Offended by the title? Well don’t be because the full title is supposed to read “7 Laptop Bags You Can’t Afford To Waste Your Money On Because You’re Starting A Business!”; but obviously such a title would require its own blog post so I had to revert to some self-journalistic misquoting.
Anyway let’s take a look at some lavish laptop bags you shouldn’t be shopping for unless you’re an oil-rich Sultan or your debt is falling short of the national average.
The Bremen Laptop Traveler Bag by Knomo – $375
Knomo’s expandable Bremen laptop traveler bag will only set you back a cool $375, which makes it the least expensive laptop bag of the bunch. At the very least, you get a roomy bag complete with Knomo’s tracker system which reunites you with your lost bag, assuming that the person who found your bag begrudgingly calls in to report it. Knomo also offers other laptop bags for both men and women, but none can carry a small child in it like the spacious and expensive Bremen can.
(BTW, Knomo’s website appears to be down so the photo currently links to ebags.com and shows their price of $395 which is more expensive than Knomo’s direct price of $375. I will update the link to Knomo once the site is back online.)
The i-volution Shell Special Edition Laptop Case by Vaja – $500
Starting at $500, Vaja builds this and all their laptop cases by hand while offering a variety of color combinations and personalization options – all at an additional price of course. According to Vaja’s site, their full grain cowhide comes from the top 10% of Argentina’s leather producers and this particular special edition case is dressed in a high-end premium Renato leather skin.
The 7″ Aluminum Computer Case by Zero Haliburton – $575
Zero Haliburton’s $575 wheeled aluminum computer case is lined with a shock-absorbent foam interior and features heavy-duty draw bolt latches and a strong aluminum exterior to protect your laptop from just about anything short of a point-blank gunshot. Actually, this computer case is quite affordable when compared to the $2250 carbon fiber carry on case they sell.
The Voltaic Generator by Voltaic Systems – $599
Although I said that you shouldn’t be spending big bucks on any of these bags, the Voltaic Generator by Voltaic Systems is the only bag that I would actually spend some money on. The aluminum frame is covered in fabrics made from recycled water bottles and the solar array can generate enough power to charge a laptop along with your other electronic devices. It’s the ultimate in geek and eco-friendly gadgetry, and it will set you back $599.
The Croco Collection Classic Briefbag by Jack Georges – $725
A padded laptop compartment and full organizer qualifies this $725 ‘brief bag’ as a computer case. Also featured is a key lock, polished nickel hardware, and a hand stained croco-embossed calfskin exterior made from the finest tannery in Italy – which according to Google’s search results is a claim that hundreds of bag producers make yet do not elaborate on.
The INTRECCIATO Laptop Case by BOTTEGA VENETA – $2350
I’m not even sure if this qualifies as a real laptop case or BOTTEGA VENETA decided to call one of their purses a laptop bag. Either way, $2350 will land you this rather plain looking laptop case/bag with cotton lining and detachable shoulder strap – *yawn*. Actually, the lack of any coolness factor is why I almost omitted this bag, and decided to definitely omit the $1000+ Prada Ombre Laptop Bag which basically looks like something Hello Kitty coughed up.
The Laptop Case by Calder – $4354
Get ready because for only 2240 British pounds, which comes out to approximately $4354 US dollars (calculated on 05/13/08), you can own a carbon fiber hand-crafted Calder laptop case which takes more than 24 hours to wrap in Swedish Tarnsjo leather. As you know, carbon fiber is 5 times stronger than steel while still being lighter than aluminum, so your laptop will be sitting pretty in one of these babies. And if you need more reassurance, additional protection is added through a suspension pad that consists of open cell foam, closed cell foam, and visco-elastic ‘memory foam’.
Admittedly, some of these laptop bags are serious high-end products that merit some applause and envy. Yet, hopefully by now you understand 1) I’m really bad at being sarcastic, and 2) there are some luxuries you can afford to pass up when starting your business.
Now, of course I wouldn’t make a list of laptop bags you shouldn’t buy without making a complimentary list of affordable laptop bags you should buy – that’s not how we roll on The Closet Entrepreneur. So for all you faithful readers and subscribers, stay tuned for my future blog post featuring stylish yet affordable laptop bags for you and your business… I’ll start writing the post as soon as I get the visions of the Prada Ombre laptop bag out of my head. Until then, feel free to share any ridiculously expensive laptop bags I may have missed by leaving a comment!
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