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I’m sort of a nutter for great quality bags. Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve taken a look at the Crumpler Moderate Embarrassment (which was pretty simple but great), a $400+ leather laptop bag Saddle Up! Leather Laptop Bags & iPad Sleeves Up For Grabs [Giveaway] Saddle Up! Leather Laptop Bags & iPad Sleeves Up For Grabs [Giveaway] Read More from Saddleback Leather, and we’ve also handed out a Crumpler Western Lawn MakeUseOf Back To School Special Giveaway MakeUseOf Back To School Special Giveaway Read More in our Back to School Giveaway. But you know what? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at two great products from STM and yes, we’ll be giving them away as well. There’s something for everyone and by now, you should already know what you’ll need to do to win one. Keep on reading.

This giveaway has ended. The winners are Daniel Perez, Richard Buck and Jason Reid

First up is STM’s Sonic Medium Laptop Shoulder Bag. I like it because it’s pretty retro-looking and that’s always cool in my book. Why can’t we all carry our laptops around in style? It only comes in blue and fits most 15″ laptops. Its exterior is lined with polyurethane that’s soft to the touch and feels durable. And it uses a zip to secure the main compartment, so no more embarrassing velcro-snapping sounds.

Even though STM states that the bag is a “medium”, I’ve never seen a “small or “large” Sonic bag on their site so I’m guessing that it’s only offered in one size. It’s actually pretty large, measuring 31.5 x 41 x 14.5cm and can easily fit a 15″ laptop with ample space to spare.


The laptop compartment is pretty heavily padded although, for my 13″ MacBook, there’s still quite a bit of space for it to slide around. I’m sure that a 15″ laptop would fit snugly.

In the smaller front compartment, there are a couple of zipped pockets and storage space for your hard disks, thumbdrives and so on. Otherwise, I’d say that the Sonic is quite simple in design and doesn’t have much to fiddle with. In case you’re wondering, that’s a good thing. It also has a huge foamy shoulder pad (not pictured) so carrying your laptop around all day won’t hurt your bony* shoulders.

*If you’re a geek.

Good: Retro look is funky. Lots of space. Heavily padded main compartment. Nice, thick shoulder pads.

Bad: Front compartment not sufficiently padded. Slightly on the bulky side.

Next up is the iPad org board. It’s actually seen its fair share of hype when this puppy was released. Simply put, the org board is an utilitarian’s wet dream. It has an iPad sleeve on one side and on the other, there are straps to attach more stuff like your iPhone, iPod and 2 pens (or whatever that’s able to fit, like cables or earphones).

The iPad compartment is lined with neoprene and has a flap to conceal the iPad. Even with the flap open, the iPad will not be able to slip out of the case. Trust me, I’ve tried. It’s a very tight fit.

The org board can be used on its own and makes for a very solid iPad case that you can carry around for short spans of time. It also gives you the opportunity to safely store your iPad in any bag you use on a regular basis.

Good: Neoprene case offers moderate protection. Organisational section is very handy.

Bad: Can’t use the iPad while in the case. Org board gets quite heavy when completely filled.

We’re giving one of each away! Let’s get the party started.

How do I enter?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


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This giveaway begins now and ends after 500 submissions. The winner will be selected at random and announced via email.

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  1. Athul Jayaram
    November 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hey small blogs gives giveway to more than 1 user... why you MakeUseOf just choosing one out of million people ?

  2. Cristie2k4
    November 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I don't use facebook either - disappointed you make it so limited for those who do not jump on that bandwagon too.

  3. Pietro
    November 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Boo Hoo! I hate Facebook and therefore am locked out of this giveaway!

  4. Sminster
    November 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. Pancho
    November 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    i really like the bag; and i like the 'giveaway form with no external links or else' most :D

  6. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Wonderful, was looking something like this.