51440 101771 000 lead Harber Everyday Briefcase xl

Harber Everyday Bag review: Tough, attractive protection for your MacBook Pro

Harper everyday bag

51440 101771 000 lead Harber Everyday Briefcase

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Don’t toss it with your airplane luggage, but the Harber Everyday Briefcase is a smart, very well-made bag that’s roomy to carry your MacBook Pro.

Harber is a London-based company that sells handcrafted full-grain leather bags, luggage and accessories. every element Camel Revised with the same premium feel and precision, it remains as new even after extended use.

The Everyday Briefcase is no exception to the company’s quality, but it should be chosen carefully as it is aimed at a rather narrow audience. This isn’t the bag for you, for example, if you haven’t taken your 16-inch MacBook Pro away from your desk and are just looking for something to protect it from dust.

It will, and it looks good doing it, but it’s way too expensive for this kind of really casual use. Then equally, if you live on the road and your suitcases are squashed together on train car racks, a suitcase won’t provide enough protection.

That said, from all that travel and wear it’ll look great, but there are more solid options—including a couple of Harber’s.

Who is this intended for

You can’t say the Everyday Briefcase is only for occasional use because that would contradict the handcrafted care that went into it. It may also indicate that the bag is not able to withstand wear and tear.

Instead, it is sure to survive bad treatment, and because it is leather, it will age well. But apart from a slightly stiffer base, a firmer interior divider along with softer interior pockets, it doesn’t have a frame that protects well against serious bumps.

So it’s best for general use, definitely for office or hotel carry, and definitely for taking your MacBook Pro out when you’re on the train.

It would be nice if there was a little padding in the base to protect the MacBook Pro if you installed it too high. But it’s entirely possible that there’s enough padding in there and that we’re very concerned about protecting the MacBook Pro.

It's a 14-inch MacBook Pro and an 11-inch iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, and there's still plenty of room to spare

It’s a 14-inch MacBook Pro and an 11-inch iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, and there’s still plenty of room to spare

Design – interior

There is definitely enough space to make this bag useful. Camel Chose to review the 16-inch MacBook Pro, specifically to see how much duty it can do with the 14-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the travel items, Kindle Paperwhite, and 11-inch iPad Pro.

Harber includes what it calls the Custom Charger Pocket. Of course, you can wedge the cables anywhere.

Add several cables and a charger, and the sleek lines of the bag widened to create a slightly more bulbous shape, but there was no question that anything needed to be removed. The body of the bag held everything we needed, and its leather handles didn’t seem like anything could break them.

Design – the exterior

There is a separate carrying strap included inside the bag, which must be attached to either side of the shell. It would be nice if the strap fitted instead to the ends of the case, but the top consists of one sturdy zipper and zippers or clips would get in the way.

However, attaching it to the sides meant fitting it was a bit silly, although you do have a concern about spoiling such a beautiful case. You won’t, because it looks original and is durable enough to stay that way.

Harper notes that over time, the leather will change color but says it will acquire a patina. If the case looks like, in 20 years’ time, Indiana Jones is using it, we’ll take it.

The bag's sleek lines accommodate well with overloaded loads

The bag’s sleek lines accommodate well with overloaded loads

Design – options

Harper’s daypack comes in a medium or large, and both are the same price. The medium version is described as targeting the 13-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models, while the large version is intended for 15-inch and 16-inch models.

Either version can hold a 12.9-inch iPad Pro instead, with the Magic Keyboard attached for the iPad.

It is available in brown, black or dark brown.

A bag that outlasts the MacBook Pro

The Harber Everyday Briefcase isn’t a casual buy at $422, but it’s also not something you’ll get casual about using.

It is clearly built to last that you will even replace your MacBook Pro before exchanging this case.

Harper everyday bag pros

  • Handmade heavy duty leather bag
  • Looks excellent
  • Comes in two sizes
  • Both sizes are roomy enough to protect your MacBook Pro but there is room left over

Harper everyday bag cons

  • Installing the optional leather strap could be even easier
  • There is not as much padding in the base as some cases

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

where to buy

You can purchase the Everyday Briefcase directly from Harber, which at the time of writing is having a Black Friday sale. This generally runs from November 18, 2022 to November 28, 2022, with different discounts on different days. If you buy two or more Harber items during this period, you’ll get between 20% and 30% off your entire order.