Laptops come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from super-slim mobile devices to desktop replacements with extended screens. The size of your laptop also determines the types of sleeves or bags you can buy for it.
Here’s one of the most common questions we get: How do I know my laptop size? This blog post will help you learn how to do just that and offer tips on buying the right sleeve for your device.
Laptop screen size vs. dimensions
The laptop screen size refers to the size of your laptop’s display. The screen size is measured diagonally, much like a television’s size refers to its diagonal length. For instance, a MacBook Pro 13″ has a 13.3″ diagonal display.
Bear in mind, though, that the diagonal screen measurement does not include the bezel. This is the frame that holds the LED in place, as illustrated in the image above.
Now that we’ve covered the screen size, let’s tackle the main question: How do I know my laptop size?
If you need to know your laptop size because you’re buying a sleeve or bag for it, then you’ll need more than the screen size. Instead, you’ll need to know your laptop’s dimensions – meaning, its width, height, and depth.
There are two ways to know your laptop dimensions:
- Manual measurement. If you have a ruler or a tape measure within reach, you can take the measurement of the device. Close the laptop and measure from left to right (width), the side close to you to the side far from you (depth), and bottom to top (height).
- Google search. Simply Googling “[laptop model] size” might give you results for the screen size. So instead of doing so, be more specific and Google “[laptop model] dimensions in [inches or cm].” That should fetch you the info you’re looking for.
Using the example above, MacBook Pro 13″ has a 13.3″ screen size. But it has the following dimensions:
- Height: 0.61″
- Width: 11.97″
- Depth: 8.36″
Buying the correct laptop sleeve or bag
Now that you know how to search for your laptop’s dimensions, how can you use this info to buy the correct laptop sleeve or bag?
A lot of laptop sleeves and bags available in the market aren’t designed for a specific laptop model. After all, shops need to cater to a large market and products need to be independent of laptop models which may or may not go obsolete.
The first thing you need to know is, how does the store measure their laptop sleeve? Our SLEEK Laptop Sleeve, for instance, identifies the width as the main measurement. For example, SLEEK 14″ has a width of 14″, SLEEK 15″ has a width of 15″, and SLEEK 16″ has a width of 16″.
It’s always a good measure to choose a sleeve that is a bit bigger than your device. After all, a sleeve that measures exactly 14″ x 1″ x 10″ wouldn’t be able to fit a laptop that has exactly the same measurement. That said, it’s best to leave out around an inch of allowance in width to make sure it fits.
For instance, our SLEEK 14″ Laptop Sleeve can fit devices with a width of 13.5″ or less. Many of our buyers who own a MacBook Pro 13″ (with a width of almost 12″) see SLEEK 14″ as the perfect fit.
On the other hand, some clients prefer to get a bigger sleeve, sometimes, two to three inches wider than the width of their device. Why? Because they use their sleeve to hold laptop accessories, such as chargers, cables or a portable mouse.
So, there you have it! If you’re looking for a sturdy sleeve for your laptop that’s cruelty-free, minimalist, and proudly-Pinoy, check out out top-rated SLEEK Vegan Leather Laptop Sleeve and PARCEL Vegan Leather Laptop Portfolio.