The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes. It's designed to protect your laptop or iPad against scrapes and scratches and can be used on its own inside of any bag or clipped securely inside of our Cadet and Empire Builder briefcases, Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Brain Bag and Smart Alec backpacks and Tri-Star and Pilot travel bags, transforming them into checkpoint-friendly laptop bags.
The Cache protects your laptop with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don't want their laptop case to make their loads heavier or to take up a lot of space. It cradles your laptop in .25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of heavy-duty polyester knit and an interior of brushed tricot. With no noisy Velcro® or zipper, the Cache closes by simply tucking a generous flap into the top opening.
Want help figuring out which size of Cache you need for your laptop or tablet? Use our handy Brain Cell/Cache/Bag Fit Guide or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's something worth noting: the Cache is designed to be a snug fit for just a laptop. If you use a thin plastic case on your laptop, we suggest you measure your laptop with the case on to determine (or help us determine) if you need to order the next size up of Cache.
On the back (or bottom, depending how you look at it) of the Cache are two parallel "rails" of 1" wide, lightweight nylon webbing which extend from the top to the bottom. Should you choose to add two Gatekeeper Rail Clips to your order for the Cache, your Cache will arrive with the Gatekeeper Rail Clips attached. To attach the Cache to one of our larger bags with the compatible rail loops (Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Brain Bag, Smart Alec, Tri-Star, Cadet), simply unclip the side of the Gatekeeper Rail Clip that isn't clipped to the Cache, slip it through the webbing rail loops in the larger bag's main main compartment, and flip it shut. Slip the Cache inside the larger bag, and pull it back out: you'll see that the Gatekeeper Rail Clips ride the rails of the Cache, allowing you to remove your laptop from the from the larger entirely while it is still encased in the protective Cache.
Doing this at the airport security checkpoint means the X-ray machines (and TSA personnel) will have a clear, unobstructed view of your laptop — allowing you to keep your laptop in the Cache and the whole affair securely held together as one unit. (We think that's much better than having to remove the laptop and dump it in one of those buckets.)
Most of us will appreciate this functionality on a daily basis as well: the rail system can be a convenient and quick way to remove one's laptop from the bag.
The Cache vs. the Brain Cell
The Cache is designed to provide protection against scrapes and scratches. It slips inside larger bags. The Brain Cell (like the Cache, available in Horizontal and Vertical) provides substantial laptop protection: inside the Brain Cell, your laptop hangs suspended, cradled in a sling of 10 mm thick, soft foam padding inside a 4 mm hard corrugated plastic shell that protects from the front, back, and bottom. At the bottom of the plastic shell is affixed a strip of memory foam. The Brain Cell clips securely inside our larger bags.
The Cache has a slimmer profile than the Brain Cell and on average weighs about eight ounces less. The Brain Cell provides significantly more protection for your laptop. The Brain Cell has handles and can accommodate an optional shoulder strap — the Cache has neither.
Which one is right for you? That's your call. Some customers feel they don't need the extra protection the Brain Cell provides, and they prefer the slimmer profile of the Cache. Others feel that the investment that is their laptop warrants the extra protection the Brain Cell provides.
The Cache: Checkpoint Friendly
The Cache meets TSA (Transportation Security Administration) "checkpoint friendly" guidelines for laptop bags, so you need not send your laptop through airport security X-ray machines unprotected. The Cache allows the TSA a clear, unobstructed X-ray view of your laptop in the bag.
From the TSA Web site:
|.25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated between black, heavy-duty polyester knit and brushed tricot|
|Made in USA|
|For the interior and exterior dimensions of each size of Cache, click here.|