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Orbino Aria MackBook Air Case: Was Rumorware, Now Real, Luxurious

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Remember the MacBook Air case that was announced even before we knew for sure that the Air was real? Well, the Aria from Orbino is now a real product (meaning the 50% of you who voted it to be rumorware were wrong!) and it's pretty darn luxurious. Aircraft-grade aluminum, hand-folded calfskin leather... and that's just the start.

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It's got a spring-loaded latching mechanism, removable leather shoulder strap, and a padded "alcantara" exterior. It keeps its Air-matching shape by having all your accessories (read: power brick) in a removable external pocket, which is a little clunky but not too bad. It's made entirely by hand, machined from a single block of aluminum, and it's in premium hand-stretched leather (with exotic skins available on special order.)

I, for one, think it's not a bad-looking way to carry your Air around, and was worth the wait to see it make it to reality. But, of course, there's just one tiny sticking point: its price. Starting at $529, it costs nearly 30% of the entry-level Air. Ouch. [Orbino]

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You folks are HARSH. Should I put my Air in someone's brilliantly styled envelope? I applaud companies that step out and step it up with something savvy. Its not for the rubber set or the $40 case set, but there are those of us that prefer something like this that is unique and fierce. Shred everything that's different and we'll all end up shopping at Macy's for our space suits in a couple of years. Try to keep an open mind folks! Not for you doesn't mean Not. Some of you spend $50 for shoes and some of us spend $500. Get over it.