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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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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Laptop Bag Includes Built in Table

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 AM

"It's called the Laptop Table Bag and it looks like a surprisingly normal, if decidedly corporate-issue, laptop bag. But, out of the bottom pivots four legs to hold your mobile device at what may or may not be a comfortable height. The 5980 yen ($75) contraption weighs about six pounds empty."

At first I thought this was cool, but then as I thought about it, not so much. How often do you find yourself without a table or other suitable surface to set up your laptop on, yet you have the space/time to set something like this up?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Skooba Design Launches Several New Products

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:06 PM

Skooba Design has launched a whack of new products - and they look great! Pictured is the Techlife Compact Laptop Messenger bag ($54.95) - I reviewed a smaller version of this bag, the Netbook Messenger, and it rocks. This new version has slightly re-configured internal pouches designed to accommodate a 13" laptop. After the break, more new products, but before you go there, remember to use the coupon code DIGIDEAL to save 20% off any order more than $50, and to sign up for the Skooba newsletter - they often have special promotions and discounts. Read more...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tenba Announces Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:24 AM

"Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces today that is has expanded its urban-inspired Messenger collection to include a new Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag. These new bags incorporate the soft, body-hugging and retro-discreet styling of the company's courier-style messenger bags, but in compact sizes for smaller camera systems. The Tenba Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag are constructed of military-grade, 1000 denier nylon: the most time-tested, durable, weather-resistant textile in the outdoor industry. Each model offers a variety of pockets and other storage spaces to keep digital camera equipment and accessories organized and protected. Space is thoughtfully and efficiently laid out for cables and card readers, mobile hard drives, chargers and much more."

I reviewed the small Messenger Photo Bag earlier this year, and overall I quite liked it. Tenba has taken the same basic concept and made it even smaller - pictured above is the Mini Photo/Laptop bag ($84.95 $97.95 USD), and the laptop compartment is appropriate for an iPad or 13" laptop/netbook (just remember it has to be thin). The other bag, dubbed the Small Camera Bag, seems similar, but lacks the space for the laptop. Strangely, it has a higher price tag ($114.95 $131.95), so it must be bigger. Currently, Tenba has neither product up on their Web site, so I'm a little light on details.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tenba's Small Messenger Photo Bag: A Worthy Bag For Your Laptop and DSLR

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

I really like bags. Laptop bags, camera bags, gadget bags of all sorts - there's something I find enjoyable, if not downright soothing, about having the perfect bag. Blame it on my first born child, Type A personality. What makes the perfect bag? For me, it's having a bag with logically designed pouches, zippers, and straps. Something that's lightweight, easy to carry when heavily loaded, and great for travelling. A poorly designed bag can put a crimp in any trip; when I attended the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, I used a bag that was so poorly suited for travel I hated it by the time I got home. Having no bag can put you in an even worse mood - having to travel to CES 2010 without a laptop bag of any sort was downright frustrating. 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...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Win One of Two Skooba Sidekick Laptop Bags

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 06:00 AM

I've reviewed a lot of Skooba Design (formerly RoadWired) products over the years, and their latest line of messenger-style bags look great. The Sidekick bag is priced in the realm of your typical found-at-Best-Buy laptop bags ($79.95 USD, on sale right now for $39.95), but I'm willing to bet it's much better than anything you'd find at retail. I haven't looked at one of these yet, so I can't say for sure, but my previous experience with Skooba Design bags tells me I'm probably right. I keep trying other bags, but always go back to my Skooba bags.

Want to win? All you have to do is tell me what you'd like to carry in the bag. Take a look at the photos on the Skooba product page, check out all the pockets and pouches, and post a message telling me what gadgets and gear you'd put into this bag. I'll randomly select two people and each will win one of these bags.

This contest is open to anyone in the USA or Canada (sorry rest of world, shipping is too expensive on a large product like this). There's one post per person allowed, and the contest will stay open for one week, closing down on Wednesday the 11th of November at 3pm GMT -7.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for entering! The two winners, randomly chosen, are Dyvim and NeilE. Yes, the same NeilE that won the last contest...but this is what happens when there are so few entries! We've got another Skooba Design contest coming up later this month, so watch for that.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Skooba Design Releases the Netbook Messenger Bag

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

"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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Skooba's Checkthrough Design Explained

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM

Curious about the "how" and "why" of Skooba Design's Checkthrough system? This video explains it all...complete with a cheesy piano intro!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Skooba Design Contest Now Over

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:11 PM

Our giveaway contest for the Skooba Design Checkthrough Brief is now over, and the randomly drawn winner is...Neil Enns! Here's Neil's rather interesting travel story:

"On my last business trip I was flying to Austin. I got into the security line and realized I didn't have my wallet. I quickly called my wife and she turned around back to the airport in case my wallet was in the car. Nope. So I had no ID, no credit cards, no cash. And my house is more than 40 minutes from the airport so there was no way to go home and get it in time. What did I do?

I grabbed the $40 in cash my wife had and got on the plane. Yes, that's right. On the plane. Thanks to reading BoingBoing I knew that you don't actually need ID to fly. You just have to be ready for some extra scrutiny. The TSA supervisor gave me a stern lecture, but you could tell she was amused and she was nice about it. They had to call some special number, I had to answer some questions to "prove" who I was, sign an affidavit, submit to secondary screening, and that was it. Even the secondary screener was apologetic when he couldn't find the big stamp they needed to put on my boarding card to say I was clear to fly. My wife found my wallet at home and FedExed it to my hotel. It cost $28, and was at the front desk by 8:30am the next day. Fun stuff!"

Thanks to everyone that entered! I enjoyed reading the stories - some of them gave me a good chuckle. Thanks also to Skooba Design for the donation of this bag. I hope you'll enjoy it Neil!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Win a Skooba Design Checkthrough Brief

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 07:00 AM

I've reviewed a lot of Skooba Design (formerly RoadWired) products over the years, and their latest line of "Checkpoint Friendly" bags improve upon their previous designs in a number of ways. Their Checkthrough Brief ($139.95 USD MSRP) is one of the new designs, and they sent me one to check out. I haven't been able to use it yet for a flight, but so far I'm quite impressed with it. And guess what? You can win one courtesy of Skooba Design.

Want to win? All you have to do is tell me an airport security story - good, bad, or ugly. Ever been stuck behind one of those people who didn't understand the whole concept of "metal" and watched as they walked through the screening gate over and over until they got pulled aside for the more thorough search? Or those people who can't get their own stuff out of their bags? Tell me a story about it! And if you've never had the opportunity to go through airport security, just tell me a travel story of some type.

This contest is open to anyone in the USA or Canada (sorry rest of world, shipping is too expensive on a large product like this). There's one post per person allowed, and the contest will stay open for one week, closing down on Tuesday the 6th of October at 3pm GMT -7. One entry will be selected randomly.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Skooba Sidekick On Sale for $39.95

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:01 AM

"The sidekick is a bike messenger-style bag - characterized by soft, body-hugging shape and construction and oversized flap-over cover - with a protective laptop section, a generous main compartment for books and files, and well-organized pockets and compartments everywhere. The Sidekick is also an incredible value-it's priced like a "plain vanilla" laptop bag but is anything but. Sidekick features Skooba's Air SquareTM laptop shock absorbers at the bottom, 5-10mm padded walls on the sides, a cam-lock adjustable shoulder strap with removable pad, over a dozen pockets and compartments in all, and more. And despite all the bells and whistles, this high-capacity bag is slim and discreet, and weighs in at a scant, shoulder-friendly 35 ounces."

I haven't tested this particular Skooba bag - they send me a Checkthrough Brief to check out, and so far I'm fairly impressed with it - but I've never seen a Skooba bag I haven't liked. To get one at such a cheap price is a real deal!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Skooba Satchel 2.0: Improved in Every Way

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:35 PM

Skooba Design, formerly known as RoadWired, is one of my favourite laptop bag companies – I’ve been using their products almost exclusively for several years now, so when they release an updated design or a completely new bag I’m always eager to check it out. The new Skooba Satchel 2.0 ($99.95 USD MSRP) came out earlier this year and is available in a variety of colour combinations: gray/orange, black/blue, olive/red, khaki/black (pictured above), and black/pink. I wish they had a black/red combo - I like red, but I'm not partial to olive. Weighing in at a scant 44 ounces, this bag is quite light for its 16.75"L x 12"H x 6"D size.

The original Skooba Satchel was extremely well-designed, so I was interested to see how they improved this already strong design. Because I’m writing most of this while 38,325 feet in the air on my way to a vacation in Mexico (I took this bag with me), I can’t compare it to the original Skooba Satchel - but since the original Skooba Satchel isn't available any more it's a moot point. Let's take a look at the bag in a series of photos, shall we? Read more...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Save 25% On Skooba Design Products

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:40 PM

Skooba Design makes some great bags - in fact I have one here that I'm way behind on reviewing (whoops!) - and now you can pick up some of their great gear at a significant discount. If you use the coupon code 08TEC25 at checkout you'll save 25% off your order if it's $50 or more. You'll also get free shipping within the US mainland (Sorry Mrs. Palin) - gotta' love that. Wait, there's more: it can even be used on sale items! I really like Skooba products, and have been using their laptop bags almost exclusively for several years. You can't go wrong with them!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Bag Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:00 PM

"The main thing I hate about travelling is going through airport security. You know the drill, take off your shoes, jacket, metal items in your pockets and place them in a tray. Then remove the laptop from your shoulder bag and place it in another tray. It's always a hassle once your items come out the other end of the Xray machine because you have to hurry up and gather them before you hold up the line. How would you like to make your life a little bit easier with that task? How about if you didn't have to remove your laptop? Well now you don't have to thanks to the Checkpoint Flyer laptop bag from Tom Bihn."

$220? Yikes - that's one expensive bag. I'm all for quality bags, but considering it's nylon and not leather, I'm highly dubious that this bag would be worth the money. On the other hand, in some ways you're not only paying for the bag, but for the convenience of not having to remove your laptop and other digital equipment from the bag - and for a frequent traveller, that might be worth a lot more than $220. Now if there was only some way for them to invent shoes that I didn't have to take off...

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