Monday, June 30, 2008

Dear Bargainista #15 - buying a laptop bag

C. from Montreal writes:
I’m hoping to get over to Queen West to see my old place(s) and go shopping for a laptop bag when I’m in Toronto next week. You’d be appalled (simply appalled!!) that whenever I go out I just shove the thing in an ancient tote bag. I heard Crumpler was good. If you have any inside tips, I’m all ears!!

Take care. Hope all is well there!!
C.
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Dear C.,

I bought my first laptop (a macbook) in November and it doesn’t leave the house much. I just got a new laptop bag so I’ll be able to take it with me to events. (Yay!) I cheated though. Kate Trgovac gave me a two laptop bags that she reviewed on Squidoo.

Check out her Squidoo laptop bag lens. It held the number #1 spot on the entire site for quite some time and is still one of the top lenses.

The one I use one most often is from Flicka. It has big pink flowers and the black background. It’s great for conferences because it has a front pocket I can use to hold all the stuff I would otherwise carry in my purse.

I also have another laptop bag (that doubles as a sleeve) from Skooba Design. Check out Kate’s other Squidoo lens about laptop sleeves. Until last weekend, it was a blank canvas. Now it has a wonderful illustration on the front and some other interesting stuff. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with the details.

Dear Bargainista would love to hear from you too! Have a question about shopping, fashion or food? E-mail us.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the link love, Eden! (Note .. small typo in the url for my laptop bag lens).

    Coincidentally, for your question-asker's interest, I was just contacted by Crumpler and will be doing a review of a couple of their bags in a month or so. That may be too long for C to wait, so here's what I have experienced with Crumpler bags vicariously through friends:

    - Great colour palette.

    - Super sturdy, long-lasting bags.

    - Most Crumplers do not have an outside pocket.

    - Those that close with Velcro are very LOUD on the re-opening. Combine this with the lack of outside pockets and you may never get into your bag except during a rock concert. :)

    So, when you're shopping for a bag, make sure you take things like the outside pocket into consideration. Some people that may not matter to; for me, it's a deal-breaker.

    I'm looking forward to seeing if their new styles change either of the two (perceived) flaws above b/c other than that, they really are great quality bags.

    Cheers ... k

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  2. The velcro may be super loud (it gets quieter as the bag gets older) but I LOVE my Crumpler(s). Trendy, comfortable, spacious, and just perfect for my MB Pro. Recommended for sure.

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  3. Kate, thanks for catching the link error, it's fixed. I'm looking forward to your review of Crumpler bags. I'd b happy to check out any of your rejects. ;)

    Vasta, thanks for sharing your experience with a Crumpler bag. I'll definitely need to check one out.

    I have started writing my post about the Skooba bag but as part of the post-PAB letdown it's been a challenging one to write. I hope to post it later this week.

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