Don't-Miss Stories

Macworld's Gift Guide for Grads

Whether your grad is exiting high school or college remind them that it's not all just pomp and circumstance with this selection of potential gifts. There's something for everybody who's about to take their first step into a larger world.

Review: Tom Bihn Synapse Backpack

Instead of a device-specific padded compartment, the Synapse offers a place to put your sleeve-encased iPad or 13-inch (or smaller) laptop, making for a surprisingly versatile daypack-sized backpack. Throw in quality materials and construction, as well as a clever design, and you get a standout bag for those of us blessed with both an iPad and a laptop.

Review: Five iPad zippered sleeves

macworld.com

Zippered sleeves protect your iPad inside another bag, such as a backpack, briefcase, or messenger bag. We've got reviews of a handful of the latest models.

Review: Five iPad bags and packs

macworld.com

We review five messenger-style bags designed to help you carry your iPad and some extras.

STM Extra Small iPad Shoulder Bag

If you need only the bare essentials when taking your iPad on-the-go, the STM Micro Extra Small iPad Shoulder Bag is a good option.

Skooba Design Netbook/iPad Messenger bag

The Skooba Design Netbook/iPad Messenger is a surprisingly well-proportioned bag with impressive construction for a product at this price.

Tom Bihn Ristretto for iPad

Striking a good, accommodating balance between the iPad's compact size and traditional dead-tree media, Tom Bihn's Ristretto is a quality vertical messenger bag with room to bring just about everything you need.

STM Scout Extra Small Laptop Shoulder Bag

STM's Scout Extra Small Laptop Shoulder Bag is well-built, but since it was originally designed for comparatively thicker netbooks, its main compartment is too deep for an iPad. It also suffers from some odd design choices.

Padster Bags Padster

A premium iPad messenger case aimed squarely at professionals and the fashion-obsessed, the Padster spares no style expense and provides ample storage for extras.

Mobilis Netcase

The Netcase is a solid choice for anyone looking for additional laptop protection without the extra bulk or weight. The weatherproof design looks and feels durable, while the styling is business-like and neutral.