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 Post subject: Recommendation of PROTECTIVE Cases/Bags/Backpacks
 Post Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 8:18 pm 
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Wednesday, May 07, 2008 22:01

Hi Scott,

I took your advice and am now the new owner of an R61 ThinkPad. I
also purchased the Advanced Mini Dock. I now have 3 new questions:

1. At some point, I'm sure I'll probably want to take the R61 on an
excursion someplace. As I want to protect it as much as possible,
can you give me the name of a few manufacturers who produce the
best, most durable, and PROTECTIVE laptop cases/bags/backpacks for
my laptop?

2. How much should I be willing to spend on the above?

3. Is there a case for both the laptop and mini dock, or should I be
looking for 2 different cases (i.e. one for the laptop, one for the
mini dock)?

TIA for your thoughts on the above!

Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation of PROTECTIVE Cases/Bags/Backpacks
 Post Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:52 am 
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Paul wrote:
I took your advice and am now the new owner of an R61 ThinkPad. I also purchased the Advanced Mini Dock.


A wise choice indeed! You now own one of the best laptops in the world today, with features and capabilities that are lacking in many others.

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...can you give me the name of a few manufacturers who produce the best, most durable, and PROTECTIVE laptop cases/bags/backpacks for my laptop?


My favorite by far is Targus: http://targus.com

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How much should I be willing to spend on the above?


Anywhere from $40 to about $140, depending on what you choose.

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Is there a case for both the laptop and mini dock, or should I be looking for 2 different cases (i.e. one for the laptop, one for the mini dock)?


The larger cases will fit both in separate compartments, however I would wonder why you would want to travel with the dock? I have about 20 things connected to my dock, which is at my desk. The main point to having the dock is to be able to quickly disconnect and go, without having to disconnect and reconnect all of the devices. Although I've traveled several million miles with my laptops, I've never had a need to use a dock on the road. The most I connect while traveling is an external display, a wired network connection, and maybe a USB device or two.

But I suppose there are some situations where having a dock on the road would be useful. Say if I was hired to consult or work at a company on a temporary basis, where I had to work in their offices everyday for a week or so, and wanted things like multiple monitors, wired network, multiple USB devices, external speakers, etc. to use while I was working there. In that case I'd take a dock with me and set it up at my temporary working desk, then be able to push a single button to undock so I could bring the laptop back to my hotel room every night. Of course if I did that I'd need *two* docks, 'cause the one at my main desk in my main office isn't going anywhere, way too many things to disconnect and reconnect! <g> Scott.


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