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Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell review

Belkin Honeycomb ClamshellThe Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell for 13.3” is a slim, nice, yet practical notebook/Macbook bag. It’s designed not to be cumbersome but at the same time protects your notebook/Macbook inside it.

I took my 13.3” Macbook Air with the Honeycomb Clamshell interstate for the whole day (The Commonwealth Bank event at Brisbane) and a few travels so I had quite a good run with it for this review.

The honeycomb-textured surface provides a secure fit and a non-slippery feel. This is important when you need to carry it around without the strap next to your waist, say.

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The surface does feel bumpy if you touch it with your finger and may feel awkward at first. However, with the anti-slippery feel and the protection it offers, I appreciate this unique design made by the team at Belkin.

I do wish that Belkin slips in a smoother cloth or material on the inside though. Your laptop (or my Macbook Air) is going to be in contact with the hard honeycombed-textured surface. It shouldn’t scratch your notebook/Macbook but I’d prefer having a soft sleeve or material next to it rather than having it touched the hard surface.

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The Honeycomb Clamshell has a few pockets/compartments:

  • One to place your notebook/Macbook in, secured with a Velcro.
  • A side storage pocket (unsecured), for papers, cables, passport, or any other objects you want to carry along.
  • A smaller compartment secured with a zipper.

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One thing that I’d recommend Belkin is to have another pocket in front of the bag so I can put my easy-to-reach papers/documents without having to open the bag up every single time.

The Honeycomb Clamshell is unique because you can both put a strap and carry it as a shoulder bag or you can take out the strap and place it inside a bigger bag or suitcase. For a day trip, the Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell is all you need. On my whole day trip to Brisbane, I could carry my Bluetooth headset, network cable, documents, portable battery charger, and an iPhone cable along with my Macbook Air 13.3”.

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Overall, I love the Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell. It doesn’t look funny and it doesn’t attract attention, thanks to its compactness and relatively small size. The honeycomb-textured surface protects itself from bumps and also your notebook/Macbook inside it.

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It can also be transformed into a shoulder bag or a simple notebook/Macbook case to be carried inside a bigger bag/case. There are a couple of minor adjustments that I’d like it to have but they are not crucial. Definitely recommended if you want to travel light while feeling protected.

Note: Sample provided for the review

Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell Pros
+ Lightweight
+ Compact in size and thickness
+ Can be carried with a strap or as a case
+ Notebook/Macbook’s compartment is securely locked in place
+ Anti-slip
+ Has easy-grip handles

Belkin Honeycomb Clamshell Cons
– Doesn’t have a front compartment (to store documents/flat objects that you are going to take out frequently). Have to open the bag each time.
– No extra inner soft-layer protection inside the compartment where the notebook/Macbook is
– Doesn’t seem to be checkpoint-friendly.

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