by Sarah Meyer
We’ve already announced several exciting new laptops and tablets launched from CES this week. So, I’m sure your next thought after, "When can I get one of these?" was "What will I carry it around in?" After all, who wants to carry a shiny new tablet around in an old crusty bag? Well, no worries, because several manufacturers announced new lines of notebook bags and cases at CES. Here, we’ll take you through a rundown of what to carry in 2008.
Belkin is launching a couple new bags this year. The first is the Laptop Hideaway, meant to hide your laptop and accessories from sight while protecting them. This bag is meant to be placed in almost any room and is large enough to fit a 15.4" notebook, as well as magazines, notebook pads, or even extra remotes. The Hideaway will be released later this month and comes in two color schemes.
(view large image) Belkin Hideaway
The Ceylon Messenger Bag from Belkin is a smaller, lighter messenger than many on the market, perfect for carrying a notebook to and from work or school. It sits on it’s own when on a flat surface for easily removing items and has a nice, simple design. Although, it’s smaller, it can still hold a 15.4" notebook along with accessories and this bag has several pockets for storage. It’s available in late January and will come in three color schemes.
(view large image) Belkin Ceylon
Belkin’s new Backpack is already available in the U.S. and has a slim design like the Ceylon Messenger. I didn’t actually get to see this one in person so I don’t know for sure how much you can stuff in it, but I’d say this bag is for those of you who travel light. It fits a 15.4" notebook and comes in five color schemes.
(view large image) Belkin Backpack
Golla of Finland is releasing a new collection of bags and sleeves in 2008. Their designs are vibrant and fun and we’re working on getting these bags in for review as they seem to be catching on worldwide. You can check out their website at Golla.com.
Kensington is launching several new items in 2008. Among them, they are releasing the Contour Balance line of notebook bags specifically designed for females.
The Contour Balance notebook case is similar to a large handbag only designed to fit 15" notebooks. The bag is quilted and has a soft, cushiony outside designed to hug the side. It can be carried as a handbag or a messenger since it comes with a detachable shoulder strap. The bag comes in two colors, onyx and chocolate.
(view large image) Contour Balance Notebook Case
Along the same lines as the Contour Balance Notebook Case, is the Notebook Roller. It has the same design as the case but with wheels and a telescoping handle. The handle can be hidden in a pocket on the back so that the roller can be carried like a handbag and has a comfortable side panel to hug the body. The roller is the largest of the Contour Balance line and can fit up to 15.4" notebooks.
(view large image) Contour Balance Notebook Roller
The Contour Balance Notebook Backpack is a smaller backpack made for laptops up to 14". The backpack still has several pockets for organization and has the same comfortable fabric panel as the Balance case. Perfect size for those Tablet PC users.
(view large image) Contour Balance Notebook Backpack
Mobile Edge is adding additional bags to the Maddie Powers collection for women. These bags come in various sizes and styles, depending on what you’re looking for as a consumer. They include: the CuteBug Messenger which is the largest bag in the collection and can hold up to a 15.4" laptop, the CuteBug Sheba, a smaller version of the the Messenger holding up to a 14" laptop, and the CuteBug hipster, a slimmed down version made for those who want to travel light.
(view large image) CuteBug Sheba
Mobile Edge is also introducing the Slipsuit, a sleeve for notebooks of all sizes made out of durable Neoprene. These come in various colors and with a detachable strap so you can travel with it.
(view large image) Slipsuit
Mobile Edge also is planning on releasing new bags this spring that they’ve yet to officially announce, so we’ll keep you updated.
Targus is introducing several new bags in 2008. The most interesting might be the SonicPak speaker backpack. This 15.4" notebook carrying case has removable front panel speakers so that you can listen to your music anywhere. It also has a battery compartment with an on/off switch and a power-indicator LED light. The SonicPak will be available in March of 2008.
(view large image) SonicPak
The Velos Messenger line is a new direction for the typically traditional Targus. These bags come in three color combinations and have a trendy, but simple design. They hold up to a 15.4" laptop and will also be available in March.
(view large image) Velos Messenger
The final launch for Targus was the Grove series. The Grove series, part of the Targus EcoSmart Green Initative, is PVC-free and will feature recyclable plastic and nickel-free metal. The Grove series come in four styles: the Sling, Messenger, Convertible and Topload. All four products fit most 15.4" laptops and will available soon.
(view large image) Targus Grove Sling