Review: Proporta Gadget Bag

A creative bag that separates for all your gear. (May 9th, 2007)

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Product Manufacturer: Proporta Ltd.

Price: $42.25 US, 21.23

The Good

  • Distinctive color. Innovative design. 4 bags for one price. Outlet holes and padding in each bag.

The Bad

  • When taken apart zipper halves and Velcro are exposed. Zippers and D-rings placed in odd locations. No spacers or dividers in each bag.

A number of products include pieces that defy any method of easy transport or way to store them. For example, in MacNN's review of Newer Technology's Universal Drive Adaptor, it was noted that the five pieces come with no storage sack to prevent loss or for easy handling. A number of companies, including Proporta and PlanOn, provide mobile chargers with a number of connectors that are so small they are very easy to lose. While many women in technology solve their storage problem with inexpensive makeup bags, my guess is no IT guy is going to opt for a flowered or pink zippered bag to manage their many small pieces of equipment. Proporta offers a unique storage bag that could solve that age old question, "Where did I put that darn thing?"

Four Bags in One

The Proporta Gadget Bag offers four separate compartments for your various devices, each with a plastic outlet hole for a headset, earphone, or charging cable. The four pieces are held together as one unit with either zippers or Velcro, but all separate into their own pouches of varying sizes.

Creative Design

The Gadget Bag design, although very creative, leaves me wondering how they arrived at their solution for how it would all fit together. It comes as one gray or black Cordura nylon unit, with two of the pockets piggybacked onto the largest pouch, and a fourth bag secured inside. The bag has two D-rings to secure a shoulder strap, but they're both on the back of the bag, not the sides, so the bag does not hang straight. Each pouch has its own padding, that is about " think, but feels like simple foam, so does not offer too much protection.

The large pouch has two zipper pulls, so it is easy to open all the way. The lining is soft and includes a thick sewn-in elastic holder on one side that is large enough to hold a 5G iPod video or even a 4G iPod photo. Below the elastic is a 3" x 4" chunk of Velcro that holds a small Velcro closing bag in place.

If you prefer not to secure your iPod or a charger in the elastic, they will easily fit into the small bag. If you decide to carry the small bag separately, you are left with a swatch of unprotected Velcro in the large bag. It would have made more sense for them to use material that Velcro would adhere to, so that this scratchy stuff wasn't left open to scratch up your skin when you put your hand in, not to mention your cell phone or PDA, or small game device.

Outside Pouches

The two removable outside pouches are about 6" x 8" and include a ring and strap to hold them together. Each case is zippered onto the main bag, which is just another odd attachment scheme. You see, when you remove them, it means that the large bag and each of the mid-sized bags have a half of a zipper around the back. This does not look particularly elegant and if you place either bag inside another bag, it provides a possible source of scratch material for other equipment. The mid-sized bags closing zippers are also on the front, not the top, which limits what they can carry.

My assessment is that this Gadget Bag is best used to store things in, instead of carry around, unless you don't mind pieces of zippers, attachments, and exposed Velcro. You can also purchase the Gadget Bag bundled with their USB Mobile Device Charger for about $72.00 US. I found it more creative than useful and to be honest, a few $4.00 cases from CVS or Walgreen's accomplishes the same purpose. You can add the cord holes as your weekend handy-person project.

Gadget Bag Dimensions:

Whole Bag: 27cm x 22cm x 7cm (10.6" x 8.7" x 2.8")?
Bag (without front pockets): 27cm x 22cm x 4cm (10.6" x 8.7" x 1.6")
Front Pocket: 14cm x 20cm x 3cm (5.5" x 7.9" x 1.2")?
Internal Compartment: 13.5cm x 10.5cm x 3cm (5.3" x 4.1" x 1.2")

by ilene hoffman, Reviews Editor


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