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Does the job with few frills
on 25 August 2010
The Amazon Basics netbook case is a fairly simple neoprene pouch with a zip closure across the top. There are two carry handles, and an oddly-shaped side pocket which is accessed by a slightly unusual vertical zip.
The orange lining is a bit garish, and the "Amazon Basics" logo on the zip pulls is rather unsubtle. On mine, the side zip was protruding slightly into the path of the main zip, causing the main zip to jam, but a few seconds work with a pair of wire cutters fixed this.
The neoprene provides adequate protection against minor bumps and knocks, and the case looks like it will be at least shower-resistant if you get caught in the rain.
Size-wise, it seems a bit big for a netbook case. My original ASUS EEE 900 (with a 9" screen) is a very loose fit - my iPad fits comfortably inside, again with a lot of free space. The spec for the case says it fits up to 10" screens, but the case measures over 12" on the diagonal, and is fairly stretchy, so I'd guess an 11" netbook (if such a thing exists...) will fit it better than a 9" or 10" machine.
To be honest, this isn't much more useful than the free case that came with my EEE, but if your netbook didn't include a case, this is a reasonably-priced solution to give it a bit of protection.
Oh, and one more comment on Amazon's much-vaunted no-frills packaging. This came inside a plastic bag, inside a cardboard box, packed inside yet another cardboard box swathed in brown paper. Given the utterly non-fragile nature of the product, this seems like gratuitous waste to me...