|Caselogic XNTM-4 Messenger eSling (Black)
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PRODUCT FEATURES:Portable electronics sling designed and sized for avid e-gear addicts to store their compact electronicsMagnetic flap closure provides instant access to the electronics and accessories that keep you in touch, informed and living the e-friendly lifeEmpty your pockets - stores your ultra-portable laptop, iPod, Blackberry, business cards and morePadded, felt-lined computer compartment holds most 7''-12'' ultra portable laptopsDiscreet hand strap built into the adjustable shoulder strapColored internal lining allows you to see what's in your bag
- Portable electronics sling designed and sized for avid e-gear addicts to store their compact electronics
- Magnetic flap closure provides instant access to the electronics and accessories that keep you in touch, informed and living the e-friendly life
- Empty your pockets- stores your ultra-portable laptop, iPod, Blackberry, cell phone, chargers, USB, GPS, sunglasses, keys, business cards and more electronics compartment
- Padded, felt-lined computer compartment holds most 7?-12? ultra portable laptops (internal laptop dimensions 11.8" x 9.1" x 1.3")
- Colored internal lining allows you to see what's in your bag
- Compact, lightweight, lots of storage!
I evaluated this netbook case with my Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (9" netbook). There is enough room in the Caselogic to hold a 12" netbook. There are also numerous pockets and zippered compartments to hold your wireless travel mice, USB flash drives, optical media, A/C adapter or recharger, documents, and other items. The case is extremely lightweight and the outside flap uses magnets to hold it onto the main body of the case. Don't worry, nothing will fall out because the main compartments have a zippered seal.
The only drawback to the XNTM-4 is the main strap. While it is fairly wide, it lacks any type of soft padding or rubberized surface for more group. I've run into situations where other backpacks with cordura straps tend to slide off my large winter coat or leather jacket due to the lack of friction. The only recommendation I'd make to Caselogic is to change the strap design.
Bottom line, for the price the XNTM-4 is a very solid case for your netbook. I've seen other netbook cases for about the same price, but they aren't as versatile as the XNTM-4....more info
- Good bag for netbooks
The Caselogix XNTM-4 is a good choice for sub-notebooks or netbooks.
The maximum dimensions listed of 11.8" x 9.1" x 1.3" are a bit generous.
If you have a notebook pushing those dimensions consider a larger bag.
I use mine for a ASUS EeePC which is less than 9"x7" and there is more than enough room.
I would like to see the bag include a couple removable accessory bags to use for cables, power supplies, etc. you will need to provide your own or just let them lay loose.
The material is durable and should last a long time. However some of the stitching seems sparse and may wear over time. I would like to see tighter locked stitches so they would hold up even if damaged.
There are a few pockets suitable for cell phones, mp3 players, small gps, etc. but no "port" for passing through a headphone cable. I also don't find a great place to store things like sunglasses or keys as the description indicates.
There is an internal zippered pocket that would be ideal for storing manuals that are rarely used, but the pocket was only created about 1/2 of the sling deep and thus has a maximum storage of 5"x6", my Asus book is 8.25" x 5.5".
A couple external pockets are great for easy access items such as maps, tickets, travel itinerary, etc.
The shoulder strap is unfortunately permanently attached with no padding and if adjusted to carry as indicated in the photo puts the metal adjustment right on your shoulder and leaves 1/2 of the strap, about 18", with a loose double layer which gets flipped around and tangled.
Finally the closure flap...
It is a bit over sized and it can be difficult to find your mark for the 2 small magnetic clasps. And even if you do line them up perfectly, they don't really hold very well, especially if you stored anything in the flaps zippered compartment. This isn't really a problem as the size of the flap keeps it in position, but the addition of a more secure clasp to keep it closed when you are not actively using the bag would have been a good idea.
Still with all the flaws, it is a good looking and useful sling for carrying around a small laptop computer....more info
- Cheap and you get what you pay for: "Cardboard" bag....
I initially ordered this through the Amazon Vine program but they sent me the wrong bag instead. Because I really needed this, I ended up buying it myself.
I had higher expectations. I already own another Caselogic bag and after a while (less than a year) the zipper broke. Since I have similar zipper issues with my expensive Logitech Kinetik case, I don't fault Caselogic that much since seems to be an industry standard to manufacture bags that will not last too long.
Back to the sling bag XNTM-4, since I received it I was not 100% happy with it especially because of the padding. It does not have a lot of it unfortunately. Besides the padding, I don't like the shoulder strap. It cannot be replaced and it is just a plain strap with no padding for the shoulder. The shoulder padding might not be such a terrible thing because the bag should not get too heavy but I can see how without padding, it can slide off your shoulder if you are not paying attention since it is made of a silky material.
Even with these flaws, I would rate this 3-4 stars but unfortunately, this morning, after I used this for 2 days I noticed that the strap threads are pulling out in 2 locations. In a couple of weeks they will be worse and in a couple of months the bag will be in the garbage.
My walk in closet is full of similar "cardboard" bags and backpacks that have similar issues. I am sick and tired of cheap merchandise that seems to be made to be used twice.
This one goes back to Amazon and from there hopefully to CaseLogic.
- The perfect "Netbook" case, especially for the money
What's in a bag?
Style - this is one nice looking bag. With black and gray accents on the outside, and a deep burgundy red in each pocket, this is a very stylish accessory.
Usefulness - I'm amazed by how many nifty pockets there are in this bag. I can carry my USB laptop mouse, Power cord, external HDD, and netbook, with room for other gadgets such as a phone, PSP, who knows what else, maybe even a book or two. This might become my main "man purse" or backpack.
Protection - there are two strips of foam in the "laptop pouch" which nestle my netbook very nicely and keep it from shocks (not that I've dropped it to test).
Build quality - This bag seems very sturdy. There are no loose seams and the zippers seem very strong. There is a magnetic seal on the main flap to hold it down. Though I might not try holding it upside down and shaking the contents, it holds well during normal use.
As "netbook" bags go, I couldn't be more pleased, especially for this cost. I can't see looking elsewhere when there is such a cheap, versatile, and high quality option available....more info
- Top Quality
Amazon sent a diffent model than this exact one but I was impressed so I did not complain. The model sent was for SLR cameras and was a back pack as well as hand held model.
Very well thought out design and sturdy.
Would buy for sure....more info
- Smart Little Bag
I ordered this Caselogic XNTM-4 Messenger bag to carry my new Netbook in. I must say, this bag is great. I can put my netbook inside, carry all of my accessories (i.e. charger, wires, mouse and my mem sticks) and still have room for more without making the bag too big or bulky. The carrying strap is nice because I ride a motorcycle so I can just throw the strap over my shoulder and be gone. ...more info
- better than average; you get what you paid for
Quality: I have used Caselogic storage solutions for a number of years. Back then it was CD/CDR sleeves and storage, later laptop cases, and these days "netbook" bags. It is a very consistent brand and I can recommend its products given the affordable price. However, I do note that you get what you paid for and it can be troublesome to buy their stuff online due to their quality control. For instance, the review bag I received have over several inches of bad stitching (where one strand of a double stitch is not even on the fabric) and one of the padding "sponges" is clearly misplaced during the assembly. None of these really affects the everyday use of the bag, but I surely won't accept this if this were for work use and I would have definitely exchanged it if it were not a review unit. One star off due to the QC.
The bag itself: On the positive side, the bag is light enough when it is empty. This is a primary concern for me when it comes to carrying a netbook. (What's the point of having a heavy bag to carry a lightweight computer?) The actual computer chamber is quite small but large enough for all subnotebooks such as my EeePC. OTOH, my ThinkPad x41 Tablet with extended battery does not fit because of the battery. The organization of pockets in the front seem logical and can be quite useful, and I also appreciate the felt-lining that helps to minimize scratching. On the negative side, I must say I don't like any flap-based messenger bag because the flap is always in the way when I try to access anything quickly. This bag is particularly problematic because of its aspect ratio: the flap is actually longer than its width. I also noted that while the strap has an innovative feature where a handle is built-in, I feel that the strap material does not seem very durable to me. (Will have to see... only have it for a week.)
The bottomline is if you can buy and check the bag in person and if you like flap bags, it can be a great deal....more info
- Great Netbook Bag
I bought this bag wanting something smaller and more fitting than my OGIO laptop backpack.
This bag fits the bill almost perfectly. I can easily carry one of my two netbooks (AA1 or 1000HE), the power cable and brick, a compact digital camera, MP3 player/PMP, cell phone, two pens, a ID card/bus card and even a small 3.5" external hard drive. On top of that I still have a front and back pocket (small circular velcro seal) for some minor papers or thin documents. I have not yet found a use for the zippered flap pocket, but I'm sure it would be great for carrying lose items on weekend outings.
Since the bag doesn't really come with padding (mostly just fine threaded cloth) and my 1000HE comes with a neoprene padded sleeve, I wanted to carry the netbook with the sleeve in the bag. I compared the other eSlings and even the Case Logic Laptop Attache with this XNTM-4 and found this one to be the best for the job. Although it's a tight fit, the sleeved netbook still fits inside and I can still zipper it close.
I've uploaded a few photos of my bag with the various things I carry in it. You'll notice the two gray strips where my AA1 is. Those strips are the only real padding in that compartment and act as minor cushion as well as raises the netbook slightly from the back of the bag.
A few others are worried about the strap and I also have my own concerns. The strap is attached to either side via a VW pattern stitch and is only about 1/8". Although I'm sure this is fine and won't break (unless you abuse it), I do wish it was 1/4" rather than just 1/8".
The integrated carry handle is opposite of the front flap zipper. I worry carrying via this handle puts too much strain on the 1/8" seam where the strap is sewn into the side of the bag. I think as long as you're not jolsting the bag up-and-down abusively, the strap should be fine. I feel have a "normal" handle at the top of the bag might have been better as the bag hangs tilted using the integrated handle.
I find after taking the bag off of my shoulder/around my neck, it takes me a moment or two to find the strap handle and it isn't the easiest to locate by touch but after a while, it might be second nature.
My last concern is the water resistance of the fabric. Since it is a tight-woven and fine threaded fabric (Amazon video says felt - unsure myself), it is somewhat water resistant. I had my bag with me this afternoon when it was pouring outside. I used an umbrella but still have several drops and a minor splash on the bag. The drops beaded and I didn't notice any absorption of water when the bag was splashed (most of it ran right off).
I doubt this bag will survive more than a splash since it isn't waterproof (Case Logic doesn't even claim water resistant), but thanks to the fine threaded fabric, the bag is at least somewhat water resistant. Enough so that a few drops and a minor splash is repelled easily and isn't absorbed into the fabric.
I would recommend this bag to other netbook owners, but would not recommend it to those looking for a waterproof bag or for a 12.1" screen laptop/netbook as those won't fit in either compartment (not wide or tall enough for those screen sizes)....more info
- Got XNSLR6 instead
Can't review the XNTM-4 messenger bag through the vine program. Though that is the item I ordered. What actually came in the box is the XNSLR6 also from Caselogic. So while I do not have a SLR camera this looks like the ideal bag for someone who is an avid photographer and has an SLR camera and lenses. The case is rugged. It comes with three flexible walls that are well padded which can be used to form around smaller lenses or gadgets. It also contains a padded wall that looks like it'll easily accommodate a long lens.
There are straps on the side of the bag to hold a tripod. Has several handles to carry it either horizontally or vertically. Backpack straps so you can carry it as a backpack. ...more info
- Great bag for netbooks
One of the clear advantages of netbook computers is their ultra portability. You can take them on business trips on which you might otherwise regret lugging a 7 pound laptop.
I recently decided to replace an eight year old HP Omnibook with an Acer Aspire One and needed a small case to move my new netbook around the landscape. I purchased one at Fry's that was made for 10" models, but my Acer was just a skosh too big to fit in it. There are plenty of neoprene bags available for a few dollars, but I wanted something that would stand up to travel and let me fit a few small items along with the netbook.
Enter the Case Logic eSling, made specifically for ultra portable PCs.
Talk about a perfect solution! This bag is made from tough nylon, has an adjustably long messenger-type sling, and has lots of pockets! There's one, of course, just for your netbook and it is ingeniously designed with two long interior felt strips that grip the computer and keep even small 9 inch computers from sliding around inside. Then there is a larger pocket in front that serves as a personal items pocket, with specific places for business cards, pens, a cell phone or ipod and sunglasses. This larger pocket can accommodate letter size folders or a spiral bound notebook and your charger. There's another exterior pocket that is perfect for a magazine or your Kindle, then there is a large flap that covers it all that also has a larger zipper pocket, great for a wallet.
The outside of the case is stain- and scuff-resistant black, but the inside is a burgundy colored material that makes it easy to find things. No more fishing around trying to find where you put your keys in the dark interior of your bag!
The quality of this bag is what sets it apart from virtually every other netbook case out there: it is very well constructed of expensive looking materials. This bag may cost more than cheaper bags, but it will outlast them by years. The stitching is reinforced at strategic spots, the zippers are strong and durable, and even the zipper pulls look like they'll last forever. My only quibbles here are that the strap, while light weight, is less impressive than the rest of the bag, and there is no rubber feet protection on the bottom of the case where you are likely to set it down.
You won't find that the bag is large enough to replace your briefcase or backpack unless you really travel light. But for quick day trips, it is a great solution for carrying your small computer and a few other items. You will love the quality and thoughtful design of this bag. ...more info
- Very Nice Messenger Sling - Recommended
The Caselogic "XNTM-4 Messenger eSling" is a well made and good looking case, but is NOT suitable for laptops other than the smallest ultraportable or NetBooks. That being said, this is a great case for most of my other electronic and miscellaneous gear. My DayTimer Planner, Kindle 2, DS game, Flip Ultra, point & shoot camera, business cards, check book, and various office supplies fit very comfortably.
The case is fairly compact and carries nicely on the shoulder. The adjustable strap is sturdy and looks like it will hold up well with use, but it is not padded so I will not pack the case too heavy if it is going to be carried for a long time. The strap material is textured, so it isn't prone to slipping like I expected it to be.
The front flap is secured by two fairly powerful magnet catches that holds it firmly closed, yet is easy to quickly open. While it hasn't accidently come open yet it really wouldn't be a problem since the 3 interior compartments can be closed, one with Velcro and two are zippered.
One of my favorite features of the case is that the compartment linings are not black, being either gray or maroon. This makes finding things in the bottom much easier than in all of my other cases. I really hope that this idea is adopted by other manufacturers!
There are five main compartments and several smaller interior compartments for pens, business cards, etc. There really isn't much in the way of padding, except two thick strips in the larger back compartment to protect whatever device you can squeeze in it, so I don't pack anything fragile in the outer compartments.
Overall, this is a quality case and a good value for the price. Recommended!...more info
- Ordered the CaseLogic XNTM-4 eSling But Incorrectly Received The CaseLogic XNSLR-6 Camera Case!
Unfortunately, I can't review the CaseLogic XNTM-eSling since Amazon Vine incorrectly sent me the CaseLogic XNSLR-6 Camera Case. The eSling seems like it would be the perfect item to facilitate carrying all of my portable e-gear conveniently (eg.netbook, iPod, digital camera, cell phone, etc.). I sent Vine Support three emails to try to rectify this error but have yet to be responded to. The CaseLogic camera bag I did receive seems like it is a very good bag for SLR enthusiasts, as it has several well-padded compartments for the SLR, a few lenses, a flash, etc. Further, it includes alternative straps so that you can use it as a backpack or you can carry it by hand. The one drawback to the camera case is that it is a bit on the heavy side even without any camera gear in it....more info
- Super Carryon for all those Personal Electronics
This came in the mail the other day and I looked up to see a friend looking at with lust in her eyes. She has a mild case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that involves putting things in things. We used to meet in her kitchen and I have watcher her put two cookies in their own tiny little container so she could put them away in the cabinet. Me, I would have just eaten them! However she really took to this Messenger eSling.
Anyway we started examining the bag. It's well made. I've bought a number of items from Caselogic and never had a problem with stitching or zippers breaking. It's absolutely perfect to slide in my Samsung Netbook]with a pocket for the adapter. It can also hold the [[ASIN:B001MLZKAQ Samsung External Slim USB and a [[ASIN:B001HSOFI2 Flip Mino HD Camcorderand their attendant cords I carry on trips.
While I haven't flown anywhere since I received it, I did have to take a car trip and it was wonderful to have all this stuff in one place-- at least when I start out.
Enthusiastic 2 thumbs up....more info
- Good product for a good price
The timing on this could not have been better since I wanted to start biking to work and I needed some sort of messenger bag to get all my gear (MP3/media players, cell phone, and some small tools) from home to work and back.
The good is, it is fairly light-weight and has a lot of pockets. I can usually find a spot for anything I'm carrying as long as it is small enough. I also carry an extra shirt and that fits nicely where the small-factor laptop or DVD player would go. I was at first put off by the lack of a handle to hold onto then realized it is built into the strap. After this realization I've come to like it more as the handle works pretty well. I haven't overloaded my bag too much (maybe 8 pounds at the most) and the strap seems ready to handle that weight and more. I probably wouldn't recommend carrying around heavy stuff beyond the small-factor laptop.
I do have some things I don't like about the bag. The first is the strap itself. Most straps on other bags usually have some sort of a cushion built into it which accomplished two things: one is that it makes it more comfortable but, two, it also tends to make it so it doesn't slide all over the place while in use. When I walk with the bag it is okay because I'm fully upright and I don't sway too much (I don't waddle so much since losing some weight recently). But when I bike the bag tends to get in my way whenever I shift my weight... which is quite often. I find that to be annoying!
Also, the padding could be a lot better. I would NEVER consider putting expensive electronics in the part built for the small-form laptop or DVD player. I wouldn't trust the padding. Instead I usually carry a book in there which can take more of a beating.
The front flap is held down by some weak magnets... too weak. It doesn't take much for this to start flapping in the wind while biking or even walking. I wish they had either used Velcro or something that would snap it into place.
I live in the desert so I cannot attest to its waterproofness. I have ridden through some sprinklers and this has deflected that small amount of water perfectly fine. I'm not about to throw this into the shower to really test it.
All in all, for the price, I would consider this a very decent messenger bag though I am probably going to be forced to pick up something else soon as I am putting a lot of miles on the bike lately....more info
- Nice little bag, envious husband
Since I just got a Eee PC and needed a simple safe way to tote it around, without having to lug a big extra bag (I'm always carrying my purse, my daughters juice cup, and usually at least one teddy bear) this seemed perfect... and it is! It's the perfect size for the netbook and my cellphone and even ipod touch can fit in with it. The bag is small yet sturdy and the strap is perfect to toss over my shoulder. I almost wish the flap wasn't there, it's big and makes it harder to get into the bag (which has a zipper top already) and if anything might make someone not bother zipping it closed leaving a netbook prone to falling out sine the flap just has a couple magnetic clips holding it down. All in all though I'm really happy with the bag, my husband has already tried to jam his 13" macbook into it (which while it did fit, it wouldn't zip) and has told me that if they come out with a model slightly bigger which could fit his mac he'd like me to buy him one. ...more info
- For very small laptops (read: netbooks) and other accessories
Though I got this case to simply hold my small gadgets when traveling (iPhone, Sennheiser full size headphones, chargers, etc.) I thought there might be a chance that my MacBook might fit it, but nope, the bag is just an inch too small to zip it up. No worries, since when I take my MacBook with me I usually need a bigger bag anyhow.
Plenty of nice size compartments inside for files, business cards, and the aforementioned electronic accessories that I find as must haves for the short trip. Though I haven't used this case for long, I have few doubts of its durability as I've purchased other Caselogic laptop bags in the past and they seem to hold up quite well.
For the price, well worth it for a fabric case (I'm not much for the premium price of leather.)...more info
- Great little bag
It holds my netbook, charger, cd case, and a few smaller tech tools. I say this is the smallest bag I would use with a netbook, and probably the largest, too. Good quality, easy to carry....more info