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Innovation in Travel Accessories - The Tom Bihn Laptop Keyboard Cover

By July 26, 2008

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I'm not a "cheap stuff" sorta guy. When I buy a bag or travel accessory, I want to make sure the design and manufacturing folks have thought things out. I don't want the sort of industrial garbage in which innovation is measured by how much the company can save by removing features or using inferior material while maintaining the same price. Sometimes they even have the unmitigated gall to claim that the (new and improved!) hobbled product is better or safer because of it (think about that 6 inch cord on your toaster, for example).

tom binh laptop keyboard coverSo when a small company appears on my radar claiming real innovation, I'm happy to look into it and share.

You see, sometimes the product you've been waiting for all your life has been waiting for you to find it. Like the red thing in the picture.

My last laptop spent 5 years traveling with me in airplanes. It's felt the weight of those enormous bags people carry on successfully despite the regulations and countless signs indicating they must be checked. It's been jostled around in bad weather and during not-so-soft landings. As a result, the screen is a matrix of keyboard scratches and indentations.

When I remember, I've tried to cover the keyboard with the ugly plastic piece they put in there when they shipped the thing. Early in the game, that got left in a hotel. Then I used paper.

But I've found an elegant solution. You can't miss it in the picture. It's the ultrasuede Laptop Keyboard Cover by Tom Bihn in the only color it comes in, cayenne. You'd have to be blind to leave it in a hotel room.

If you travel and like luxury, you'll want one of these, even if you can't afford the Lapa Palace Hotel. The laptop cover will run you 9 bucks--or six Euro, less than a coffee at an outdoor cafe in Piazza San Marco in Venice.

Check out Bihn's Laptop Keyboard Cover. He's sent some other travel bags we'll be testing out over the next few weeks, too.

August 1, 2008 at 9:58 am
(1) Neil Jaehnert says:

I’ve used a Tom Bihn messenger bag as a camera bag for several years and it’s been great and their customer service was terrific as well. I lost my Bihn bag in London and, even though it was out of stock, they hunted around and found an identical replacement in time for me to take it on a trip around the world. It’s seen a lot of use. Oh and, of course, you know about the Bihn washing instructions label controversy right? The tag that says “Do not bleach. Do not machine dry, etc.” has the supposed translation in French: “Nous sommes desoles que notre president soit us idiot. Nous n’avons pas vote pour lui.” which roughly means “We’re sorry our president is an idiot. We didn’t vote for him.”

August 2, 2008 at 9:45 am
(2) G C Gibson says:

Well–a good way to lose customers!
Obviously, left-wing nuts.

August 10, 2008 at 10:57 am
(3) dirk husemann says:

or win customers ;-) i first found out about tom bihn because of that label, been buying their stuff ever since (which is not that often, as it’s really quality stuff).

July 29, 2009 at 10:34 am
(4) name says:

Best Wishes!,

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