The Cocoon CLS456 laptop and tablet sleeve is a well-constructed, plainly styled sleeve that has a separate compartment for a tablet. It only holds smaller laptops (13-inchers), but if you have the need to carry a small model and a tablet with you, there is no better sleeve to consider, reviewers say. The included shoulder strap is comfortable, and the Grid organizer -- a panel of elastic straps, which allow for the easy storage and retention of smaller accessories and cables -- is a favorite among reviewers.
Some sleeves are clearly designed to be carried inside a larger case. This one is made to be carried outside, and it shows: durable materials, sturdy construction and adequate padding make this more of a traditional case in miniature than a sleeve.
Users and reviewers find the Cocoon CLS456 sleeve easy to carry with the included wide shoulder strap, but note that it is thicker than many standard sleeves. Some reviewers note the sleeve lacks a top carrying handle for those who do not want to use the shoulder strap.
Reviewers say styling is not why you'll buy the Cocoon sleeve; it's not objectionable but it is plain-Jane, with nothing special to recommend it visually.
The Cocoon CLS456 sleeve comes with just a single year of warranty in a product category that routinely guarantees products for life. That said, at this price point you'd be unlikely to hang onto a receipt for that long, and users say they don't have durability-related issues that would require warranty repair.
If you need to carry both a mini-laptop and a tablet, reviewers say the Cocoon sleeve is an excellent value. If you do not, you may be better off with a less expensive, thinner sleeve, although according to reviews the construction on this model is worth the price.
If you only carry a laptop, the WaterField Designs Laptop SleeveCase is a better bag, albeit more expensive.
Tong Zhang is a senior editor at MobileTechReview.com, and he gives the Cocoon CLS456 Laptop Sleeve high marks for its padding between and around all compartments, its water resistance, the included Grid organizer (a panel of elastic straps) and separate storage for laptop and tablet. He wishes for a handle on top of the bag (it comes with a shoulder strap), but notes that it holds a surprising amount for a sleeve.
Review: Laptop Bag Review: Cocoon CLS456 13" Laptop and iPad Sleeve 2, Tong Zhang, Aug. 2, 2011
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While not as sleek or stylish as the Apple tech they put in it, the Cocoon CLS456 Sleeve is well organized, durable and well padded, writes Joann Fan, calling it "a simple, roomy case with great functionality."
Review: New Ways to Keep Yourself Organized with Cocoon's Sleeve, Joann Fan, July 21, 2011
The Cocoon CLS456 sleeve is a small case that can hold both a 13-inch laptop and a tablet, and is extremely useful for people who need both, Dan Ackerman of CNET writes. The basic design is plain and not particularly appealing, and there's little room for power adapters and accessories, as with most sleeves. The site awards 3.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Cocoon CLS456 13-inch Laptop Case Review, Dan Ackerman, Aug. 1, 2011
The Cocoon CLS456 laptop sleeve is perfect for hauling around a small laptop and a tablet, Gadzooki.com's reviewer writes. A MacBook and iPad fit perfectly, and the case itself is a good size. Another pro is the included Grid organizer, but it only fits 13-inch or smaller laptops.
Review: Cocoon CLS456 Sleeve for All Your Apple Gadgets, Noemi, July 19, 2011
Nancy Gravley writes that the Cocoon CLS456 laptop and tablet sleeve is well made and sturdy, and has wide openings for easy storage and removal of devices, a wide shoulder strap and the Grid organizer. She awards 4 out of 5 stars and a Great rating.
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