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Tips On Purchasing A Laptop Carrying Case Or Bag

Updated on April 18, 2010

Laptops are being made more robust and durable nowadays, but as an owner you need to protect your laptop from bounces and scratches especially when carrying it around. A laptop carrying case or bag offers a functional and convenient way to carry your treasured notebook around. In order to help you select a good carrying case, there are a few tips that can help you in your choice.

  1. What type of case/bag do you want? The types of carrying cases can be categorized into three basic groups: Backpacks, Shoulder/Hand Bags and Sleeves. The type of case can depend on factors such as extra space, the setting that you will be using it in i.e. a casual, business, construction or hiking atmosphere. Backpacks are suited for students, hikers, and the user who has a casual appeal, and who want quite of a bit more space for other things. Backpacks are still excellent inventions as the weight from the bag is evenly spread across your shoulders and back via the two straps. Shoulder/Hand Bags are as the name suggests - those that you carry around by the handle and/or via an over-shoulder strap. Sleeves are special folder-like carrying cases that are quite minimalist in design.
  2. Is it suited for the size laptop you have? Make sure to select a notebook case that is suited for your device. If the case is too small, then the laptop may not fit and if the case is too large then the support will be compromised.
  3. Is it well padded? Choose a carrying case that is well padded to ensure that your laptop will receive proper support and protection.
  4. What style do you prefer? Styles vary, and it is recommended that you choose the style (inclusive of design and colors) that suits your personal taste.
  5. What kind of material do you want? Some common materials that are used to make notebook carrying cases are: leather, pleather, nylon and metal. Leather and metal cases are the most durable; metal offers the most security; Pleather is a lighter alternative to leather; Nylon is very light and on the cheaper side and Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that is durable and light.
  6. Is it comfortable to carry around? At times it is just better to test the carrying case with the laptop and carry around. Try not to assume that because it looks good it is going to feel comfortable. If you do choose to ignore that, purchase a bag from a trusted brand.
  7. Does it have a good number of positive reviews? This is a tip especially if you are going to buy the carrying case online. For instance, Amazon's marketplace makes it possible for you to see what other buyers have said about that particular bag. It is wise to look on the negative reviews as well. 

In summary, when choosing a laptop carrying case, backpack or sleeve you need to select one that will offer good support and protection for the laptop while providing comfort, style and design for you.

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