Those who are upgrading from one of Apple’s older tablets to an iPad Pro are probably going to need to get a new case, because something designed for a 9.7-inch model is just not going to hold a device with a 12.9-inch screen. The same is true for anyone upgrading from a 10.1-inch Microsoft Surface Pro 2 to a 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4.
Think Tank offers the My 2nd Brain 13 (TT602), a gear bag that’s well-suited for these large tablets, as well as all the other equipment traveling professionals might need. It’s available now for $94.75.
Build and Design
This case was designed for those who like to travel with a lot of accessories, as it provides a wide array of pockets. The fact that one of these has to have room for a 13-inch tablet or laptop means that these pockets are numerous and capacious.
Overall, the bag measures 14 x 10.2 x 2.4 inches thick (hwd) (35.5 x 26 x 6 cm). It weighs 1.4 pounds (0.6 kg) with the strap attached.
The main pocket holds the iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4. This bag was originally designed to hold a laptop, so there’s plenty of room for a slim tablet as well as the Microsoft Type Cover, Apple Smart Keyboard, ZAGG Messenger Universal, or other external keyboard. To be specific, the capacity is 13 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches.
There’s a layer of cushioning for the tablet, but this isn’t a ruggedized case.
In front of this pocket is another large one that also closes with a zipper. Inside this are six smaller pouches — two of which have their own zippers — to make it easy to organize items like charging cables for a tablet and a phone, headphones, etc. This is also a good place to keep items such as adapters, a microSD card reader, and memory cards, or flash drives.
Next is a zippered pocket designed to hold a cellphone. It’s wide enough to hold other items as well, and there’s a small interior pouch.
On the front of the My 2nd Brain 13 is a zippered pocket with slots to hold small items, including a stylus/pen like the Apple Pencil, a regular pen, keys, etc. There’s also an area designed to hold a mid-size or smaller second tablet, for people who travel with one of these as an eBook reader or for other personal uses. This can be up to 10 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches (20 x 25.5 x 2 cm).
On the back of this gear bag is a Velcro pouch that’s the right size to hold a magazine or two, and it is also large enough for 8.5 x 11 papers.
The carrying strap is long enough to wear the case cross-body, and there’s a pad to keep the weight from being too much of a burden on the shoulder.
We have used the My 2nd Brain 13 for several months now on multiple personal and business trips and it is showing no signs of wear. In fact, it still looks practically new. This isn’t surprising, as we used a Think Tank My 2nd Brain Tablet Case designed for 10-inch devices for several years without it coming anywhere close to wearing out.
The exterior of the 13-inch case is made of 420D velocity nylon and 600D brushed Polyester treated with a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating. The abrasion-resistant zippers are YKK RC Fuse.
The Think Tank My 2nd Brain 13 equipment bag can easily carry a 12- to 13-inch tablet and all its associated peripherals, and it’s durable enough to put up with plenty of wear and tear.
Its only drawback is it’s a bulky case designed for those who like to travel with lots of gear, and isn’t suited for those who are only looking for a bit of extra protection for their tablet.
There are certainly tablet cases on the market that cost less than the $94.75 My 2nd Brain, but it won’t be easy to find one of these that is going to last as many years. This bag is prices and built for those who are planning long term.