LAbesace CLASSIC Laptop Bag REVIEW

Trust me, I’m really trying my best to quit hauling around so many gadgets in my backpack. A 13” MacBook, power cable, mouse, 2 pens, iPod, iMuffs wireless headphone, JawBone headset, a smartphone of the week, Tekkeon battery charger, various cables, business cards and a legal pad are my bare minimums. Oops! I forgot the digital camera! What was I thinking! I stuff all of these items in my Swiss Army backpack to and from work. Of course I throw in a couple of books, a brown bag lunch, gloves, stocking cap, and many more items. The other day, I saw my reflection in a glass window. I looked like a modern day pack mule. It’s time to slim things down!

Last month I was in California for a conference located in the same hotel. It was precisely then that I had the perfect use for the ScottVest Fleece Jacket. Let’s take a look at this laptop bag designed for the 13” MacBook.
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By taking the time to decide on the essentials to stay tethered to the Internet, I realized I could pretty much take what I needed in the LAbesace CLASSIC. It was ridiculous to carry an oversized backpack to and from meeting rooms when a functional and compact laptop bag would do the trick.

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Manufactured by The LAbesace is available, a manufacturer of multimedia accessories based in Paris, France, this compact laptop bag adequately carries a 13” MacBook safely and securely with room for the essentials. The laptop fits in an opening with Hi-density padding up to 8mm thickness. There is a Velcro strap that keeps the laptop in place.

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Because of the curve design at the corners, there’s about a 1” overlap that catches the edges of the notebook. A standard issue 12” MacBook or any 13” notebook with a depth of 9” fits in the case with ease.

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In front is a slot for a legal pad; to the left is a pocket to fit a CD in a jewel case, pockets for three pens, and a business card holder and beneath, 4 slots for note cards.

The bottom of the case curves up with a stiff backing between the rainproof hi-quality 1682D nylon fabric. According to the website the linings are made of 420D nylon rip stop material.

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There’s room for a power adaptor, a zipper pocket to carry some USB cords and a larger zippered pocket on the flap.
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There are a couple of exterior pockets secured by zippers that are useful for quick access flat items like a passport or plane ticket.

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The LAbesace uses metal hardware on the shoulder straps and waterproof zippers. While the hi-grade nylon shoulder webbing doesn’t have any shoulder padding, there’s not a lot of weight that can be carried in the bag, so it wasn’t uncomfortable to carry.

The LAbesace is designed like a shell to encase of the necessities within its curved lines. The lining features high quality stitching throughout. There are two trendy colors available; be-ez PDF product eCatalog available here and orange. The black exterior is neatly trimmed out in white cording.

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I do admit I was hesitant to use this LAbesace, as it’s so… fashionable. I got to tell you, it works well carrying most of my items, minus the digital camera, which I carry on my belt. Over the years, I’ve been accustomed to the typical mountain climbing backpack look or the corporate leather bags, that I’ve decided the LAbesace is NOT a man purse. Besides, it matches my black hoodie or my GearDiary approved ScottVest Fleece Jacket nicely. It’s a good change of pace and an upgrade from a standard issue messenger bag that offer next to none in protection. I trust carrying my MacBook with the protection offered in the LAbesace bag. It’s the fashionable thing to do these days!

Outer Dimensions:?39 x 29 x 13 cm

The LAbesace is available from specialty retailers, college bookstores and Amazon.com

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MRSP: $69.99

What I Like: The curved design holds enough essentials – not too much or little. Great quality of the materials used and the stitching throughout. Light weight and durable bag.

What Needs Improvement: Providing a padded shoulder strap as an option.

1 Comment on "LAbesace CLASSIC Laptop Bag REVIEW"

  1. Professional yet fashionable…excellent. I’m definitely checking out their website. Plus, not too expensive. It seems like all the great bags are at least $100.

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