MacBook 13: Ristretto or Cafe Bag or Imago?
Alas, my dinky 12" Mac laptop got dropped on its head over Christmas, thus rendering itself and my matching Brain Cell redundant. (NB it wasn't actually in the Brain Cell at the time, or it would have survived the fall.)
But - silver lining - now I get to shop for a whole new set-up for my new 13" MacBook. I need a day-bag as well as laptop protection; with the previous computer I always wound up taking a handbag as well as the Brain Cell, which was unwieldy. I'd love to be able to chuck the computer in a single bag and run.
After poring over the forums and online reviews and product descriptions, I've homed in on the Ristretto or the Large Cafe Bag. NB I like to travel light, but I usually go out with at least two books as well as the laptop (I'm a book reviewer/writer), along with the usual cellphone, lipstick, wee camera, small bar of delicious and sustaining chocolate, etc.
I loooove the clean, sharp lines of the Ristretto and the Cafe Bag. I'm leaning towards the Large Cafe Bag with a Brain Cell inside it, largely because the Ristretto looks rather small. Question: would the LCB with a Brain Cell still leave me enough room for a couple of books, paperback or hardback? (And am I right in presuming that would be too much to hope to squeeze into a Ristretto?)
Or am I barking up the wrong tree entirely, and the Imago would be a better bet, even though it's a slouchier, more mellow design?
Many thanks for input - you guys really know your bags!