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In this day and age, almost everyone has got a personal computing device. Just ask around. They will either have a laptop, some sort of tablet like the iPad, or a maybe a Kindle. Personally, I use MacBook and I thank God that Apple doesn’t provide that awful, black, faux-leather laptop carrying bag and almost every 1 in 3 people will undeniably have owned at some point in time. However, that poses another problem: a need for a proper laptop bag arises.

At MakeUseOf, we recognise the necessity for quality bags — we’ve given away a Crumpler Western Lawn messenger bag MakeUseOf Back To School Special Giveaway MakeUseOf Back To School Special Giveaway Read More because it’s just so darn awesome. Today, we’ll be providing you with a chance to win a Crumpler Moderate Embarrassment laptop messenger bag worth $95; no strings attached!

The Moderate Embarrassment is Crumpler’s entry model for the Embarrassment line of laptop messenger bags. It fits a 13″ laptop or perhaps a netbook pretty snugly. Further up the line are the Considerable Embarrassment and Dreadful Embarrassment which houses 15″ and 17″ laptops respectively.

The Moderate Embarrassment’s outer and inner flaps are made out of ripstop nylon (which is the same kind of fabric used to make yacht sails) and provides excellent waterproof protection.

The outer flap folds over the bag and fastens with the help of velcro and compression straps on each side for added security. All Embarrassment laptop messenger bags feature a dedicated laptop compartment, which is lined with foam to protect your precious computer from bumps. In addition to that, there is also another velcro fastener to help keep it in place.


The Moderate Embarrassment is advertised to be able to house a 13″ laptop. Unfortunately — as hard as I tried — I couldn’t get my 13″ MacBook to fit. Maybe it’s because the MacBook is actually 13.3 inches? Nevertheless, if you’re planning to get one for your 13″ MacBook, I’d suggest the Considerable Embarrassment.

Pictured below is an iPad in the bag’s laptop compartment to give you an idea of small it is.

Of the many things I like about the Moderate Embarrassment is the fact that it has loads of other compartments and pockets to store random items like keys, chargers, USB drives, cables, etc. There are 2 large (one zipped, one velcro-protected) compartments at the front of the bag, 2 medium-sized pockets in the middle, and a couple more small cargo spaces which will be able to fit a mobile phone and music player.

Overall, I love the make and utilitarian design of the bag. Not to mention Crumpler’s strive for quality and their lifetime warranty against defective materials or workmanship. And lucky for you, we’re giving one away!

How do I enter?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


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Giveaway eligibility
You must be a fan of our Facebook page to enter;
Individuals who are over the age of 18. If you are under 18, get your parents to participate on your behalf;
Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends after 300 submissions. The winner will be selected at random and announced via email.

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If you’re looking for the ultimate iPad carrying case, check out the Fug and Herbas combo.

The Fug is a quality neoprene sleeve that fits the iPad like a glove, and is made to slip neatly into the Herbas. Fashioned from one piece of material, the Herbas is a tidy bag, featuring one front pocket for cables and chargers, and another smaller coin pocket. A single oversized clip holds this clever one piece construction in place.

It’s a neat and simple package. Just what the iPad needs. The Fug & the Herbas will be available for your portable pleasure from Crumpler stores and its website. The Fug is priced at $40 while the Herbas is $55.

Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll probably give it away next.

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  1. Kriega
    October 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Nice bags I could do with one to get to work.

  2. Nkp1nkp
    October 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Nice article posted by macuseof Crumpler’s Moderate Embarrassment Laptop Messenger Bag

  3. Bidhan Adhikary
    October 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Guys ... MakeUseOf loads filthy slow here in Nepal... please do something about it.