iPad vs. Netbook: It's a close call

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from PCWorld.com.

Ever since Steve Jobs got on stage to announce the iPad, actual and prospective users have been comparing it to a netbook. Will the iPad replace netbooks? Well, a netbook has a full keyboard, runs complete operating systems, and can basically run any application you choose—so it has to be the superior PC companion device, right? PCWorld pitted the iPad against the netbook in a number of important categories, and found that the contest is closer than people might expect.

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Knomo Lincoln

Luxury accessory specialists Knomo have produced a fine selection of laptop bags over recent years, many grouped under themes. The latest collection is something of a novelty for the designer brand, a collaboration with globetrotting DJ, producer and all round good guy Erick Morillo. The DJ has many fans and is regularly in demand across the world and even has his own iPhone app. Endless travel requires good quality durable bags, which is where Knomo comes in, with this stylish yet sturdy new collection.

The range of 15 bags, which vary in price, colour and styles are named after towns and cities where no doubt Morillo gigs or frequents. We'd be foolhardy to try and review them all in one go so we've made a beeline for the Lincoln briefcase bag. Apparently named after Lincoln, Ontario, home to Canada's finest wineries, vineyards and orchards, the bag is as bright and warming as Van Gogh's Sunflowers on a bleak mid-winter's day.

Weighing in at a slight 1.8 pounds, with an outer size of 15.4-by-11.0-by-1.2 inches, the Lincoln will fit a 13-inch and 15-inch laptop. Made from wet-look durable waxed coated canvas, the Lincoln is water-resistant and comes with some solid zips to keep everything secure. The interior is equally lush, a quilted computer pouch is soft to touch and well finished with some attractive stitching.

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Be.ez LE Rush

Available for 13-inch and 15-inch laptops, and a choice of three subtle yet stylish colors (Lagoon Dream, Black Coffee and Lime Park), Be.ez's  LE Rush is a great choice for MacBook owners.

The 682D ballistic nylon envelope, with hidden silicon pads, feels secure and durable while remaining compact and lightweight. The perfect hand luggage, the LE Rush has a range of compartments to store your valuables, along with your MacBook, close to hand.

The interior is more functional than fashionable but is perfectly adequate. The LE Rush comes with a choice of nylon padded carry handles and a simple unpadded shoulder strap, which can be clipped on and off.

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STM Sonic

The retro-styled 15-inch Sonic laptop shoulder bag from STM wouldn’t look amiss heading to football practice on an episode of "Life on Mars." The 70s look, however, has been updated to include a secure, padded laptop section for your 15-inch MacBook.

The Sonic includes an array of storage solutions for just about everything but the weekly shop, with pockets and compartments galore. While roomy and relatively bulky, the Sonic is deceptively lightweight. This gives users the option to junk the extras when they want to travel light or pile on the pounds and cram plenty in. A padded, well-balanced shoulder strap helps lighten the load.

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Knomo Slim

Available in a range of sizes (12-, 14-, 15-, and 17-inches) and a kaleidoscope of fashionable colors, Knomo's Slim laptop sleeves are more modestly priced than many of the luxury accessories available from the company.

Weighing in at around 600 grams, the load is lightened significantly due to a lightweight, quilted, padded body finished in cow hide, rather than leather alone. A roomy side pocket, held in place by a concealed magnet, includes a smaller pocket for valuables such as credit and travel cards. A soft, fabric lining, with scotchgard coating, helps keeps your Mac protected once zipped up.

The Slim comes with both carry handle and adjustable, removable shoulder strap, although the strap isn’t padded for extra comfort.

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Incase Nylon Sleeve

Available in 13-, 15-, and 17-inch sizes in a choice of black, graphite, mustard yellow, or royal purple, Incase's Nylon Sleeve is a slim and stylish laptop carrier for anyone who likes to travel light.

A neutral business design offers just enough room for the laptop and a few extras, with two smallish but expandable zipped pockets on one side and a velcro secured pocket on the other. A velvet-like lush lining adds both a quality feel and good protection for your laptop from marks and scratches. While padded, the build is unlikely to protect your investment from serious knocks, although the upside is you’ve less weight and bulk to carry on your travels.

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