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Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Sheba review: Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Sheba

Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Sheba

Michelle Thatcher
Michelle Thatcher Former Senior Associate Editor, Laptops

Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.

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Most women's laptop bags we see function as a computer carrier first, fashion accessory second. The $80 Mobile Edge Cutebug Sheba reverses that order: it's a cute bag that you can also use to carry your laptop. Created in partnership with Chicago-based Maddie Powers, the bag's vinyl front flap features a striking image taken from a midcentury pulp magazine. Inside, a removable laptop sleeve provides a modicum of protection for your machine, and a handful of organizer pockets keep pens and other items contained. It's not a terribly large bag, though--our 13.3-inch MacBook was a tight fit and our 14.1-inch Acer TravelMate 4720 was too big for the laptop sleeve. Because of its limited carrying capacity, the Cutebug Sheba seems best suited for those who want a fashionable tote bag that can occasionally accommodate an ultraportable laptop.


Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Sheba

The Good

Funky design; removable neoprene laptop sleeve; compact shape.

The Bad

Somewhat expensive; not expandable.

The Bottom Line

The funky Mobile Edge Cutebug Sheba is a fashionable bag for women who only occasionally carry their ultraportable laptops.

The vintage magazine cover art on the flap of the Cutebug Sheba provides a lot of its appeal. Against a pink backdrop, a pinup girl looks out at you while resting her head on a manicured hand. The cover line next to her reads, "Kisses and more kisses"; above her, on the top of the bag, you see the magazine's title in red: LOVE Short Stories. The overall effect is quite girly, but in a funky way. The bag's back panel is made of black velvet, while the rest of the bag is made of typical black nylon. Two pockets on the sides--one with a Velcro flap, the other mesh--can hold a cell phone or an MP3 player and a small bottle of water. A single zipper on the back opens a slender pocket for reading material or folded papers (unfortunately the zipper isn't quite wide enough to accommodate a letter-size piece of paper without bending).

Under the graphic flap, which is held in place by a wide Velcro strap, a single zipper along the front panel opens onto a small organizer compartment with another cell phone or MP3 player pocket, a small pocket for cards, and a pen loop. Unfortunately, accessing these items can be difficult: the snug pocket isn't expandable, and the zipper is narrower than the pocket width. You'll find another zippered side pocket for papers inside the bag's open main compartment, plus a removable pink neoprene laptop sleeve held in place by a single strap. When the laptop's in place, there's not much room left for accessories; we were able to fit just our power cords and a magazine--enough for an afternoon outing. The advantage of carrying so little, of course, is that it's less weight on the bag's single adjustable shoulder strap; in this case the removable shoulder pad provides sufficient carrying comfort.


Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Sheba

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 6Performance 0Image quality 0
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