Laptop computers, also called notebooks, have become the most popular form of personal computer. People observe that when they travel with their laptop, which many do, it feels like they are bringing their lives with them. Good laptop cases can make it safer and more convenient to pack around this vital piece of equipment.
The case should make the machine secure inside. Cushioning against shock and protection from the weather are also important. The user must find their case comfortable to roll or carry and easy to load and unload. In many cases it needs to provide whatever protection against theft is possible.
There should be a padded compartment specifically designed for computer storage. It should have shock absorbent material to provide a cushion against falling or being bumped. To be most effective this compartment should be about the same size as the computer.
The most effective way a case can reduce theft is to not look like a computer carrier. This is a moving target as the look of the most popular ones keeps changing. The main trick is for the user to be vigilant when in risky areas. In other words, be aware of the situation.
Older carriers look much like briefcases or large purses. They are easy to use, though often wearying if carried for significant distances. The main problem is that their use as computer carriers is readily identifiable. This can make them targets of opportunity for enterprising thieves.
The backpack case is popular among many people, particularly students. It can provide good padding for the computer, and most of them can accommodate other supplies as well. Well designed ones may not be visually obvious as computer carriers. They still have to be carried, but most people find it easier to handle the load on their backs instead of in their hand or on their shoulder. Having both hands unencumbered is also a plus.
When the load is heavy or the distance is long, a roller carrier may be the way to go. They are often not instantly recognizable as computer carriers, so they are less likely to be stolen. A roller model may be big enough to hold everything needed for a trip, thus simplifying the process of getting around.
The sleeve is the ultimate in compact lightweight protection. These models can be used standalone, but they can also be easily slipped inside other luggage. Some are actually more like skins, they can be left on the computer all of the time. The always on models must be designed to provide adequate ventilation, otherwise overheating may result.
Those who fly a lot should look at one of the TSA checkpoint friendly designs. With proper use they allow the computer to be left in the bag during the x-ray process. This speeds things up and makes drops less likely.
Notebook computers continue to become smaller and lighter. More people are taking them on more trips. The smaller size makes laptop cases more convenient to use, and the growth in use increases the importance of having a quality model.