I keep my PB G4 15" AL permanently in a BooqBags <a href="http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=96">Vyper M sleeve</a> -- even while it is being used. (The 'lid' stays on with velcro.) This kind of sleeve offers minimal bump or drop protection, but it does allow me to use a Mac laptop in a 'PC-centric' workplace, without drawing attention to it not being a PC.
I want to purchase a Smart Alec, and I see that the use of a hardshell Monolith is a crucial component for laptop protection when using this backpack. My question is: What's the smallest size of Monolith that I can get away with?
If I did <b>not</b> have the Booq Vyper M sleeve permanently on my PB G4 15", I'd use the recommended, Monolith Size 4:
13.7 × 10.25 × 1.3 inches
I've tried to accurately measure the Booq Vyper M sleeve while my PB G4 15" is in it, and compressed it measures:
14.125 x 10.125 x 1.5 inches
Is there enough 'give' in the padding for my PB G4 15" to fit in the Monolith Size 4, with its Booq Vyper M sleeve on?
A Monolith Size 1, would give add another 1 1/2" of additional length, but it would not change the thickness:
15.25 × 10.6 × 1.3 inches
Finally a Monolith Size 3 would be big enough but there'd then be 3/4" inch of 'play' in thickness, and 1 1/4" of 'play' in width for the laptop while in its Booq Vyper M sleeve:
14.125 × 11.6 × 2.3 inches
And putting aside the above question of whether too much 'play' is dangerous, I'd also like to maximize the remaining room in the Smart Alex.
Many thanks for any comments or suggestions.