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PCR's guide to laptops, bags and accessories

A look at some of the latest laptop devices on the market, along with the bags and accessories designed to accompany them
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The world of mobile computing is increasingly the forefront of the IT and technology channel. PCR examines this key market...

ASUS VIVOBOOK S200E
SRP: £449.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The Asus VivoBook expands all aspects of customer happiness and the Windows 8 experience with a frameless touch panel design in order to make the most of the new operating system. Textured metal-treated surfaces, an ergonomic edge design, and exciting colours stand out to match the dynamic nature of new high-mobility intuitive computing. Being ultra-light and extra-slim, the Asus VivoBook excels at making getting around easy.

PAKUMA CHOKORA K3S MESSENGER BAG
SRP: £42.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Centerprise
THEY SAY: The Chokora messenger bag offers up to ten litres of internal volume and notebook protection with its Cocoon system, duraflex buckles and heavy duty adjustable shoulder strap. Fits both notebooks and Macs with up to a 13.3-inch screen.

TOFFEE ENVELOPE
SRP: £74.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Computers Unlimited
THEY SAY: The toffee envelope is everything you could want to complement and protect your MacBook Air. Featuring a hard-shell exterior encased in genuine leather, it provides the ultimate protection. A light, slim and sexy sleeve.

KENSINGTON PROXIMO
SRP: £49.99
DISTRBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: Proximo is an App- enabled proximity monitoring system that lets you know where your iPhone, keys and additional valuables such as laptop bags are at all times. Never worry again about leaving anything important behind, because Proximo helps you keep, track and get back your most valued possessions.

ARCTIC SOUND S111 SPEAKERS
SRP: £7.79
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: The Arctic Sound S111 is a set of compact, dice-shaped portable speakers with a 3.5- millimetre stereo jack to connect to any laptop, MP3 player or many mobile phones. Powered by USB, the S111 speakers can be powered by a laptop without additional cables and can be used as a replacement of the often-mediocre built-in speakers in laptops.

PORT DESIGN BERLIN II
SRP: £34.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: This stunning quilted design perfectly fits any 15.6-inch laptop and with its dedicated pockets for accessories. The Berlin II also has dedicated pockets to store the handles so you can carry it the way you want to.

LOGITECH COOLING PAD N200
SRP: £34.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The N200 Cooling Pad offers best-in-class cooling with its virtually silent, tilted fan with large grill. It allows users to relax in a more comfortable position whilst using their laptop – whether that’s on the sofa, bed or floor. Its USB powered fan uses minimal energy, which helps maintain battery life.

GENIUS DEATHTAKER GAMING MOUSE
SRP: £39.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The DeathTaker is a MMO/RTS professional gaming laser mouse for the GX gaming series from Genius. You can customise it to conquer any challenge in a MMO/RTS game and become an explosive game performer. The mouse has a built-in over-clocking SCGii engine for a dpi range from 100 to 5700 so gamers can easily shift around the battlefield.

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GRIFFIN ELEVATOR
SRP: £29.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Griffin
THEY SAY: Lift your laptop to a
comfortable viewing height and reclaim space. The Elevator holds your portable computer safely and securely at just the right height to match external monitors – and to save your aching neck. Elevator conforms to health and safety standards, making your laptop safer and more comfortable to use all day long.

1.8M NOTEBOOK/LAPTOP KEYED SECURITY LOCK
SRP: £8.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Group Gear
THEY SAY: Protects your laptop or notebook from theft. An effective, convenient and fast security system perfect for use in the office or home. Compatible with the industry standard locking system.

DBRAMANTE1928 MESSENGER BAG
SRP: £169.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: This golden tan messenger from dbramante1928, with its simple, classic design features an adjustable leather and canvas strap. The interior is padded containing several pockets to support up to 16-inch laptop and MacBooks.

LOGITECH PORTABLE LAPDESK
SRP: £19.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: With the Logitech
Portable Lapdesk N315 users can keep cool and comfortable wherever they use their laptop. The thin and lightweight design makes it easy to slip into any laptop bag or sleeve, so users can take it with them everywhere. Designed for 15-inch notebooks or smaller, the Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 also features an anti-slip top to ensure that the notebook always stays in place.

MSI GT70 ONE GAMING LAPTOP
SRP: £1,999.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The GT70 represents the first time that MSI has incorporated Killer Gaming Networking into its notebooks, endowing them awesome online speeds. The best weapon against stuttering characters, freeze-ups, and lagging, it vastly improves the prowess of online gamers. Now, whether FPS or MMO gaming is your cup of tea, you’ll have that extra edge you need to be victorious.

VEHO PEBBLE PRO-XT PORTABLE BATTERY PACK
SRP: £69.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The Pebble Pro-XT is the must have accessory for all those who find themselves short on power when travelling or when away from the main power for extended periods. The Pebble Pro-XT comes with ten connectors for the most popular laptops, notebooks or tablets and four connectors for the most popular phones.

PAKUMA AKARA K3 BACKPACK
SRP: £69.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Centerprise
THEY SAY: The Akara contains an extra large main compartment to accommodate laptops with up to an 18-inch screen and is ideal for gamers and designers on the move.

MICROSOFT WIRELESS MOBILE MOUSE 3500
SRP: £25.00
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: You’ll appreciate how this wireless mobile mouse comfortably fits your hand and your mobile lifestyle. Use it just about anywhere, even on a rough park bench or your living room carpet, relying on Microsoft BlueTrack technology.

TOSHIBA SATELLITE U920T ULTRABOOK
SRP: £899
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The Satellite U920t combines the full Windows experience, functionality and performance of an ultrabook with all the benefits and portability of a tablet.

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MESSENGER ACTIVE 15.6-INCH LAPTOP BAG
SRP: £18.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Group Gear
THEY SAY: Funky messenger bag designed with all the essential features for the laptop user on-the- go. A stylish yet functional bag ideal for transporting your laptop safely.

HAMA TRANSPARENT NOTEBOOK COOLER
SRP: £9.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: With notebooks being increasingly used at home and in the workplace you may experience your machine overheating due to lack of air circulation. The notebook cooler, USB from Hama is your perfect solution, allowing you to use your notebook for hours whilst keeping your notebook at an appropriate temperature and free from overheating.

STM COMPASS SHOULDER BAG
SRP: £79.95
DISTRIBUTOR: KL Associates
THEY SAY: With over the shoulder length handles for a comfortable carry, an internal divider for laptop sleeve and space for notebooks and folders, the compass is your perfect bag for travelling to work or travelling the world.

ZOOKA WIRELESS SPEAKER
SRP: £79.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The Zooka Wireless Speaker, which packs a powerful, high quality audio experience into a sleek and sexy form, is a slim line silicone Bluetooth speaker that slides onto the top of your gadget, whether it be a laptop or tablet, and gives you HD audio sound with A2DP streaming.

STM MACBOOK GRIP CASE
SRP: £39.95
DISTRIBUTOR: KL Associates
THEY SAY: Carry and protect your MacBook Air or Pro with the Grip. The Grip is a sleek and slim protective case designed to enhance your computing experience. Easily snap the case on to the top and bottom of your MacBook for protection from bumps and scratches.

SWISSGEAR SYNERGY 16-INCH BACKPACK
SRP: £62.99
DISTRIBUTOR: CMS Distribution
THEY SAY: The Swissgear Synergy backpack is made by Wenger, maker of the genuine Swiss Army Knife and offers extensive protection for your laptop. Produced with a COMP-U- FLEX pocket and shock absorbing shoulder straps, the bag is designed to be both comfortable and secure.

HAMA PEQUENTO WIRELESS LASER MOUSE
SRP: £24.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: This three-button wireless mini mouse has pinpoint precision on almost all surfaces. The on/off switch is energy saving, whilst sensitivity can be changed and an indicator light will tell you if the power is low and a storable USB receiver is transported inside the mouse to save space.

DBRAMANTE 1928 LEATHER CASE
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: This Golden tan briefcase, from dbramante1928, with it's simple, classic design features a structured leather handle, silver fittings and external zipped pocket. The interior is padded containing several pockets to support up to 15- inch laptop and MacBooks.

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TARGUS 15-INCH CLASSIC+ LAPTOP CASE
SRP: £24.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The new Classic+ laptop case is designed protect 15.6-inch widescreen laptops. The new inner sleeve with security strap safeguards the surface and gives additional overall protection to your laptop. The reinforced handle is wrapped in a soft neoprene to provide comfort and strength.

TOSHIBA SATELLITE P845T LAPTOP
SRP: £569
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: The Satellite P845t series offers a stunning design combined with powerful performance with a 14-inch touchscreen, giving you the choice to interact with the laptop through touch or to use the traditional keyboard.

KENSINGTON TREK TOTE
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: solution for the mobile profession who seeks something a little more unique to carry all their devices in comfort, with dedicated ultrabook, tablet and smartphone fleece-lined compartments and strengthened over the shoulder carry strap.

ARCTIC MB 201MESSENGER BAG
SRP: £11.09
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: Store your notebook and belongings in the MB series messenger bag for unsurpassed protection and convenient mobility. The MB series is designed with a velcro flap which ensures extra protection and easy access. Available in three standard sizes.

CONTACTS

CENTERPRISE: 01256 378071

CMS DISTRIBUTION: 01423 704 700

COMPUTERS UNLIMITED: 020 8358 9578

ENTATECH: 0333 101 1000

GEM DISTRIBUTION: 01279 822822

GRIFFIN: 07540 875922

GROUP GEAR: 0121 503 0666

HAMA: 0845 230 4262

KL ASSOCIATES: 01327 844880

MICRO-P: 01282 776776

VIP COMPUTERS: 0871 622 7500

WESTCOAST: 0118 912 6000

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