The Asus W5A has a lot going for it, and in my opinion it is one of the best looking portable notebooks available. It is sleek, thin, lightweight, has a bright and shiny 12.1" wide screen, is well built and is extremely attractive. The added bonus of a built in web cam, Bluetooth, a slick wireless mouse and an included carry case make the W5A a good value too.
The last Tom Bihn review I did was on the Buzz, a tiny day-tripper sling bag. I'm back with another notebook backpack review from Tom Bihn, this time it's something a littler more robust. The Brain Bag is their huge, carry anything and everything sort of pack. We're not talking huge as in the Hummer H3; we're talking the original Hummer, complete with roof mounted machine gun. This beast has it all, and with a few additional accessories, even more.
I am a college student and for the past two years I have been the owner of the Dell Inspiron 8500. Even after two years, the computer is in great condition and still performs well, so I knew that I wanted to get a new Dell. My only complaint was the weight and size of the Inspiron. When the computer was in its sleeve, it would only fit in my large backpack and would be very uncomfortable to carry to the library with other books. So, in an attempt to lighten my load, I went for the complete opposite of the 8500 and bought the extremely light Dell Latitude X1.
The Kensington Contour Backpack won't be pushing any envelopes of fashion or edginess, but it's a high-quality, very usable, and comfortable backpack. The Contour has a ton of space and rides very comfortably on your back, thanks to an adjustable lumbar support panel. This bag's design is so comfortable and wearer friendly that is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.
The Tom Bihn Buzz is a sling-style notebook backpack that really challenged what I thought a notebook backpack should be. It's very small, designed to carry just the essentials. I've used it exclusively for about three weeks and while I wasn't sure I could pull it off at first, the Buzz grew on me and has become my favorite short-haul and light-load pack.
A notebook accessory that turns out to be very useful, and not often thought of, is a docking station. One reason to think about a docking station is that usually you will carry a notebook between work and home and use that notebook in a consistent location for an extended period of time at each of those locations. Under such circumstances it is very nice to have a full sized keyboard, a proper mouse, printer, and internet connection all setup and ready to use with your notebook at each location.
Many of us today carry a standard sized (14-inch to 15.4-inch screen) laptop to work or school along with a few books, documents and electronic accessories. If you're such a person, what you need is a good backpack that can hold and protect your laptop, and then give you ample room to store those other items you carry. A rugged yet professional looking backpack that can suit this need comes from the company Mobile Edge in the form of the Select Backpack.
If you have a large laptop and you need to carry a lot things around with it, you need a really big bag. Something that may fill that need is the Premium Backpack by Mobile Edge. This bag will fit laptops with up to 17" screen sizes and will hold a lot of other items as well. It is available in four colors: yellow and black (our review sample color), charcoal and black, navy blue and black and silver and black.
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