Review: Macally Travel Roller: Heaven on Wheels

It doesn't scream, (March 2nd, 2005)

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Product Manufacturer: Macally

Price: US $79.00 MSRP

The Good

  • Compact, easy-to-move with lots of pockets. Looks like a conventional suitcase so it doesn\'t scream, \"Steal me, I hold a computer.\"

The Bad

  • Itís only available in gray and not a full-range of fashion colors; not a huge problem.

If you ever lug around a PowerBook, take a close look at the Travel Roller CB-DSRL. Macally has crafted this fine rolling case to transport everything you need. Made from 1680 Denier waterproof nylon, it features sturdy, self-healing zippers, plus good protection and ample storage for your equipment.

The Travel Roller is a versatile case and provides several ways to transport your computer gear. For hands-free mobility, use the non-slip, thick and comfortable clip-on shoulder strap. The padded handle on the top makes it easy to carry your gear on stairs. This handle also conveniently retracts into a small pocket. Best of all a telescoping handle, hidden in a zippered compartment, extends with the push of a button to three different heights. The handle is angled and the case sits on two large plastic wheels, so even a heavily laden Travel Roller moves with the ease and agility of a great dancing partner.

Room For Everything

So how much can you cram into a 13.5"W x 19" L x 6" deep case? A mesh pocket in the front is perfect for stowing a power adapter or other frequently used items. Above, a zip-down organizer flap with inside mesh pocket provides places for cards, pens, two keychain clips, and a small pouch. Behind the organizer flap is an 8" deep pocket, a handy place for keys, CDs, cellphone, or an iPod. Another of these shallow pockets sits on the back of the case.

A full-length compartment designed to hold your PowerBook includes a removable zippered pouch that fits up to a 17" PowerBook which adds an increased level of cushioning. Even this extra case has a shoulder strap and zippered front pocket.

Small Stuff? Not a Problem

The center of the case has two flaps for magazines or folders with a strap to keep them neat and flat. Folders, books, papers, tool kits, an umbrella, or a jacket can ride in this capacious space safely. A small zippered pouch hangs from the top holds a wallet or cable at the ready. Two detachable mesh fronts pouches Velcro onto the back which provides easy access to tools, CDs, cables, or other small items.

Macally is so sure that you take all you need in this case that they have even provided a water bottle holder on the side. The other side of the case has a small hidden pocket to stow that last minute item. This case can hold so much you'll be tempted to over pack! If you're traveling by plane be careful not to overstuff your bag or it might not fit under the seat in front of you.

The reasonable price, plus 3-year manufacturer defect warranty, makes this one of the best-quality Mac bargains available.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by P.A.M. Borys, MacWoburn President


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