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One of the younger members of our household has recently purchased their first netbook. It is their pride and joy and obviously needed something to keep it safe when it was out and about. So, of course, it had to be pink. This item fitted the criteria perfectly.
I agreed, as at £12.99, it was the cheapest available. When it arrived, I was absolutely amazed at the quality. It isn't as good as either the office case that I use o my home laptop case but they each cost considerably more. So far,she has not dropped it, however the case is pretty well padded so if an accident did happen, I think this case should provide adequate protection.
There is a handle to carry or a shoulder strap that can be adjusted to accommodate younger people.
For a younger person, this case is ideal, as there are plenty of pockets for all those dozens of random things they like to carry around. This is especially good for the mouse, to stop it scratching or banging the netbook.
All in all, although the design is clearly for kids, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It means that they actually want to protect their netbook. This is a must for a sensitive item like a netbook. All to often kids and teenagers forget to look after their things. This case makes them want to look after their things.
With this colour-scheme (PINK, SO MUCH PINK) this was not a laptop case I planned on getting for myself. However, my god-daughter needed a Christmas gift and at just under £12 it hit the price point for what I wanted to spend so I picked it up on Amazon. She loooves pink, so this was perfect.
For the amount I spent, I was a bit worried that it might fall apart if you looked at it too hard - most of my laptop cases cost upwards of £30, and I don't view them as particularly expensive. You can spend £50 on a laptop case without trying too hard. However, it seems decently made and durable - we'll see how it lasts over the next few months but I feel pretty good about it. There is a little mouse with it - again, it's pink - and that has a nice solid click to it when you press the buttons. It's decently responsive - corded, which could be restrictive, but I don't expect a free cordless mouse at this price. You don't need to install any drivers to start using it which helps too. The instructions say it will also work with Linux laptops, which I suppose is useful if you have one of the little Asus Eees.
Don't buy this for a full-sized laptop - it's only big enough for netbooks. Just as well - I can't see many adults going with this colour and pattern, and there's limits to what a 12 year old can carry. There's a handle if you prefer to carry it like a briefcase, and a shoulder-strap if you don't. It's adjustable, so it doesn't hang down to her ankles too. I'd quite like a rucksack option, as that's how she's used to carrying her school-bags, but we don't get that.
The real value here is in the pockets though, there's a LOT of extra little compartments to tuck things into. When you have a case like this for kids, there's a danger it will all get thrown in together which results in the mouse tangling with the charger and her iPod headphones and resulting in one giant mess. This bag has pockets so everything can be tucked away seperately, keeping it all nice and neat. It's going to be great for when she goes to her Dad's as she can easily pack everything away and go.
I would like a bit more padding around the laptop. I know from my own experience when travelling that it's easy for a laptop case to get inadvertantly clobbered, and a bit more padding can help save a machine if it gets accidently kicked, or bashes into something. It's not so much a problem for my god-daughter, as this won't be travelling anywhere more rough than her father's car, but it's worth keeping in mind if you want a case that will be spending a lot of time on trains. Otherwise, it's a nice little case, and certainly better made than I expected for the amount I paid for it.