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The unveiling of a new MacBook Pro model has inspired a wave of bagmakers to produce carrying cases aimed at the latest 17-inch unibody addition to Apple’s laptop line.

WaterField Designs announced a new SleeveCase that’s custom-fitted to protect and cushion the 17-inch MacBook Pro. The SleeveCase features a nylon outer shell with a 6mm neoprene interior designed to absorb shocks as it cradles the computer. The $45 SleeveCase also features an optional suspension shoulder strap ($18), a simple shoulder strap ($12), and an accessory pouch ($22).

WaterField is taking pre-orders now on the case, which ships January 16.

Tom Bihn also has a wide variety of bags that, while not quite as tailor-made as the SleeveCase, still fit the new design of the 17-inch MacBook Pro. One of them, called the Checkpoint Flyer, is an innovative take on the tired laptop bag. The $220 bag bills itself as airport-checkpoint friendly, and the sleeve that attaches to the outside of the bag is well fitted for the latest revision of Apple’s largest notebook.

In total, Tom Bihn says it has nine different laptop bags that can fit the 17-inch MacBook Pro.

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