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Published on February 12th, 2012 | by Greg


BlueLounge Bonobo Doesn’t Monkey Around

Haul­ing around a lap­top can be ex­haust­ing. Most of ours weigh a cou­ple of pounds, and by the time you add the charg­ers and the USB mice and the oth­er ac­ces­sories, they can be a bit back­break­ing. Sure, this is the year of the Ul­tra­book, and those car­ry­ing a Mac­book Air can look smug­ly in our di­rec­tion, ex­cept that our 17-inch lap­tops, like the Mac­book Pro, of­fer se­ri­ous video cards and more RAM, as well as far more con­nec­tiv­i­ty op­tions.

No mat­ter your lap­top size, though, BlueLounge of­fers a bag that works. We’ve been try­ing out part of their newBonobo line, the Lap­top Tote Bag, and were im­pressed at the in­ter­est­ing de­sign. They of­fer tra­di­tion­al mes­sen­ger bags, sleeves, and back­packs as well, but the Tote’s ver­ti­cal ori­en­ta­tion is un­usu­al and dis­tinc­tive. It’s great for tight spaces and ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments where car­ry­ing a wider bag on­ly serves to an­noy ev­ery­one around you. Here in NYC, we’ve got­ten smacked in the face- and plen­ty of oth­er bod­i­ly re­gions- by peo­ple swing­ing their bags around and not pay­ing close enough at­ten­tion to their need for ex­pand­ed per­son­al space.

The col­or scheme- black- might not be in­spir­ing. And the de­tach­able shoul­der strap was not as com­fort­able or sol­id as some bags that we’ve seen. We liked the in­clud­ed “cus­tom alu­minum cara­bin­er” though, and def­i­nite­ly ap­pre­ci­at­ed the fact that the bag is made of 100% re­cy­cled PET plas­tic bot­tles. The base is thick and pret­ty well pro­tect­ed so you can set the bag down with­out wor­ry. Quick jaunts in the rain and snow were fine, but this isn’t re­al­ly a bag meant for in­clement con­di­tions- try a tru­ly wa­ter­proof bag for that.

There are plen­ty of pock­ets, and a nice, padded com­part­ment for your valu­able com­put­er. The grab han­dle is very well-made and stur­dy, the zip­pers quite good, and over­all we found it an easy to like, con­ve­nient bag, if not as com­fort­able as oth­er styles might be. At $150 for the larg­er ver­sion as test­ed ($130 for the small­er mod­el), it feels just a bit too ex­pen­sive, con­sid­er­ing the fea­tures- a lack of re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­al for in­stance, was un­for­tu­nate.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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