Review: Acme Made The Clutch

Briefcase style carrying case for the 13 (May 17th, 2011)

This MacBook Air 13" or MacBook Pro 13" briefcase has a slick leather look to it. It is a rectangular style bag that looks professional, but is very lightweight.

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Product Manufacturer: Acme Made (DayMen Photo Marketing LP)

Price: $99.95 US

The Good

  • Professional look. .
  • Room to store many items.
  • Fitted laptop area.

The Bad

  • Quality control issues.
  • Strap attachment makes bag hang off center.
  • Clips to attach strap do not lock.

The Clutch from Acme Made is a MacBook Pro 13" or MacBook Air 13" briefcase that has a slick leather look. It is a rectangular style bag that looks professional, but is very lightweight (weight is not specified).

This 14.9" by 10.4" bag has a flap that folders over the opening, and uses Velcro to secure the flap. A 3-inch tab on both sides of the inside flap secure to 1.5" tabs sewed onto the nylon, so that when closed you have a complete leather look. The inside of the flap back of the bag has a quilted lining, which isn't very thick, but adds another level of protection. The trim around the outside of the bag seems to be leather, but feels more like nylon, because it is PU leather. This bicast leather is treated with layer of polyurethane, so it is easier to clean. You can find more about PU leather in Wikipedia.

the whole bag closed

The Clutch

Upon opening the flap you see a storage area and two pockets divided by a padded partition that has a hard insert that feels like plastic, to keep MacBook from any damage from other things you toss in the bag.

the whole bag open

The Clutch Open

The storage area includes a couple of small pockets that are open at the top for an iPhone, business cards, or other small items. Two elasticized tabs can hold pens or a stylus. One zipper pouch competes the storage compartments on this outside flap. My inclination is to put the laptop power supply in the zipper pouch, but it doesn't have a gusset, so it's a tight fit. I am not sure what they planned to be put in that pocket.

the whole bag open

Storage Area in Front

The first large pocket behind the storage area is a gusseted pocket that can fit your iPad, papers, books, or other larger items. The MacBook storage pocket is squared off, so it fits your computer nicely. It securely holds your MacBook, so it doesn't flop around.

The Strap

The adjustable shoulder strap attaches with custom metal hardware and is 1.5" wide nylon that sits comfortably on your shoulder. The well-made, robust burnished hardware includes carabiner style clips that swivel, but include no protection from being pressed open by accident. In addition, the two-parts of the clip just sit on top of each other, instead of the straight gate slipping behind the curved part. I would feel more comfortable if the clip had a safety closure.

the whole bag open

Shoulder Strap Clip

Quality Issues

The strap is double-stitched onto the hardware. My problem is that the hardware is mounted on the backside of the bag, instead of the top, which makes the bag hang oddly. It tilts away from your body, and I found this uncomfortable when walking around. In addition, the tabs to which the hardware attaches are unevenly placed and one is sewn on crooked. The tabs are also only secured with single stitching. While you might never notice the unevenness of the tabs, it's a quality control problem that should have been caught prior to shipping. Except for the tab issue, the rest bag is well made with no stray threads, or crooked seams.

The Clutch comes in a brown that has a bronze-ike sheen to it, so it's good for anyone who wants to carry his or her portable in a professional looking case. I do not think I would recommend it for daily use though; I'm not convinced it will hold up to daily wear and tear. The price seems a bit steep for a nylon bag with pseudo-leather trim that doesn't have a locking gate system on the metal attachments.

by ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor


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