recommended, and, as stated above, good after sales service. Price was reasonable (including delivery) and even if you live in the UK it comes reasonably quick (about 7-10 days just as they said) if getting it delivered by standard US air mail.

gklau 12-23-2004 01:28 PM

How much was delivery to the UK? Any customs charges?

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