Review: The STM Laptop Sleeve (for MacBooks, MBPs and PowerBooks)

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We have talked about MacBook sleeves in the past when we reviewed the Tucano Second Skin. Today I will talk about another sleeve manufacturer, STM (Standard Technical Merchandise; you can see why they call themselves STM!) who haven’t been as well known (they are an Australian company) but make some great cases. I will be reviewing their STM “Glove” sleeve for my 12″ PowerBook (I know, it’s old but I can’t bear to part with it until Apple release a new sub-notebook!)

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Review and more pics after the jump!
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A week with the 8GB nano

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A week with the 8GB nano

Having picked up a 2nd Gen nano last Saturday from my local Apple Store (the same one where my fellow blogger Ash had trouble getting his MacBook repaired!) I thought I would share my thoughts on it, particularly since it is the first iPod I’ve owned.

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MacBook Sleeve by Tucano

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I received the black Tucano sleeve for my MacBook from MacHeaven last weekend. Just like my previous sleeve from incase, the Tucano (Second Skin Folder) sleeve is also made of neoprene.


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Photos of the iPod U2 “black metal back”

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I dropped by the local Apple Store this morning and they had the all new and all black U2 iPod on display! Yes, the back enclosure is really all black! However, it’s not a change to the matt black look of the new Macbook. It’s still a metal enclosure and slightly reflective as you can see in the pictures. Also, just like the traditional stainless steel mirrored finish enclosure, it is a fingerprint magnet.

What was interesting with the U2 iPod on display though is that it didn’t have any U2 music tracks on it!

iPod U2

iPod U2

iPod U2

iPod U2

[Update]: Bob Reck on Flickr has just received his new U2 iPod and posted some better quality pictures of the black metal back.

iLounge have also posted some shots of back enclosure the new iPod, some including the traditional iPod side by side with the new one for a fair comparison.

U2 iPod is back in 5G with video and black metal back!

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5G U2 iPod

Since the introduction of the 5th Generation iPods with video, the U2 iPod has been discontinued! Well, until today that is when Apple released it again not only in 5th Generation with video but also with a black metal back enclosure! That’s not all:

Even Better Than the Real Thing

The iPod U2 Special Edition also comes with an exclusive iTunes Music Store coupon you can redeem for a 30-minute video of music videos and band interviews.(2) Think of it as your virtual backstage pass.

The all new U2 5th Generation iPod retails for £239 ($329 in the US) and features solely 30GB storage. That’s an extra £20 ($30 for the US) for the red click wheel, the U2 signatures and the ITMS 30-minute video coupon. It is worth it? I suppose it depends on how big a U2 fan you are or how badly you want an all black iPod!

So, where is this business of all black enclosure going? Are we going to see an all black metal back enclosure in future iPods? Last summer, we saw Apple giving away free iPod minis (in the form of a rebate) for students who bought a Mac. Was this an attempt to help clear their stock of iPod minis to make way for the upcoming iPod nanos?

It looks like the same thing is happening again this year with the nano, at least in the US for now. Buy a Mac and get a free iPod nano. So, are we going to see an updated version of the nano towards the end of the year? Maybe with an all black metal back enclosure?

Original of The Species

Like no other, iPod U2 Special Edition stands out. Jet black, it bears a prominent red Apple Click Wheel, a full-color display and, on the flip side, the autographs of each U2 band member on striking black metal. Thanks to this unique partnership between U2 and Apple, U2 fans can finally find what they’re looking for.