“ Brand: Dell / Type: Carry Case 16" „
I often carry my work laptop around in my backpack, but for when I feel like looking slightly smarter or decide I ought to look after my laptop a bit better, I have a Dell Professional Lite Business Carrying Case. Translation: a lightweight laptop case from Dell.
I got the case through my work's corporate account with Dell, and they sent it to me free of charge after they made a complete mess of one of my orders. The case is black, made of reasonably waterproof material, and is quite compact and lightweight. Although well padded, it has no sturdy shaping to it and so can be squashed flat for storage, or even folded if necessary.
I have a Dell E6220, one of the smaller models, and it fits into the case perfectly. While I think some larger models would fit as well, it certainly wouldn't be large enough for the big workstations some of my colleagues have to use, not that you'd want to cart one of them around from your shoulder anyway. Even with my laptop in it, the case is quite slim and easy to carry, either using the shoulder strap (which has a nice padded bit on it) or by using the handles.
While the laptop is in the case I am quite confident it is well protected. There is ample padding to the case a strap to secure my laptopn in place, and although I wouldn't want to try jumping on it, the case definitely protects my laptop from regular bumps and knocks, and the occasional drop. I don't think I am particularly rough with the case, but it is showing no wear and tear after a year and a half of regular use, including being put on the floor of the bus, on the ground at the bus stop, rolled over by my desk chair and slept on by a cat (not recommended - the material may be hard wearing, but it keeps hold of cat hair like a magnet).
The case has several other pockets in addition to the main laptop section, so there is space for any paperwork I need to carry, my diary, a newspaper and sometimes a chocolate bar or two. There is space for A4 papers inside by the laptop, and a zipped pocket on the outside. I do try not to put too much in the case aside from the laptop as this makes it bulkier, but the choice is there if I want to.
Carrying a laptop around is always an annoyance given the extra weight and bulk it involves, so I like the Dell Professional Lite Business Carrying Case for being slim and light before you add the laptop to it. Having used much heavier cases in the past, I am very pleased with this case - it suits me while also providing protection for what is a rather nice laptop. There are lots of cheaper cases available of course, but if you want a light case which will protect your laptop and stand the test of time, you could do worse.
(I can't find this online, it seems to be currently unavailable from Dell so I can't confirm the price, but if I remember correctly it was around £30-£40).