HEX recently introduced the Academy line of bags and sleeves to their online store, adding a dozen beautifully-designed and well-constructed items ranging from duffel bags and backpacks to slender sleeves. The company provided an Academy Messenger Bag (US$79.95) for review, and we'll be giving it away to a TUAW reader at the end of this post. Read on to see how this new product looks and works, and then fill out the entry form for a chance to win.
There are so many bags available for MacBooks and iPads, and a smaller number of them combine the designed ability to carry both of the devices. Sure, you can just drop both your 15" MacBook Pro and iPad into the same backpack, but a really nicely designed bag does it by providing individual pockets to separate the devices so they're not smacking into each other.
In the case of the Academy Messenger Bag, there's a nice padded cell for any MacBook up to 15" in size, a roomy pocket for papers, pens, and other accessories. On the outside of the bag, under a full-sized flap that closes with Velcro, is a leather and leather bezel called the HEX PadPort to hold your iPad into place. It's the perfect design -- if you want to spend a few moments in transit just using your iPad, you don't have to unzip the bag to retrieve it. Instead, you just pop open the front flap and the iPad is ready to use.