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04. 02. 2008

Laptop bag bonanza - best of the best, part 3 (and another giveaway)

LUXURY "MINIMALIST" LAPTOP BAG BY ZEGARI
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If you're wearing your Chanel suit and your Manolo's, then this is the luxury laptop bag to carry. The elegant "Minimalist" by Zegari is made of beautiful leather in a classic design, and is loaded with features: lots of pockets, including special holders for your mobile phone, PDA, and MP3 player; organizational features for pens, cards, keys, and olders/papers; a twist-off key fob for your keys; a protected laptop compartment; tiny metal feet to keep it off the ground; wonderful soft-cushioned handles; a removable shoulder strap. And did I mention it's beautiful in a minimalist, understated way?
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It costs less than your shoes at $285 but screams success, even if you're doing the old "fake it until you make it." (Fits 15" MacBook Pro and most laptops with 15" screens.) Don't miss this week's Popgadget Drop email - Zegari is giving one of these lovely numbers to one of our subscribers. Not subscribed yet? Sign up here.


COMPUTE WITH COLOR - "FLICKA"
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The Flicka story began like most fairytales, with a "big city girl reporter who couldn't find a laptop case that didn't look like it belonged to a boy so she stiched up one of her own." That would be one Alice Cervantes who gave up journalism to make bags full-time when friends asked to buy her colorful laptop sleeves and bags.

As the name suggests, the Flicka "Brief" bags, priced at $80, are just that -- slim and lightweight with just room for your computer. There's an outside zippered pocket for mouse and power cords but I only use that when I really have to, as stuffing it breaks the line of the bag. It's perfect for a day trip or for school.

What's to Love:

- Fanciful patterns
- Weighs almost nothing
- 360-degree padding
- Waterproof, stain-resistant fabric
- Foam-filled shoulder pad for cushy comfort and grip.

Sized to fit laptops measuring up to 15.4", including wide screen displays, but Alice tells us she's working on a 17' model. And btw, "Flicka" means girl in Swedish. Perfect Fairytale ending.

"BYE BYE BORING . . . HELLO ADORING!"
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Thanks to designer Melissa Beth, who is just as refreshing as her designs, your laptop can step out in a little pink velour number, or a bright tourquoise case. According to Melissa, her quest began "to rid the world of BULKY BLACK BORING laptop bags." ( Emphasis all hers.)

The "Carry Me Softly" pictured above may look flirty, but it's solidly constructed and lightweight, and can be used with the handles or the over-the-shoulder strap. A mix between a laptop bag and a laptop sleeve, it's perfect for those days when you just need to bring your laptop. Dusty Pink (pictured) is only $79.

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For those days when you need to bring the office with you, the Metro 9-2-5 is perfect. With a nylon outer body, a foam padded compartment, numerous inside pockets and expandable compartment, it's big enough for even the hardiest road warrior. I especially appreciate the little metal feet on the bottom of the bag and the padded, removable should strap (my preferred way of carrying a laptop bag). While I'm not crazy about the velcro fastener, there's no denying it makes a convenient - and fast - way to close the bag. The Metro is priced at $110

You can buy Melissa Beth's designs at her online store or in the U.S. at Career Bags. (More on Career Bags next week!)

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Laptop bonanza - best of the best
Laptop bonanza - best of the best, part 2

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