During the course of writing my Netbooks book, I had to write a few pages on protecting your netbook and I looked at quite a lot of cases, bags and sleeves.
Most people buy a netbook because they want a small device to carry around without all the hassle, so most people don’t want a big bag. This is where sleeves come in. They are small, lightweight and protect your netbook (or laptop if you so wish).
I settled on the Skooba Netbook Neo-Sleeve, although now Skooba are advertising it as an iPad sleeve as well (good thinking guys!)
Here is what Skooba has to say about the Neo-Sleeve:
If you are looking for a minimalist case to protect and carry your minimalist computer, Our Netbook/iPad Neo-Sleeve is what you’re looking for. Form-fitting, stretchy and cushy neoprene skin covers your ‘book without adding much weight or bulk. Carry it inside any other bag, or on its own using the included, removable shoulder strap. In addition to the main netbook compartment, there’s a front pocket for your power adapter, and even a special slot for a USB thumb drive.
Zippered main compartment holds any netbook up to 10.1 inch screen size. Stretchy neoprene hugs and protects computer.
Front accessory compartment holds power adapter. There’s even a special, protective slot for your USB thumb drive.
Removable shoulder strap included.
Comes in 4 great colour choices (Charcoal/Abyss Black, Charcoal/Blizzard White, Charcoal/Deep Ocean Blue and Charcoal/Inferno Red).
Primary materials: Highly water-resistant neoprene (the same material used in diving wetsuits)
Hardware and trim: Genuine YKK zippers–the best and most reliable zippers money can buy.
Overall Size: 12″L x 7.5″H x .75″D.
Weight: 6.4 oz.
It was very easy to put my netbook in the sleeve and it felt very safe and secure. And unlike other neoprene sleeves I have seen this one doesn’t smell like my wetsuit!
The sleeve retails for under $20 (including free shipping), and it has already saved my netbook from scratches and unwanted dirt and liquid. Even if you think you are going to be very careful things still happen that are outside of your control, and believe me it is worth having something to protect your netbook in those instances! Well worth having, go get yours now!
For more information and details on how to order one, click here.