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Booq Cobra courier XS - carrying bag for web tablet review: Booq Cobra courier XS - carrying bag for web tablet

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MSRP: $145.00

The Good The Booq Cobra Courier XS iPad bag has a sleek design, solid construction, and enough side pockets for a charger, keyboard, a notebook, or other commuting needs. The lined iPad pocket is soft and padded, and a rubber bottom offers some wetness protection.

The Bad The bag's leather flap closes with noisy Velcro pads that don't always rest evenly; there aren't any zippers or weatherproof flaps to additionally secure the iPad in its pocket.

The Bottom Line The Booq Cobra Courier XS is a slick, leather-and-nylon iPad bag with enough compartments to be practical, while looking good enough to take out at night if needed.

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8.0 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7

Carrying an iPad a year ago involved searching for the perfect bag, and the problem back in 2010 was that many bag makers hadn't figured out the iPad yet. Flash forward to mid-2011, and the iPad 2 and original iPad feel nearly ubiquitous--so, too, do iPad bags. Finding one that matches the iPad's sleek styling is a harder challenge, and one the Booq Cobra Courier XS meets while still offering ample storage in a small package. Though $145 is a lot to pay for a small bag, it's hard to do better for a sturdy/stylish/practical triple-threat.

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The Booq Cobra Courier XS feels in some ways like a microminiaturized version of the Booq Boa Squeeze, a backpack we loved back in 2009. The Squeeze managed to be thin and small, yet it packed lots of pockets with plenty of padding. Similarly, the over-the-shoulder Courier XS is a tightly built little black bag made out of ballistic nylon and topped with Nappa leather, with a thick rubber bottom underneath.

The combination of leather, nylon, and chrome slots where the seat-belt-strap nylon wraps around and underneath the bag, and the rugged gridded rubber bottom combine to make a bag with lots of shades and patterns of black. It's the perfect quasi-executive bag to take out to an interview or business dinner or meet up at a bar with, but it's also functional enough to be a good commuting bag. It's smaller than a standard messenger bag, but it doesn't cross over into any absurd territory. It's a few inches longer and wider than the iPad itself.

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