Thursday, January 21, 2010

Laptop Fashions

As a grad student, I always tote my laptop around town, mainly because I have a fantasy of being the kind of writer who can crank out a chapter while sipping a latte and gazing dreamily out the window of some romantic cafe.

Right.  Never happens.

Nonetheless, since my MacBook does in fact go with me everywhere, I feel a need to spiff it up a bit, so that it becomes more reflective of my personality.

Image source: I Am Human

Currently, my laptop is "upholstered" in this cheerful fabric cover ($30 from I Am Human).  The bold graphic gives the laptop some style and warmth, but the best thing about the cover is that the cushiony fabric (which is adhesive, but removable) gives a bit of extra padding to the laptop.  No more ugly scratches across the aluminum body of my Macbook!

The same manufacturer also has a fun wood veneer series.  I like the Scandinavian vibe of this cover.

Image source: Michelle Christina

My old 12 in. Powerbook, which was weathered with a zillion scratches, was spiffed up with a white version of this laptop decal from Etsy seller Michelle Christina.  For $13, the decal was an inexpensive way to cover up scratches (and to distinguish my laptop from others at the airport security check).

Image source: Casauri

I've been carrying my laptop around in this Casauri case for several years.  I'm a huge fan of orange, and I like how compact and light (but yet cushiony) the case is.  But after years of commuting with it, the case is getting a bit worse for wear.  So I've been on the lookout for a replacement case.

And I think I've finally found it!

Image source: Bookbook

On Unplugged today, I came across this awesome laptop sleeve that looks like an old book.  Isn't it charming?  And perfect for a literature grad student?

The leather hard case comes in a few different colors/designs, all of which look like vintage hardcover books.  My only quibble with it is its price: $79.99 seems a bit much to pay for a laptop sleeve, no?  And I wish one could customize the case with a favorite book title or author, etc.

Do you carry your laptop with you?  If so, do you have a cover or a case you love?


Em January 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Oh these are adorable! I'm buying a Mac for my birthday and these covers will be perfect!!

sassandpancakes January 22, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

I LOVE that book case. I was thinking yesterday how badly I need a laptop case. I throw it in my backpack and haul it around town. And yesterday there was a close call with spilled salad dressing. No good.

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