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PELI U100 Urb
ack Laptop Backp
REVIEWED by Simon Tillyer
W e’re a big user of PELI
cases here at tv-bay.
We use them for what
they were designed for... and then
some with attempted drownings, drops, drags
and dynamite tests!
So when I was offered the chance to try out the
new PELI Elite Laptop Backpack I jumped at
the chance. My Workstation Specialists PC is
loaded with pretty much everything Adobe can
offer as well as being my main office machine,
so an essential bit of kit that I need at home,
in the office, at trade shows and everywhere
in between. You could say I am somewhat
attached to it!
I add the extra bit of risk to my tech gear by
cycling to the office most days which during the
year encounters severe weather, the occasional
scrape, daily knocks and bashes!
Envy is not a nice trait to experience from
colleagues but when this backpack arrived the
air was green! It certainly looks the business
on first glance, however this envy turned to
scepticism from some when people do what
they do and picked it up.
The first thing you’ll notice, apart from stunning
looks, is this is not a lightweight rucksack and
weighs in at a reassuringly sturdy 3.65KG.
Starting at the front is a zipped flap toughened
with a rigid plastic outer shell. Inside here you
find all sorts of compartments suitable for pens,
USB drives, passports, travel docs … you get
the idea. The biggest pocket in here is a perfect
fit for an iPad and the rigid plastic front gives
me confidence that it should be well protected
just as well even on the outer of the backpack.
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Next, behind that is another zip giving access
to a pocket ideal for stuffing bulkier items in.
Right now mine contains a box of business
cards, batteries and a brick size PC power
supply plus all the cables I’ll ever need. There
are pockets in here as well to compartmentalise
Working back we have a full length zipped
area. This is a big space of 16 litres. I’ve had
several overnight trips where this has been
my only luggage, with space in this part to put
clothes needed, it just seems to grow as you
put more things in!
Next we have the pièce de résistance. With a
single catch you open the Peli case part of the
backpack. This is intended for your laptop with
a supply of foam pads to insert to ensure a
good fit for smaller machines and thinner macs.
This part of the case doesn’t open far and the
laptop just slots in nicely. The interior spec is
39.4 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm so make sure you don’t
exceed this, especially the depth, as otherwise
the waterproof seals won’t fully close. Note
there are two holes either side of this section to
insert a padlock if you so desire.
The easiest test and one that I’m most likely to
encounter on the daily commute is water. With
laptop in place I sprayed a jet of water at it for 5
minutes and completely drenched the case.
The reputed water tightness of the laptop
section is for 30 minutes at 1 metre but even
with a few £1000 of machine inside it doesn’t
feel right getting it this wet! With a quick shake
to remove excess water that had gathered in
the seams I found no water ingress at all in the
sealed laptop compartment and the zips had
held up well with a tiny bit of dampness but