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Demand growing for bags that hold laptops and mobile devices

By Gregg Ellman
Twitter.com/greggellman

Holiday travelers now tote laptops and mobile devices as often as they bring gifts. That’s creating a market for backpacks and bags that offer gadget protection and organization.

Think Tank Photo, the premier camera, computer and accessory storage maker, has launched new product lines aimed at Apple users.

The My 2nd Brain line of four computer and tablet bags are created specifically for laptops and their accessories – and they have arrived in time to make holiday travel with your devices easier.

I tried the 15-inch model designed for the MacBook Pro (10.2-by-14.8-by-2.6 inches, $99.75). My computer fit in the main padded compartment and I was able to store all my accessories packed inside the pouches and pockets.

This included my power adapter, media cards, earbuds, MiFi and a few other USB cords. A separate zippered storage area on the front is called a “Plush Pouch,” and it made a convenient home for my iPhone on a recent flight.

An additional outside compartment was home to my iPad and its charging cable, along with pens, pencils, business cards and other accessories.

Also newly released is the My 2nd Brain tablet bag ($75.75), which accommodates an iPad along with an iPhone and the accompanying accessories and more in the mesh pouches and pockets.

These new products a padded and adjustable shoulder strap.

Any Think Tank Product can be used with the new Powerhouse organizer cases, which come in three models; Powerhouse Tablet, Air and Pro.

Using the middle-sized Air pouch (7.5 inches wide by 3.9 inches high by 1.8 inches deep), I kept all my travel cords in one place, making them instantly accessible

The small cases are water resistant, have a main zippered compartment, with a clear front and a divider. There’s also two other zippered compartments, one with a pair of pouches inside.

Details: bags available black, harbor blue and mist green, while the pouch comes in silver; www.thinktankphoto.com

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