11. 27. 2006
Monaco Notebook Case from Mobile Edge (with free matching handbag through November)
Not that long ago, it was difficult to find a laptop bag that didn't look like a briefcase or a student's backpack. With my first two or three laptops, my desire for something a little different lead me to try several bags that were designed specifically for women, but not -- as it turned out -- specifically for comfort. They were pretty on the outside, but turned out to have functional flaws that were hard to overcome, like hard handles that dug paiinfully into my shoulder or stiff openings that made it difficult to slide the computer in and out. Never a complete slave to fashion, I always reverted back to my old standby -- a manly-looking black nylon briefcase. Things have changed in the last few years, and we now have more choices and don't necessarily have to compromise comfort and functionality for a bit of style.
Mobile Edge stands out for their line of fashionable and sophisticated women's laptop bags. Their new Monaco Notebook Case, which fits a 15.4" notebook computer, takes its styling from those quilted handbags that are in vogue now (again). (Many of their women's computer bags look to be inspired by modern handbag design.) The sleek, minimalist exterior, made of microfiber, makes this a bag you can take to any business meeting, without getting it mixed up with the ones the boys are carrying, but it's lightweight, sturdy and fairly inexpensive ($99.99) -- which means it's not so precious that you couldn't use it every day.
The poly-suede interior is designed to keep you organized; it's divided into several compartments for your laptop, files and accessories. It also includes a detachable wallet (good for days when you want to leave your purse at home), a detachable, exterior cell phone pouch, and a padded interior pocket which I thought, at first glance, was for an iPod, but turns out to be a "Wireless Security Shield™ pocket that will insulate your cell phone or PDA from malicious hackers, viruses and spam." (I've never thought about security for my smartphone, but now I wonder.)
For the rest of this month, when you buy the Monaco case for your laptop, you get a free matching Monaco handbag ($59.99 by itself normally). The handbag actually fits my 12-inch Dell Inspiron rather nicely.
My one petty complaint about these bags is that there's no exterior pocket for keys -- just a personal quirk of mine, this need to have my keys within easy reach at all times.
Monaco bags come in black with pink trim or black with white trim.