07-27-2016 08:02 PM - edited 07-27-2016 09:39 PM
When I last looked (and every time before that that I can remember), the P70's accessories do not list ANY sort of case. While I understand that Lenovo does not list their Professional Topload, Professional Slim, or Essential Slim case as these cases' descriptions state that they are specifically for up to 15.6" laptops, why does Lenovo not make a case for a 17" laptop? Or do they make one, and just not list it in the accessories? It would seem to me that not listing one when they do make it would be a bad business decision.
In any event, what carrying case do you 17.3" owners use? Would you recommend it to others?
07-27-2016 09:14 PM - edited 07-27-2016 09:30 PM
This has been an issue with all 17" ThinkPads, unfortunately. Case choice has always been limited for the larger machines, especially since my preference has always tilted towards rolling cases, with large storage capacity.
About 9 months ago, I fortuitously discovered a Samsonite "Mobile Office" model for about $60 at COSTCO, which holds a P70 snugly and has lots of room for accessories, office supplies, a tablet, etc. This case is slightly too short for my W700 but just right for the P70. While not likely the most durable, it is certainly adequately robust, reasonably well made and probably could last for a decent period, if treated with moderate care. I certainly recommend it, especially for the price.
There seem to be several variations listed online, some with swiveling wheels (mine has fixed axle orientation). Make certain your choice specifically states that it can contain laptops of up-to 17.3"
07-28-2016 12:42 AM - edited 07-28-2016 12:48 AM
I use the CaseLogic PNC-218 for my P70.
I use the CaseLogic VNC-218 for my W530 (even though it's a bit oversized for a 15" laptop), and thought about getting another one for my P70 but instead opted for the PNC-218 just to try it out.
The VNC-218 is somewhat lighter, but the PNC-218 is built from a "sturdier" material and definitely is "stiffer".
With the larger and heavier P70 I feel "better protected" with the PNC-218 than I likely would with the VNC-218. Also, the VNC-218 has seemed to "sag a bit" over its 3-year lifetime. So far the PNC-218 has retained its shape, but that may also be due to the shoulder strap on the PNC-218 which is much stronger and more comfortable around my neck than that on the VNC-218.
The VNC-218 seems to have more internal capacity in the "upper compartment" (i.e. not where the laptop is placed), but that may simply be because the "upper compartment" opens completely with its zipper design whereas that same section does not open completely in the PNC-218. The interior mesh pouch and cloth pockets to hold miscellaneous items seems roomier and easier to get to in the VNC-218, again because the "upper compartment" opens fully unlike with the PNC-218 where it does not.
I carry an external USB Lenovo wireless laser mouse and USB Lenovo Pro wired keyboard with me in both cases. 170W power brick for the W530, and heavier 230W power brick for the P70. 3M precision mousing surface in both cases. Assortment of USB drives in various sizes and SD card reader in a plastic bag in both cases. 10ft. ethernet cable, miniDP->DP and miniDP->HDMI cables in both cases. Audio 3.5mm->3.5mm and 3.5mm->RCA stereo cables in both cases, along with Lenovo earbud headphones.
Both CaseLogic items are fine products.
07-28-2016 08:32 PM - edited 07-28-2016 08:40 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I really appreciate them!
My current case (not my pic, but the same case (ThinkPad(R) Carrying Case, made by Targus; it came with the T40): http://oi63.tinypic.com/ypdf8.jpg) has two rubbery supports about 1" high x 1" wide x 3" long (one on each side with 6-8" of air in the middle between them) that holds the laptop off the floor of the case. I think it might be the same as the "air cushion system" that the Executive Leather Case (p/n 43R2480) states it has. I really like that feature and the Topload aspect and would hope that a new case would have similar.
(similar to https://www.thaicyberpoint.com/ford/blog/wp-content/filesuploaded/Image/IBMThinkpadCarryCaseBackpack... but a) only 2 - 3 inches long and two of them; b) smooth, not textured like the picture; and 3) firm, yet giving and slightly soft)
Does anyone have any other suggestions? (Not that these are bad, but just to get all options before buying.)
Thank you all very much!
07-28-2016 11:02 PM - edited 07-28-2016 11:04 PM
Even if you don't buy from there, I would suggest looking at eBags website. They specialize in luggage and have excellent search categorization/criteria.
07-29-2016 08:58 PM - last edited on 07-30-2016 09:22 AM by Majestic
Thank you also, goretsky, I do appreciate it.
I think that if I buy a P70, I would prefer a topload case.
My current case looks like:
http://oi65.tinypic.com/2yx5936.jpg (with my trusty T40 inside)
those cushions at the bottom are about 1" high, about the same-ish wide, and about 4.5" long. The space between the two pads is about 4.5" long. The sides are adjustable via velcro. Is this the famous Air Cushion System? If so, I would like to find a similar case if I do decide to buy a P70. But I'm not buying either this month. ()
Thank you all very much.
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07-31-2016 09:42 AM
This is very similar (but from the photos, not exactly identical to) the Samsonite rolling case I bought at COSTCO last year, as mentioned in my earlier post:
If rollers are your thing (or even large cases which can be carried) it's certainly worth considering. This case does provide a good level of supension, protecting the machine from bumps on the road. I've seen this one listed for a wide range of prices on the 'Net.
07-31-2016 01:02 PM
I use the Pelican 1490, it is an awesome watertight and indestructable hardcase:
It is also pretty heavy and voluminous, it fits my P70 with charger and my big head phones, but I don't mind the work out.
07-31-2016 01:32 PM
Again, Thank you all very much!
08-26-2016 09:26 AM
I am also very disapointed that there is no offical case for the Thinkpad P70. This is completly inacaptable for a notebook priced between 2100€ and 5440€. This made the decision to buy the P70 very hard. I realy need a professional case for buisness.
After a long time searching the web i've found the HP Professional Leather Case (H4J94AA) on Amazon:
The ThinkPad P70 fits perfectly in the 17.3'' case:
The leather case has a great look. There is another case (professional slim top load case) without leather,that should fit (not tested, but the specs look similar):
Why can HP sell a 17.3'' case for there workstation notebooks and Lenovo does not?!