By Lisa Johnston
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A new laptop carrying case that combines slim styling with expandability is available from portable storage maker Mascot Metropolitan.
Called the Lap Pro-Tect, the case looks like an executive briefcase, but can also be used as a backpack, according to the South San Francisco, Calif.- based company's director of marketing, Jud Yaski, who emphasized the product's soft-sided features and hard-shell durability at a press briefing here.
The computer case, which has a suggested $79 retail and will be available at retail shortly, features a rear port access so that users can plug their cables into the computer while it is still in the case. The slimline case also converts into a uni-strap backpack by adjusting its one-strap system.
Mascot Metropolitan also is making available a new line of carrying cases for PDAs. Called PDA Skins, the units offer what the company's Yaski called unique one-handed operation and hands-free viewing and accessory compartments, since the leather case covers are hinged and drop down to about an adjustable 90 degree angle to open.
The PDA Pro, at a suggested $29.95 retail, is a slimline case that holds only a PDA. The PDA Pro Phone holds a PDA with an outside pocket for a cellphone. Suggested retail is $34.95. The PDA Plus, at a suggested $39.95 retail, features an additional compartment for a phone.
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