It’s one of those ideas you look at and slap your head thinking "I should have thought of that". An enterprising designer in Spain has created durable sleeves for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that resemble the manila office envelope that Steve Jobs famously pulled the MacBook Air from at the Macworld Expo in January.
Available in two versions — student and executive — the iSobre sleeves have identical dimensions, but differ in their materials. The student version is made of pigskin suede with a "velvet effect" finish, and the executive version is full-grain cowhide leather with a tanning finish. Both feature the same folds and seams as a standard envelope, as well as a string closure.
In the words of Alex Uolla, the creator of iSobre, other laptop sleeves did not offer "functionality, durability, a great design and a little bit of playfulness" — characteristics he believes Mac users desire and which iSobre clearly embodies.
The student version costs 29.99 euros (about $A48.75) and the executive is 49.99 euros (about $A81) shipping to Australia is 30 euros (making it a total of about $A130 for the executive version shipped to Australia), and delivery is estimated at four working days via FedEx. The sleeves are made in Cadiz, Spain and can be bought directly from iSobre’s online store using PayPal.