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May 11, 2007

Proporta Gadget Bag

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a new totebag for my gadgets. It didn't take me long to find out that a Pocket PC is just an invitation to fill your pockets with more stuff and soon you are in danger of losing your britches. That's when I graduated to a gadget bag. I've tried everything from mini-knapsacks to camera bags and everything in between. My wife claims that I have more "purses" than she does. But, I'm always on the lookout for a nice new bag and my quest for the perfect one continues.

I recently received one from , my favorite online supplier of must-haves for the mobilely adroit that I want to share with you. It measures approximately 10x8x3 inches. It features a removable shoulder strap and comes in a sturdy, attractive, silvery nylon material.

Basically, it consists of three ample zippered compartments. One consumes the entire length and height of the bag, while the other two split the difference. The two smaller compartments are detachable and zip onto the front of the larger bag held together in the middle by a Velcro strap.

Inside the large pouch you will find a nice 5.25x4.0x1.0 inch case with a flap lid and Velcro closure. It attaches firmly inside the bag to a large Velcro patch. Above this connection is an elastic loop about 2.5 inches square for securing some treasure or other. I found it made a nice nest for my BT travel mouse.

I see from the Website that this bag is also meant to house a USB portable travel charger kit. Check it out at the ProPorta website. The cost of the travel kit including the bag is $83.95.

If you just want the gadget bag, it will cost you $47.95. Go here to see the gadget bag online. While you are there, take a look at some of the other gadget bags that might also serve you well if you're turning into a gadget-toting phreaque.

Because this bag was originally intended to house the USB charger kit, it has outlets through the walls of the compartments for wires to lead from one device to another. This may offer an interesting solution for those of you who walk around all wired up for sound.

To test out this handy carryall, I started stuffing it with some of the treasures I'm apt to port around with me. The list includes an iPaq hw6925, a Treo 750, a couple extra batteries, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, a case of expansion cards, my checkbook, credit cards, and business cards, an MP3 player, Japbra BT headphones, two retractable charging cables, and a BT headset. Surprisingly, there was still a bit of room remaining for other necessities.

I found this bag to be small and compact yet ample to carry most anything I needed for remaining productive, connected, and entertained outside the office. I recommend it.

Posted by tim at May 11, 2007 08:31 PM