Product Type: Crumpler Laptop Case
Newest Review: ... last! I specifically wanted to get Crumpler's 'The Gimp' laptop sleeve and I nipped into the Crumpler shop to see how much they were. ... more
a wetsuit for my laptop
Crumpler The Gimp 15
Member Name: europe-chick
Crumpler The Gimp 15
Advantages: well padded, durable and robust
Disadvantages: quite expensive, look on Amazon for a cheaper one
I'm a big fan of 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!
I specifically wanted to get Crumpler's 'The Gimp' laptop sleeve and I nipped into the Crumpler shop to see how much they were. They've updated the design of The Gimp since Dooyoo's photo was added, basically the new design sleeve is plain, it doesn't have the wavy stitching around the case, and it comes in a different range of colours. It was also £30, more than I really wanted to pay.
I decided to take a look on Amazon to see if I could get one a little bit cheaper, and as luck would have it I managed to get an old design Gimp for less than £10 - bargain! So I bought the 15 inch Gimp to protect my husbands 15 inch laptop. This fits his laptop absolutely perfectly, it's a very snug fit and there's no extra room in the sleeve at all for his laptop to move around. I bought this in black, but it was also available in silver, red or brown. It also came in various different sizes, to fit from a 10 inch laptop right up to a 17 inch laptop.
The Gimp is a well padded sleeve to protect his laptop, it's a laptop sleeve as opposed to a laptop carrier, and as such I just zip his laptop into this and then just pop the sleeve into my bag. 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 (wetsuit fabric), which is really durable and robust, and which repels dust, dirt and water to a certain extent. It has the Crumpler logo on the outside of the sleeve, and my black sleeve has the wavy stitching in silver.
Inside the Gimp are two little elastic straps or loops which hold the top two corners of the screen of his laptop secure so that I can use the sleeve around his laptop and protect it from scratches when in use. I tend to use the sleeve around his laptop if I'm using it whilst travelling, as I find that it also creates a kind of a heat mat for the laptop to protect my legs if I'm using it on my lap. Because the laptop sleeve is very soft and padded it is really comfortable to use like this on my lap. Just one more thing to note about the interior of the Gimp, my black Gimp has a quirky lime green interior.
I have to admit that I don't normally take an awful lot of care of laptops, however I am being extra careful with my husbands! This sleeve is certainly more than adequate to protect his laptop from day to day knocks and scratches, and to protect it when thrown into an already overstuffed bag with an absolute tonne of other stuff - as it always is! I've been using this virtually every day for just over a month now, and so far ''touch wood'' his laptop is absolutely fine!
I would definitely recommend Crumpler's The Gimp, and I'd definitely recommend looking on Amazon to find an old design Gimp for a third of the price, especially as it's essentially the same laptop sleeve.
Summary: a wetsuit for my laptop