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Review: Foofbag

by on October 21, 2008

Awhile back, we checked out the Foofpod, an Australian iPod case. The line has expanded to include larger variants of the case for Apple’s batch of MacBooks. It may seem rather simple, but does it offer enough protection for your computer?

Although the exchange rate varies, the Foofbags sells for $38AUD (between $27 and $33 US). With designs incorporating tweed, corduroy, cotton, fleece, or anything else the crew over at Foof are able to get their hands on, there’s something for everyone. Linings of these laptop sleeves also vary depending on the current design. Some even have matching iPod/iPhone sleeves.

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Although there is not too much to actually evaluate about the Foofbag, it is a rather interesting product. It doesn’t include any zippers, velcro, elastic, flaps, straps, or anything else that many laptop cases include. However, a computer fits snug enough inside that it won’t just fall out. The idea is that it protects your computer enough from the elements and casual use, or in conjunction with another bag. It’s better than taking your computer to meetings naked, but not for extreme sports (unless you have it in some sort of other well-protected bag).

The interior is interesting, as it is made of “sherpa fleece”, which according to Foof, is made from acrylic and polyester, but feels and looks like a sheep’s fleece. There is also a layer of foam for a bit of padding. Quite frankly, a just-put-to-sleep-or-powered-down MacBook in a Foofbag makes for a nice warm pillow…good for those long meetings.

Despite the complaints about Apple’s new notebooks, owners of these glossy, shiny, unibody models can also partake in the Foofbag fun. The sleeves will also fit older MacBooks and PowerBook G4s (only the 15″ and 17″ aluminum models). Unfortunately, Foof is no longer making cases for the Titanium PowerBook or iBooks.

The construction of the case is fantastic, as it is hand-made. Our Foofpod is still kicking (2 iPods later), and we expect its larger sibling to be as durable. If you’re looking for a stylish case for your Apple laptop, you might want to check out the Foofbag—plus it’s not the run-of-the-mill sleeves you’d pick up at an Apple Store.

The One-Sentence Verdict™

Foof’s laptop sleeve provides adequate and unique protection for day-to-day casual use, especially when combined with a backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase.

Pros: Variety of unique fabrics, rather inexpensive, hand-made, high-quality construction
Cons: Some may not like the stripped-down nature of the product (it’s not really a standalone case)

Rating: 9/10

The Facts

Product: Foofbag
Company: Foof
Platform: MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 15″ and 17″ Aluminum PowerBook G4s
Price: $38AUD

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