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.
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.
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.
We review five messenger-style bags designed to help you carry your iPad and some extras.
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.
The Skooba Design Netbook/iPad Messenger is a surprisingly well-proportioned bag with impressive construction for a product at this price.
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'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.
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.
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.