When you buy a notebook computer, chances are that it will come with a plain, drab black shoulder bag for protection. Fashion savvy computer users know better, though. There are a host of aftermarket accessories that you can use to better protect your investment and appear stylish at the same time. For most women, a computer bag should not only do the job in protecting the laptop. It should also be a great accessory. With more and more women buying laptop and netbook computers nowadays, the industry has had to adjust by designing more stylish and trendy notebook bag models for the new market. The laptop bag sure has gone a long way.
You don’t have to make do with the simple black bag that came with your computer. You have a choice.
Designer labels. If you really want to go for style and you have the money to burn, several designer labels carry their own “ICT” cases. Most of these are made from hand-stitched leather, and can be specifically measured to fit a particular laptop brand and model. Some would make generic styles that would fit the more popular form factors, like the 15-inch, 14-inch, 13.3-inch and even 10-inch sizes. Designer labels like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Burberry have their own laptop lines. Other brands and manufacturers most likely have their own bags for computers, too. These carrying cases won’t look out of place with your power suit or even an evening dress.
Luggage makers. Aside from designer labels, popular luggage-makers are also venturing into bags for gadgets and gizmos. Brands like Samsonite and Victorinox, which are better known for their luggage are also selling bags meant specifically for notebook computers. Some would also have compartments for other gadgets, like media players, mobile phones, wires, and the like.
Athletics brands. If you like to be stylish, but your style is not for the formal or fashionista type, you can go for the athletic brands, which also now carry their own bags meant for notebook computers. These are usually backpacks, messenger bags and sleeves that fit you well when wearing T-shirts and sweatpants. These are probably perfect for college students who need mobility. Brands like Nike and Adidas, among others, have their own ICT-cases.
Niche brands. For the ultimate geek, there are brands that cater specifically to laptops and other gear. For instance, Crumpler is a brand known for its digital SLR and notebook cases. Bringing bags from these brands would be like screaming out “I’m a techie!”
Pouches. If you’d rather use your existing luggage or bags, you can simply opt for carrying sleeves or pouches. Manufacturers like Case Logic sell neoprene and memory-foam sleeves that protect your computer from drops and scratches. You can then just slip your laptop into any bag. This is ideal if you don’t want it to be obvious that you’re carrying a laptop (which can be a security risk when riding public transportation). Most netbook manufacturers even include a sleeve or pouch in the sales package. These are small devices, after all, and are very suitable for just packing into any backpack or large purse.
Bringing a laptop around no longer means you have to carry around a drab black shoulder bag that makes it really obvious you’re lugging around a laptop. There are stylish choices, which women would especially appreciate.