Slappa Ballistix Aura Laptop Sleeve Review

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Slip into something more comfortable

Nearly everyone who owns a laptop carries it outside the house or office at some point, and you really can’t subject it to all the slings and arrows of this world.  You need some sort of protection for your portable computer, but you may not want to lug around a full-fledged laptop bag or case.  Some people like to keep things really minimalized and slim, else what’s the point to buying these ultra-thin (and ultra-expensive) laptops?

For those of you who just want to lug around your computer from place to place without a lot of extra cables and hassle, then all you really need is a good laptop sleeve.  Slappa’s Aura laptop sleeve has lots of protective features without a lot of nonsense.

Features

  • Water and tear resistant 1680-D ballistic nylon
  • Quilted inner lining with super-cush laptop padding
  • Available in 10″, 13″ 15.4″, 17″, and 18″ versions
  • Rear compartment for papers and/or cords
  • 360 Day Extended Warranty

Description

The Ballistix P-TAC Matrix sleeves come in 5 sizes; 10″ for iPad, tablets and netbooks, 13″ for Macbook, 15.4″ for notebooks, and 17″ and 18″ for large laptops. The P-Tax Matrix offers Ultimate Protection for your precious portable tablets, netbooks, iPads, Macbooks and laptops . Durable and lightweight, it is made with ballistic nylon, which was originally developed to protect soldiers from flying debris and shrapnel caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts. In addition to being water and tear resistant and the inside is lined with quilted super-cush laptop padding.

Additional features include a rear compartment for papers and/or cords, stylish rubberized PU Matrix accents and molded alloy zipper pullers. An optional shoulder strap add-on is also available.


The Slappa logos adorn the Aura laptop sleeve

So what exactly makes this sleeve “ballistic”?
Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic fabric that was originally developed by DuPont as a material for flak jackets in the World War II era.  Ballistic nylon takes its name in that it was intended to protect its wearers from flying debris and shell fragment impacts, and was not intended to be a primary defense against direct gunfire (which is what Kevlar is for).  Ballistic nylon today refers to a 2×2 or 2×3 basketweave from nylon yarn such as 840 and 1680 denier (as is this laptop sleeve).  Denier refers to the weight of the fabric, not its strength.


High-quality parts

This laptop bag is more aptly referred to as a sleeve because it only has one major pocket for your PC, and a smaller pocket for documents or thin peripherals.  The bag is very lightweight at only 1.5 pounds, and is made of tear-resistant ballistic nylon, and has plenty of quality stitches to keep it together.  The inside is quilted and the fabric is rather slick, so any laptop will slide in and out without any trouble.  We were given the 17″ model to try out, and we tried several 17″ and 15″ laptops, and all worked just fine without a lot of tight fits or bulges.


You can see the quality stitching of the 1680 denier nylon

 

The padding isn’t super-thick, but is adequate enough to protect your laptop through your day, and even an occasional drop.  We tried to put our mindset in that of a laptop user who only wants to bring the main computer, but it was really difficult to do so.  We really want to bring our power brick along with us, and it relly just doesn’t fit in this laptop sleeve at all without becoming cumbersome.  We can see using this sleeve if you bring your computer to and from work, or any other place where you have a spare power adapter.  You could even use this sleeve as a “satellite bag” for your bulkier laptop bag, which lets you keep your laptop protected when you need to drag it out without lugging around all the other peripherals.


A 15″ laptop fits fine with room to spare

If what we’ve said fits your profile, then you might do well to have a laptop sleeve in your roadwarrior arsenal.  If that’s the case, then the Slappa Aura laptop sleeve is really one to consider, as it’s inexpensive and has the same high-quality materials and stitching as their other bags. Seriously, if you need a good laptop sleeve, then Slappa is some of the best gear for the price.

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