Short Take: WaterField’s Laptop Sleevecase

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THE SLEEVE THAT FITS


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Figure 1: The front of the Sleevecase.


Figure 2: Water beading up.

The sleeve comes in black with a silver mesh along the bottom. The case material is thick, and appears to be water resistant. I opted for the horizontal sleeve with the flap, more on options later.


Figure 3: The rear of the Sleevecase.

The rear has a slot that can fit one or two paper notebooks. If you need more space from your sleeve, you can add the piggyback option.


Figure 4: Exposing the Velcro, with flap open.

The Velcro mechanism is very durable. I gave it a stress test by connecting it and unconnecting it about 100 times (I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, OK?), and saw no sign of degradation from the hooks or loops.


Figure 5: A snug fit.

The fit may appear to be a bit loose in the above image, but in actuality, the fit is snug enough that the laptop will not have much room to travel inside the case, but loose enough where you can pull out the laptop with one hand. There are a large number of case sizes available, and WaterField provides a lookup table to insure a proper fit for any laptop case model. The thick neoprene padding provides great protection.


Figure 6: Nestled in between books in my backpack.

Here’s the shot of my laptop nestled between textbooks, only this time it’s protected. If I were to buy this product again, I’d go with the vertical orientation of the case rather than the horizontal pictured above.

YOU’VE GOT OPTIONS

Over at the WaterField website, they give you several options. The first option is whether you want the case to be arranged horizontally or vertically; mine was obviously horizontal. In addition , you can add a flap for $15 – not quite necessary if you’ll be toting this around in your backpack, but a good idea if you’ll be carry the case by itself.


Figure 7: The strap option.

Another option is the shoulder strap for $18.


Figure 8: The piggyback option.

And finally, for $22, you may add the piggyback option, which must be ordered in conjunction with the shoulder strap. This adds a large pocket along the rear, basically converting it into a full-fledged laptop case, but maintaining the small form factor of a sleeve. The piggyback is available in both vertical and horizontal configuration.

PURCHASING

My particular model, the $39 Sleevecase with the $15 flap, cost $54. Add to that the shoulder strap ($18) and the piggyback option ($22), and you’re up to around $95, which is still reasonable considering larger laptop cases can cost over $150. To customize your options, head over to the Sleevecase webpage.

PROS

  • A snug fit for any laptop
  • Several add-on options

  • Water resistant

  • Durable

CONS

  • No color choices

OVERALL
IMPRESSION


I really like how WaterField was able to take an unoriginal idea — a sleeve for a laptop, and make it a bit more original by allowing the customer to choose various options and configurations to make a more customized product. This case looks great, offers good protection, and is built with durability in mind. After much deliberation, I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about this product. Under the "wishes" column, I’d like to see the Sleevecase come in various colors, but many will enjoy the stock black and silver color scheme. I recommend this product highly for those looking for laptop protection without going with a full size case. I give this product the following rating:

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.