There is no single item I own that gets more compliments from other travelers than my laptop case. It’s a hardshell leather case that disguises my laptop as an old book.
I don’t know if I qualify as a “digital nomad” since I don’t nomad so much as just live abroad, but I feel like quality gear is pretty important when it comes to doing the digital nomad thing. If you travel and work like me, your laptop is pretty important so best to have a quality laptop case for travel.
SO many people ask me about it every single time I take my computer somewhere, so I figured I would finally write up a post about it and share the details on where to get my favorite travel laptop case.
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Twelve South’s BookBook Laptop Case Review
If you’ve been looking for a laptop case that looks like an old book (for some reason haha), um this is it! Twelve South makes the BookBook laptop case, which is a hardback, hard spine laptop case that’s made of real leather and looks like an ancient tome.
They have a few different styles and of course different sizes to fit different laptops or even tablets. My ex-boyfriend had one of the older versions. I was in love with his case so he got me the newer version for Christmas one year.
(Yeah hot tip: this case makes an amazing holiday or birthday gift!)
This old leather book laptop case has a soft microfiber inside to protect your computer from scratches. But the outside is hard and it has a crush resistant spine.
There are little elastic bands in the inside upper corners. This means you can keep the case on your computer while you use it if you want (see photo below to see what I mean).
The pros and cons of the BookBook laptop case:
Rigid and protective — Again, the outside is hard and they say on their site that the spine is ‘crush resistant’
Disguise — At first glance, it doesn’t look like I have anything valuable with me. This is my personal favorite thing about this laptop case, especially as a traveler. It just looks like an old book, and people genuinely think that’s what I’m carrying around until they ask me!
Stylish — I mean it looks freakin cool what else can I say
Cost — It looks like my version is $95 on Amazon but they have other versions with slightly different designs for $80. The cost will depend on the size you’re buying as well. Either way, it’s not a cheap product. (Hence why I think it makes such a great gift.) But you get what you pay for (real leather, durable protective case…)
Not super lightweight — I mean it’s not heavy by any means but if you’re traveling the world indefinitely with a 25-liter pack you might want something smaller/slimmer.
Not waterproof — The case would protect your computer from a spill if you wipe away the liquid quickly, but it’s leather so it’s not built to be waterproof.
I’m pretty obsessed with my BookBook laptop case and seriously get compliments on it every time I take it out. For me, it’s the best laptop case for travel.
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