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Jun 18 2011

Waterfield Tablet Travel Case Review

I love the sheen on the fabric

I recently acquired a Samsung Galaxy Tab as part of a review of 7 inch tablets that I have coming up. I quickly realized I was in need of something to carry and protect it while I carted it around. Since I have a couple of companies that I look to first on these kind of products I went through my short list and came across a whole series of tablet bags and cases from Waterfield in San Francisco.

After looking through the options I determined that the Tablet Travel Case was a good choice for those instances where I did not want to carrry a computer, but needed some storage for accessories with the Tab. I opted for the green as it seemed like a good balance between the staid black and the over the top red color.

The case is offered with an optional strap but I decided to pass on that as it would push it a bit too much in the “murse” direction for my personal taste. As it was, I carried it all week at a trade show and while I was mocked for many other things, my new tablet case was not one of them!

The case is 10 by 6 by 1.5 inches and is made primarily of some kind of high gloss ballistic nylon with a strip of non-slip rubberized material that goes around the spine of the case. The case is billed as water resistant and I unfortunately had the chance to test that in a “coffee meets swinging door” event that briefly stopped my heart. Everything inside the case remained safe and dry, much to my relief.

The front of the case features a zippered pocket with a self locking zipper. If that zipper is flat against the case with its handle to the right it will not move. This gives you that little bit of additional security if it is stuffed inside of another bag or you are carrying valuables inside of it.

Front pocket and its internal pockets

The back wall of the front pocket has Waterfield’s signature, high contrast gold fabric on the back wall. On their bigger bags this really helps you pick out products inside of the bag in low light, but in the smaller case, it just looks cool. The back wall of this pocket has two stretchy mesh pockets that are 5 by 4 inches. These are really helpful to keep things from banging into each other inside of this section but the front of the pocket is not divided should you need to put something long in here. A standard boarding pass fits snugly in the front of this section without folding

The same locking zipper runs along the top of the bag to allow you to access them main section of the Travel Case. There is a nylon tab loop on the left hand side that gives you something to pull against when you are opening the zipper.

The main center section

This main section is well padded and is lined with a soft, foam type material to keep your electronics safe and scratch free. As you can see in the picture above, this section is divided into three sections with padded dividers.

The front section is stitched down the middle into two pockets to give you a place to separate chargers and cables and small goods, and the middle section is large and unobstructed for oddly shaped things you might need to stuff in here. Along the back of the case is a pocket that is tightly set to the dimensions of the Tab. It slides into this pocket with a little bit of resistance, but once in there it doesn’t move around at all. This pocket also keeps padding around every edge of the tablet and keeps it well protected. I really like the feeling of security this grants me!

The case is beautifully made and solidly constructed. The stitching is perfect with nary a loose thread or snag and a sense of quality exudes from all the details on this well thought out case.

Perfect? Not quite, but close. I would love to make a couple of small changes to this case to push it over the edge. I wish that there were a small media pocket in the front pocket of the Travel Case. I had an SD card adapter for the MicroSD card in my tablet loose in one of the pockets and it managed to work its way into the main section of the front pocket. I was convinced I had lost or dropped it somewhere and had a bit of personal panic until I felt through the front of the pocket. Black lining…black card. You get the picture. A little zipper on one of those pockets or a small fitted SD pocket would be very nice.

My second wish is that instead of a pull tab the case had a handle of the same material that stretched from the top corner to the bottom corner. This would serve the same purpose as the tab but give you something to hold onto rather that always treating the case like a clutch. The pictures of this with the shoulder strap make me see that this would obstruct the positioning of the O rings for the shoulder strap, but I don’t think that most people would want both a handle and a strap on a case this size.

Other than that…well, hmmm. Nothing I can think of. Did I mention it was nearly perfect?

CONCLUSION

The Tablet Travel Case is extremely well made out of quality materials. The padding will protect your tablet and the pockets and storage will keep you equipped and organized.

As with most things that I review, this is not the cheapest case out there. It is, however, cheaper than buying three different $20 cases that you don’t like. It is also the kind of case that evinces deeper emotions than “like” and is a worthy investment to protect your tablet.

If you do love this case, and I think you will, maybe it means you can buy me love!

Editors note: traded in my Tab for an HTC View and the case still works brilliantly. Currently carrying the View, a Verbatim Bluetooth folding keyboard, power supply and cable as well as a cleaning cloth, the lightscribe pen and a SD to Micro SD adapter card.

www.sfbags.com
Tablet Travel Case $49, or $58 with shoulder strap

2 comments

  1. Ted Bahas

    I think it looks like a shaving kit!

  2. Jeff Mac

    No, I have seen your shaving kit and it is WAY too small for that!

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