A complex bag with a place for everything. (May 4th, 2007)
Product Manufacturer: Booq Bags
Price: $175.00 US
- Comfortable to carry. Durable. Multiple pockets with an efficient use of space. Sleek, fashionable, and functional design.
- Button closures on some Pockets. Terralinq Service not fully functional yet. Expensive.
Stylish, sleek, and smart best describes the Vyper exo M laptop case by Booq Bags. According to the cute little tags on the dual exterior pull zippers, the exo fits Apple's MacBook or the MacBook Pro, although any 15" or less laptop fits inside nicely.
The LookThe water resistant exterior of the case is durable ballistic nylon material, black in color, with Booq's trademark orange logo and piping that add subtle contrasts to the look. The well designed dual cloth handles are on each side and are comfortable to use, but may be a little thick for person with small hands. Most users will ultimately use the well-designed shoulder strap. It attaches at opposite corners to distribute and balance the case and make it comfortable to carry. The construction is well thought out from the padded base with non-slip nubs to the metal swivel connectors that attach the strap to the case. Overall, it is very comfortable and very unobtrusive; the only thing I noticed was the weight of the packed case after an extended period of use.
Functional ProtectionWhen fully closed and zipped, the case is just over 4 inches thick, but it can carry as much as some of the larger laptop cases on the market. The laptop fits in the bottom half of the case, which is lined with a felt like material to prevent scratches. The same felt material is used on the hard flap that flips down and is held in place with Velcro to secure the laptop in place. Two open pockets on the exterior of the laptop flap are a perfect size for a cell phone or iPod. A key fob is also featured for easy access.
Functional InteriorThe other half of the exo case is well designed, with several other pockets and orifices to store and distribute items in a limited amount of space. The pockets are made of nylon that brings to mind a windbreaker jacket, but seem very durable. Two full sized magazine or file folder pockets, one with Velcro, sit along the center divider with two additional open pockets and three pen loops. The other side features three closable pockets, for items like the power adapter, a mouse, and USB gadgets. They're perfect except for one small detail, they close with buttons, like button fly blue jeans. They seem unnecessarily bulky.
The center connects to the back of the case with a nylon web, perfect for quickly dropping in magazines, newspapers or file folders and keeping them in place when it is opened. Finally, a large zipper pocket is built into the back of the case for other items too large or bulky to fit in the other spaces.
Lost Bag ProtectionThe Vyper exo is not the cheapest case on the market, but a value-added feature minimizes the price. Booq's new Terralinq Service is a web based system to unite registered owners with a lost bag. Each Vyper exo has a small metal plate that reads, "If This Booq is Found please visit BooqBags.com" along with a unique serial number. If your Laptop is lost or stolen, you can sign in to the web site to report the lost bag and hopefully a good Samaritan has also logged in and reported the Vyper exo found (hopefully, with computer intact) and Booq will reunite you with your missing property.
This is a great idea, except for two flaws in the system. At the time of this review, the Booq Bags web site has no links to the Terralinq Service site to report the found bag. I had to email Booq to get the URL for Terralinq for this review: http://www.terralinq.booqbags.com. I registered and the Report link comes up not found. I hope that this is because the Terralinq system is new and it will be resolved soon.
Overall, the Vyper exo M provides fashionable yet functional protection for your Apple laptop. It is well designed, comfortable to use, although on the expensive side. A quote for Booq on the adjustable strap sums it up best: "Empowering The Next Generation of Creative Performance." A Vyper exo XL ($195.00) is also available for larger laptops as well as the Vyper M sleeves that provide extra protection.
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Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor