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LaCie, Incipio announce new MacBook and iPad cases

updated 06:45 pm EST, Tue February 2, 2010

New LaCie sleeves fit 13, 15 and 17-inch MacBooks

LaCie and Incipio have both announced new protective cases for the iPad and MacBooks. LaCie's latest products, the Coat and ForMoa, are designed for 13-, 15-, or 17-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros, as well as Apple's newest iPad. Both of the sleeve models feature a double layer of neoprene for added protection, with an internal soft lining to help prevent scratches. Each case also comes in five different colors including red, blue, black, orange, and pink.

The LaCie Coat offers an inside zippered pocket for storing a power supply or accessories, while the ForMoa provides three integrated pockets and includes built-in handles for added convenience.

Incipio has expanded its line of iPad accessories with four new protective cases, including the dermaSHOT, Feather, duroSHOTDRX, and NGP. The dermaSHOT is an anti-slip silicone case designed to guard the iPad from scrapes and scratches, while still providing access to the touchscreen. With the Feather case, users receive a light polymer guard, measuring less than 1mm thick, that offers a soft matte finish. Also included with the Feather case are two surface protectors and a cleaning cloth.

The duroSHOTDRX provides a hard polycarbonate shell covering the back and sides of the iPad. It offers four different color combinations to choose from including solid white/grey, solid confetti/grey, cerulean/white, and black/grey. The last of the four models is the NGP, a soft impact-resistant iPad case made from a semi-rigid polymer. The material is said to be resistant to both tears and color fade.

Both the LaCie Coat and ForMoa are currently available to order from the company's website and range in price from $15 to $35. The four new cases from Incipio are scheduled for release in spring of this year, although pricing has yet to be announced.








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  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    doesn't help typing/viewing

    This shouldn't even need to be said, but any iPad case that doesn't assist in typing or slideshow viewing and merely just adds color - is a WASTE of money. I imagine better cases are on the way.

  1. mattlisowe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    kickstand

    the silicone protective covers can be used as a kickstand. you can lean the iPad up against something and it will stay up. just thought i would mention it.

  1. thomqi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    They just don't get it: it's a notepad!

    When are they going to realize the iPad is a notepad?

    Who want's juggle an iPad and a sleeve case? Fine for packing in a bag, but how useful is an iPad in a bag?

    Putting a protective shell around the backside makes these manufacturers seem even more oblivious. Sure, seems like a good idea, but then what? Put it in one of the sleeves?

    For carrying around casually, they need something that allows quick access while embodying it for abrasion protection. A notepad case like what can be found with datebooks would be an example, either with a zipper or with a simple tab closure. Or, the smartly design case Apple made that allows propping the iPad into two positions: typing or display.

    I carry a book on occasion whenever I figure I'll have some downtime waiting someplace, either standing in line or sitting. The iPad is thinner than a book (the ones I read, at least) and still would be even with a slim notepad case. I probably wouldn't mind carrying a real book with it. I often cross reference what I'm reading with the iPhone (dictionary, names, bibliographies, place names, etc.), and so I could do the same with the iPad with a larger screen. Even better, when I help strangers figure out directions using the maps application (as I often do), it would be much more accessible and approachable for them than on my iPhone, and a phone call won't interrupt their viewing.

    We need accessibility and share-ability with these cases, not Fort Knox encasement. Luckily, Apple had some forethought with their case.

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