I also use manilla file folders, and these particular file folders were bought some time ago. This may not come up as an issue for you, but in addition to my 12" PowerBook, I was carrying a paperback text book sufficiently large (about 9.5" x 10.8" x 0.9") that while the book fit easily into the Buzz, folders and papers placed on top of it would often have their corners come close to the zipper.Quote:
Originally Posted by shenkin
I'd also be carrying papers turned in for grading, and these were often a mix of looseleaf sheets and pages torn out from sprial-bound notebooks, as well as neatly typed or printed pages. Anyway, using a manilla folder the corner of the folder would get dogeared and bent. Especially since these were a motley assortment of pages, with an open file folder paper edges could spill out too close to the edge of the zipper. Maybe there's some way of making the inner piping along the zipper edge flatter so there is less of a problem. The closed plastic file meant that the paper edges could never spill out, and the fact that there was a closed plastic corner kept the edge of the file from being bent and dog-eared.
I don't know whether you can see from the picture, but the translucent plastic is actually pliable, so unlike other plastic folders I've seen, this isn't brittle and lasts a long time. Another bonus of the translucent, double-sided pockets is that I could easily see graded homeworks and quizzes (old assignments that weren't picked up), and turn to the right side. (But this has nothing to do with using this with the Buzz).
Probably, other people won't need this information -- when I'm not using a textbook quite so wide, tall, and of a minimum thickness it never comes up, and it doesn't matter what folder I use for papers. I agree that many of the Levenger products are overpriced and not particularly well designed (especially many of the things they custom build), but occasionally there are nice stationary products. We probably spend entirely too much time in these forums obsessing over minor design solution details! Sorry for the long explanation.
And yes, I think that it would be difficult to design a corner pocket at the bottom of the Buzz that would work well with all laptops.