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REVIEW – be.ez LA besace Lime Drop Laptop Shoulder Bag

You need a comfortable and fashionable way to haul around your laptop, because tossing it into some generic backpack just isn’t going to do. This is particularly true for a lot of the fashion-conscious MacBook owners in the audience, because having a sense of style is very important. At the same time, the bag needs to be well-built and functional.

Meant to be an ideal “bag for mobile life” is the LA besace LIME DROP from be.ez. Don’t ask me how to pronounce any of that, aside from Lime Drop, because I really have no clue. In addition to having a rather unique name, this laptop shoulder bag is actually quite functional and provides plenty of protection for your prized notebook.

If you go to the offical product page, you’ll find that the LA besace Lime Drop has been designed to accommodate a 13-inch MacBook, but the version that I received to review is slightly larger. This one is big enough to hold a 15-inch MacBook Pro. In this way, it should be able to accommodate a wider range of non-Apple laptops as well. The provided insert says this bigger Lime Drop will handle any laptop up to 33 x 25 x4 cm.

Featuring a “modern, compact and secure design,” the be.ez LA besace Lime Drop is an “urban shoulder bag” that features a stylish gray exterior. It looks like it’ll be handle most of the regular wear and tear that you’ll encounter on the bus or around campus. Opening up to the main compartment, however, you’ll discover where this bag gets its name sake.

The inside is very bright. This incredibly bold lime green is going to spark a fairly different reaction from you, depending on what kind of person you are. If you like wearing brightly colored clothing, like some of those bright Nike Dri-Fit shirts for example, then this may be your cup of tea. If you prefer the more subdued and conservative look, you may not be a huge fan of the bright green Lime Drop. I’m a little torn myself, but I can see how this laptop bag can be a good option for fashionable university and college students.

The outer grey shell is made from high-quality waterproof nylon 1682D with 420D nylon ripstop inner linings and a waterproof zipper. These higher quality materials make a world of difference, because you can tell right away that the Lime Drop is not a cheap bag. It’s well built and made from quality materials.

If you’re looking for an abundance of compartments, pockets, and slots, you may be a little disappointed with what the LA besace Lime Drop shoulder bag has to offer. Although I do like having the zipper pocket on the front flap and the somewhat hidden compartment in the back, the separation and size on the inside can leave a little to be desired.

Aside from the main laptop compartment, which could use a little more padding on the front, you’ll find the usual assortment of slots in the front for pens and other accessories. The file folder system will handle a couple of small documents, but don’t even think about tossing a binder or textbook in here. It’ll be a tight fit.

That said, you have to know what you’re getting when you consider a bag like this. The Lime Drop is marketed as a compact bag, so it’s for people who want to pack lightly when they hop around campus or boot around on the public transit system. It’s comfortable, fashionable, and compact. You’re not carrying around your entire home office in here.

In the picture above, you’ll see the Lime Drop holding onto my 14.1-inch widescreen Dell laptop. There’s still room to spare, so fitting a 15-inch laptop shouldn’t be too much of a squeeze. However, as mentioned, you won’t find too much room for loading additional items like your power supply. Pack lightly.

The LA besace Lime Drop Laptop Shoulder Bag by be.ez is very well built and it’s great for the right purposes. If you don’t need too much room for accessories and peripherals, this is a good option. If you want something that fits with the stylish but functional lifestyle, this could be a good choice. However, with an MSRP of $100, you may be able to find a better deal elsewhere.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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