“I just recently received the Buzz Sling Bag from the great bag manufacturers Tom Bihn. The first thing that caught my eyes and the reason I wanted this bag is its ultra cool style. Once I unzipped the bag the first thing I noticed is a really thick padding for the laptop, and I mean its thick, it will definitly protect your costly laptop.”
The recent OhGizmo! review of the Imago features seven original pictures of the bag from varying angles. If you’ve been waiting to see the pocket layout or the interior of the Imago, now is your chance.
Picture by Andrew Liszewski
What did OhGizmo! reviewer Andrew Liszewski think overall of the Imago?
“Like I’ve already mentioned the biggest endorsement I can give the Imago Yin is the simple fact that over the past three weeks it has started to replace my trusty old bag for day to day use. Like everything else Tom Bihn makes the Imago Yin is quite simply a well-made, high-quality product that you know will easily withstand a lot of wear and tear over the years. Until we can buy that one credit-card sized device that does everything we need most of us will have to carry around a handful of different devices everyday and the Imago is one of the easiest ways to do that.”
Have you found yourself longing for more pictures of the Empire Builder? A full description of its pockets? An assessment of the pros and cons?
Look no further than the review of the Empire Builder at OhGizmo!written by Andrew Liszewski.
“The website claims the Empire Builder was three years in the design process and after using the bag for a few weeks now I don’t find that fact that hard to believe. When I first pulled the bag out of its shipping box I immediately noticed that this thing is covered in pockets and pouches and I have to say that’s one of the bag’s biggest strengths.”
And that’s only the beginning. Read the full review, and you’ll know almost as much about the Empire Builder as we do.
Note: The Empire Builder is (yet again) almost sold out. If you’d like one, we suggest you order now. The next batch will be available in late September.
On the Brain Cell
“Like most of us, I have to trust my instincts as to the robust nature of the laptop sleeve I choose.
Tom Bihn’s sleeve, aptly named the Brain Cell, is one of the few that inspires my confidence.” Read the full review.
On the Super Ego:
“Pockets on this bag are a dream. The main compartment is massive, plus it is behind the flap, so you do not have to unbuckle the bag to get at the computer. It easily held my laptop inside the well-padded and firmly reinforced Brain Cell sleeve. Additionally, I fit loads of papers and folders inside, and it felt like it could have taken much more. The secondary pocket under the flap holds all my power bricks in pockets, but also provides a well large enough for 25’ of Cat-5 cable and my lunch. Not my drinks, of course, those are held firmly in two large bottle holders with compression straps, on either side. For easy access, there are splash-proof zippered pouches on both sides of the center under the flap, and four large pouches for quick access.” Read the full review.
MacDailyNews recently reviewed the Smart Alec backpack. What did they think? Here’s an excerpt:
“The first thing you’ll notice about the Smart Alec is the lack of pockets, zippers, netting, straps and other assorted junk that seems designed to catch on things under airline seats and just about anywhere else. The Smart Alec’s designers seem to have spent a lot of time with and thinking about the backpack and how it would actually be used by people. One doesn’t need 57 pockets and zippers tacked on everywhere if the pockets and zippers provided are correct already (Bihn does offer other, more traditional bags and backpacks. Please see link below). It’s minimalist design with maximum usability – like the Mac.”
“I tried Bihn’s Soft Cell ($30) soft-sided sleeve and also the hard-sided Monolith ($45) inside the Smart Alec. Both are vertically-oriented, so you can slip your MacBook in and out of your backpack without having to take the sleeve out of your backpack as you would have to do with a horizontal sleeve. Even though I consider both sleeves to be overpriced by about $10, I quickly chose the Monolith because I felt it offers more protection (even though my PowerBook was no worse for the wear using a sleeve very similar to the Soft Cell for years), has a convenient handle on the top, and also secures to the Smart Alec’s interior with a clip system. Either sleeve will work well.”
My thoughts: It’s true that our bags cost more than most bags out there. Why is that? We use the best quality materials possible, and we make our products in our own factory in Seattle, Washington. Making our products in our own factory ensures that our employees are treated well and our products are made right. It does cost a little bit more, but I think it’s worth it.
What do you think? Post in our forums.
XtremeComputing recently reviewed a number of Tom Bihn bags, including the Brain Bag, the Monolith, the Soft Cell, the Freudian Slip, the Snake Charmer, and Organizer Pouches.
The review has tons of amazingly detailed pictures and as many interior shots of the bags as you could want. It’s an excellent way to show how these bags work together.
They also put the Monolith to a serious test:
“Here at Xtreme we decided to go one further and do the bag of sugar drop test. Sound weird well let me explain, take a sugar bag its filled quite tight with 1kg gram of sugar, the average weight of laptop is about 7lbs, so that’s 3 bags of sugar we will use, these will be taped together and placed in the base of the bags laptop compartment. We will then drop the bag from 6ft, sound a bit unorthodox doesn’t it? Well if the bag does its job the sugar bags should come out the same with no indentations, if it doesn’t protect it there will be indents in the sugar bag. We will do this until we don’t find a dent in the sugar bag and then tell you the safe height. A bit of a strange way to test, but rather the sugar than my £500/$799 laptop wouldn’t you agree?”
How did the Monolith do in the XtremeComputing drop test? Read the full review to find out. (Hint: We rock. Or at least the Monolith laptop case does.)
The Aeronaunt (our new maximum carry-on bag that you asked us for), has been selected by the readers of RainyDayMagazine to be RainyDayMagazine’s “Featured Review” of the week. The Aeronaut was selected by readers from over 100 different products reviewed by RainyDayMagazine.
If you haven’t yet read RainyDayMagazine’s review of the Aeronaut, now is your chance. It’s worth checking out for the pictures alone — they do a great job of showing off the features of this bag and what makes it so cool.
Be sure to read Swedish Tech Report’s review of the Empire Builder.
“Have you ever heared about the expression a city in the city. I would like to call this case a case in case. Why? Because it protects your laptop with a padded area and gives your case an extra option. It helps your laptop and case to together take that extra step.”