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NbC: Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case Review

July 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm


Cool Bananas ThumbnailNetbooks are designed with portability in mind. A growing market of netbook sleeves, cases and bags are now becoming available to protect your netbook when on-the-road. Whilst sleeves do a good job of keeping the dust out and protecting against scratches, they won’t save your netbook if dropped. However, we do have one case here that should do a good job of protecting your beloved netbook against bumps and knocks.

The Cool Bananas Hard Cover netbook case was kindly sent over by GearZap, who are a specialist retailer of netbook and laptop accessories. They have an extensive catalogue of products and deliver across Europe. Our case impressively arrived in just one day. This particular case should fit any netbook between 8.9-inches to 10.2-inches. The Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case is available in five different colours (Black, Navy Blue, Brown, Red and Pink) and costs £21.95. GearZap apply a small delivery charge on top of this depending on whether shipping is to the UK or mainland Europe.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Given how sleek and slender some netbooks are, I’ve never really understood the relatively giant cases or bags that exist from some manufacturers. If you’ve just bought a small skinny device, the last thing you want to do is carry around a big bag that’s meant to be designed for a netbook. That is where this Cool Bananas case really stands out. I was impressed by the simplicity of the case. There are no frills and that bodes well – everything in the case has been designed purposefully.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Also, you immediately notice how small the case is. With dimensions of 27cm x 20cm x 3cm, you can probably tell that the case doesn’t take much extra bulk. It’s even small enough to use whilst in a rucksack, if needed. The case is also very lightweight at just 438g.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

The case is made from “sturdy shock-resistant materials” according to the website and this is something the does come through. The cover cannot be easily bent and has a soft foam lining inside to keep the netbook in good shape.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

A fixing belt with Velcro strap is used to keep the netbook in place and there is a pocket on the opposite side where you can fit small accessories. Unfortunately this doesn’t extend to a UK plug which provided just a little too much bulk. However, you can fit the adaptor with ease as well as memory cards, pens paper etc.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

A shoulder strap is also provided and includes a comfortable shoulder pad too. This shows how confident Cool Bananas feels that this case can be used as a standalone case.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Thankfully, the buckle opens very easily to attach it to the main case. Some shoulder strap buckles that we’ve used in the past cause immense pain when trying to attach it to the main case!

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

We tested the case with soon-to-be-released Asus Eee PC 1005HA. If you look carefully, you can see a long recess towards the bottom of the case, where the battery should slot into it. Cool Bananas have obviously accounted for the fact that many cases have batteries that stick out! I do wonder how well a netbook would fit that had a protruding battery to the rear though, rather than underneath, much like the Toshiba NB200. I imagine if it did stick out too much you could always detach the battery and stick it in the pocket on the opposite side of the case.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

The Asus Eee PC 1005HA fits nice and snugly inside, secured with the Velcro strap. In the pocket opposite, you can probably make out the power adaptor.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Even when closed, the case zips up securely with just enough breathing room to make sure it’s not a struggle getting it in and out.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

When fully closed you probably couldn’t tell the difference if your netbook was in there or not (apart from the weight difference!) The handles on top also have Velcro that can be fastened together if you want to carry the case by hand.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

As you can tell, the case remains impressively thin, even with a netbook inside.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

The straps and shoulder strap feel secure. I would be confident in using this as a standalone case when out and about. It also hardly adds to the weight of the netbook at 438g.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

This case should have no problems fitting any 10-inch netbook that is currently on the market. Here you can see the case fitting a MSI Wind U115 very comfortably.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Overall, we are happy to recommend this product and it’s no surprise to see it as one of GearZap’s best-selling cases. It’s small, lightweight, sturdy and ultimately gives you peace of mind. There is nothing fancy about the design, even though I think it has an understated elegance. Cool Bananas has designed a very well made product that should do a sterling job of protecting your netbook.

Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case

Many thanks to GearZap for sending through this case for review! Gearzap is a relatively new site but it comes from the people behind Mobile Fun, which is one of the biggest mobile accessory sites in the UK. Judging by how fast the netbook market continues to grow, we are sure GearZap will be just as successful.

Comments

25 Responses to “NbC: Cool Bananas Hard Cover Netbook Case Review”

  1. Sipho said:
    July 10th, 2009 3:17 PM

    Great, review on the cool bananas case,

    do you know what their website is?

  2. Jet Sun said:
    July 10th, 2009 3:54 PM

    It’s not an easy one to find! Here it is (in German).

  3. Nick said:
    July 31st, 2009 12:04 PM

    Cool Bananas appear to be becoming a great brand in the netbook market place. They seem to have a great range of cases at the moment

  4. mob said:
    October 28th, 2009 1:12 PM

    Nice review, i’ve had one of these for a while and they are great.

  5. Bill said:
    February 9th, 2010 4:19 AM

    The Cool Bananas netbook case is currently unavailable to buyers in the USA. The following is response from MobileFun (Cool Bananas):

    “Unfortunately we do not ship to the US. At present we only ship to selected EU countries. Please find the list below of the countries we currently ship to:

    Austria
    Belgium
    Cyprus
    Denmark
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Italy
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Netherlands
    Portugal
    Republic of Ireland
    Spain
    Sweden
    United Kingdom”

  6. adam said:
    March 24th, 2010 2:03 PM

    I like this case but cannot find a way to get it here in America can anyone help?

  7. Bob said:
    March 24th, 2010 2:58 PM

    Check out Targus USA – sexy bags / sleeves there !

  8. Dan said:
    May 2nd, 2010 3:04 PM

    The new loopbag netbook cases collection is great, check it out on loopbagstore.com
    http://www.loopbagstore.com/netbook-cases.html?limit=all

  9. Bob said:
    May 2nd, 2010 5:39 PM

    @ Dan: Nice link. Superb bags here.

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