I just purchased a Trager Transporter (sight unseen) and am frankly a little disappointed after reading all the advertising hype and reviews. What is amusing is the warning label that is sewn deep inside the bag:
“Important: This pocket is designed to protect your laptop computer during normal everyday transport. It will not protect your computer if it is mishandled or dropped.” (This is about the same warning I would expect if I were to carry the laptop inside a paper bag.)
In looking at the Trager Transporter, I’d believe that it would protect a laptop sufficiently if it were dropped a distance of several inches and LANDING PRECISELY on the REAR EDGE – which has about a 2” thick layer of foam. It would not realistically provide any protection against a fall or significant bump if it impacted on any other side of the case. So – I view the Transporter as a nicely enhanced scratch-and-dirt protection sleeve, but little else.
The Brain Cell is advertised here with at least the implication that it is capable of providing sufficient protection for a laptop if bounced around in an airline overhead compartment or perhaps dropped a short distance to a hard surface. Since I can’t locally inspect a Brain Cell, can you provide any comments regarding how its level of protection compares to that of the Transporter? I get the impression that these products are only intended to be a first layer of defense in depth, with the assumption that they will in turn be carried inside another bag with its own level of padding/protection ….