WaterField Designs touts its Staad Attaché, as “a beautifully-designed, unique bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks.” The company imagines you’ll fill it with either the tablet or laptop, but I stash both in mine — and it works great.
As I’ve mentioned before, the iPad Pro doesn’t quite work as a laptop replacement for me, so I’ve held onto my 12-inch MacBook. But sometimes when I’m on-the-go I use ‘em in tandem — with my iPad Pro serving as a secondary display for my Mac laptop thanks to the Duet Display software (see my separate review).
Enter the Staad Attache. Though it only measures 4 x 10.5 x 1.3 inches, the interior is ingeniously arranged. I can fit both my supersize iPad (even with a Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard attached) and 12-inch laptop in it with enough room left for accessories (power cords, an Apple Pencil, etc.)
Like all WaterField Design products, the Staad Attache case is handsome and rugged. A full-grain, distressed leather flap closes with a clip developed by the military. This military buckle (developed to allow instant access ammunition) won’t appeal to everyone, though I like it. The premium, full-grain leather case — available in black ballistic nylon or tan waxed-canvas base — looks great and is quite protective.
The Staad’s internal pocket protects your Apple devices with dense foam on all sides and is covered by a scratch-free liner. There’s a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket. Two additional interior pockets keep accessories within easy reach.
The Staad’s slim main compartment features a gold liner, which makes it easy to locate contents such as files, a sketchpad, or notebooks. A large front pocket opens on two sides with waterproof zippers and includes a scratch-free interior pocket for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus (or, in my case, power cords).
A comfortable and adjustable suspension shoulder strap can be worn messenger style or over one shoulder. If you prefer a more formal option, there’s a leather-lined handle.
At $229, the Staad Attaché is pricey. The fact that you can safely carry with both a Mac laptop with a 12-inch or 13-inch screen AND an iPad Pro (and look good doing it) helps justify the price. However, if, unlike me, you travel with only one of the two devices, you can save yourself some moolah with another WaterField Design product: the Outback Solo.