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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Skin cover isn't the most protective or attractive of laptop bags on the market, but it does feel solid despite the light and compact design.