I don’t consider myself a germaphobe. But I also never, ever want to put anything into the seat-back pocket in airplanes. Have you looked in one of those lately? Candy wrappers, pretzel crumbs, wadded-up napkins and tissues, sometimes worse. But when your carry-on is stowed overhead, you still want your entertainment devices within easy reach. On my last flight, the Cocoon Grid-It Wrap earned its wings by keeping my iPad, iPhone, stylus, earbuds, headphone splitter, gum, and ChapStick together, keeping ’em organized, and keeping them from touching anything in that nasty seat-back pocket.
Cocoon’s Gramercy bag tries to make carrying your iPad into a fashion statement of its own. And hey, why not? The iPad is sleek, sexy, and undeniably cool--shouldn’t it have a case to match? As if in answer to that question, this bag nicks its name from the crazy-fashionable Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan, but its overall stylishness is more plain and pedestrian. It’s available in black, grey, or red, and provides just enough space to schlep an iPad and the included Grid-It accessory organizer.
Like X-ray glasses and sea monkeys, vacuum tubes are the stuff of 1950s
pulp-fiction cool. They even glow in the dark! And it turns out that
they can improve the sound of modern digital music--if you stick with
high-quality, lossless files, that is.