Product Type: Crumpler Laptop Case
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Crumpler The Gimp 15
Member Name: dinopoohy8
Crumpler The Gimp 15
Advantages: good padding, clever construction
Disadvantages: workmanship not the best
I bought this product two years back for my Lenovo Thinkpad T400. I knew that it was most suitable for a 15-inch laptop (like a Mac) but I was quite desperate for a decent laptop case for my laptop (14-inch) and I quite liked the decent of The Gimp by Crumpler.
The product comes in several colours including black, silver, brown, and red but I chose the black one because I thought it would be the most versatile (not just for college but also for work), and it wouldn't get visibly dirty. The black one makes use of silver thread to form the curvy border which is quite stylish.
The zip for the The Gimp is quite big which is something that I really like about this as I don't have to fumble to open up the cover. My laptop, unfortunately, is quite heavy and this little convenience really makes things a lot easier for me. The zip runs through all three sides of the cover, allowing you to open up the sleeve fully flat. Another feature that is good about the zip especially is that there's a small layer of protection between the zip at the laptop so that your laptop is protected from the actual zip, avoiding scratches.
The inside of the Black cover is actually a bright, neon-like green which I feel is quite refreshing and trendy. There are two 'hooks' at two corners of the laptop, allowing you to secure your laptop to the case so it doesn't run about.
The cover itself is really well-padded compared to other cases. I've used the case for about 2 years and the padding remains as thick as it was when I first bought it. I've dropped my laptop (in the case) down the stairs even with no visible defects (it could have been that my laptop is just more durable, as it is known to be) but I do think that the cover really helps. The cover also feels rather waterproof as the material doesn't really absorb water very well.
The only complaint that I have about this product is that the workmanship doesn't seem as good as the materials and the intended construction is. I like the hooks, the zips, the design, and the material used for the padding, but the silver thread that forms the design seems to be running a little loose as I continue to use it.
Because of the quality padding as well, it actually makes your laptop seem bigger than it should be and it might be a little difficult to fit your laptop (with case) into standard 'pouches' that you see in rucksacks or bagpacks. But of course, it's also arguable that you are perhaps meant to put your laptop in that compartment without a protective case.. I'm not too sure, but the bulk sometimes is a hindrance for me.
I actually bought this product at full price which was about 20+ pounds, but it appears that Amazon has got an offer now at 9.99 pounds which I think is a steal for the quality of the product that you're getting. The cover indeed offers your laptop the protection that you need, and it is durable (the running threads is just a matter of decoration for me, so not much of a brownie point is lost there).
Summary: I would recommend this if you're looking for something that can protect your laptop from damages.
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