Incase took the wraps off their latest MacBook accessory today at CES, the IconConnected Power Sleeve. It is a brilliantly obvious idea to build a large 14,000 mAh battery right into the case to charge your 15″ MacBook Pro on the go.
The IconConnected Power Sleeve is really just a souped up version of their existing Icon model, with obviously a few adjustments. The hidden pocket stores a USB-C cable and the ports on the bottom let you connect a USB-C or USB-A cable to recharge your gear. Whether that is the MacBook Pro itself, or any other USB device.
The reminds me of the DockCase we reviewed that built a USB-C dock right into the sleeve of your laptop.
While the DockCase worked well because you didn’t need to use it while the laptop was in the sleeve, a battery pack is the other way around. I find it would be substantially more useful if there was a way for me to charge up my MacBook, while it was in the case. I would love a solution that allowed my computer to charge up whenever I put it away in my bag.
Whether I am going meeting to meeting at a trade show, or a college student going class to class, it would be amazing to seamlessly have your Mac charged every time you take it out of your bag.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the IconConnected Power Sleeve will be that magical product.
If you are still interested, it looks to drop in Q3 of 2018 for $199.95, which seems a bit steep for a USB-C battery pack that can charge your laptop.