I’ve been guilty of playing it
safe bland by keeping my mobile devices inside black, brown, and beige accessories … not that there’s anything wrong with that. But every now and then I do like to carry something that pops a bit more, and that’s where the Trina Turk for M-Edge MacBook Case comes in.
For those who didn’t know, Trina Turk is a California designer who is known for splashy graphic designs that are heavily influenced by her appreciation for the 1960s and ’70s era. Trina opened her first retail boutique in 2002, and now she has seven; you can also find her designs at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales. While Trina’s clothing isn’t necessarily budget-priced, a judicious shopper (like me) can easily pick up a few signature pieces without breaking the bank; I find her clothing to be bright, cheerful, and borderline preppy.
The Trina Turk for M-Edge MacBook Case is the perfect example of what I’m talking about. Trina’s Ladybug design is composed of signature Black circle-Ts that pop on a white background, and every now and then a lime green circle-T appears to keep things from being too somber. The result is a design that is playful, and yet not disrespectful. The case is also available in the gorgeous “Crazy Botanical” and the slightly manic “ZigZag” patterns.
The M-Edge site lists the case’s exterior as printed satin; the back of the packaging mentions that the fabric has been Scotchgard treated, and it appears to be a water and stain-resistant material that should hold up well through regular use. The sleeve measures approximately 15″ wide x 10.5″ tall x 1″ thick. On the front, there is a bright brass plaque with an embossed circle-T logo with Trina Turk underneath.
On the back of the sleeve, there is an 8″ long black zipper with a bright 1.25″ long brass zipper pull.
The interior of this 12″ deep pocket is lined in green satin, and it would be the perfect place to stow the MacBook’s charger and a spare cable or two.
Tugging on another 1.25″ long brass zipper pull opens the zipper on the top of the sleeve and exposes the bright green microfiber interior. The sleeve’s interior is thickly padded on the front and back, however there is no real padding on the sides, top or bottom. Due to the stiff trim that rings the diameter of the case on its front and back edges, I suspect that the MacBook carried inside would be protected in the event of a fall; if inside a laptop bag, doubly so.
My 15″ MacBook Pro fits inside perfectly with a little bit of room to spare.
I really like the new Trina Turk for M-Edge tech accessory cases for a couple of reasons, not the least of which being that unlike Tory Burch, Trina is making fashionable accessories for more than the iPhone 4/4S. There are accessories for the iPhone 5, the iPad 2/3/4, and the iPad mini. Trina’s designs are protective, but they are also beautiful and fun; these are accessories that have personality, but they will still work in all but the most conservative professional environments.
What I Like: Bright cheerful designs with fashionable flair; sides are thickly padded; solid brass hardware; Scotchgard treated fabrics;
What Needs Improvement: Perhaps a little more padding could be added on the sides, top and bottom
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample