You don’t often read about luggage on a consumer electronics review site. However, this new carry-on bag from Case Logic could be a tech lovers dream bag. The Case Logic LLR-222 has several features that make traveling with laptops and other electronics a breeze.
- Featherweight construction
- Durable, semi-rigid EVA molded exterior
- Removable security friendly laptop sleeve
- Full-featured organization panel
When it comes to carry-on luggage it is important that they are as light as possible because I am going to stuff as much inside as possible and I don’t want to go over weight just because the bag adds extra weight.
It is also important that the bag is sturdy because you never know when the bag will have to be gate checked, or something else that could damage a poorly built bag.
The bag is also tech friendly because it comes with a TSA approved laptop sleeve. This means your laptop can stay in the sleeve while going through the X-ray scanners. The sleeve supports up to a 16″ laptop with internal dimensions of 15.2″ x 10.8″ x 1.8″.
Additional features include an organization panel that can store cell phones, mp3 players, accessories, pens and pencils, and also magazines.
The bag is made of EVA material which is very lite weight and durable. This means it can take a beating in case you need to check it in. As you can see from the pictures the version I got is all black.
The front is very unassuming with what looks like just one zipper compartment; however in the middle of the front is a horizontal line, and this hides another pocket. This smaller pocket is too small for any thing bulkier than a newspaper or a couple of magazines. The zipper also tucks away into the horizontal line so it cannot be seen, but it also makes it difficult to access.
The larger front pocket has a two way zipper that zips all the way down either side to reveal a rather large pocket. The pocket is divided into two areas, the first is the laptop area and inside here is the laptop slipcase, and a small mesh pocket. The second area of the pocket is about the same size, but it has an organization panel. This panel is divided into several small pockets that can be used to store electronic devices and accessories.
The main compartment also has a few areas of interest. For example on the bottom is a small zipper pouch, and on the door is a zipper pocket for storing dirty clothes. This mesh pocket keeps dirty clothes from mixing with clean. Inside the main compartment are elastic tie-down straps. These are fairly standard in all luggage and it is nice to see that Case Logic did not forget them.
There is also a zipper that allows the main compartment to expand by 2″, but I would avoid doing that because it will no longer meet the requirements of a carry-on bag.
On the left side is a small zipper pocket which is about the right size for a bottle of water.
On the left is a handle. This handle is nice because when not in use it lays flush with the bag, but it can pull away from the bag a little so that your fingers don’t get squished when carrying it.
On the top are two handles. The first handle is just like the handle on the left, and the second is a telescoping handle. The telescoping handle pulls out in two stages, the first stage leaves it short and is great for small children, and the second stage goes longer for adults. The handle is also coated is an very soft rubber.
At the very bottom are the wheels. These wheels are very nice because they are much larger than some other luggage that I have had and their size makes them very easy to pull. The wheels are also in-line so they do not add any extra width to the bag.
Using the case is a breeze. As we all know packing to go on a trip is a big pain. Since I am ultra cheap I hate the idea of having to pay to check-in bags. So I do my best to fit everything into a carry-on bag.
The main compartment is as big as possible while still keeping it small enough to be considered a carry-on. I recognize that Case Logic has limits on how big the bag can be and they have done a good job maximizing the space.
I found the front pocket to be a little too difficult to get into. The zipper tucks away inside the case and the opening is really small. The pocket itself is too small for anything substantial so I found that I did not use it very much. Instead I used the larger pocket that is directly behind this one.
The larger front pocket is my favorite because it can be used for so many different things. This pocket is also where the laptop sleeve is. The one thing I would have change is to offer different size laptop bags. I personally use a 13″ laptop and so this bag is way too big. Since the slip case can only hold the laptop and not the power cord it would be nice if there was a separate place to put that. However, since I have a smaller laptop there is extra room at the bottom of the bag and I put the power cord below the laptop.
Support and Warranty
This bag comes with an extraordinary 10 year warranty. For a bag that is going to take a lot of beating I don’t think you can get any better than this. I just wish more electronics manufacturers would take a page from the Case Logic book and also offer nice warranties like this.
As I used this bag I really began to like it. There are a lot of great features that make it helpful for travelers that carry electronics. The only aspect of the bag that I didn’t like is the price. At the time of this review Case Logic lists this bag at $189.99. This is a bit expensive for a small bag like this and I would highly recommend that you look around and find it cheaper somewhere else. For example, Amazon is listing the same bag for as low as $140.03.
If you are in the market for a new carry-on bag and you can afford the price, I really recommend that you go out and pick up the Case Logic 22″ Upright Roller.
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