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A couple of years ago I bought myself a laptop and decided it would be best to get some kind of case to keep the laptop dust-free and safe from knocks, scratches etc. I didn't want to spend too much, but at the same time I wanted a case that looked good and did the job. I already had a Crumpler camera bag which I was very happy with, so I was pleased when I saw that they also made laptop cases.
Crumpler's "The Gimp" caught my eye - it looked good, was simple and padded. Crumpler have a reputation for quality products, so I knew this laptop case would be hardwearing and would protect my laptop.
"The Gimp" comes in a number of colours, including red, black, silver and brown. I was torn between the red and the black, but in the end chose black. Over the couple of years that this cases has protected my laptop, the black has stayed it's original colour, except for a couple of places where I've probably had something resting on it.
"The Gimp" is made from neoprene which is soft and quite stretchy, and so hugs the laptop quite tightly. This particular Gimp case is made for 17" Widescreen laptops (and according to Crumpler's website it will fit standard 17" widescreen laptops, the 17" MacBook Pro and Powerbook, and holds laptops up to 38.5 x 26.0 x 3.5 cm), however my laptop is a 15.5" widescreen. So why did I go for a bigger laptop case? Well, I wasn't entirely sure the 15" Widescreen Gimp case would fit it and I didn't want to be struggling to do it up all the time, so I chanced it and ordered the 17" case. This turned out to be a good idea... While the case doesn't really "hug" the laptop, it is just about the right size and does keep the laptop firmly in place.
The zip is chunky and seems industrial strength and does it's job very well (considering it gets zipped and unzipped at least once or twice a day).
Inside the case are two elastic loops in the corners of the top part of the case. These are put around the lid (screen) of the laptop to secure it in place and enables you to just unzip the case and use the laptop, while it is still in the case, without any problems (though I wouldn't do it too often in case of overheating).
While I don't have a proper laptop bag, only this case/wrap, I have often slipped my laptop (with "The Gimp" on) into my backpack and taken it with me and it has come home safely. The padding of the "Gimp" is good, but without making your laptop much bigger.
A couple of years ago I paid around £25 for mine online (though I believe Amazon now sell them cheaper) and it is still doing it's job and could be used for a new laptop should I ever get another.
Would I recommend Crumpler's "The Gimp" laptop case? Certainly! Laptops can easilier be damaged with knocks and scapes, but this laptop case will keep it nice and safe.