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    Will the laptop fall out of a Cache?

    I'm considering Cache for a new 11.6" Macbook Air. I understand that Cache is meant to be stuffed in another bag. But my use also requires walking around from building to building with the computer. I just want to carry the computer in a simple sleeve to protect from minor bumps and bruises.

    My concern is that if I accidentally mishandle the Cache and it goes "mouth-side" down then the computer will fall out. If you have used a horizontal Cache for other light notebook computers, can you please advise me this? Will the computer fall out or is the tucked in flap strong enough to keep the computer in?

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    Lightbulb Brain Cell or other bag

    For your purposes, the Brain Cell is a consideration.

    Or carry the cache in a large Cafe Bag, the Swift, or a Utility tote.
    Been there. Done that. Can't remember.

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    Thank you for the suggestions. My attraction to the new 11.6" Macbook Air is that it is very small (roughly the dimensions of 1/2" stack of letter sized paper). I'd like to carry it in a skinny sleeve without a bag. Even the brain cell seems a bit too much.

    I really like the simplicity of the Cache, especially the lack of zipper / velcro noise. So do you think the risk of falling out makes it not ideal for my use?

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    How do you think you'd be holding the cache so the computer could fall out? If it's upside down, your hand would be over the opening. If it's right side up, the opening is up. If you could describe what you're afraid of doing, I'd be happy to experiment with my iPad cache (and in a few days with a MB Air and cache) and see if the device is at risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty View Post
    I'm considering Cache for a new 11.6" Macbook Air. I understand that Cache is meant to be stuffed in another bag.
    And that is the main thing. It is designed to be used within another bag.

    But my use also requires walking around from building to building with the computer. I just want to carry the computer in a simple sleeve to protect from minor bumps and bruises.
    That's fine, but you will need to be mindful of how you carry your device in the Cache in hand.

    My concern is that if I accidentally mishandle the Cache and it goes "mouth-side" down then the computer will fall out.
    Pretty much. If you give it half a chance, it will jump out. Although wennefer makes a good point in that the way you hold it may provide a measure of security say, if you hold it with the opening down. If you have nothing else in the Cache with your computer such as a cable or adapter, you certainly could do that. Personally, I don't like to have to concern myself with a balancing act while I'm walking (workplace safety concerns).

    If you have used a horizontal Cache for other light notebook computers, can you please advise me this? Will the computer fall out or is the tucked in flap strong enough to keep the computer in?
    In my experience, I wouldn't expect nor trust it. I have two Horizontal Cache, one for a 15.4" and one for a 17" Widescreen. While they are sized for and fit the respective models, they are not "fitted" sleeves. The computers will slip in and slip out like eels. BUT, they provide superb protection for the devices when they are used inside other bags (i.e., Tri Star, Aeronaut, Brand X, etc.) as intended.

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    Give the Braincell a shot - Tom Bihn has a great return policy, so if you get it and decide it's still too big/won't work for your needs, you can return it. I was debating between the Empire Builder and the Super Ego for my new 17" MacBook Pro, so I went ahead and ordered the absolute shoulder strap and the Braincell.

    I just posted in another thread here on the forums (http://www.tombihn.com/forums/showth...1128#post21128) about my first experience carrying my 17" MBP in the Braincell using the absolute shoulder strap, and especially given the amount of protection the Braincell affords the laptop and how heavy the laptop is, I really felt like I wasn't carrying anything at all (literally - a few times I was worried I had dropped it or left it behind!). Given how light the 11.6" MBA will be, I'd imagine you wouldn't even need the shoulder strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wennefer View Post
    How do you think you'd be holding the cache so the computer could fall out? If it's upside down, your hand would be over the opening. If it's right side up, the opening is up.
    Excellent point.

    The Air11 Cache is designed specifically for the 11" MacBook Air - it will be a great (and fairly snug) fit. I think you'd have to hold it upside down and shake it for the MacBook Air to come out.
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    Thanks to all of you that responded. I think I bought my first bag here in 2003 or 2004. It has always been a pleasant experience with helpful people and quality products. It is great to see the goodness continue.

    Reg. "How do you think you'd be holding the Cache so the computer could fall out?" ...

    There might be a transition of sorts where I squeeze the "spine-end" of it and lift it up, say from a desk or table, in a rush. Think of it like picking up a book from a table or car seat next to you. You grab whatever part of the book you can squeeze between your thumb and index finger, lift it up and go. Then you adjust your hold as you walk.

    If the computer is going to "slip out like eels" as KarlJ mentioned, I'd be worried. But if it is going to take "hold it upside down and shake for the MacBook Air to come out", I'll be ordering the Cache today.

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    Checked out the Cache and iPad. Picking it up by a corner or the spine-end and squeezing had no effect. When I held it upside and shook, it took several seconds of extremely vigorous and deliberate shaking before the iPad came out. This was with a bare iPad, so there was some wiggle room in the Cache (my guess is the one for the Air may be snugger because the iPad Cache can accommodate an iPad in the Apple case). I think the Caches are pretty secure cases.
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    Sold! :-)
    Thanks, Wennefer and others.

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    I thought I'd better be clearer about my experience with the Cache. My earlier comments did not take into consideration that the new Air11 Cache was specifically designed for the new MacBook Air, so I would certainly defer to Darcy as to the fit.

    Apologies if I created any doubt or misunderstanding regarding these fine products.

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    KarlJ - Your feedback and experience is appreciated as always!
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    Consider carrying the Cache in a (no kidding) Shop Bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmanedit View Post
    Consider carrying the Cache in a (no kidding) Shop Bag.
    Brilliant idea gmanedit!

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    How close is the fit of the new 13" MacBook Air in it's Cache? Does it slide out easily or is it somewhat secure?

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