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I have used this bag for several years and it has been extremely useful. It would fit most laptops, as it has plenty of room in the main section. If you have a very narrow laptop, it should still be very safe as there are two handy Velcro straps inside that enables you to securely retain your laptop in a snug position. However, if you have bought a very flat, narrow laptop, there is little point in then buying a bulky bag for it. My laptop is your average office size and the bag is a good fit.
As well as the main section for the laptop, and perhaps any A4 papers you need to carry around - providing you not wan too many. Just a few documents would fit. There is also a pocket on the front which is useful for chargers, mobile phones and even an iPad or tablet would fit. I usually carry several chargers for all my different devices, a mouse, mobile a small tablet and with careful packing, it all fits well.
The bag is well padded and the strap is comfortable to wear for carrying the laptop. The handle is also quite a comfortable fit, which takes some pressure off your shoulder if you want a change of position.
The bag looks quite smart. It is a pretty generic plain black laptop carry case design. It works for me but not very unique or individual. I need this for my line of work, which is what I use it for.
I have never dropped my laptop but it does get bumped around a fair bit on public transport and has survived well in this case. I believe it provides good protection for the contents inside.
At £25 a few years ago, this has proved excellent value for money. It still looks pretty new and there has been no obvious damage, despite extensive use.
I would highly recommend this laptop case.
After spending a pretty penny on my laptop I decided that I needed a good quality laptop bag to help me carry it around safely.
I have to do quite a bit of research before purchasing anything, however once I saw this one, I knew it would be good.
It carries my rather large laptop well, it is a tight fit but on the one hand it just means its a snug fit which keeps it safer. It has a lovely feel to it, the outside is a normal material which protects the bag from blemishes and scratches.
The inside is a little bit silky, however my friend bought the same bag from another retailer and didn't have the silk. I'm not sure if mine is a special version or if my friend bought the cheaper version.
It has multiple compartments to fit my wires and my mouse which is quite nice. It also has a big compartment where I put some books that I need to take around.
I got the bag for £25 on special offer, however after looking around I have found it a bit cheaper at some places, so do a bit of research first.
Given that a new laptop costs several hundred pounds (at least) it seemed sensible to get something to protect it whilst carrying it around. I'd previously used both thin neoprine slipcases and more padded carry cases, and reckon that the latter are a substantially better bet. More padding = more protection from shock! I don't remember exactly how much I paid, but it was around the £15 mark, which is at the lower end of the scale.
I selected this bag from Targus partly because of their reputation as a big name and partly because it was cheaper than other equivalents. One key thing is to make sure that your carry case is the right size and shape for your particular laptop, Targus do a variety so you should be able to find something suitable.
Physically it is quite well made, from some sort of plasticky fabric. It's soft, but quite well padded. The construction of the side wall means it keeps its shape, so although it isn't rigid, it isn't shapeless either. A zip running around the middle lets you open the main compartment right out. This is good because it makes it easy to get the laptop in or out, and means you can even leave it in the bag whilst using it if space is really short, though I wouldn't recommend this as it's a bit awkward. There is a velcro'd strap going across the middle, so you can prevent your precious laptop moving around too much, or from falling out if your happen to open it upside down or something - not sure how much practical function this has, but psychologically it's a good idea!
In the lid there is a large pocket, suitable for keeping documents, or the laptop's power supply, external mouse and so on. Attached to this pocket are further smaller pockets, with velcro fastenings which make them suitable for keeping USB memory sticks, CDs and so on. There is a further sealable (again, with the ubiquitous velcro) large pocket on the front/top of the bag. Although velcro is good I don't think it's as safe as a zip, though its use has undoubtedly kept the cost down.
It is topped off with two ways of carrying it: firstly, a handle on the top and secondly using straps which loop through or clip to rings at either side of the bag, so you can put it over your shoulder.
Overall this bag does a good job of protecting your laptop, whilst not being too bulky so that it is still perfectly portable.
For peace of mind I would suggest any laptop user has a carry case, and this one would fit the bill well.
I can see this is a well-marked case. Unfortunately, my experiences with it differ. This is a well-padded case (though it could use more pockets). My husband used it for his laptop, and for about a year he took it to work and back with him without issues. Then it started to fray. It frayed around the corner, where the zip ended (maybe this is a stress point? I don't know) and the fray eventually grew into a huge hole, rendering the case unusable. It wasn't particularly badly used to explain this; he carried it to and fro just about every day but it was never particularly over-stuffed.
To their credit, when he complained to Targus, they replaced the case with a new and different one. However, this case costs around £40 and for that price I would expect it to last more than a year. That being the case, I cannot recommend this case.
I got tired of lugging around my netbook in a simple slip and zip case so i thought i'd give this one by Targus a go since i'd heard the name floating around pc sites and thought i'd see what all the fuss was about.
From the first impression i got i knew i'd make a good investment, build quality is top notch no loose stitching or weak points, zips are metallic and super strong, teeth on the zips are also well made so i wont have to ever worry about them ruining like on an old jacket.
With the ample space i'm provided in the main compartment my netbook slips in snuggly, it's an machine with an 11" screen so it's smaller than most people have but still perfect for this bag, with the space left over i can fit in a few books or even extra gadgets that also fit in neatly, i don't have to worry about them rattling about damaging my laptops finish.
There is a second compartment which i use for the power adapter and memory cards, it's a snug fit again and i feel like with this bag i have my portable office/internet rig set up nicely in one place.
I couldn't find any downside particularly to this bag, it's plain black with just the company logo but i didn't buy this bag for a fashion showing so it was irrelevant for me.
This bag does what i wanted which is to provide a safe, secure and rugged carry case for my laptop and i'm very happy to recommend it to others looking for a way to keep their computer safe and sound when travelling.
I've had the same laptop case for a few years now, ever since I got my first laptop. I honestly cannot remember how much I paid for it, but I do know that I was attracted to this particular case not for any of its own features, but for the fact that it was on offer in PC World at the time, and I got a free mouse with it. So to begin with, I wasn't expecting very much from the case at all.
Unfortunately, I don't really feel comfortable using the case as intended to carry my laptop around. It comes with both a handle and an over-the-shoulder strap, but I always use the shoulder strap, because although the handle is padded, it still isn't substantial enough to carry any distance with a heavy laptop in.
The bag is plain black, and is rather chunky. There isn't any obvious decoration, other than the Targus logo sitting unobtrusively in a bottom corner. I don't find it a particularly attractive bag; I'd much rather have something more colourful and elegant!. Plus, after my dad has his laptop case stolen on a train (thankfully without the laptop in it), I've been wary about carrying around a bag that is very obviously designed for an expensive item! Unfortunately the case is too chunky to easily fit inside another bag, and so I don't tend to carry it around much anymore.
The case has two pockets. The main one, for the laptop itself, is 16 inches, so should fit most laptops in. It comes with a couple of interior straps, to hold the laptop in place, and reduce the amount of bumps it will get when travelling. This pocket has enough room to slip a couple of books in with it, perfect if you want to carry work around as well. The front pocket, while slightly smaller, is still very roomy. This has two pockets, four loops to hold pens, and a pocket designed to hold a computer mouse. I find I can carry almost everything I need in this pocket, including CDs, books and stationery.
One disadvantage of the case is that it isn't particularly well padded, and I'm not convinced that a laptop would survive being dropped in it. I suppose the internal straps would help in this case, by reducing the amount of movement, but still I'm not convinced. This isn't something I'm prepared to test with my own laptop though!
I'm afraid I can't really comment on how long-lasting the bag is. I may have had it for a fair few years now, but as I don't take it out with me very often, it doesn't get any wear that would really test it. My main use for it is as a place to store my laptop at home, and I would hope that most cases would last a while under conditions of such little use.
Overall, I can't say the case has really fulfilled its purpose. It's very handy for storing things, but it's uncomfortable to carry, I don't really trust it to protect my laptop, and it's not particularly attractive. I only really use it at home, where I could easily do without a case. So overall, a bit of a superfluous item for me.
Buying a laptop case wasn't something that was on the top of my list when I purchased my laptop, as I didn't think I needed one due to not transporting my laptop around much. However I later found that owning one of these would be really handy as even if you don't think you need one.. at times you may wish you had it!
This happened sometime last year when I was wanting to take my laptop to my friends house to work together on it the next day, however I later realised I didn't have anything to carry it with and so decided to purchase a laptop case beforehand.
I didn't shop around for the case or look at any prices online as I didn't have the time. I ended up buying the first one I came across either from currys or comet for between £30-£35. (Not that you will find a comet store now!) But you can probably find it cheaper online or at other stores.
The case was really useful, the reason I chose it was because it had all I needed. I basically knew I wanted to buy a laptop case that had 2 straps, the carry handle and the over the shoulder strap, and for it to have 2 pockets where I could put the laptop itself and the laptop charger seperately.
The case met both my criteria, the strap of the laptop case was strong and sturdy and the over the shoulder strap was big enough for it to cause no problems in carrying. The strap is also adjustable which helps to make sure it is easily carried and it can also be taken off if not needed.
The pockets of the case are both zipped. There is a smaller front pocket with 2 zips, which has plenty of space to hold the laptop's charger and any other leads or bits you may have such as the mouse. The second pocket is the main one which allows you to place the laptop inside it, and also has 2 zips to function. The laptop is then placed securely inside by fastening two velcro straps over it to make sure it does not move whilst walking around with the laptop. This means there is no chance of any damage being done to the laptop as it is being moved about.
The inside of the case also has a little elasticated pocket that you can place your pens in and I have used it to put my usb's inside when carrying to ensure they are kept safe.
Overall I give the case 5 stars, it is well made and the material is thick and padded, keeping the laptop safe inside. The only fault I have with it is the price as I thought it was a bit expensive and know there are cheaper ones out there - but I do think that with a bit of shopping around I could have found it cheaper.
Targus is also a good brand and I have seen many products which are well designed and would be useful.
The case can also be found in a range of different sizes to fit your particular laptop.
Thanks for reading :)
(review may also be found on ciao)
This is my review of the targus black laptop bag, which I got with a laptop from argos (they had a special deal on, it was 10-20 pounds or so extra for the bag, I can't remember exactly as it was a while ago).
Anyway, this is a simple bag, made by targus. For those of you who do not know who targas are, they basically make high quality protective bags for laptops, the sort of stuff you can go hiking in an so on.
Anyway, this is their cheap entry bag, which my size is a 16 inch (I believe they come in different sizes and so on depending on your laptop).
For your money you get a mesh bag, and some version have a plastic bottom bit (my dad has the bigger size, and I have owned 2 of these, I think the plastic protection comes with the bigger more expensive sizes). You also get 2 compartments, a bit for your laptop, with a divider for your charger (although i would not use it for that, i find it will get loose during transit, and your charger scratches up your nice laptop!). You also get straps for your laptop to secure it firmly in place.
There is also a front compartment, which can take a few folders, and has inserts for pens (but these become loose over time, i wouldn't really bother). Here there are also little pouches for consumables as well.
So, what is it like? The shoulder strap is very well made, and very secure. Also the bit that connects the strap to the bag is metal, so isn't going to break any time soon. I would say this bag will last 1-2 years at least, depending on how heavy/harshly you use it (although I do not think it is sold as waterproof, but i have walked in moderate rain short distances no problem).
When the laptop starts to go, it starts in the bottom corners. This is great, because it means you are unlikely to just turn around one day and just drop your laptop and smash it to pieces! To be honest, I am a bit cheeky, and normally carry on using it slightly past this stage, and somehow the bag still manages to stick together!
Overall, this is a simple, but well made bag, that is pretty handy. I think you will struggle to find another bag in this price range that is this reliable, any cheaper and i would begin to worry about how safe my laptop is. Yet any more expensive might just feel liek a waste of money?
In summary then, i give this 4/5 stars, for value, but i have to deduct a star for the divider not being brilliant, and the elastic in the pen pouches wearing thin.