That’s right, Case Logic now makes laptop backpacks. They make the CD cases you’re using in your car, your portable hard drive case and your thumb drive case. And now, you can throw all of those items, including your laptop (not made by Case Logic) into a new Case Logic 14-inch laptop backpack.
- Slim design
- Comfortable shoulder straps
- Well padded laptop compartment
- Velcro strap wrap
- Soft, felt-like pocket for smartphones or other valuables
- Spacious and well-padded front pocket organizer
- Useful side pockets
- Attractive appearance
- Good build quality
- Side pockets too small for water bottles
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Case Logic 14-inch Laptop Backpack (DLBP-114) is very attractive and is slim in design. Parts of the polyester material are matte, glossy, and quilted with accent colors on the straps and zipper. The appearance is what drew me to this backpack in the first place. All the zippers glide very smoothly and the main compartment zipper has an over-sized zipper and pull for easy opening and closing. The shoulder straps have an air mesh padding for increased comfort. Case Logic also added a neat “strap management system” in the form of a Velcro tie that keeps the excess strap tied up for a neat appearance. At the top of the backpack is a grab handle for easy handling. Aside from black, you also get red and deep grey color choices.
STORAGE & PROTECTION
The main pocket includes the integrated laptop compartment. It’s padded well and has about the same amount of padding on the bottom and the back for uniform protection. It fit both my 12.1-inch Google Chrome Cr-48 and 14.1-inch Dell Inspiron laptops without a hitch. The remaining space inside the main pocket is actually rather sparse, which is part of the design. Thinking back to my college days, there would have been no way I could have fit my Biology textbook and my Calculus textbook at the same time. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty, carry-all backpack, the DLBP-114 isn’t it.
The large front pocket has 2 medium-sized internal pockets for a phone or mobile mouse as well as 2 pen pockets. There is also a thin, but large zippered pocket for memory cards, cables, batteries, etc. The great thing about the front pocket is that it is padded as well so you can feel safe putting your MP3 player, compact camera or phone inside this pocket.
There is also a pocket on each side of the DLBP-114. It’s very useful for putting any number of items inside, but unlike the description, I found now way of putting a water bottle there. First, it doesn’t unzip all the way up so a water bottle will partially hang out of the pocket. Second, the pocket is just too small. I wasn’t even able to jam a standard 1/2 liter Costco bottled water inside, let alone any of my larger stainless steel water bottles.
The last pocket is on the top of the bag, located in between the large front pocket and the main pocket. It’s a unique pocket not only because the zipper teeth are accented, but because it is lined with a felt-like material for protecting valuables like a watch, phone, jewelry, or glasses. It reminds me a little bit of my golf bag that has a valuables pocket so you can take off your jewelry and keep it from getting hacked up. I’d probably refrain from putting my glasses in there though since it’s not padded in any way. Though the pocket entry is on the outside, the actual pocket resides inside the main compartment and I could see my glasses getting smashed inside unless I wasn’t carrying anything too bulky inside the main compartment.
The Case Logic 14-inch Laptop Backpack (DLBP-114) is a very well-made laptop backpack. It won’t be suitable for everyone because of the slim design and doesn’t have a cavernous main compartment. Make no mistake, it is not a daypack. I see this being a good fit for the urban commuter who carries a laptop and perhaps a Kindle or iPad with accessories, some snacks and not much else. For that demographic, I think that the DLBP-114 is a great value. My hope is that Case Logic will also release a daypack version with similar design cues as the DLBP-114 as I tend to fit in the category of people who like to be able to carry as much stuff as possible.
Available from Amazon.com.
* Review sample courtesy of Case Logic, Inc.