MEGATech Reviews: Mobile Edge Tech Brief Vegan Leather Laptop Case Michael Kwan August 29, 2014 MEGATech Reviews You’ve invested quite a bit of money into that thin-and-light notebook of yours and you also happen to bring your tablet with you around town too. Whether it’s for school, business or leisure, you want a stylish way to carry around your gear and regular old nylon isn’t going to cut it. If you’re looking for a laptop bag that’s a little more mature, the Mobile Edge Tech Brief with “vegan leather” could be the right solution for you. What Is “Vegan” Leather? Pleather. Faux leather. Leatherette…. a rose by any other name simply refers to another form of artificial leather. In the case of Mobile Edge, they decided to go with “vegan” leather for the Tech Brief. It’s meant to give the appearance and feel of leather, without the actual skinning of animals. This is naturally a very different look and feel than what you’d get out of the company’s Vindicator Collection, for example. There is no leather smell to this material, of course, but it otherwise mimics real leather quite well. There’s a definite grain to it and it’s reasonably soft and supple. Many people will likely be able to tell it’s not real leather, but only if they care to take a closer look. And even though it is made from faux leather, the Tech Brief still has a similar kind of weight; the bag weighs just under two pounds. The Classy Way to Travel It’s important to distinguish the purpose of the Tech Brief versus something like the Mobile Edge ScanFast laptop backpack. Unlike its globetrotting counterpart, the Tech Brief is mostly geared toward the daily commuter. That’s why it doesn’t fold out flat for TSA scans. At the same time, the relatively slim (4.5-inch thick) bag comes with good storage for your little knick-knacks. Zip open any of the pockets and you’ll discover the tartan cotton-twill lining. Again, this goes in line with what the classy professional may desire. The styling of the two large pockets on the front, which are very similar to many other Mobile Edge products, is a matter of personal preference. In the larger of the two rear pockets, you’ll find some organization for flash drives, pens, memory cards and so forth. I found the slots for USB drives to be too small for physically larger drives like the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3, but a couple of the larger interior pockets were perfect for portable hard drives. All of these compartments are quite slender, so you may have some trouble fitting your bulkier accessories. This could become problematic with a larger power brick for your laptop, though since the Tech Brief is geared toward slim notebooks, you likely have a smaller power supply for it. Tech Brief for Tablets Too In the main compartment, you’ll find two main pockets, as well as the space in between them for items like magazines or books. The two pockets are actually quite close in size; it’s only because the “tablet” oriented pocket is “poly-fur lined” that I was able to quickly tell the difference. The tablet pocket will hold devices up to 12-inches, while the laptop pocket is designed for notebooks up to 14.1-inches in screen size. There is also a Velcro strap to hold your laptop in place. Personally, I’m hesitant to place a touchscreen tablet directly into a pocket like this without some sort of basic cover, but I can see how the padding and felt lining are probably adequate to keep your valued device safe. I found that the padding on the two front pockets to be more robust than the back pockets, presumably because the front pockets are the ones that’ll get bumped and bruised the most often. This should create enough of a buffer to protect your tablet and notebook too. MEGATechie Vegan Victory or MEGATechie Pleather Plight? If you’re the stylish professional looking to step up the corporate ladder, the Tech Brief could be your bag of choice as you commute to work each day. The slimmer profile is great for your slimmer mobile devices and there’s enough space (and organization) to handle your basic needs. The “vegan” leather doesn’t look too shabby and the polished nickel hardware adds to the premium appearance. While I recognize the utility of the two larger pockets in the front, I find that they detract from the overall sleekness of the Tech Brief. They break up the lines too much. I’d also do away with the labeling for USB drives and memory storage in the rear pocket. The simple cutaways for those “pockets” feel cheap as well; properly stitched pockets or slots would be a vast improvement. The Mobile Edge Tech Brief laptop case comes in your choice of dark brown (as shown) or black “vegan” leather with an MSRP of $79.99, but it can be found online for as low as $60. And whether those are vegan or non-vegan dollars, you still get the lifetime replacement warranty to boot. Share This With The World!