New MacBook Pros vs. ID, Ego...
I'm anticipating purchase soon of a shiny new 15.4" MacBook Pro to (finally) replace my five year old Powerbook (the original 15in Aluminum model), which I've been carrying around -- delightedly -- the past three years in a black/grape/wasabi ID.
I see the discussion of the new "late 2008" MBP taking a size 4Z Brain Cell (vs. 4X for the previous model), which is understandable, but I was quite dismayed to see the list of TB messenger bags that fit the MBP has dwindled from 3 to 1. The Super Ego seems... well... huge. I really don't need to carry around a toaster, a set of encyclopedias, or our cats, just my laptop and a few accessories. The more modestly sized ID and Ego seem much better fits for me (and, I'm guessing, more than a few others). Is there any chance of tweaking the size of these two bags the extra quarter inch that's apparently necessary for the 4Z to fit properly? I'm not looking for a major redesign (indeed, I've envied all the changes you've already made over the past few years to the ID), just increase the dimensions as little as necessary -- hopefully non-MBP users might not even notice the difference.
I've been continually pleased with my existing ID and Brain Cell, and I'd cheerfully buy a new ID (or possibly an Ego) to go with a new 4Z Brain Cell, when I get my new MBP.
P.S. I miss the colors. There used to be such lovely colors, like hunter and grape, on the outside of your bags (yes, I know those two can't come back); it made them unique and pretty -- you went to fewer colors, that's understandable, but now it seems like many of the color choices are... black/black/something (er, that's not a contrasting color, it's just black), or black/steel/something ... neither seems, exactly, "colorful". Lining colors are nice, but only when the case is open -- I'd love to see you offer an outside contrast color from the green-blue-purple end of the spectrum again. Something pretty... please?
Fits a bit tight but is OK
The Brain Cell's arrived and is installed in my ID.
The side-to-side fit inside the ID is fine. The top-to-bottom fit inside the ID is a bit tight, as CarlRJ notes. I was expecting the side-to-side fit to be the issue as the MBP's an inch or so wider than the old Powerbook. The MBP's as snug as a bug in a rug inside the Brain Cell!
As I mentioned to Darcy by email I'll see how it works in practice for a week. My gut instinct is that it'll be fine and maybe the ID will reshape itself a little.
There's of course still space in the main ID compartment to put the MBP's (bigger) power adaptor and all the other junk that I seem to have accumulated :-)