Laptop Bag Review and Laptop Case Review, Slappa

POSTED BY Dave IN Laptops ON 1 Oct 2008

Slappa Laptop Case and Slappa Stealth 17” Sleeve

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The first thing I would like to point out before I start this review is that the word Slappa in the UK is a slang term for a “loose woman”. Now I am no marketing genius but if “Slappa” play their cards right, their brand and name (which I love by the way) could be as successful as the “FCUK” French connection brand!

I opened my emails the other day and there was an email from “Slappa HQ”. I had a bit of a school boy chuckle, that was until my girlfriend (who sits at the next desk to me) looked over and saw it and raised her eye brows in a sort of “oh yeah, and who is that from” kinda look, and then I had to explain that they were manufactures of quality laptop bags … anyway, on with the review…

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I am a serious attention to detail type person and initially quite visual so when I ripped open the plastic outer and was confronted with the “Slappa Ballistic Aura” laptop case – shoulder bag it is safe to say I was hugely impressed.  The first thing that struck me was that the whole bag absolutely stank of quality, from the buckles and alloy clasps to the super robust nylon material. The buckles and straps were such high quality it led me to wonder if a small child could use the bag as a swing from a tree, and if so, could the bag, buckles and straps survive? So we tested it and the answer is ……Yes!

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The straps took the weight of a small boy and the buckles, straps and case came out completely unscathed.  I would think it fairly safe to say that the last thing to give way on this bag would be the strap, unless of course you are giving it some serious industrial use.

Slappa Laptop Case Size

The label of this case boasts “1500 cubic inches of space”. Now I have no idea how much capacity that is in “layman’s terms” so I thought I would open it up and have a real good look inside…

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So as you can see by the images above, the 1500 cubic inches of space is quite a lot, this isn’t just a laptop case, it’s a laptop suitcase!  There are oodles of space, not only for a laptop of up to 17” (within a laptop sleeve) but also for files, books, camera, a ream of paper and then some!  If space is high on your agenda then this certainly scores five stars!
But again just by images alone I thought it would be quite hard for the normal lay person to work out what exactly 1500 cubic inches represents, so going by the international standard of a normal size bit of fruit, I proceeded to fill the bag with oranges.

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This laptop bag very comfortably held 101 standard size oranges with room left over for more (I ran out of oranges).

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I carried the bag around for a while with the weight of these oranges in it and I have to say it was very comfortable.

Ballistic Tear Resistant Nylon

“A ballistic body is a body which is free to move, behave, and be modified in appearance, contour, or texture by ambient conditions”

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Thanks for clearing that up Wiki icon smile  Laptop Bag Review and Laptop Case Review, Slappa   The material that has been used for this case is  no doubt very strong , tear resistant to a human hand and of very  high quality, ( I did want to do a knife slash test on the bag , but it looks so nice I couldn’t bring myself to do it )  so if you were to ever get snagged on a tractor and pulled across a field and through a thorny hedge row of bushes , you are safe in the knowledge that your bag and laptop will be unscathed , how ever you might be a bit worse for wear. So five stars for the tear resistant nylon 5 stars

Quilted Cushion Padding

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The quilted cushion padding is well made soft and looks great as part of the overall design , but what I wanted to know is does it protect your laptop when the bag gets bashed around a little ?  So we tested it … Courtesy of a local disused quarry.

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So we  loaded the case with :

  • 15” Dell Inspiron 1000  laptop,  in a 15” Slappa laptop sleeve
  • One small hamster, ( ok that’s a lie , but someone did suggest it, but as we do not condone animal violence what so ever we point blankly refused  )

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And then we threw it off the 90ft cliff, I can confirm that it landed flat side down rather than on an end..

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Upon opening the bag it was very obvious that the laptop was not in good shape.

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The screen had suffered a lot of damage and it was obvious that the padding was not enough for the laptop to survive a fall of this magnitude.

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When I turned the laptop on initially it sounded like it was going to fire up ok , but then it made a kinda ticking noise that got louder and louder before letting out as what can only be described as a sigh of relief before it passed away..

To be fair though , there are not going to be many occasions when you are going to need to hurl your laptop bag from a 90ft cliff  so for overall laptop protection we give the bag 3 ½  stars

Water Resistant !

Next we tested the claims that the bag was water resistant, we placed it under a shower for a full 30 seconds to see if the water leaked through to the inside.

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After 30 seconds their was no sign of any water coming through the bag, so I would say it passed that test with flying colours. Water resistant rating. 5 Stars

Summary

The Slappa Ballistic Aura is a great looking case – bag with a funky orange and sliver design, the case offers a lot of storage space and is made with a strong tear resistant nylon , although very hard to tell from images the bag is finished to a very high standard.

Should I be looking to purchase a Laptop bag , then this bag would certainly make it on to my short list.

Where to purchase

The Slappa Ballistic P – TAC Laptop Case – Shoulder bag

My first impressions of the T-Tac Laptop case were very similar to that of the Aura , the main obvious thing that first hit me  was that the wow factor was simply not their , and this was obviously down to my colour preference , however it still oozes the same quality materials and huge storage space, in fact if anything it felt slightly bigger if that’s possible ?  I think this is due to the case having 3 large pockets on the front of the bag instead of two …  I don’t know this for a fact maybe it was just an illusion ? On the lable it quite clearly states the same storage capacity of 1500 cubic inches !

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Where to purchase

Ballistix Stealth Laptop Sleeve and the Aura Black Laptop Sleeve

These two laptop sleeves are made to a very high standard using the same very durable nylon materials with cushion quilted interiors.

The laptop sleeves would offer the same kind of protection as most quality laptop sleeves if dropped or bashed about

The Aura 17” Laptop Sleeve

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Where To Purchase

The Ballistic Stealth Laptop Sleeve 15”

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Where To purchase

We have a competition !

Please write into the comment box at the bottom of the page  in as many words as you like, the funniest thing you have ever had to use your laptop for, or the strangest laptop/computer experience you have ever had, and we shall choose the funniest. It really is that simple.

The competition will run for 30 days from the date of this post, we will then choose a winner and ship the  laptop bag and sleeve below by FedEx to wherever you are in the world.. icon smile  Laptop Bag Review and Laptop Case Review, Slappa

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