One of the best things about having an iPad Pro, rather than a laptop/”hybrid” is that it doesn’t fall into the “computer” category at airport security. This means you don’t need to remove it from it’s bag. Which only sounds like a benefit to someone who travels through airports a lot!
Of course that assumes you have a bag in the first place. This creates a challenge.
Tablet bags come in 2 or 3 variants:
- The Sleeve – this is simply to protect during the day. No room for chargers, or other paraphenalia.
- The Urban Bag – Targus do a good one of these. Part Messenger, Part laptop, thin enough to be a sleeve, but with space for other devices.
- The Messenger – Canvas throw-all. These can be shockingly expensive for what amounts to some canvas stitched together. Think Crumpler or Toffee. Sigh, the hipsters.
- The Satchel – Toffee and Bally are probably most known here. If Messenger bags are expensive, these are premium. Often made with, or of, leather.
Unfortunately, if you’re specifically looking for a tablet case, these range from about 8″ to just under 11.6″, i.e. they’re simply too small for the iPad Pro. Once you go larger you’re looking at a laptop bag. Which negates the whole point of the minimalist travel device. Although admittedly I have only looked in 2 hi-tech stores, and one suitcase store.
Targus do produce an Urban Bag in their City Gear collection (pictured above) for the 12″-14″ range, this one is just too large (aimed at the 13″-14″ ultrabook), and the iPad slips around inside the case. But in the absence of anything more suitable, this comes pretty close to ideal. Apart from the extra space for charger and peripherals, it has a shoulder strap, handles, and a band to slip over the handle on your carry-on.
The iPad does fit into their 10″-12″ City Gear Bag. Just. But you have to stretch the zip over the corners which means either the zip is going to fail, or the corners of the iPad and/or keyboard are going to get scuffed. Or both.
So right now, the jury is out for the ideal iPad Pro carry-on. Much more research needed. Maybe I’ll make my own as a kickstarter project
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