The bag has worn well, is solidly constructed and simple to use--one external pocket on the front, & all zippers have smooth-action. The exterior material is quite stain resistant and easy to clean.
On to Cons and Pros:
- carry handle
- small pocket
- limited organization
1. I understand that the carry handle is off-set, to better balance weight when a laptop is inside, and off-setting a handle saves material since only one flap of the sleeve requires a grip. But it always feels awkward. Handles on both sides would help the bag hang straight down and negate the side of leg bump that happens when carrying it. A couple d-rings on either end would enable the attachment of a shoulder strap--and that might be a nice addition--even if no strap were provided. I know this is a sleeve and not a 'bag' per se, but I like options.
2. The small pocket up front will hold a mouse (Microsoft Arc Touch is perfect) and a few other small items. But for travelers on the go--I'd have preferred a slightly larger pocket that would easily contain my battery/charge cord. When I travel now, I can curl up the cord in the pocket and squeeze in a flat-folding mouse, the battery + cord I curl up inside the main compartment with the laptop. It works, but makes the case lumpy, and I worry about pressure points on laptop as I travel. Again, I understand this is a sleeve--but adding 2 extra inches of pocket would have held both cords & battery, without having to have one or the other rubbing against the laptop. I really do believe that clean-lines and pared down, less bulky designs don't have to ditch a few thoughtfully placed storage areas. The fewer bags I have have to tote, the better--and when too slim = extra carry items, I feel there's been a lost opportunity.
3. Limited organization: see above.
- fabric choices
- slim design
1. Both the exterior and interior fabrics seem well-chosen. The external fabric is water-resistant & wears well. Dirt marks have been easy to clean off with a damp cloth. The gray exterior color choice is low-profile. In black/dark interiors such as backpacks/messenger bags--the gray color isn't hard to find, and the slight sheen from the "Golla" logo overprint picks up reflective light subtly.
The soft, orange corduroy interior protects your laptop from scratches and helps cushion the device slightly. Do not expect this cushioning to keep the laptop safe from falls--but for usual transportation it will work fine. The bright orange interior makes it easy to find your laptop--or any small items you may have put in the front pocket. Not that you need this help since the case is so slim-fitting and provides no room for clutter--but it's a nice, visual touch.
2. Aesthetics are pleasing. The simple color combinations aren't too loud or showy--more appropriate for work/business, but still edgy enough to be cool and sleek. It's nice to have options that aren't hot pink, zebra stripe, etc. The case is classy and simple, no superfluous details. The soft interior fabric is pleasant to touch & the bright color pops--it's a fun touch that's practical too: protective and provides high visibility. If lost in the outback, you could turn this case inside out and have a nice flame orange signal device.
3. Slim design keeps it simple. This is not a pack to stuff and overfill: you cannot. While I'd have enjoyed a bit more leeway here, the case is designed to be slim, sleek and simple: it achieves these goals. While providing a bit of padded protection, this case is easy to fit into messenger bags and medium-large sized packs. While slightly thicker than a slipcase, it takes up as little room as possible, a very small footprint.
Overall, I'm happy with the case. The cons haven't outweighed the pros for me--though I do really wish that exterior pocket were deeper for cord carry. If the intended purpose is light day use/travel, charge cords probably aren't necessary & cords would be left at home. But I've never trusted battery-life on anything enough not to travel with charge capability!
I'm not actively looking for a replacement case--this speaks to it's usefulness. However, if Golla made this same style, sleek, simple and not too flashy looking--and added a couple of the storage options I outlined above, I'd swap out in a second. The trick is to keep the case as flat as possible, while adding a tiny bit more practical carry options.
I'd give the case a solid B to B+.