The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary:My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

Waterfield Staad BackPack (Slim) – $319

Waterfield Staad BackPack (Slim) - Jason O'Grady

If you carry a MacBook and and iPad you need a good bag. A computer bag is the ultimate technology accessory because it has to be functional (protective) and has to look good at the same time. I don't know about you, but I loathe computer bags that look like, well, computer bags. There's nothing less comfortable (and stylish) than a black shoulder bag with a silver "Dell" nameplate on it. 

My favorite bag company WaterField Designs has released its long-anticipated Staad backpack and it doesn't disappoint. It's the un-backpack because it's gorgeous and it doesn't look like any backpack before it. 

It's refined, elegant and would look more at home in the pages of GQ than PC magazine. The Staad Slim combines tan waxed canvas with beautiful leather (or black ballistic nylon) to form a streamlined backpack that comfortably houses my 13-inch MacBook Pro, iPad and their accessories. The Slim version is a comfortably-sized backpack that isn't ridiculously large, in fact it fits within Spirt Air's ridiculously-small specifications for a personal item (which is important because a "carry-on" bag will cost you $25-50).

It's the attention to detail that makes Staad an excellent bag. The combination of top-of-the-line materials and vintage materials (including a sweet vintage WWII-era ammunition clip) make the narrow-profile Staad backpack the synthesis of substance and style. If the Slim model is too small, Waterfield offers a Stout model ($329) that fits 15-inch notebooks perfectly. While it's far from cheap, you get what you pay for. Waterfield proudly makes their bags in San Francisco from the highest quality materials. 

Staad is available in two sizes (Slim and Stout) and your choice of tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, with three naturally-tanned leather flap and accent colors.

Honorable mention: If Staad's out of your price range, check out Waterfield's new Victor wallet. It's dime-thin and has space for bills and slots for cards, all held together with a stretchy nylon strap. And it's only $29.

Topics: Apple, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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