Skooba Design Techlife Netbook MessengerDec 20th, 2010 | By Simon
The Skooba Design Techlife Netbook Messenger was shipped to me in its retail form; you’ll find it packaged in a clear cellophane bag to prevent dust and dirt from entering the bag. There’s nothing to prevent it from being crushed, cut or ripped but the odds of those kinds of damage are slim to none, especially if you buy the bag through the online store.
A tag fixed to the bag indicates the bag has a hassle-free limited lifetime warranty. It basically says if the bag fails due to manufacturing or material defects it will be replaced, however wear and tear is excluded.
With my first look at the bag without the cellophane wrap, the bag looks very discrete. It’s obvious that it is a compact messenger bag but it doesn’t scream out to the public that you’re carrying an expensive netbook or tablet around. The entire bag has a two tone coulor with the dominate being the Charcoal with accents of the Deep Ocean Blue, it’s pretty stylish in my eyes.
On the back of the bag we have a carrying handle and a sleeve to some file folders. The Velcro patch prevents the contents from sliding out. On the top of the bag there is a zipper, you can just make it out in the picture above, this zipper gives you quick access to your netbook or tablet. I really like this feature because nine out of ten times I just want to pull out the netbook without fussing around with buckles and flaps.
The front of the bag has a small pocket you access through the zipper. The buckle is accessible from under the lid. This makes it slightly harder to get to but after using it a few times it makes sense. By having it on the inside the buckle is less likely to get caught against anything and damaged. Replacing the buckles is almost impossible with messenger bags so any kind of protection is greatly appreciated. If you don’t feel like using the buckle a large Velcro tab will also hold the lid in place.
The first zippered compartment under the lid has space for USB keys, pads of paper, pens and anything else you might want to stick into the neoprene compartments.
Here’s our first look at the storage compartment for your netbook or tablet. You can see the padded area with a Velcro strap to make sure it stays in place. The pocket is large enough for 10.1″ sized netbooks and tablets. There is also a meshed pocket for your power cord, mouse or any other small accessory you need to pack in. Even with a netbook in the pocket, you still have space for a pad of paper or pocket. We’ll see on the next page how much I was able to cram into the small space.
A second slot between the netbook compartment and the enclosed front pocket is slightly smaller and again can be used for pads of paper, pamphlets and the like.
I mentioned earlier that the back of the bag had a thin slot for file folders, here’s a quick shot of that view.
The bag also contains 2 pockets at the sides which we’ll see in the next review. The pockets aren’t very big but are elastic. I found them great for strapping in pens and pencils. The last feature I want to show in this page is the water bottle pocket. It’s not a very big pocket but is good enough to a small squeeze bottle; I think you could probably fit a 500mL container without running the risk of having it full out.