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Laptop Bags for Women. Who’d Have Thought That!

That most dreaded time of year is just around the corner.  And the pressure is on to ensure that you buy the perfect present for the woman in your life.   Make the wrong decision and you’re paying for it for the rest of the year!

If you’ve decided that your special lady deserves a laptop, you might be thinking that picking the best laptop spec for your budget will be the hardest part.  Wrong.  You’ve got to make sure you have the right accessories.  The most popular laptop accessory we sell is the humble laptop bag.  A bag is there to protect your laptop;  store pens, papers, chargers etc and express a little part of who you are.  Actually scrub that last part.  The market is awash with functional, black, boring laptop cases that say nothing.  Fortunately, laptop manufacturers have realised that woman use laptops too (crazy, I know!) and that they want to look good whilst transporting their precious tech around with them.

I asked a few bag manufacturers for bags that they think women will love – and luckily for you – they came through.

I’ve picked a few of my favourites for review, and I hope these will help guide you in your decision (and maybe even earn you some brownie points).

First up is the Belkin Sleeve for Ultrabook – Quicklinx: 90HP

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This is slim and sleek – ideal for popping into another bag, or covering your laptop whilst it’s in a drawer.  The laptop fits into the sleeve with a bit of wiggling.  This is just down to it being new.  However, no amount of wiggling could get a 13.3″ MacBook Air into it. The magnetic flap that closes the sleeve adds to the sleek design.  The interior is brushed to ensure that the laptop chassis stays scratch free.

Next up is the Port Designs Adelaide – Quicklinx 8RFD for 14″ – 15″ or Quicklinx: 8RFF for 15.6″.

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This bag has plenty of pockets and compartments.  Really, it’s like a handbag that has room for a laptop. It feels like a quality sturdy bag that will last (at least until red and black go out of fashion). I particularly like the red contrast handles and the red interior lining.  The front pocket is great for keys, and my work pass and my purse can fit in the inside.

Another Port Designs bag is the Firenze – Quicklinx: 940M for 13″ – 14″ or Quicklinx: 940N for 15.6″

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This is more like a laptop bag than the Adelaide, but it is still quite feminie and retains a stylish edge.  It feels like a well – built quality bag.  It isn’t as roomy as the Adelaide – it doesn’t have the additional front pockets.  But there’s enough room to store your phone, a slim purse, a few keys and some documents.  This is a good one for a lady who wants to look professional and fashionable.

The final bag I’m going to review is the Techair Portrait Case – Quicklinx: 8HJM

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To be honest, this isn’t a ladies’ bag as such, it’ll do for anyone.  But it’s nice enough for a girly girl to own!  It’s a cross body style bag, with a red lining to the front compartment.  The larger compartment has a faux fur lining, ensuring that your Ultrabook is nice and snug.  There’s not much room for anything else – I couldn’t find my sandwiches in it, or a big purse – but other than that I like the simplicity and cross-body styling of this bag.

Just in case you’re wondering (no pun intended), the sexy piece of kit trying out the bags is the Acer S7.

 

 

The Dabs Diamond Awards 2012!

It was that time of year again as the great and the good of the technology industry gathered at the Midland Hotel in Manchester for the prestigious Diamond Awards 2012. With representatives from the biggest names in technology there, everyone waited with anticipation to see who would be the lucky winners.

Also present was plenty of glitz and glamour with a 1950’s Hollywood themed evening complete with Marilyn Monroe, the Rat Pack and…erm… Bungle out of Rainbow.  As the dinner was served and the free wine quaffed, the lovely Marilyn began to announce the winners whilst the audience were poised on the edge of their seats.

The winners were chosen by you, the customer so thank you very much for voting and giving these brands the recognition they deserve.

Best computing vendor: Samsung

Best print vendor: HP

Best networking vendor: Netgear

Best storage vendor: Western Digital

Best components vendor: Intel

Best memory vendor: Corsair

And the best of all, the lucky winner of the dabs voucher is Francine Costello! We will send you a voucher worth £50 to your email address!

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PCTV Systems New Broadway 2T

In the box are the unit itself, with antennae attached, a small mains transformer (with two different attachable adapters for use abroad), a CAT 5 cable and a small DVB-T aerial.  I also found a couple of IR emitters labelled “For Future Use”

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Setup was a no-brainer, connect CAT 5 cable to unit and my switch, connect aerial cable to aerial socket and connect mains adapter to mains socket on the rear.

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The LED on the front flashed for a few seconds, and then stayed on, I assumed it was ready to rock, so I picked up my iPad, ran Safari browser and entered distan.tv in the address bar. 

After entering the default password, I went into setup and hit “Scan Channels”.  About 3 minutes later I had my full complement of freeview channels displayed. 

Changing the settings to stream at the highest bitrate, the video quality was more than acceptable and suffered no glitches, dropouts or freezing. 

I then decided to add an external video source, in the form of my BT Vision box, via the S-Video connector on the back and after a few seconds of buffering, this also produced an acceptable picture.  I did think about the IR emitters in the box and assumed this to be for a future version of the software to allow full control of external set top boxes. 

I also had an iPod touch handy, so I ran Safari browser and again went to distan.tv, just as with the iPad, there were no issues.

All in all, a great device, purpose built for devices where it is impossible to add a USB tuner.  The additional facility of having video inputs on the rear for things like set-top boxes and security cameras, just adds to the flexibility of the device.