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Hama Aha Ripple Laptop Bag

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      18.11.2011 15:33
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      Funky laptop bag

      While most people who have a laptop will inevitably have some sort of bag or case to carry it around in, I think it is fair to say that few will have one with a design such as mine. As well as the more corporate styles, the company, Hama, produce a variety of funky laptop bags, under the range 'aha'. These designs vary from the more industrial for guys, to the flowery, nature designs aimed at women. I have the 'Ripple' design bag pictured above, which I would class as a unisex design, although I feel it would appeal more to guys than to women on the whole (myself being the apparent exception).

      My particular laptop bag caters for a 15.4" laptop, which is the perfect fit for my Lenovo N500 laptop. There are a range of compartments on the bag, which come in handy for transporting other items around and saving the hassle of having to carry an additional bag around for other items. When you lift the flap of the bag, the main compartment is revealed, as well as a front section, which homes various other pockets.

      The main compartment of the bag is partitioned into two, so that one section can snugly hold my laptop, not allowing it to move about in the bag, while the other would be suitable for holding items such as paperwork. The section holding the laptop is lined with an almost velvet-like material, which I really like, as it gives me the peace of mind that the laptop will not be marked inside the bag. For extra security, there is a strap that is attached via velcro over the top of the section that holds the laptop, making it wholly secure in its compartment. As well as this, the bag has a drawstring so that the main compartment can essentially be tied off, if you wish to do this. However, the drawstring does not work particularly well; pulling it only marginally tightens the section and you would still be able to remove the laptop with the drawstring 'tightened', essentially making it useless.

      The front section, as I mentioned, is kitted out with various other pockets. There is a very obvious mobile phone looking pocket, and what looks like a pocket for a walkman. I would not use these pockets for their intended purposes for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the main flap of the bag that covers these front pockets is attached with velcro, and I do not feel that this is a particularly secure place to store your phone, especially if you find yourself on a busy train in close proximity to other people. Secondly, the concept of having a pocket for a walkman is very outdated, as most people (myself included) have smaller MP3 players, which I certainly would not store in the bag. However, using these pockets, as well as the two zipped ones behind, for other storage purposes could come in useful, though I tend not to find them big enough to store anything of particular use.

      When the main flap is closed, you'll notice that there are further zipped pockets; one on the flap of the bag, and one on the side of the bag (both pictured above). The pocket on the zip of the bag is big enough to accommodate a book, which is pretty handy for easy access when commuting. However, the zipped pocket on the side of the bag is so tight for space, that I am having a hard time imagining what you would use this for, and believe it to be useless - I have certainly never found a use for it.

      There are two ways to carry this bag; one being the adjustable shoulder strap (pictured), and the other a small handle at the back of the bag. The shoulder strap comes with a shoulder pad, which certainly makes the laptop more comfortable to carry on the shoulder, and alleviates the pressure somewhat off my shoulder. The handle is not my preferred method of carrying the laptop bag, just because of the way it is positioned at the back of the bag. It puts the bag itself at an odd angle due to the weight of the laptop itself, and makes the bag hit my legs occasionally as I walk.

      On the whole, there are few complaints I have about this bag, as it is very useful in terms of extra compartments, as well as being pretty reasonable in terms of price, costing £20 (wilkinson.co.uk). However, if I was being picky, I would say that the velcro fastening of the main flap may not be the most secure (and it loves picking up dog hair), and I would also question how useful some of the extra compartments are, as some are pretty tight for space. I also think that if I was buying the bag nowadays, I would probably have gone for a more feminine design, as some are far more attractive than the 'Ripple' design. However, this is probably a case of my taste having changed over the course of a few years, and so a more neutral design may be more suitable for those who, like me, keep changing their mind as to what they like.

      The bag, as well as all other designs, as far as I'm aware, are only sold online. However, the range of designs are sure to cater to wide ranging tastes. On the whole, I would recommend the bag for those looking for a slightly funkier take on a laptop bag, but it would probably not be suitable for a corporate environment.


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