“ Brand: Paperchase / Type: Laptop Case / Size: 15" „
Last year I dropped my laptop and the hard-drive completely broke, the laptop was unusable just after one drop. I am very prone to dropping things and so I have a rubber case on my phone after a few too many smashed screens. I knew I had to buy something to protect my laptop in case something like that happens again! I really did not want to spend too much because it is quite a boring buy and I only needed something basic that does serves its purpose.
I found this laptop bag in Staples, it was in the sale at £6 so I snapped it up. There were other laptop bags available in different designs but I didn't see anything too interesting. This is on the larger side and most of the other laptop bags I saw in Staples were smaller than this one. This is great because I have noticed a lot of larger screened laptops these days, mine is just a regular sized 15 inch screen and a fairly standard thickness, it's not one of the wafer-thin laptops.
Even though this laptop bag looks pretty compact from the outside, it's surprisingly roomy. I can fit my laptop in there along with the charger but I'm not entirely sure whether a 17 inch laptop would fit along with the charger. I think this is designed for bigger laptops such as the 17 inch ones which definitely wouldn't fit in a lot of the laptop bags which are available to buy. I am glad for this extra space though as it's very handy to be able to fit the charger and cable in.
The appearance of this laptop bag is simple but fun. There is a multicoloured pattern and a thick handle on either side. It's definitely unisex and I think the design would suit many different people. There is quite thick padding all around the laptop bag which is great, luckily there isn't so much cushion that the amount of space is compromised. The padding protects the laptop and stops it getting scratched from little knocks which can happen so easily. As for quality, this feels fairly sturdy and the seams aren't starting to come apart or anything when I look closely, I take this as a sign that it isn't really cheaply made although it hasn't been used loads for long periods of time. I have got plenty of use out of this though and it is still going strong.
This laptop bag has been really useful to me, I don't use my laptop while I'm on the move but if I want to take it with me when I go away somewhere, this laptop bag gives me the peace of mind that it isn't getting banged around with the other things I have packed. This keeps the laptop secure and safe from damage and is really handy!
I definitely recommend this if you want a basic laptop bag that will do the job while also being available in a range of different designs. I recommend this for both larger screened laptops and regular sized laptops, I can fit my charger cable in so I expect many others can do the same (with a regular sized laptop) this would probably also suit a smaller laptop if you're packing other things in it although it may give it to much space to knock against things and possibly get damaged.
I've recently purchased a new 17" laptop which quite frankly cost me so much I've been wary to take it anywhere further than my room, however as I was browsing through the Paper chase sale I saw a laptop case, just as the one pictured but in black and yellow reduced to just £6. This may not sound like a good bargain to those who own average sized 15" laptops, but believe me it is a nightmare trying to find a nice looking laptop case to fit a 17", especially for a price like this!
These cases are available in various sizes and colours to suit anyone, however I found that there were several designs which were not sold in a 17" size, so make sure you check the size before setting your heart on a particular design! Luckily for me I found that there was so much choice that I wasn't disappointed.
I found that the fit of the case was fairly tight however it closes with just enough room to not damage or scratch my laptop. There isn't enough room for both the laptop and the cable lead as it is designed to have the same properties as a laptop sleeve but with the additional handle and carry strap for travelling convenience. The case fastened with a zip line which starts in the middle of both sides of the case. There are two zip fasteners which I find is convenient to quickly get my laptop in and out without mixing up the right side for the zip.
I decided that this was the case/bag for me as the material has a failry thick padding on it to ensure small knocks (like an accidental band on the car door, or a tap to the chair leg) doesn't scratch or dent the laptop when it's inside. the padding is also a bonus as it doesn't bruise your leg or side after carrying it around all day which is great for people like me who are constantly on the go.
The case comes with a removable black strap which I personally would expect anyway as I don't see any point in just simply having a sleeve. The strap is adjustable to suit all heights and sizes and the width is generous so it doesn't cut into your shoulder too much, however I would suggest that if you're sensitive to weight or plan on carrying your laptop very long distances to get a padding patch like those for car seats to optimize comfort.
Overall this case is pretty basic and doesn't go above and beyond what I expected, however it has kept my laptop safe on short journey's and has done what i bought it to do. If you are looking for extensive protection and performance then this probably isn't the case for you, but for just £6 in the sale it's worth picking one up just for those minor occasions.
My wonderful partner bought me a new notebook for Christmas to replace my old faithful laptop which would now lose in a race with my iPhone. My notebook is wonderful and shiny but oh my goodness with a kitten roaming around, how on earth will I keep it shiny and how on earth will I transport it to Scotland with me?
One afternoon I decided to have a stroll around town to find my self a sleeve or bag for my new present and boy did I struggle! The sleeves were ridiculous both price wise and size wise - whats the point of having something that I couldn't fit my cable in too?
After much searching I ended up in Paperchase (I have a thing for stationery) and they happened to have a sale on...hurrah! Then I saw it, languishing on a low down shelf behaind a load of kids stuff were some laptop bags and best of all they were designed for the new breed of notebooks and travel laptops!
I chose a stripey bag in blue, green and beige colours and took it off to the till. Full price, this bag should have been £12.99 but was reduced to £8.60 in the sale which was a real bargain considering the neoprene sleeves I'd seen were about £20!! As with most Paperchase products, the bag is available in a number of styles to suit all tastes and they do also offer larger bags for more traditional sized laptops.
The bag is suitable for any size notebook/laptop up to around 14 inches to fit comfortably with all of the cables in. It is a very simple design with one main pocket and one smaller inside pocket (suitable for memory sticks etc) with a zip. There is a strap which you can attach and wear over your shoulder or handles which are perfectly adequate for carrying the bag with. The outer fabric is coated with a waxy coating which offers waterproof protection to your notebook.
I can comfortably fit my notebook and it's cables inside this bag with room for a magazine/paperwork if I am travelling and nearly a year on it still looks as good as ever (so does my notebook!)
Stocked in Paperchase stores and Waterstones (with a concession) you can probably find these on most high streets in the UK.
Thoroughly recommended to everyone looking for a stylish, durable and convenient laptop bag!
The company for whom I work operates a 3 year replacement cycle with laptops which meant that when I joined in 2008 and was assigned a big hefty monster of a laptop I knew I was going to have a long wait to get reassigned a so-called 'travel' laptop. In the interim period I continued to clock up over 100 flights a year, that clearly not being considered quite enough travel. Then my ship came in slightly early, the head of IT took pity on me and I got the newbie laptop a few months early - a super light HP EliteBook 2530p. Of course as fate would have it, my lack of belief that Santa would ever deliver meant I'd not long earlier bought a laptop bag for the old heavy one and the new laptop was looking a bit lost.
Fortunately the two bags I'd previously bought for my old work laptop and the sleeve I have for my netbook had all taught me a lot about what I wanted this time round. Most importantly I wanted a shoulder strap because when I'm travelling I need both hands available; secondly I wanted a bag which zipped up fully - since things have a tendency to 'move in transit' in those overhead lockers; thirdly I wanted something with a bit of colour and a touch of fun - no more risk of picking up the wrong bag on the security check conveyor belt. And finally, I didn't want to spend much money since it wouldn't be reimbursed through my expenses.
I was out for lunch in a very bad restaurant with my parents in Salisbury when I got fed up and decided to 'take some air' whilst they finished up their coffees and puddings. We'd been hours waiting for second rate food and I just needed to escape. Hubby and I strolled into the branch of Paperchase on New Canal Street and strolled out a couple of minutes later with my jazzy little laptop case and a big daft smile on my face. I'd just spent a meagre £6 and picked up a sale bargain that met all four of my criteria. SO much easier than trying to buy a case on line.
It's now six months later and the bag has been used pretty much every day and I think it's earned itself a review.
The empty weight of the bag is just 322g - I just popped downstairs to weight it on my Kenwood Scales (whoever realised how much such things come in handy). Size wise it's 37 cm (14.5 inches) by 27 cm (11 inches) and 4 cm (1.5 inches) deep. Of course the exact size will vary depending on how much you stuff inside as the sides are very flexible. My laptop is a 12.1 inch widescreen so there's plenty of room for it and a couple of large notebooks inside and it would probably suit a laptop up to 15 or 16 inch screen without any trouble. I had thought of going smaller but I'd still need to carry an A4 notebook with me most of the time so there was little benefit in scrimping on the space. The small and relatively flat design also means it's easy to stuff the bag inside a small carry-on wheelie suitcase - something I do when I'm restricted on the number of pieces of carry-on luggage - then I just stick the laptop straight in my handbag.
The bag has two carry handles firmly sewn into place and a 3 cm wide nylon shoulder strap which clips onto the bag at either side. All the clips are plastic which might have given me cause for concern if it were a bag intended to carry something really heavy but for a lightweight laptop, it's never given me any cause for concern. I've had the horror of running for a plane as the clips on your bag decide to twist open sending the bag flying to the floor. It's not funny. Similarly the strap is a bit basic but the weights carried mean that's not a problem either. The zip runs from about one quarter of the way down one side, to the same position on the other side - so you can't open it out flat, but you're unlikely to need or want to. This is a simple unzip, stuff in, zip up again bag with no bells and whistles.
The bag has light but squishy padding between the exterior brightly coloured nylon layer and the shiny lightweight lining fabric. It's not the kind of padding that will see it pass a 'throwing off the top of a tall building' test but it's entirely adequate for the protection level that I need. Onto the jazzy design. Mine is bright stripes with an overlaid pattern of triangles and hexagons. It's not quite the same as the photo but pretty close. The one warning I would give, and perhaps the only point where some people might consider that the bag falls short, is that the bag has no pockets of any kind. It really is very basic. I don't NEED pockets because I always carry a large handbag but for those that don't the absence of somewhere to put your pens and odds and ends might annoy or might lead to stuff in the bag getting marked or damaged.
After 6 months use I don't think the bag is showing any signs of age or of wear and tear. Nothing has broken, nothing has frayed and it's not even dirty. Mind you if it were dirty, it would be hard to tell because of the bright and slightly eye-watering fabric.
I believe the full price for these bags is around £12 and even though I paid half that amount, I'd consider it good value if it had been full price. It's certainly the best laptop bag I've had despite many of my past horrors costing £50 or more.