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Technically this is my girlfriend's laptop case but seeing as I've been with it for so long now and actually used it myself a few times I think this can count. The bag and mouse retails for just over £30 which is actually an average price for a laptop carrying case with a mouse. But is it actually worth this money, or should you buy something else?
So starting with the case itself - the bag has a decent length adjustable strap that is actually quite comfortable, even when lots of items are in the bag and it's weighing you down somewhat. As pictured this strap is removable and therefore the bag can also be carried by the two handles on the top (also quite comfortable and actually more padded than the strap). The main zipped pocket of the carry case houses the laptop itself and actually also has room for paperwork as well. The front pocket of this bag contains many smaller pouches to store memory sticks and other ancillary items. The only down point I would suggest is that these pouches are not sealed or covered so on occasions things have got a bit muddled up over a long journey.
One of the main purposes of a laptop carry case is really to protect the laptop and items inside it. This bag features a reinforced base with plastic bottom so that it doesn't wear or rip easily (also easy to clean after putting it down). The two bottom corners of the bag are reinforced to protect the contents from knocks but there is little padding or protection in the rear of the bag and the top corners. So I would advise not to drop it upside down. This bag has been used for around a year now and has no rips, tears or marks on it. The fabric is actually quite durable and forgiving and the zips are slightly larger than normal and give a good quality feel. The strap is well made with metal clips which are attached securely and have not ripped at the join to the fabric like previous bags I have owned.
Admittedly not the prettiest bag out on the market but the black and grey colour scheme is very professional and looks smart and tidy. The leather on the strap and handles makes the bag look executive for a cheap model. Not much else to say really other than it's down to personal opinion for this part and the picture says it all.
---Ease of use---
After using this bag for so long I have noticed that the main pocket zip opens up slightly wider than other bags I have used, thus allowing for the laptop to fit in easier. The zips are well made and they have never proved a problem, unlike most other bags I have used after a few years. Hopefully this bag will be the exception to this chain of events. As mentioned the front pocket has a tendance for items to get muddled up with each other but actually this bag gives more space than my similarly priced Targus laptop bag. The strap has amazingly never got tangled when in use and is very easy to take off or put back on - mere seconds.
The real problem with this package is the mouse. When using their laptop, most users including myself prefer a wireless mouse so why do they give you a wired one? Also many people like myself buy a laptop then buy a case to fit it and actually already have a mouse to use so don't want to have to pay for another one to sit in the cupboard gathering dust. If you do need a mouse though your probably still going to need one after buying this package. The mouse included matches the case nicely in aesthetics but actually doesn't perform very well. What I have found when using this mouse is that the response time is actually quite slow - poor from a wired mouse. That aside the mouse doesn't have that many features and actually doesn't work on a lot of surfaces.
The case itself isn't actually that bad. Admittedly a little lacking in padding in a few places but it has done the job well so far and will continue to go on doing so. As for the mouse it leaves much to be desired so expect sadly to be buying another.