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Solo Ludlow Tablet Sling is a perfect little bag for small portable trips – Review Geek



Grade:
8/10
?

  • 1 – Absolutely hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta ljummet sopor
  • 3 – Strongly incorrect design
  • 4 – Some advantages, lots of disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy for sale
  • 7 – Good, but not the best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design Nirvana

Award: $ 30

Solo Ludlow tablet, full of electronics
Michael Crider

I picked up an IdeaPad Duet a few weeks after it was launched, and I have loved it as an ultraportable companion. I pair it with a little mouse and my homemade keyboard when I want to go somewhere and focus on typing. But filling all my electronics in my Peak Design bag seemed like a waste. I needed something smaller.

Here’s what we like

  • Perfect size for fast travel
  • Big enough for a 13-inch laptop
  • Easy access to everything
  • Very low price

And what we do not do

  • The strap cannot be removed
  • The organizer uses single seams

I found it on a humble Office Depot shelf, while I was looking for an obscure USB adapter. Solo Ludlow Tablet Sling is a small minimalist bag, but it is almost perfect for a little protection and organization if you are on a short trip with an ultraportable laptop or tablet. And unlike many bags made specifically for that purpose, it is affordable enough for everyone.

Three pockets, no fluff

Ludlow has a long narrow main chamber and two front pockets, one about twice the size of the other, all available with sturdy zippers. Inside the main compartment is a slightly padded pocket for a tablet or small laptop, while the larger of the two pockets has some pen and card pockets in backpack style. That’s it, as far as the organization goes.

Ludlow tablet's main pocket, with tablet and keyboard
Michael Crider

The bag has an adjustable, non-padded, detachable strap, a single “Solo” patch on the lower front pocket and a pair of small metal ornaments on the upper. Apart from a strip of imitation leather on the bottom pocket, it is all in gray gray polyester.

Solo claims that the laptop sleeve holds computers “up to 12.9 inches”, but does not become more specific than that. It has a 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 (8.8 inches wide, 12.1 inches long), but it is a bit tight. My IdeaPad Duet, which is basically an extra thick iPad, fits without problems. I can slide my Bluetooth mechanical keyboard and neoprene case (about the size of a school pencil case) into the remaining space with plenty of room to spare.

Ludlow Tablet Sling from behind
Michael Crider

In the upper pocket I keep a Logitech ultra-thin mouse, a USB-C cable and my reliable Heloideo USB battery (which can charge everything in the bag and also works as a wall charger). I have enough space left to throw in a small headphone case like AirPods, but if I think I need it, I can put my noise-reducing Sony WH-atev3r and fit it in the bottom pocket without questions.

The little spare design covers everything I need on my basic computer trips – or at least it will, when Age of COVID passes and I can actually get them again – with enough left for a paperback or a bottle of water. It is a purposeful, restrained design.

Bag about the city (by which I mean my living room)

Okay, that’s not entirely true: I’ve used Ludlow for a few quick rides, to the outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi in my city library. But yes, I am not allowed to use this little bag that I bought to the extent I would like. It is perhaps the smallest petty complaint in a worldwide pandemic.

Ahem, back to the review.

Ludlow tablet front pockets
Michael Crider

The bag is cheap, to be honest. It has minimal padding in the main chamber, but everything in the front two pockets will be subjected to hard blows and shocks. It’s not bulletproof, absolutely not waterproof, and I do not think I would trust it on a long – haul flight.

But I would not take with me just a tablet and some important things on a long-haul flight, where my bigger, tougher and much more expensive bag would have a portable laptop. No, for the purpose that this bag serves, it does it extremely well. The strap does not have much padding, but also packed for the bile, the bag weighs maybe five pounds. Do not need it. There is no slide plate at the bottom, but it is small enough that I just throw it on the table. Do not need it.

A cute little rectangle

Ludlow tablet harness with computer on a table
Michael Crider

I wish Ludlow’s strap was removable so I could replace it with a slightly harder one. And I wish the internal organization of the larger front pocket was double-stitched like the rest of the bag. But for a bag that costs me less than a Blu-ray, or yes, the adapter cable I bought when I saw it, I have no complaints.

Here’s what we like

  • Perfect size for fast travel
  • Big enough for a 13-inch laptop
  • Easy access to everything
  • Very low price

And what we do not do

  • The strap cannot be removed
  • The organizer uses single seams




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