Review: The Proporta Gadget Bag — More Than Meets The Eye


So, I see that you have just returned from the electronics store.  And what is that in your hand?  A new PDA phone?  Running Windows Mobile 6?  Oh my.  You will definitely want to strap that on your belt and show it off.  Look how small and thin it is.  Is that a VGA screen? 

Oh wait.  You are going to want to load software and store programs on that right?  Store some data and Word documents?  You’ll want these extra memory cards.  Oh, hang on a second, look at that small battery.  Yeah, you will definitely need a second battery.  And this car charger, wall charger, and portable battery charger.  Did you say you wanted to be able to share data with your computer?  Here, take this sync cable.  Oh, and if you want to know where you are going…you will need a GPS as well.  Oh, and you still carry a separate MP3 player…with headphones?

My goodness, that is a pile of stuff to go with your ultra-portable device.  I bet you think you are going to put that all in your wife’s purse.  Think again.  She has no plans to lug around all of that stuff for you.  What you need is some kind of a bag in which to carry all of those gadgets, cords, cables, and accessories.  You need the new Gadget Bag from Proporta.  Only the Gadget Bag provides separate and detachable mini-bags in which to hold all of your gadgets, accessories and peripherals..

 
Calling this a simple gadget bag, however, is a vast understatement.  Like a Transformer, this bag is much more than meets the eye.  It actually consists of four connected, but detachable bags which allow you to construct exactly the bag you need for all of your gadgets.

The main portion of the bag is a large pouch which unzips on three sides to open.  Inside this pouch is a smaller pocket which Velcros to the inside of the pouch.  This pocket is perfect for carrying a small device or, if you are like me, several memory cards, thumb drives, or other small accessories.  Additionally, there is an elastic strap inside the pouch which is the perfect size to hold a portable battery charger.  With this, you can carry your device inside the pouch and leave it connected to the portable charger at all times, so that the battery will always be fully charged when you need it.

I would have liked this pouch, however, to have a few more organizational options.  For example, a pullout sleeve for extra memory cards, elastic straps for thumb drives, pens, or styli, or even several smaller pockets, would have been very helpful for organizing all of the smaller gadgets and accessories which I carry around.  I also would have loved to see a separate sleeve or even an elastic strap to hold power cords without them becoming a tangled mess.

The real genius behind this bag, however, is not to be found in the main pouch, but in the two detachable side bags.  These bags, which zipper onto the outside of the main portion of the bag, are ideal for carrying any devices or peripherals that you need to access quickly and easily.  Both side bags are attached with heavy duty zippers and detach easily at a moment’s notice.  The two side bags can even be zippered together, creating a whole new bag for easier transport. 

In addition to the various pockets, there are also a few details which really make this an exceptional bag.  There is a plastic lined slot running through each of the bags for a headphone cord.  This means you can stick your MP3 player or iPod in any of the pockets, even the innermost pouch, without losing access to your headphones.  This plastic aperture can even be used to feed a charging cable between pockets, so that wherever your device is stored, it will always remain fully charged. 

There is also a handy shoulder strap, however, I was disappointed to find that there was no strap or handle for hand carrying the bag.  I keep this bag in my backpack, and a handstrap would make it much easier to manipulate.

I have tried several different options for carrying all of my gadgets and accessories when I commute on the train.  The Proporta Gadget Bag stands out from any other bag or combination of bags I have tried.   While I would have liked some additional options for organizing smaller accessories, memory cards, and thumb drives (as well as power cords), this did not hinder my enjoyment or use of the bag in any way.  Frankly, it has provided me with easy access to everything I need, and kept my gadgets and accessories considerably more organized than they have ever been in the past.  I love the fact that there are numerous combinations of pouches and bags which can be detached and reattached, allowing this bag to be completely customized to meet your needs.

So, there you have it, never again will you need to ask your wife to throw a power cord or spare battery in her purse (she probably wouldn’t do it anyway).  Now, with the Proporta Gadget Bag, those accessories can be at your fingertips at a moment’s notice.

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Name: Gadget Bag

Where to Buy: Proporta

Price: $47.95

This bag is also sold as part of the Proporta Gadget Bag with USB Mobile Device Charger.  This kit, which costs $83.95, protect and charges your device while you are on the move. 

Dimensions:

Gadget Bag: 27cm x 22cm x 7cm (10.6" x 8.7" x 2.8")
Bag (without front pockets): 27cm x 22cm x 4cm (10.6" x 8.7" x 1.6")
Front Pocket: 14cm x 20cm x 3cm (5.5" x 7.9" x 1.2")
Internal Compartment: 13.5cm x 10.5cm x 3cm (5.3" x 4.1" x 1.2")

 

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  1. #1 by tjchan on February 14, 2007 - 11:47 pm

    Cool! This sounds like quite a bag with its modularity. Great review – makes me want to go and get one. Oh and yes, I ask my mother to keep my extra batteries and SD cards in her purse. ^_^

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