FLD Products make laptop covers and tablet pouches and have been on sale in South Africa for several months. The dark coloured designs are minimalistic, with colour coordinated branding, stitching and lining to match.
I know there a loads of products like this on the market, and FLD is aimed at the mid-range market; prices are not going to break the bank. The selection includes laptop bags for 11- 13- and 15-inch sizes; tablet pouches in 7.5-inch; and a 10-inch tablet bag.
I’ve been testing two products – the 13″ laptop bag (blue) and the 7.9″ tablet pouch (yellow).
The laptop bag has a main slot for your 13″ laptop, and along with my Macbook Air, I managed to throw in a wallet, business cards, MiFi device and lipgloss inside it. To the side, there is an additional zip compartment which held my laptop charger and adaptor. I liked that this was lined thickly so it didn’t feel like my cables were knocking against the laptop.
There are two additional pockets, a large one behind the laptop compartment, and small one in front of the cable compartment, to slip either your phone/papers/writing journal into if you want. I’ve been able to get around to meetings/events without an additional handbag, which is a big plus.
The tablet pouch holds a small tablet up to 7.9-inches, like the iPad mini, Galaxy Note 2 or similar. The reason I didn’t say up to 8-inches is that I tried to fit my Acer Iconia A1 tablet, which is 8-inches, but it couldn’t fit. The pouch has a curved design on the top, so a little bit of the tablet does peek out, about 0.5cm around the middle. The back has another slot for either business cards or something very thin. I haven’t used these extra little slots on both the laptop bag or pouch, and I think the bags could do without them because stuff could easily slip out without you noticing. It’s easier to then carry the pouch around in your bag without worrying about the screen knocking about with your other stuff.
The materials used for all FLD products are imported from Korea and are water resistant, and the strap on the laptop bag is adjustable. The range itself has a minimal black design, which I think falls under the “safe” category. If you’re looking for a basic design with different colour bits, again which are minimal, they come in blue, red, yellow and pink. The company does offer custom printing, so if you’d like to personalise a bag, you can mail them about it for a quote.
Tablet pouch – R249
10″ Tablet bag – R499
11/13/15″ Laptop bag – R599/R699/R899
I have two FLD Products to giveaway on Wired to the Web. To stand a chance to win either a laptop bag (size of your choice) or a tablet pouch, all you have to do is leave a comment saying which one you want. Only one comment per person. The competition runs until Thursday, 14 November at midnight. Winners will be announced on Friday, 15 November.
The winners will be selected via random.org and announced on this post.
WINNER UPDATE: Random.org has selected comment #3 and #5 as winners. Congratulations to Craig Wilson and raeesahv!
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