DigiLegend case for EEE

February 5, 2008

Unlike the other cases which I have reviewed, the Digilegend case is a satchel-style, with a shoulder strap (but no shoulder pad). This makes it absolutely ideal for carrying around; with the weight of the EEE, it would be very easy to sling the case of your shoulder and forget about it. As one might expect, the shoulder strap is adjustable, so you can make it as long or as short as you wish (within reason!); it’s worth noting, though, that you cannot remove the strap completely without modifying the case, as it is sewn firmly in place at one end, although you could tuck it into the bag. However, if you do not want a bag with a shoulder strap, then, this probably isn’t the bag for you, really; the shoulder strap is a useful selling point, to my mind.


The case has relatively thin padding all on all sides, and is made of reasonably sturdy canvas-like material, which should protect your EEE from most scratches- it is a robust case. However, I would not expect it to offer much, if any, protection from a fall, although, it is not advertised as being shock-proof, or anything like that; in this respect, it does, however, offer more protection that the Asus slip-case supplied with the EEE, it would seem, although, if you really were concerned, you can just about fit the EEE in the slip case into this Digilegend case, although, it is a tight fit.

In terms of keep the case firmly shut, Digilegend employs a clip fastener, which is a very good idea – it has a good, solid action, and feels sturdy, so I would not be worried about it coming undone accidentally. This is pretty important if you a planning on chucking the case over your shoulder, and is, to the best of my knowledge, the only case for the EEE which incorporates this type of clasp. As well as being secure, it is quick to open – when your computer boots in 30 seconds, you don’t want to have to spend a minute or so trying to get the thing out of the case first!


The flap comes completely over the top of the case, and, in what I think is a clever design, the top of the bag part of the case is slightly tapered; the EEE can be easily slipped in and out, but means that none of the EEE is exposed- a very nice touch. The interior of the case is split into a main pocket and a front pocket, both of which are under the flap. The main pocket will hold the EEE, and the front pocket a small external hard drive, or, with a noticeable bulge, the AC adapter. Because of the way the case is held shut, I’d be confident carrying around the EEE and the adapter without having either falling out. In fact, I was able to hold all my EEE accessories in this case (including my spare battery), although, as you can see from the photograph, it was a bit of a push. If you are out and about, and want to have the EEE with you, though, it’s certainly doable.


The case itself is relatively light, and does not add substantial bulk to the EEE. In this respect, it’s great for keeping all your EEE’s accessories together in one place, ready to grab and go. Other than the printed Digilegend motif on the centre of the flap, the case is matte black, which is excellent if you do not wish to draw attention to it. Because of its size, it does not really look like a laptop case, which I think is a bonus, although it does look a little more corporate than, say, the Fabrix cases. I’d certainly have no qualms using this case in the office, or in my personal life.

The price also goes very much in favour of the Digilegend case- it is $17.50, with payment due via PayPal. At the current exchange rate, this makes the case less than £9, which is pretty remarkable, all things considered. Certainly, I’d be happy to carry my EEE around in this case, both in terms of practicality, robustness and looks, so I think could be a very good investment for those who want a case with a shoulder strap.

The review was prepared with a sample supplied by 3eportal. You can purchase directly from 3eportal.

USB Portable DVD Multi Drive

February 5, 2008

Brando Workshop has released a USB Portable DVD Multi Drive for only $78, which looks like a great price.

If lack of a DVD Drive is the drawback of your PC/notebook, like the new Asus Eee PC and Macbook Air, you may consider this USB Portable DVD Multi Drive. It is compatible with all computers and notebook, as long as they have a USB port.

Drive: Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-841S
CD Read/Write speed: 24x, 10x
DVD Read/Write speed: 8x, 4x, 2.4x, 5x
Modes: Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO
Buffer Memory: 2MB
Weight: 314g
Size: 13.7 x 13.3 x 1.8 cm
Operating System: Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2), Windows 2000 (SP4)