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Best MacBook Air Messenger Bags

First.. the Macbook Air.

The Macbook Air is just one of many marvels the Apple company has released. It boasts Intel Dual-Core processing, a full 11 or 13 inch display, weighs 2.38 pounds for the 11 inch display, or 2.96 pounds for the 13 inch display and is just a hair under ¾ths of an inch thick. When taking into account the hardware and mechanics involved in creating and assembling a high quality notebook computer, Apple pulled no punches.

The Macbook Air is an expensive, yet powerful notebook computer, and as such it should be protected at all times. This especially includes protection during transport of your Macbook Air from one location to another. One very simple, multipurpose method of protecting your Macbook is a messenger bag. The messenger bag is characterized by it's many pockets and singular long strap that is meant to be crossed over the body. This causes the bag to rest against a hip or leg with the strap balancing the weight of the bag and it's contents on the opposing shoulder.

So, which messenger bags are the best rated to protect your Macbook Air? It depends on your budget. Here you will learn the pros and cons to hard cases and soft cases, with five-star rated examples of both. Read on, your Macbook deserves it.

Guided Tour of the Macbook Air

Macbook Tested - Apple Approved

Better than your breakfast cereal here - the soft messenger bag from Apple pictured above is the Thule Crossover bag in blue. This bag hangs low, offering ergonomic support while you tote around your Macbook Air. It is weather resistant, specifically designed with a crush proof compartment to keep your gear dry. There is also a mesh pocket for magazines, and the bag boasts being designed to be security checkpoint friendly.

This bag also has an easy grab handle at the top, just in case you don't want to sling it on your shoulders after all. This versatile carrying case is available at the Apple store for a trim $89.95 and provides a budget solution for your Macbook Air's protection during travel while looking snazzy and not cutting too hard into your iTunes money.

The Hard Truth

Coming to you in four different sizes, SFBags has a professional and simple hard case bag on a little higher price point than Apple's, but you get what you pay for!

The benefit of a hard case is, of course, level of impact resistance. A hard case can take more of a beating - not that you want it to have to. The Waterfield Designs hard case is an everyday accessory with nearly an inch of padding all around that precious Macbook Air. What does this mean to you? You get to put your Macbook in a container padded more than two Macbooks altogether!

The hard case pictured above runs you about $230 bucks, and weighs in at just over two pounds. It has a shoulder strap for one-shoulder or cross-body wear, and a quick grab handle.

Protective Additions for your Macbook Air

One concern about carrying around your laptop, be it a Macbook Air or any other kind, is that over time the keyboard will press against the display panel and warp or otherwise damage the display. This is a simply a matter of pressure, and can be staved off in a few ways.

The simplest way to avoid damage to your laptop's display screen is to refrain from throwing around or jostling your laptop as you carry it. The more force with which you move the laptop the more chance exists that you will cause the keyboard to slam against the display area.

Another solution is to purchase a thin sort of padding. There are many places where you can get padding for your laptop, one of them being through You can also pick up microsuede or soft brushed felt and cut it to the size of your display.

Having a soft buffer between your keyboard and the display will keep both halves of your laptop protected, as well as helping soak up some heat after a long period of using the laptop. Be kind to your electronics, they'll last you longer!


apple macbook pro on November 29, 2010:

Thanks for reviews messenger bags (Macbook) ^^

michelle.dragon99 on September 01, 2009:

leather messenger bag still the best, comparing to others...

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2008:

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It's been so long since I ran with my backpack that I'd forgotten this! I always carried mine in a bag specifically designed to carry laptops. :D I'll incorporate this in the hub! Thanks Gurutype!

Laptop Guru on August 29, 2008:

If you are using a backpack to transport a laptop, you need to get a laptop screen protector. The compression from the backback with press the keyboard into the lcd screen and cause damage.

Angela Harris from Around the USA on May 04, 2008:

Well, first I gotta get a Macbook Air. I'm absolutely drooling over these. Somehow I don't think it will be on my shopping list any time soon, unless my hubs start smoking with traffic. ;)

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on April 28, 2008:

Hehe! Might be a selling point for someone out there, though. I know I don't either. ;)

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on April 28, 2008:

Thanks, but I dont' need anything that's gooing to make my chest look bigger. LOL

Lifebydesign from Australia on April 25, 2008:

This is a really well written hub! I'd never considered messenger bags for my mac - cheers!

Whitney from Georgia on April 23, 2008:

Ah. Cool. Yea my dad's laptop case has the shoulder strap and handle, although it's not a messenger bag. I like mine though, but it's more of a large messenger bag/ purse versus laptop messenger bag case.

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on April 22, 2008:

I might do a hub about messenger bags in general, but focusing on messenger bags for notebook computers, that handle at the top is a lifesaver.

Whitney from Georgia on April 22, 2008:

Not all messenger bags have the handle though. Mine doesn't. Although, I don't use it for anything except an overnight bag.

I was kind of expecting more information towards the top messenger bags or something. Maybe information on how to choose a messenger bag. :-\

It was an interesting take though.

Stephanie Haile on April 22, 2008:

A real One Stop 4 great info on the messenger bags! Great to know too that make your "chest look bigger! An added bonus to functionality of the messanger bag! :)

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on April 22, 2008:

I was really impressed by the SFBags site. It was very easy to find just the one I wanted to showcase.

Thanks for putting up a super request like that one. :D Got any other technogadget stuff to ask about? :P

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on April 22, 2008:

Great Hub! And, I'm not joking, I bought the SFBags/Waterfield Designs Cargo bag just this morning (one of the "soft-shell" designs). I LOVE IT so far. Excellent quality and a lot of thought into the design and features. Thanks, gamergirl!

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on April 22, 2008:

The nice thing about a messenger bag is that when you strap it across your body, you can also hold the quick-grab handle if you want to feel a little more stable. I -love- my messenger bags!

Messenger bags also make your *cough* chest look bigger.

lady luck from Boston on April 22, 2008:

I would so go for the hard case, I almost bought the macbook air, but with my clumsyness I was too afraid! great hub!

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