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One of the great things about my job is the fact that I am often required to visit sites and regional offices and therefore need a certain amount of flexibility in the way that I work. As a result, when I started my position at the beginning of last year I was given a laptop to transport around with me and a laptop case with which to carry it around. Although I didn't personally purchase this laptop case, instead leaving it in the capable hands of our IT department, it has been in my possession for a while now and therefore I thought it was high time that I gave it a review.
~Product Appearance and Vital Statistics~
The majority of laptop cases are not that exciting to look at in my opinion and this particular product is no exception to the rule. This case is rectangular in shape, entirely black in colour and is made from a canvas type material which is water resistant and thoroughly padded to ensure that the contents of the case are kept safe. Although black is not a particularly exciting colour in my opinion it is nonetheless very practical and professional looking and I have to applaud the fact that my laptop case still looks as good as new despite carrying it around various train stations and leaving it on the floor at every opportunity. I would attribute the new look of my laptop bag to the black colour and, had I been able to choose a lighter colour I would have to admit that it wouldn't have looked as good after a years wear. On the front of my laptop case is the 'hp' logo and this is a small sewn on rectangle which matches that on the top of my laptop and gives an overall sense of the two items matching each other which I like.
The dimensions of this bag are pretty standard to all of the other laptop cases that I have seen around but for information these are as follows: 34cm high x 46cm long x 13cm deep. This makes for a case which is quite slim line to carry around without too much bulk but sufficiently able to carry a variety of papers and other items with ease. It also means that this case is small enough to fit within the hand luggage of a well known domestic airplane carrier and hence why I took this case to Scotland with me recently as hand luggage without hassle.
~Features and Use~
In terms of practicality this laptop case has to score top marks from me as it does provide quite an extraordinary amount of storage which even I haven't been able to fully utilise. On top of the case is a built in padded handle and this provides a wide section of handle which is slightly padded and feels secure yet comfortable in my hand. When the bag is too full for me to lug around by hand, the case also has a removable strap which links onto the sides of the case for carrying over the shoulder. This strap is very heavy duty in construction with a tightly woven finish and has a lightly padded section in the centre in order that the strap sits comfortably on my shoulder and does not dig in when I am on the move.
There are two main compartments built into this laptop bag and each is inbuilt with quite a variety of sleeves and pockets to house just about everything I could think of. Starting at the front of the bag there is a slim pocket which is padded and it is here that I usually store any items that are not valuable such as my notebook and pen. Moving in, there is a zipped compartment which provides various pockets of differing sizes and I use this to store my company mobile and any important items such as papers which I would hate to loose whilst travelling. The deepest pocket is housed in the middle of the bag and this is where I place my laptop and power cables when I am on the move. This pocket is designed to transport notebooks of a screen width up to 15.6" and I find that my 14" laptop sits comfortably inside secured by the velcro 'hp' strap. There is a padded section in the centre of this pocket which essentially divides it into two halves and I find this handy at ensuring that my laptop is not scratched by the plug of the power cable which sits next to it. Each pocket is fastened with two zips which ensure that I feel comfortable in the knowledge that once zipped to the centre the pockets would be quite difficult to open without arousing the suspicions of the carrier therefore making this a great case in areas where there are concerns over pickpockets.
In use, this laptop case really is excellent in my opinion as It provides a lovely amount of storage space whilst also protecting my electricals from the elements and from commuters bashing into it whilst I am on the move. One of the best details of this bag in my opinion is the way that the pockets open outwards. Therefore when I need to get something out of the bag quickly, such as train tickets, I can simply unzip the pocket away from my body, reach in and grab whatever it is I need without having to put the bag on the floor and rummage around. Another great thing about this case is that the zips feel quite heavy duty and therefore I do not have to worry about them bursting under pressure and this combined with the fact that the zips open easily and without snagging makes this case incredibly easy to use.
~Price and Availability~
This product is available from a number of online retailers such as Amazon and is currently priced at £23 on the hp website. In my opinion this is a good price to pay for such a useful item and the very fact that it protects quite an expensive piece of kit means that it is a price I would consider paying in the future.
~Overall Opinion and Recommendation~
Despite the slightly functional and masculine look of this laptop case, I have to say that it has certainly impressed me and provides an invaluable means to carry my laptop around town without fearing for it being knocked. The functionality of this product and the fact that it provides so much storage is why I would recommend this product and explains why it scores a maximum five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x