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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Skooba Design Laptop Slim Case Video Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

This is my review of the Skooba Design Laptop Slim Case, a lightweight laptop and gadget carrying case. Skooba, formerly known as RoadWired, has been making impressive bags for years, and this is one of their slimmest (3.5 inches) and most light-weight (18 ounces) bags yet. It's perfect for day-to-day business outings and even short trips or a vacation where you want to travel light. It has over 12 different pockets, pouches, and storage zones but it becomes a little unwieldy if you cram them all full. This bag works best if you pack it light. Check out my review for all the details, but if you're short on time, here's the summary: two thumbs up. Buy it.

You can purchase the bag from $59.95, but watch the video for a special coupon code to save 20% off any order over $50.

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He likes laptop bags - maybe a little too much.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Skooba Design Releases Designed by Women, For Women Line of Bags: The Harmony Collection

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:32 PM

http://www.skoobadesign.com/shop-by...mony-collection

"Skooba Design has added a collection of products designed exclusively for women to its award-winning line of laptop bags and tech/travel accessories. The bags in the new HarmonyTM collection blend the look, fashion and quality of a high-end tote or handbag with the capacity and protection of a laptop bag. Skooba's Julie Zepke, who lead the Harmony project, says "Harmony was designed by women for women, to make sure that the bags reflect the way we really carry and use things." Zepke continues, "too many other laptop bags are just masculine, tech-centric designs slightly modified or decorated to be marketed to women. We took the reverse approach-designing beautiful handbags and then making them work with technology." Zepke says the Harmony name represents the ideal marriage of fashion and function."

I've tended to think of Skooba Design's bags are being basically unisex, but the new Harmony line is certainly more fashionable than anything Skooba has done before. Remember you can use the coupon code DIGIDEAL to save 20% off any order of $50 or more.


Friday, April 23, 2010

The "Forget-me-not" Skooba Cable Stable DLX

Posted by Jeff Deneen in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Any road warrior worth his or her salt has a favorite way to carry their gear into battle. Mine arrived in my consciousness many years ago when the company provided a Dell laptop case along with the corporate laptop. The accessory case has out lasted both the case and the laptop. The contents? A wireless mouse, small surge protector, 2 RJ 45 reels, HP power supply, Bluetooth dongle, several USB cables, and several USB thumb drives. It fits into my current backpack and allows me to keep track of all those things you take along so you can actually use your laptop.

Well, the old accessory bag may have met its match with the Skooba Cable Stable DLX ($39.95 USD). First, as you can see in the above photo, it has plenty of room for the gear and you can actually see it for a change without digging and wondering if you actually left important dongle at home.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Protecting the Nearly Priceless: The SkoobaWrap

Posted by Jeff Deneen in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

Every once in a while I slap my forehead and say, "I wish I had thought of that." Such is the case with the SkoobaWrap, a simple, useful product. Skooba Design provided me with a sample to review. You can read the review, but until you get to play with it, you can't really appreciate its usefulness. It's a simple square of material, bright green and soft with Velcro fabric hooks on the corners inside, and basic black outside with loop fabric for the hooks to attach. That is the real genius in its design. By simply folding it to conform to the object being carried and pressing down the Velcro hooks in the corner, you can protect your gadget from the incidental jolts of travel. Read more...


Friday, February 19, 2010

A Near-Perfect Netbook Bag: Skooba Design's Netbook Messenger

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

The third and final Skooba Design product that I'm taking a look at in this burst of laptop/netbook related products is their Netbook Messenger bag. It sells for $49.95 USD, and comes in Abyss Black, Blizzard White, Deep Ocean Blue, and Inferno Red. I won't repeat myself here - go check out my opinion on the colour of Inferno Red in this review. The bag measures in at 14.5"L x 12"H x 3"D and weighs a scant 24.8 ounces. It's a light, compact bag that's been extremely well thought out. Read more...


Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Camber from EVERKI: A Netbook Bag With a Built-in Workstation

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:07 AM

http://www.everki.com/index.php?/Sl...Case-Sling.html

"The Camber offers easy carrying and hard-shell EVA protection for fragile netbooks, ultra-portables, or ultrathin laptops up to 13". Inside the EVA shell, you will find a memory foam padded back panel and plenty of room for power adapter and accessories. The Camber's clever ‘incline' design allows the outer EVA shell to double as a convenient travel desk or lap stand for a vastly improved typing position. No more cramped hands from typing on a tiny keyboard."

The picture and video pretty much says it all - this is an innovative design that has a lot of interesting advantages. The $49.99 USD price tag seems a touch steep for a netbook bag, but if it's a quality bag, then it's something you'll use for years and is worth the investment.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Skooba Design Releases the Neo-Sleeve for Netbooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:46 PM

http://www.skoobadesign.com/product...-neo-sleeve-78/

"Protection for your Netbook. Neo-Sleeve will fit netbooks up to 11" x 7.5" x 1.5" which includes most netbooks up to 10.1" screens."

Skooba Design is a on a roll with netbook products lately - better late than never I suppose! First they released the Netbook Messenger bag a couple of weeks ago, and now they've released these sleeves. They're pretty much exactly what I've been looking for but unable to find - a neoprene sleeve designed for netbooks with a front pouch just big enough for a power supply...though I wonder if they're big enough for the tiny power supplies that come with some netbooks (like the Acer Aspire One) and too small for the larger power supplies for netbooks like the HP Mini 1000. I guess we'll see!

The Neo-Sleeve comes in Abyss Black, Blizzard White, Deep Ocean Blue, and Inferno Red. I just received one of their Netbook Messenger bags for review last week, and the Inferno Red is actually a burgundy or maroon colour. It's definitely not red, but it still looks pretty good. The Netbook Neo-Sleeve comes in at a reasonable $19.95 USD price point. It would make a nice Christmas gift for anyone that owns a netbook.

Oh, and as a reminder, remember that our giveaway contest for the two Skooba Messenger bags closes tomorrow (the 11th) at 3pm. Be sure to enter!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Skooba Design Releases the Netbook Messenger Bag

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:05 PM

http://www.skoobadesign.com/product...k-messenger-81/

"OK, so you bought a cool, super-portable computer so you can travel light, move quickly and work efficiently. So of course you'll want to carry it in a bag that does all the same things. The Skooba Netbook Messenger is a sleek, stylish courier-style bag that's incredibly compact and feather-light, yet packed with smart, efficient pockets and thoughtful features. Holds any size netbook, plus power cord and other accessories, with room to spare for books or papers and more."

I'm a fan of Skooba Design products, and have been waiting a long time for them to release a smaller bag - most of their bags are fairly sizeable, designed to fit everything up to and including a 17" laptop, which to me means there's wasted space if you're using a smaller laptop. This new Netbook Messenger product looks really cool - and I'm pleased to see the return of some colour to the Skooba line! Many of their recent bags have been all black with no options for colour. The Netbook Messenger is available in Deep Ocean Blue (which looks more like Peacock Blue to my eyes), Inferno Red (pictured above), Blizzard White, Abyss Black. The price seems pretty reasonable as well: only $49.95 USD.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Carry it All with the Lowepro SlingShot AW350

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

If you've got a DSLR and more than one lens, odds are you're using some sort of camera bag that allows you to carry your gear. Whether you're a pro going off to a shoot, or an amateur wanting to carrying your gear on vacation, a good camera bag is essential. I've tried a few over the years, including some good ones, and some not so good ones. A couple of years back I had purchased a SlingShot 200AW, and I really liked it - until it became too small to hold all my glass. The logical upgrade was to look at the bigger version of the same product line, so I went for the biggest one they had: the SlingShot AW350. And so here we are!

Above: That's a stock photo, because I sure as heck don't own a Macbook!

Let's talk specs for a minute. The AW350 is made from 420D and 840D Nylon, and 600D Polyester. Translation? It's pretty rugged, though not indestructible like KATA bags. Unlike the KATA bags, however, the AW350 is fast and easy to get open. It's a sling bag, meaning it has a single shoulder strap. It has wrap-around waist stabilization straps, and when you want to access what's in the bag you undo the waist straps and shift the bag down and across your waist. It sounds a bit awkward, but it works really well. Here's what it looks like. Being able to quickly access your camera, swap lenses, or grab a new memory card is critical to anyone who's serious about getting great pictures. Read more...


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