LAN parties are known as the most fun a geek will ever have. However there is a downside to LAN parties, the constant dragging and moving of computers. Dealing with taking your computer and its components across great distances can get very uncomfortable; today, a solution, the Geargrip LAN bag from Everglide. Geargrip is a well known product line that eases the pain staking task of carrying your computer and monitor, let's find out if this product performs.
|The Front||The Back|
When I first received the bag, it looked like a backpack with no straps. Being able to choose the color of the bag, I chose red. The first thing I noticed was the CD pouch. The ability to hold up to 4 jewel cases (8 slim jewel cases) of CDs was a real good feature to put in, but for most users it is useless as you may want to carry more then that. The bag contains seven different pockets to hold things: CD pouch, keyboard pouch, two netted zipper pockets, two netted side pockets, and the main pouch.
I started packing the night before the LAN party with eagerness. I grabbed about 15 CD-R's and stuck them in the CD pouch, which isn't recommend as it could cause scratching, in which I used one of those clear CDs to prevent damage. Immediately after, I packed my keyboard into the padded keyboard pouch, which fit nice and snug. In the front pouch, I put my surge protector, network cables, mouse, and other essential computer cables. The surge protector fit nicely since it was small (4 plugs), so people with big ones should find other means of packing their surge protector. I then moved to the netted pocket with a zipper on the inside of the bag. This pocket is mainly used for cell phones and mp3 players, so I put my mp3 player in there, my chargers, and other things like batteries and it fit quite well. I finished packing after deciding if I wanted to use the netted pocket with a zipper on the front of the bag. I decided that it would be a bad idea as it shows everything through the netting, and since I was paranoid about things being stolen, I decided to leave it empty.
|The Velcro Straps (1)||The Velcro Straps (2)|
Attaching the Geargrip LAN Bag to my case was no easy task, as they used a massive amount of Velcro. After having a friend help me attach it, I clipped it around my computer. The buckles barley fit around my case, which led me to believe that anyone with a full tower case or a bigger mid tower case is out of luck. I lifted the case it at the Geargrip's handle and walked around with it for a minute. The ease of carrying my case around with all my belongings amazed me at the quality and effort put into these products. I then proceeded to the LAN party with my LAN bag attached to my computer.
|Attached to Case||Close-up of Buckles|
I plan to use this bag quite a lot. It does everything I need without the hassle of backpacks or boxes. I would recommend this bag to all LAN goers everywhere who are tired of hauling belongings to LAN parties.
|Attached to Case|
Easy to Use
- Multiple Pockets
Difficult to attach to my case