Home Books Belkin Active Pro Messenger Bag – stands out (review)

Featured IT News

Longreach Airport uses Vertiv solution for pest control role

24 January 2019 in Deals

Queensland’s Longreach Airport has deployed a data centre solution from power management solutions company Vertiv to help deal with the…

Telstra sacks another 752 workers under T2022 plan

24 January 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

Telstra is sacking another 752 workers as part of its move to cut more than a quarter of the total…

Trump comments may help Huawei CFO fight extradition: envoy

24 January 2019 in Government Tech Policy

Comments made by US President Donald Trump after the arrest by Canada of Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei's chief financial…

AWS gets Protected cloud status certification

24 January 2019 in Government Tech Policy

Amazon Web Services has gained certification as a Protected Cloud provider from the Australian Signals Directorate, the company said in…

NBN Co's 100Mbps move suits ISPs offering contracts: claim

24 January 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

The NBN Co's latest promotional move, offering retail service providers $160 for each customer who signs up for a 100Mbps…

Microsoft Edge mobile version lists Daily Mail UK as 'fake news'

24 January 2019 in Home Tech

Microsoft has labelled the Daily Mail's UK edition as a source of fake news within an extension named NewsGuard that…

Consumers at risk due to inadequate telco accountability

23 January 2019 in Market

Australians are being put at risk due to inadequate consumer protection frameworks around the reliability of telecommunications services, according to…

ACCC forces TomTom, Navman, Garmin to remove advertising ‘lifetime’ claims

23 January 2019 in Market

Three manufacturers of consumer GPS navigation products have responded to concerns raised by Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, by agreeing…

Industry coalition calls for changes to govt encryption legislation

23 January 2019 in Government Tech Policy

Judicial oversight of new surveillance powers and clearly defined limits on agencies’ notices top the list of a raft of…

NBN users told to check if they are entitled to refunds

23 January 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has asked NBN users who experience slow speeds to check with their providers if…

Apple Pay available now for CBA, Bankwest customers

23 January 2019 in Strategy

The Commonwealth Bank has announced that Apple Pay will be available to use with personal debit and credit cards from…

ACCC delays final word on Vodafone-TPG deal to 11 April

23 January 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

The Australian competition watchdog has extended the date for giving a final decision on the proposed merger between telcos Vodafone…

Breaking IT News

Hailo expansion attracts Chinese investment

24 January 2019 in Strategy

Chinese venture capital firm, Glory Ventures has led the expansion of a new investment round by Israeli startup Hailo, developers…

Australian workers see work-related data exchange as path to greater compensation, benefits

24 January 2019 in Data

More than half of Australian workers (55%) would exchange their work-related data for more-customised compensation, rewards and benefits, and 58%…

Popular infosec conference shuts due to 'outrage, disruption'

24 January 2019 in Security

DerbyCon, a popular infosec conference held in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2011 has decided to shut down after this year's event,…

Cohesity adds ransomware protection to secondary storage

24 January 2019 in Storage & Cloud Storage

"Legacy back-up is becoming a target" for ransomware, Cohesity director of product marketing Raj Dutt told iTWire, so the latest…

NextDC brings Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to Perth

23 January 2019 in Market

Data centre operator NextDC has announced that Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is now available at their P1 Perth data centre, offering…

Qlik acquires CrunchBot, Crunch Data to augment conversational analytics’ capabilities

23 January 2019 in Strategy

Global data analytics vendor Qlik has acquired the CrunchBot AI-powered analytics bot along with Crunch Data’s team of AI and…

Infor raises US$1.5 billion, plans IPO

23 January 2019 in Enterprise Cloud

Business software vendor Infor has announced an agreement that will see its two major shareholders inject another US$1.5 billion into…

Data analytics, cyber security focus of tech investment for govt CIOs: report

23 January 2019 in Government Tech Policy

Data analytics and cybersecurity pushed cloud out of the top spot for increased technology investment by government chief information officers…

Explosion in mobile ticketing use predicted: report

23 January 2019 in Mobility

Use of mobile ticketing worldwide will reach 1.9 billion users by 2013, up from 1.1.billion in 2019, according to a…

Audit slams crime body over failed NEC-developed biometric project

23 January 2019 in Security

The Australian National Audit Office has slammed the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission over the failure of a biometric identity project,…

Infosys brings virtual reality experience to tennis open

23 January 2019 in Deals

Indian outsourcing giant Infosys has introduced a series of big data and analytics, artificial intelligence as well as virtual reality…

Digital bank granted full ADI licence by APRA

23 January 2019 in Strategy

Digital banking firm Volt Bank has been granted an Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution licence by the Australia Prudential Regulation Authority, becoming…

QUT team develops algorithm to predict tennis players' next shots

22 January 2019 in Development

Analysis of thousands of shots played by tennis players Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer by researchers at the…

Visa campaign to 'educate Australians’ on convenience, security of mobile payments

22 January 2019 in Strategy

Global payments giant Visa has launched a campaign aimed at educating Australians about the convenience and security of mobile payments.

ThoughtWorks appoints Vingrys to head Australian business

22 January 2019 in People Moves

Global software and digital transformation consultancy ThoughtWorks has appointed 12-year company executive Kristan Vingrys as managing director for Australia.

WhatsApp limits users to five message forwards

22 January 2019 in Technology Regulation

The Facebook-owned messaging application WhatsApp has started limiting to five the number of times a user can forward a message,…

Australian firms lack confidence about net security: claim

22 January 2019 in Security

A little more than a fifth of the Australian companies surveyed are confident about their Internet security, a study by…

US team working on real-time fact-checking app

21 January 2019 in Apps

A team of researchers at Duke University in North Carolina are working to develop an app that will be able…

Belkin’s new Active Pro Messenger Bag suits up to 15.6” screen notebooks and its subtle reflective strips help it stand out at night.

While I really love some of the more stylish, canvas and exotic materials and styles used by the likes of good Aussie makers STM and Toffee, sometimes all you need is a big, solid, useful, basic black, Mac Truck like laptop bag. Enter Belkin.

Active Pro Messenger Bag (F8N903btBLK) has turned out to be far more useful than I expected – for starters it is cavernous, has lots of pockets, and it opens at the top. The zipper cuts it in half to open like an accordion.

How do you review a bag? Stuff it full and see how comfortable and convenient it feels.

First an apology for the “Mac Truck” like reference – it is a term of endearment for those mighty tough trucks and nothing to do with a device named after a piece of fruit. Like the former it can take the rough and tumble, it is built to last and I know what would come off second best in a crash.

While its primary role it to protect anything up to a 15.6” notebook, it also has a dedicated tablet compartment that will fit a 10-11” tablet — not quite a Surface Pro 2017 — as well.

Belkin Active pro comparison

Adjacent to that is the accordion opening and it is perfect for files and papers. Then there is a zippered accessories pouch.

On the front are a 30cm wide zippered compartment with a couple of passport sized vertical pockets and a “hidden” zippered side pocket that is perfect for a smartphone.  

On the back is a Velcro secured 43cm wide x 22cm deep pocket perfect for stuffing books in.

And it all goes with the padded shoulder strap that looks like it could lift said Mac Truck. Oh, and the bottom is water resistant so you can put it down and the reflective strips are subtle grey instead of yellow, but work really well.

The cost is $79.95 and a range of functional Belkin bags is available at most major retailers or online.

Belkin Active Pro 

REASON TO CHOOSE TENDA MESH WIFI

Our Mesh WiFi system MW3 is the first in Australia market with price below AUD$200 for a set of three.

· Best valued product
· Strong signal covering up to 300m2 for MW3 and 500m2 for MW6
· Aesthetically pleasing and light weigh (blend into any room deco)
· Wireline backhauls supported
· Product units are pre-paired and easy to setup
· Not requiring phone number or email address to set up
· Wall penetration (better than other similar brands)
· Seamless WiFi roaming
· User friendly app with controls to setup a guest network, parental controls for disabling groups of devices you allocate to individuals, QoS and more

CLICK FOR MORE INFO!

LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A CYBER ATTACK

Australia is a cyber espionage hot spot.

As we automate, script and move to the cloud, more and more businesses are reliant on infrastructure that has the high potential to be exposed to risk.

It only takes one awry email to expose an accounts’ payable process, and for cyber attackers to cost a business thousands of dollars.

In the free white paper ‘6 Steps to Improve your Business Cyber Security’ you’ll learn some simple steps you should be taking to prevent devastating and malicious cyber attacks from destroying your business.

Cyber security can no longer be ignored, in this white paper you’ll learn:

· How does business security get breached?
· What can it cost to get it wrong?
· 6 actionable tips

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Ray Shaw

joomla stats

Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

 

Popular News

 

Telecommunications

 

Sponsored News

 

 

 

 

Connect