“ Brand: Wenger / Type: Sleeve / Size: 15.4" „
I ordered this laptop sleeve online and due to the handle thought it would be a good buy for a laptop carry case. I don't carry my laptop for long distances so thought this would b ideal. It is not. It is no more than a sleeve. And for £15, I expect more than a simple padded sleeve. Maybe I expect a lot for my money but my laptop cost a lot and has some precious stuff on it so why would I choose to protect it with a little sleeve? If the handle was not on this product, maybe I would have been more aware but why put a handle on a sleeve? I am sure it is strong enough but I do not trust it and have never carried my laptop by the sleeve's handle.
The sleeve open up halfway with two zips. It should be easy to use Nd slip your laptop in and out but this very much depends on the depth of your laptop. Mine is not a huge old laptop but it is a fairly snug fit.
As a sleeve, it is pretty good quality. It basically provides a place to keep your laptop dust-free. That's all I can say for it.
Personally, I was very disappointed!
I seem to have amassed a number of computer sleeves and cases, many of which are basically the same product bar the colour and branding. The Wenger Sherpa computer sleeve for 15.4" laptops is what I see as the Rolls Royce of computer carrying cases. Some people do prefer backpacks which accommodate your laptop, but if you are looking for a case designed for keeping your laptop safe whilst not in use then this one could very well be for you.
Unlike a lot of laptop 'skins' this Wenger Sherpa carrying case comes complete with its own handle. My first impression of the computer sleeve was that it has been based on a laptop 'skin' and then developed further to create the ultimate laptop carrying case. You would be forgiven for thinking that the case would be a lot more expensive than the skins, perhaps around £20-30, but you would be wrong. Priced at an affordable £12 I would certainly recommend it, even if you don't wish to use it for anything other than laptop storage.
The case itself is made of a very sturdy and well padded fabric construction, giving your laptop a lot of protection on the move. Unfortunately the disadvantage of not having it in your backpack is that it is instantly recognisable to thieves and could prove to be a target. I do believe though, that you can put the carrying case into your bag as you would the laptop before, as the carrying case doesn't add much bulk to the overall proportions. The case is also very lightweight, and the handle gives you the benefit of being able to transport your laptop easily. The sleeve will accommodate SOME of your accessories, but you might struggle with your charger due to the bulk of it. As the sleeve is slimline it doesn't take much more than the laptop and perhaps just your earphones. Due to this, I would suggest if you have a 15.4" laptop but it isn't very modern then you may struggle, as the laptop must be quite thin. Deep laptops possibly wouldn't fit.
The design is simple with a basic but strong loop handle and 2 zips which cover the top edge of the sleeve and also unzip to a few inches down either side to allow easy access to the laptop. The zips can also be padlocked for extra security. Overall, I would say that the case is much better value than the basic and more conventional 'skin' covers. The one thing to watch for, though, is the fit. If you have a particularly deep laptop then you may be out of luck.
~My Brief History of Laptop Bags~
The first laptop I ever had was massive. You needed to brace yourself before picking it up and it was absolutely forbidden by the company I worked for to take it anywhere without using a whopping great big black monster laptop bag which weighed almost as much as the laptop. It was a sign of business success when you developed a bad case of laptop-stoop. On one hand these bags shrieked 'GEEEEEEK' and on the other they were an invitation to muggers at a time when a laptop was a really pricey item. As the years have passed, the laptops have become infinitely more powerful, a lot cheaper but in my case, I'm cursed with a laptop that's still really hefty. Unless one of my colleagues who is fortunate enough to have been allocated a so-called 'travel' laptop (and goodness knows on what criteria I'm not judged worthy of being judged a traveller) gets fired or quits, I'm condemned to continue with my 3 kg laptop for at least another 9 months.
Along with advances in technology during the time I've been working, there have been massive reversals in the convenience of travelling by plane. It used to be possible to get away with all sorts of hand-luggage abuse but too many UK airports are now extremely restrictive. You are really pushing your luck to attempt a small suitcase AND a briefcase so my laptop is usually stuffed in my little wheelie bag and I have a 50:50 chance of having to surrender the bag at the gate. I use Birmingham airport a lot and many of the planes are titchy and when that's the case, there's no way my bag will make it onto the plane. When that happens I used to tuck my laptop under my arm, take it on the plane, stick it under the seat in front and lament that I didn't have something to protect it. My poor naked laptop was looking very vulnerable and just as the Victorians liked to cover the legs on their tables out of a prudish sense of 'decency', I felt the need to buy my friend some clothes. After an incident where all my luggage ended up in a shopping bag after my cat had peed on my holdall, I realised that my poor laptop deserved better. My mission therefore was to get an ultralight bag for taking my laptop on planes and on overseas business trips.
~Cheap as Chips~
As an optimist I continue to believe that there's a little travel laptop coming my way soon and so I didn't want to spend too much on a bag that will - I hope - soon be too big. I also had a suspicion I might not get a bag passed through my expenses so I didn't want anything expensive. I had lots of credit on Amazon and went for a look. I had recently bought a Belkin neoprene sleeve for my teeny little personal netbook and whilst it's better than nothing, I find it a bit slippy to handle. I didn't want to be tucking my work laptop under my arm and having it jump out and smash on the floor. I'd never seen a neoprene sleeve with handles but in my mind, that was pretty much what I was looking for so when I found the Wenger GA-7621-02 sherpa 15.4" computer sleeve it looked like it ought to be perfect and at £12.74 it wouldn't be the end of the world if the laptop fairy brought me a smaller computer any time soon or if the case was really rubbish.
~Sleeker than Arsene?~
I'd read so many product descriptions by the time I gave up and ordered that I really had very little idea what I'd actually ordered and when it arrived it really was a very simple product. My first thought was that with its neoprene body and mostly black body with red trim it looked a lot like my wetsuit. "Aha", I thought, "my laptop and I now have matching wetsuits". Mind you I don't have a stylish little metal badge on the front of my suit. The badge with a silver cross on a red background tells the world (well anyone sharp enough to notice) that my bag was made by Wenger who apparently made the 'Genuine Swiss Army Knife'. I suppose that when carrying penknives on planes became forbidden and buying them in airport doubly so, the folks at Wenger needed something else to make but I do struggle a little to identify the leap of logic that took them from furnishing the world with multifunctional to designing mono-functional laptop bags.
So what did I get? Well it really is just a simple black neoprene sleeve with a zip along the top extending a couple of inches down each side. There's a branded pull-tag on the zip and so far it opens and closes very easily. And most importantly it's got two handles. The neoprene is thicker than my Belkin sleeve; thick enough to be stiff and not floppy and that does offer good cushioned protection (two words I don't think I've used in a review since I wrote about Compeed Blister plasters many years ago). The inside is a brushed nylon-like fabric so that's nice - my little friend shouldn't get cold (oh for goodness sake, brushed linings, why?) On the plus side the lining is light grey which I appreciate as I hate bags with black linings because I never seem to be able to find anything inside.
The bag has no pockets, no widgets, no frills and furbelows. The closest it gets to being 'stylish' is a bit of over-stitching on the front that might well be rather 'slimming' on a wetsuit but seems a bit pointless on a laptop sleeve.
~Snug fit or a bit sloppy?~
I was a bit disappointed at how big the sleeve was as I had expected it to fit snuggly and there was a lot of spare space around the laptop once it was in. I was soon realising how dumb that reaction had been when I spotted that there was just enough space to squeeze in an A4 notebook and either a paperback book or my power cable. Since I only used the case when I'm travelling I do need to be able to get a few bits and bobs in as it's often got to see me through a flight. I generally need either a book to read on a plane or my power cable when I'm visiting one of our offices. There's not a lot of point having a nice sleek little case and then having to take another bag for all the other bits and pieces.
I was so excited about finding a sleeve with handles that I didn't bother to look further and see if such a thing existed with a shoulder strap. I realise now that a shoulder bag is what I really needed, not a bag with handles. I hate having my hands tied up and I was quickly irritated as I trotted round the airports by having one hand tied up with this bag. When I needed two hands I found I could slip my wrist through the handles but I have very small hands and that might not be an option for people with larger wrists. I soon realised that with a 3kg laptop, a notebook and a book, it was still quite a heavy thing to carry around. The bag itself is only about 260g in weight but I really would prefer to carry it with a shoulder strap. On the plus side, tt slips easily inside any of my suitcases and after several weeks of use the bag still looks as good as new but sadly it's too big to fit inside my usual laptop briefcase so it's really only going to be of use when I travel. For the price I paid I think I got good value but if I had my time again, I'd probably have chosen something different but it's still a big improvement over not having a bag at all.