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I've had a couple of Crumpler 'The Gimp' laptop sleeves. The only reason that I'm on my second 'Gimp' is that I now have a different sized laptop and my original 'Gimp' was too small for my new laptop.
I really like Crumpler products, they are very expensive, but they are really good quality. Crumpler products come with a 30 year guarantee, that's not a typo, that really is a '30' '3-0' 'thirty' year guarantee, hell that's probably even longer than the product that you're buying it to protect will last!
So I have the 13 inch Gimp to protect my 13 inch laptop. This fits my laptop absolutely perfectly, it's a very snug fit and there's no extra room in the sleeve at all for my laptop to move around. I have this in a silver colour, but it does also come in various other colours too, I remember red, black, green and brown. It also comes in various different sizes, from a 10 inch up to a 17 inch. I paid around £20 for this from Amazon.
This Gimp is a well padded sleeve to protect your laptop, it's a laptop sleeve as opposed to a laptop carrier, and as such you would zip your laptop into this and then just pop the sleeve into a bag or a rucksack. It fastens with a sturdy zip which goes completely all around 3 of the sides so that the laptop sleeve opens out completely flat. The sleeve itself is made of a well padded neoprene fabric, which is really durable and robust, and which repels dust and dirt to a certain extent. It has the Crumpler logo on the outside of the sleeve.
Inside the Gimp are two little elastic straps with hold the top two corners of the screen of your laptop secure so that you can even use the sleeve around your laptop to protect your laptop from scratches when in use. I tend to use this around my laptop if I'm using it whilst travelling, as I find that it creates a kind of a heat mat for my laptop to protect my legs if I'm using my laptop on my lap. Because the laptop sleeve is soft and padded it is really comfortable to use like this on my lap.
I have to admit that I don't really take an awful lot of care of my laptop, it has been dropped, and thrown in an already overstuffed bag with an absolute tonne of other stuff, and this sleeve has proved to be absolutely invaluable. It has protected my laptop perfectly, no matter how squashed or buried it may be in my bag, and it's even protected my laptop from quite a few drops. I don't need to worry that my laptop will be damaged when it's zipped within this.
I would definitely recommend Crumpler's The Gimp, I wouldn't hesitate to get another if I needed a different size or if it was lost or stolen. I've even converted my husband to using a Gimp for his laptop too.
I picked up my Crumpler Gimp sleeve shortly after I bought my 12" Toshiba Portège laptop - and didn't want it to get continuously knocked about as I tend to chuck it in my messenger bag to take it into the office when I am needing to get onto our webserver and the irewall at work won't let me. I paid about GBP 20 for it - they are now available for a little bit less than that even - money well spent in any case.
The Gimp is a very simple and effective case, made of Neoprene (i.e. Wetsuit material) and with a sturdy zip to open and close it - this will definitely stand the test of time. It fits my laptop perfectly, and also doubles as a heat mat when I do have to use my laptop on my lap - albeit rarely. There are two elastic loops to secure the laptop with, so that it doesn't fall out if you are careless when opening it up and alongside my laptop there is space, without stretching the case or having to force it shut for my mouse and 3G card modem.
After over a year of daily use it still looks as good as new - with no real signs of wear and tear - and it seems to advertise itself quite nicely - three of our board of management members have asked where they can get one from, because they have been so impressed by the thing and want to protect their laptops while on the go.
It has become a constant companion, fits nicely into most of my messenger bags or hand baggage items and is tough and sturdy. The stitching is well done - this is a product that is clearly made to last - I expect that I will bury the laptop in it when its day comes to go to laptop heaven - although then again it'll be still in use for the next laptop that I buy of that size.