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Essentials for Graphic Designers

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The exterior is strong 1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon, with the cover, available in four colors, accented by the kind of full-grained leather that only gets better with age and wear. There are convenient carry handles flush along its spine and back and loops for the optional shoulder strap if you're the hands-free type. On the front is a waterproof slash zipper pocket that has become something of a hallmark of the company's latest gear. It's padded, fuzzy, lining (something Gary Waterfield likes to describe as "puppy soft" and we're compelled to agree) will accommodate a plus-size phone, earbud case and some smaller personal items. At the bottom is a metal grommet that provides access to the inside of the case located in just the right place for a spare battery pack or two, housed in mesh zipper pockets. The gold, rip-stop nylon lining offers enough contrast to keep the contents of all the mesh pockets easily visible. Below the pockets is a loop to keep that pricey iPad stylus secure and at hand. Facing the two zipper pockets is a flap with four more nylon mesh pockets, perfect for organizing cables, adapters or other small parts. Flip the flap and, under a couple of elastic straps, you'll discover a matching leather mousepad. Even if you're not on a glass-top table, the classiness of clicking around on a full-grain leather mousepad is reason enough to haul it out. The bottom of the case, is a soft, deep, and richly-padded compartment for larger items like computer power supplies, drives, headphones or mice. Four elastic loops will hold whatever in there securely or politely lie flat if they're not needed. Along with a choice of two shoulder straps, WaterField offers a set of truly cool, color-coordinated leather cable clips as an option. (Little touches like those are, to us, the difference between great designers and truly brilliant ones.) Calling this a "Developer's Gear Case" isn't really fair to the rest of us. The case is virtually a must-have for anyone, photographers, video editors, drone pilots, gadget-addicted writers, who carry more than a little gear and want to keep it safe and well-organized. Along with your most valuable stuff, this case carries WaterField's design panache. It's one brand that really doesn't need large gaudy logos splashed over its products to be recognized as something special. WaterField's durable, signature materials, unique styling, and unquestionably fine hand- craftsmanship is what draws attention to their products. From the standpoint of imagination and ingenuity, we f ind the Developer's Gear Case to be one of their best. It's truly the killer-app of tech bags. Link: Product: WaterField Developer's Gear Case Made by: WaterField Designs ( Price: $129 Pros: Well-thought-out design, excellent craftsmanship and materials; ideal for a variety of use-cases (so to speak); provides excellent protection and organization Cons: Not exactly the least expensive bag you'll find MacDirectory Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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