New MacBook and Brain Cell
Darcy or anyone else who may know -
I just got a new Macbook (aluminum) and I have found that it tends to be a tiny bit loose in the sleeve (Waterfield) I was using with my older (white) Macbook which fit perfectly. Amazing what a difference a 1/10 inch will make. Because the sleeve is now just a little loose, I am looking at alternatives. Will I run into the same issue with the Brain Cell for the Macbook? Thanks.
Brain Cell and New MacBook- The trial
Per Darcy's suggestion I ordered a size 6 brain cell for my new MacBook to see if the brain cell fits better than an old sleeve I had for a white Macbook. The brain cell arrived today and I tried it out immediately. I wish I could report that that fit was splendid and that any concerns I have are alleviated. I don't think I can do that, however.
The MacBook slides right into the Brain Cell. If I let go, it would thunk on the bottom. It really is a bit looser than I would prefer. When the computer was safely closed up in the Brain Cell and I gave the cell a little shake, I could feel the laptop slide back and forth as well as side to side. I opened the top of the brain cell and turned it upside down, and the MacBook slide right out with no hesitation - into my waiting hand. Had the brain cell been tipped over accidentally with the top open, the notebook would have ended up somewhere out of the bag. For "fun" I put the brain cell with the MacBook in it into my ID, left the top open on bothe the brain cell and the ID, set the ID on the floor, and let the ID fall over as it would normally do, the MAcBook slide right out of the bag. Admittedly, this sort of thing is extremely unlikely to happen in my real life as I try to be extra careful when dealing with my electronics but.... There is enough room between the laptop and the brain cell to all a new pad of post-it notes to slip in with no extra force applied. There is just a tiny bit of space (probably insignificant) on the ends (less than 1/16 in).
Having said all this, the Brain Cell is no worse than the sleeve I was using re: fit, and probably a whole lot safer because of it's overall construction. I suspect (hope!) if I were to drop my ID with the Brain Cell and MacBook inside, nothing would be damaged but I would like to see a fit that was a bit more snug.
Any plans for a size 6z Brain Cell? I'll continue to use the Brain Cell for a few days before I decide about keeping it. It'll be protected inside the ID.
Thanks for being a tester
I'm about to order the new Macbook aluminum, and I was concerned about the fit of the Brain Cell. This may be because my beloved Powerbook 12 AL was just damaged when the messenger bag I was carrying it in, with a padded laptop sleeve sewn inside, slipped out of my hands at the airport. It didn't fall far, or hard, and it landed on carpeting, but that was still enough to ding the case and detach the DC card inside the computer. ;-( [And no, it was not a Tom Bihn bag I was using at the time! That will teach me.]
I am now over-cautious about what kind of bag I will carry my new laptop in. I do have a Ristretto in which the the aluminum Macbook will fit, but there are times that I need more room in the bag to carry other items. I've got an ID for that, but I would need a Brain Cell inside. So I just wanted to thank you for being willing to test the two sizes of Brain Cell to see which works best for the AL Macbook.
Darcy, are there any plans to make a new size for the AL-MB, or should I order the size 6x?
6X Brain Cell fits my AL-Macbook beautifully
Just a follow-up for others with the new 13-inch aluminum Macbooks. Heeding the wisdom of both rabergnc and Darcy, I ordered a 6X Brain Cell for my new Macbook. The Brain Cell arrived yesterday, and I think the AL-Macbook is a perfect, snug, safe fit. (I also love the Cayenne color: a nice burnt orange.) I did notice that the Velcro top takes some care to be sure that you've closed it completely and securely. I'm not sure if that's because the Macbook is a teensy bit (like a sixteenth of an inch) deeper than the internal dimensions of the bag or not, because I noticed the same thing with the Brain Cell I have for my MacBookPro. I've always thought that the issue with the top wasn't a problem, necessarily, but a feature: due to the padding in the two top flaps which add additional protection. In any case, Darcy says the internal sling will break in over time, and the top will then lie flatter when closed. It works beautifully for me the way it is now, so I am very happy.
I also love how compact the "footprint" of the 6X Brain Cell is. I was worried about adding too much bulk to my slender AL-Macbook with a case that was protective enough for it, but this Brain Cell is comparatively slim. I really notice the difference when I insert my two different Brain Cells in my ID Bag. The Brain Cell for the Pro (which I think is a size 5), takes up a great deal of the space in the ID's main compartment. By contrast, there is much more room to spare when I insert the size 6X Brain Cell. So now I can stuff it with even more things! When I get a chance, I'll take photos of the ID with the two different Brain Cells inside to show how it looks.