Laptop Carrying Cases:
Two new designs offer some refreshing alternatives

You will welcome two new designs in laptop carrying cases now on the market if you’ve bemoaned the fact, as we have, that nearly all laptop cases seem to look and function identically. Here are the details:

ErgoGear

A company in New York has just released an ErgoGear line of laptop computer covers made from neoprene, the padded material used to create wetsuits for divers. A sample case sent to Roadnews.com confirms that the use of neoprene creates a unique look, even in basic black. The zippered case comes with handles, and a more expensive version includes a second pouch that clips onto the outside of the case in which you can carry a charger or other peripherals.

With suggested retail prices in the US at $24.95 and $34.99, cost is not an issue. The amount of shock absorption offered by the relatively thin neoprene should be a consideration, however, for anyone looking to do more than take the laptop home in the car at day’s end.

But this case isn’t really designed for stand-alone duty on long trips, according to the manufacturer. The neoprene case works well as a second skin for the computer, allowing you to insert the computer into your brief case or other carry-on bag. When considered in this light, the case seems to be near ideal. When inside another bag, the neoprene should offer sufficient cushioning, while its slim profile let’s you easily insert your computer into larger bags.

Because of security concerns, Roadnews.com staff has in the past traveled with a laptop shoved into a brief case. It contributes greatly to one’s peace of mind to know that the laptop isn’t being advertised to every would-be thief by its carrying case. But with a traditional case, the laptop barely fits in the brief case. Yet without it, there’s insufficient padding.

Next trip, we intend to use the ErgoGear case.

The company also manufacturers other computer gear, including wrist and mouse rests and anti-glare filters.

Contact:

ErgoGear cases are sold in the US through retail computer and office supply stores. More information is available by calling 800/888-3537 (212/867-0661); Fax: 212/867-2559. No information is currently available on the Web.

CODi AirPro Cases

If protection of your hardware from damage is your primary concern, you may wish to have a look at the new AirPro line of laptop cases from a Pennsylvania, US, company. The firm has been manufacturing carrying cases for about six years and its new line protects computers with an air-filled bladder.

When the case is new, you put your computer in place and fill the bladder with air with the help of a small hand pump that is provided. This gives you a good snug fit, according to Nicole Bamford, Global Operations Manager for CODi. You can give your case another pump every week or so to ensure that the case maintains its optimal fit.

A basic AirPro bag starts at $79. Larger cases, with room for files and peripherals, run up to $179. The exterior of the cases are sewn from ballistic grade nylon, a material originally developed by Dupont for the military.

Contact:

CODi cases can be seen and ordered on the company’s Web site at http://www.codi-inc.com; Phone: 800/263-4462 (717/540-1337); Fax: 717/540-4352; or Email: info@codi-inc.com. European distribution is handled from Shannon, Ireland by Partners In Europe. PIE has product in stock there. Sales and distribution throughout the continent are handled in several locations in different countries. For info, contact PIE in Shannon, Phone: 35 36 170 2000.

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