STM jet laptop bag review

Laptops these days are, more often than not, powerful enough to serve as a desktop replacement. For the average consumer, the extra horsepower in a desktop system simply isn’t needed.  And the beautiful thing about a laptop – you can pack it up and take it with you.


However, the outside world is pretty hell bent on destroying your shiny new toy, with all the elements conspiring to scratch, dent or soak it. Which is why a good laptop bag is always a great idea. I grew up with the typical “I’m carrying a laptop please mug me” style satchels, but over time a certain sense of style and utility has slowly crept into the world of computing fashion.

Exhibit A, STM’s jet laptop shoulder bag.  With room for your laptop, iPad, mobile and paperwork, the jet is pretty good at keeping you organised, although hopeless at giving you perspective over how many mobile devices you actually need. Two front zippered pockets hold quick access items such as cords, travel documents and keys, whilst the main front compartment houses an organisational panel. The laptop section suspends your notebook in high-density foam and soft, brushed fleece and the integrated iPad slip pocket is lined in soft, brushed nylex.

The backpack suspension has tuck away waist straps, an adjustable sternum strap, and comfortable air-mesh padding throughout to ensure it is always a comfortable carry. STM sent us a bag to try out (we gave it back!) and it was as advertised – a great way to lug around a 15” laptop. The weight was barely noticeable, the bag was nice and flush with my back making it unobtrusive and I never felt uncomfortable about being out in the open with my 7 year old Powerbook.

The STM jet is available in black and in two sizes to fit most 15” and 17” laptops.

Size is of the essence: Sony’s new Vaios

Women, it seems are not the only ones desperately trying to shed some pounds to meet society’s demands, which insanely equates being thin with being desirable. As technology has been lifted into similar spheres of the slim and slender having perseverance over the big and bulky, although within the realms of technology the equation is not so insane. The very essence of ‘a notebook’, which is steering the phenomenon of ‘surfing the net’ whilst being on the go, means the lighter, smaller and ‘thinner’ the machine, the better.


Sony recognizes the growing urgency for technology to be thin, and their VAIO series of notebooks takes ‘being slim’ to the same level that Twiggy took to it to in the 1960s. Determined to bring the depth dimensions under 10.00 mm, the Sony Vaio M is 9.99mm in depth and weighs just 1.45 kg, allowing Sony to proudly market the Vaio M as the “thinnest notebook ever!” There are no real outstanding features to mention with this micro processor, predictably the operating system is Windows 7 and it comes with Bluetooth support, which is a “standard” feature nowadays. Although being this slight and proportionately pleasing usually comes at price and the Vaio M, which is to be launched in Europe at the end of this month, will set you back a staggeringly high 1,739 euros (approximately 1,555 GBP).

But the Vaio M is only part of Sony’s group of emerging “superthin” and “super sexy” notebooks. Never wanting to shun from the limelight, Sony are ostentatiously dubbing the Vaio E series as being “a masterpiece of simplicity and aesthetics”. A “masterpiece” for their petite dimensions, for their simplicity to use, which require no boot up systems, maybe, but a masterpiece in extensive capabilities or innovatory features, the new Vaio E 14” and 17” are not.

The Vaio E Series 14” boasts a beautifully slimline chassis, is available in various striking colors, has a super sharp 1600 x 900 resolution and a low resistance touchpad, although attractively pleasing aside, the Vaio E Series 14” doesn’t offer any outstanding features or technologically innovatory surprises. Perhaps this is why Sony is so keen to promote the aesthetical attributes of this series.

A 17” version has joined the 14” as being the latest collections to the Vaio E collection. Possessing the same ultra-thin chassis, the only real difference with this model is that it because it has a large 17.3” screen, it is sizeable enough to accommodate two hard disc drives and has a maximum storage of 500GB. Like all of the new E series models convenience and appearance are priorities, and consequently both the Vaio E 14” and 17” come with Quick Web Access, which provides multiple tab browsing and a ‘split’ view.

These multimedia, ultra-skinny, and especially attractive notebooks will be available in the UK from May 2010, although a price has not yet been announced.