A quick update.Last Friday, I ordered the Skooba Compact Sleeve and the Sumdex Compact Computer Brief from eBags. I received both these bags yesterday and my initial impressions are as follows:
I just got a new Dell 700m with the 8-Cell extended battery and it fits perfectly in both bags, almost as if both bags were designed specifically for the 700m. Of the two, the Skooba has larger external dimensions mainly due to it having more generous padding. This isn't to say that the Sumdex is unpadded. No, the Sumdex is nicely padded enough for the daily commute to the office. However, the Skooba just has significantly more padding, especially at the bottom of the case. You just feel more confident that the Skooba will do a much better job of protecting the laptop should you drop the case. The Sumdex is a smart, handsome case and quite attractive when you see it. It won't look out of place if you're wearing a business suit. The Skooba is obviously a lot casual-looking. However, I could not pass up getting the Sumdex because it's only under $15 and it's a steal at that price. No matter which one you decide to get, rest assured that the Dell 700m with the extended battery will fit perfectly in either one. You can just about squeeze in the power adapter in them too, but not much else as they're very slim cases. Think of them as padded sleeves with handles.
Link to the bags: