Roadwired Skooba Sleeve Laptop Case Review

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by Phillip Kramp, South Carolina USA

So you just purchased your new laptop and now you are wondering what you’re going to carry this laptop around in. You are going to want something that will protect your laptop, be comfortable and perhaps even look good.  The Roadwired Skooba Sleeve notebook carrying case might be just the thing you’re looking for.

RoadWired Skooba Sleeve

One option that may work well for you is the new RoadWired Skooba sleeve.  This is available in a large size, which accommodates notebooks up to 17″ or in a smaller compact sleeve, which accommodates smaller sized notebooks with dimensions of approximately 12″ x 10″ x 2″ (W x L x D).

This bag is ideal if you need to just carry your notebook and a few papers around or if you want something to protect it in your suitcase or briefcase.  Another way to use it, which is what I mainly do, is to just carry your laptop in this bag then you can use your regular book bag for your books for class. The way this sleeve protects your notebook is via the “Patented Air Square” protection system that surrounds your laptop with hundreds of individual, air-filled cells to support and protect the notebook from the “daily bump and grind”.


the Air Square technology used in the Skooba sleeve is sure to cushion and protect your laptop when on the road

I felt that the bag did a very good job of making sure your notebook is protected from being bumped around too much in transit. I also really like the shoulder strap. It was very well made and for padding it had a single row of the Air Square padding. The Air Square padding is very good and does a good job of protecting the notebook. However, it should be noted that a few adults (who maybe weren’t used to carrying heavy backpacks around campus!) tried it with my laptop inside and thought there should be more padding in the strap to provide comfort for the shoulder.  The strap has heavy duty attachment clips to attach to the bag which make it look and feel very securely attached, unlike some bags I’ve owned in the past.

As with most bags I’ve seen the really thick padding is not available on the very top where the zipper is. I feel that this isn’t much of an issue for this bag as both the handle and the strap come from the top area and because of that you are not likely to be slamming or bumping the bag hard from this direction. Instead I feel the laptop is much more likely to either get set down hard on the spine or to get bumped against a person or object from the side areas where the protection most certainly is.

For carrying around documents there is a zippered pocket on the back of this bag that works very well for carrying a few folders and/or documents. The only complaint I have about this bag is that the front pouch is too small and tight. The reason is if you have one of these monster notebooks they most likely do not have sufficient battery power to be used all day without their power supply, so it will most likely have to be brought along with you. And since the power supply to these large notebooks is usually not the smallest item in the world it tends to be a very tight fit and bulges out oddly.

After using this bag for two weeks straight I believe that if this style of bag is what you need then the Roadwired Skooba is well worth considering. While it is not cheap at a suggested price of $69.95 for the large size, it is not unreasonably priced either. Just keep in mind what you will need the bag for. If you need lots of features, compartments and space then you will probably be more comfortable with a backpack or satchel type bag. However, if you just need a bag to protect and carry your laptop and power supply either alone or in conjunction with other bags then you should definitely consider this bag.

Features and Specs

  • Price: $69.95 for the large sleeve or $59.95 for the compact sleeve
  • Dimensions: 16″ x 11″ x 2″ or 12″ x 10″ x 2″ for the compact
  • Patented Air Square protection system surrounds laptop with hundreds of individual, air-filled cells that support and protect computer from the daily bump and grind
  • Main compartment holds laptop up to 16 x 11 x 2″ (large enough for most 17″ screen models)
  • Front document compartment, with Velcro closure, holds files or papers
  • Separate, zippered back compartment for magazines, tickets or other documents
  • Rivet-Ready’ attachment point on side of bag accepts Rivet Micro-Clip (sold separately). The precision-engineered, modular Rivet system can be used to securely hang a phone, mini camera, flashlight, keys, or just about any other small item on your bag, belt or other surface
  • Removable shoulder strap with all-metal attachment hardware. Shoulder pad has same Air Square cushioning as laptop compartment, with friction surface to prevent slipping
  • Reinforced top handle with padded grip, for comfortable hand-carrying.
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  • Protection: 5/5
  • Style: 4.5/5
  • Features 4/5
  • Overall 4.5/5



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