Introducing the Booq Boa Laptop Case
Today, we take a quick look at Booq’s newest briefcase-style case for laptops, the Boa Case. Booq, the privately held company located in Southern California, has been making high quality cases for camera and computer equipment for some time now. We have seen evidence of Booq’s high quality and functionality when we reviewed their Python XL Backpack case. Unlike the Booq backpack, the $215 Boa Laptop case is much more conservative case looking more like a traditional laptop carrier. For this price, the Boa has to be special.
Booq calls the Boa “A travel bag designed especially for frequently-traveling professionals.” This bag has about 2,000 pockets and zippers to store all your favorite gear and gadgets. Actually, we counted 9 zippered pockets, 3 magnetic pockets, with 4 large compartments for your precious cargo.
As with the Python backpack, the quality and craftsmanship is really apparent when you see this case. The outer material is made of water-repelling nylon that will keep the moisture out. The zippers that secure the exterior of the case are made of heavy duty metal that make it very difficult to snap off.
Inside the Booq Boa, the laptop is housed in its own separate compartment that is lined with protective foam covered in very soft upholstery. The Booq engineers did a great job in form fitting this area so that there is hardly any movement of the computer. This helps minimizes jarring and surface damage to the machine. The accessory compartments inside all seem to be the perfect size for any extra cables or equipment that you might have. Booq also included a headset “pass-thru” on one of the side pockets. This allows you place your favorite media player in the pocket and have the cable to your headset feed straight out with a little less clutter.
Boa Featured Specifications:
- Ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellant coating
- Oversized YKK high-performance zippers
- HD foam laptop compartment for optimum protection
- Terralinq™ Service to help you find your lost bag.
- Intelligent interior layout optimized for laptop accessories
- Side pockets for phone, music player or water bottle
- Limited 5-year Warranty
Booq Boa – Performance & Functionality
From the very first use, one can see that the Booq Boa is incredibly functional and did its job of storing and protecting our laptop very well. The Boa was able to fit our monster of a laptop – a 17” widescreen Dell Precision – with ease. Booq actually made the Boa available in two different sizes to betteryou’re your PC or Mac laptop. Since we had a 17” screen, we chose the larger of the two models measuring 20” wide by 15” high.
With all of the zippers, pockets, and flaps, the Boa weighs in at just over 5 pounds – relatively heavy for a non-leather laptop case. Much of this weight is because the case has so much padding to protect the contents. For those looking at this case, be prepared: after loading your 17” laptop , along with power brick, cables, MP3 player, some magazines and other paperwork, you can find yourself in for quite a workout trying to get through the security check and make your flight.
Booq includes the Terralinq Service with the Boa as a kind of locator when the laptop case is missing. There is a metal label on the inside of the case with a unique identification number. When you first purchase your Boa, you simply go to the Booq/Terralinq website and register your serial number. If you bag is lost and reported, Terralinq will contact you with the bag’s location and the finder’s contact information. This system is a great addition to have assuming that there are still people out there that will turn your lost bag into lost and found.
Even when loaded with a bunch of stuff, users of the Boa are still able to access their items quickly and easily. You can have the Boa on your shoulder and be able to see and reach all areas of the case. The ergonomics of the case are laid out well and the simplicity and functionality of this case really set it apart from anything else on the market.
Over the years, we have seen many cases to store and transport laptop computers. The Booq Boa, however, combines unique functionality with an extremely durable water resistant exterior that we haven’t seen before. At $215, the Boa is certainly not an impulse purchase, but if you are looking for the best protection for your laptop computer, then you really shouldn’t look any further.
Legit Bottom Line:
The Booq Boa is the definition of a “full featured” laptop case. At $215, it is a bit pricey, but when you consider the protection and storage options Booq offers for your laptop, you will see that it is one best cases on the market today.