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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

"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, 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...

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.


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 26, 2010

Skooba Design's Cable Stable DLX

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

"The latest generation of one of our most popular products ever, and a must for the serious road warrior. The Cable Stable DLX is an elegant, highly efficient way to store and protect all the cords, adapters, batteries, and other accessories that travel with your portable electronics. Keeps everything organized and gets rid of the "snake pit" in your carry-on bag, suitcase, or backpack."

I had one of their earlier version of this product, and it was quite handy. What I like about this style of case is using it to offload things you might normally carry in your carry-on laptop bag when traveling. If you don't think you'll be using an item while en route to your destination, you might as well pack it in your suitcase and lighten your shoulder-load (unless it's fragile and/or extremely expensive of course). Skooba Design also released three versions of their SkoobaWraps, a protection system for all sorts of items.

Remember to use the coupon code DIGIDEAL to save 20% on your order!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Netbook Neo-Sleeve from Skooba Design

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

Skooba Design was a bit slow to catch on to this whole "netbook" thing, but now that they have, they've come out with two products aimed specifically at netbook owners. The first is the Netbook Neo-Sleeve ($19.95 USD), a simple sleeve for netbooks, and the second is the Netbook Messenger, a full-on messenger bag for netbooks which I'll be reviewing later.

The Netbook Neo-Sleeve is made of neoprene, a soft, water-resistant material that's exactly the kind of protection you want for your netbook without it getting bulky. The Neo-Sleeve measures 12"L x 7.5"H x .75"D in size, and can carry a netbook up to 10.1 inches in screen size (or 11" x 7.5" x 1.5" in overall dimensions). This makes it perfect for netbooks such as the HP Mini 1000, HP Mini 110, Acer Apsire One, etc.

However, it doesn't handle the the larger HP Mini 311 or similar netbooks, including the new Dell Mini 10 that has a deeper chassis than the older Dell Mini 10. Just because your netbook has a 10.1" screen doesn't mean it will fit - make sure you check the measurements. I'd love to see Skooba Design release a slightly bigger version of this sleeve, built for 12" netbooks/notebooks. Read more...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Skooba Design's Checkthrough Brief: A Great Travel Companion

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

Skooba Design, the company formerly known as RoadWired, continues to crank out new bag designs and as usual, I'm keen to review them being the bag fanatic that I am. They were among the first companies to release a line of airport security checkpoint-friendly bags, which caught my attention. As someone who always travels with a laptop, I was curious to see if this really would make things easier going through security, so I requested one of their Checkthrough Brief bags, a $139.95 USD bag that comes only in black. I knew it was a sizable bag (17"L x 13"H x 7.5"D, 48 ounces) based on the number of pockets and pouches, so when I traveled to Seattle in November of 2009 for Mobius, I had it crammed full of gadgets. How did the bag work for me? Keep reading - especially since there's a special 20% off coupon for Digital Home Thoughts readers. Read more...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Skooba Design Netbook Messenger Bag Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 10:00 AM

Skooba Design is once again giving us the opportunity to give away some of their products - and this time it's their new Netbook Messenger bags ($49.95 USD). These small bags are a great companion to your small netbook, allowing you to travel light. I hate taking my netbook in the same laptop bag I use to carry a 13.3" screen notebook - and it's a laptopbag designed for a 15.4" screen laptop. Small computers deserve small bags, and that's what the Skooba Netbook Messenger bag aims to deliver.

Want to win? All you have to do is tell me what kind of a netbook or notebook you'd put in it (it will hold a netbook up to 10.5" x 7.5" x 1.5" in size), and what colour of bag you'd like. Three of the colours are pictured above, and it's also available in "Abyss Black". I'll be randomly selecting three winners from amongst all the entries.

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 Monday the 30th of November at 3pm GMT -7. One entry will be selected randomly. All posts are moderated, so if it's your first post, it might take up to 24 hours for it appear.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered - it was neat seeing the variety of devices that everyone carries. The three winners, randomly selected, are: Steve Jordan, minikj, and Brad Adrian.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Skooba Design Releases the Neo-Sleeve for Netbooks

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

"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!

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.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skooba Design Launches "Master of the Digital Universe" Contest With $6000 in Prizes

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:38 PM

"Skooba Design has announced a first-ever contest to find and reward the ultimate digital gear-head. The inaugural "Master of the Digital Universe" contest ( invites serious techies to make a case for why they deserve the title. Among other goodies, the grand prize includes something truly unique-the opportunity to work directly with a Skooba designer to create a custom-made, one-of-a-kind laptop/gadget bag, to be handmade by a Skooba craftsperson, only for the winner. As the company says, "as is fitting for the Master, it will be the only bag of its kind in the universe, made to the winner's wants, needs and specifications. Once it is made, there will never be another." The grand prize winner will get other merchandise and gadget gift card prizes as well, and may be featured in Skooba advertising and promotional activities. 2 runners-up will receive prize packages as well, and all entries will be included in a "second-chance" prize drawing. The total value of prizes is more than $6,000."

Think you've got what it takes? Then enter Skooba Design's Master of the Digital Universe contest. It sounds like fun!

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!

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