07/06/2011, 05:54 PM
I've used products from Cocoon Innovations for a couple of years, including a laptop bag for work, and smaller Cocoons to keep electronic gear ready to go at a moments notice (no frantic searches for cables, adapters, memory cards, etc.). I plan to use my TouchPad and accessories for extended note taking at on-the-road meetings, pending QuickOffice updates of course.
The Cocoon Innovations CNS345 hard side case can accommodate the entire complement, and still have room for the TP power adapter, a MiFi device, PowerMat portable charger, fingerprint cloth, and USB-to-mini retractable cable. The case is currently on special through the Cocoon Innovations website for $30.
Pros: The Grid-It device keeps everything organized (nothing falls out when you open the case). The shoulder strap extends far enough to carry the case messenger style if you are in a crowd.
Cons: There are no handles for carrying the case if you unclip and remove the shoulder strap. I have regular size hands and feel comfortable carrying it one handed.
The hard side case is plastic, not titanium, which is fine. I handle all my electronic gear with the care it deserves. This particular model comes in black, gray, purple, and red.
The Grid-It System keeps everything organized. The straps are made of elastic, while the gray stitching is rubberized thread. The article placed in the Grid-It is gripped on the top by the strap on top, and on the bottom by neighboring straps underneath. Everything stays where you put it.
Note the curved end of the Touchstone extends over the top of the Grid-It into the storage space behind it. The pouch on the opposite side is good for a few sheets of paper folded in half (think boarding passes, not Pocket Ref. Come to think of it, Pocket Ref for the TP would be cool.)
The storage area of the Cocoon case holds the TouchPad and keyboard. Both pieces slide underneath the straps easily, and are protected by cushy fabric on the back side of the Grid-It. The keyboard is a snug fit in the long dimension. Underneath the TouchPad are two rubber discs that seem to do a good job in holding the TouchPad in place, especially when mated with the HP TP case. I'd hesitate to pack the equipment this way if I didn't have a protective case on the TouchPad to start with.