A laptop computer is an essential piece of kit for photographers who need to edit on the go. Paukma's Choroka series of laptop bags promises to offer the protection necessary to cope with the elements and life's bumps and scrapes, while looking good too.
Pakuma Choroka K4: Specification
- External Dimensions: 32x8.5x25cm
- Cocoon System notebook protection
- Fits most notebooks up to 10in
- Duraflex buckles
- External bottle holder
- Rear pocket will take A4 folders
- Internal gusseted pocket
- Cable pouch
- Light grey lining to gives good visibility inside
- Heavy duty webbed shoulder strap
- Removable shoulder pad
- 525g when unloaded
Pakuma's Choroka bags are styled very similarly to another well-known brand that have a funny stick-man for their logo. Basically, people who want a functional, yet stylish bag to protect their laptop now have another alternative to choose from.
Pakuma Choroka K4: Features
The Pakuma Choroka is a courier-style bag designed to be carried over one shoulder. This design is good for quick access to your stuff, but can put pressure on your back if you have a lot of heavy items to carry.
To aid quick access the bag is covered with a large flap secured with a quick-release buckle and there are two additional pieces of waterproof material either side to stop the rain ruining you laptop. This design offers great protection, although I often found myself having to tuck the waterproof flaps back into the bag as they often stick out when the bag is closed.
The main compartment comprises of the cocoon, which is a separate section with thick ribbed padding. This design appears to work exceedingly well, helping to evenly distribute the weight of the bag across the laptop, which will reduce the chance of getting screen blemishes or worse such as a cracked screen on your computer. Having just this section padded also reduces the weight of the bag, keeping it down to just over 500grams. The rest of the bag leaves plenty of space for mains adapters, card readers, spare batteries etc. There is even a slim pocket on the back which will accommodate A4 paperwork with ease.
Pakuma Choroka K4: Build Quality
The materials employed in the construction of the Choroka K4 are very good indeed. Most of the bag is made of a heavy duty waterproof nylon material and the stitching is very sturdy. The shoulder strap comes with a small removable pad, which helps to reduce the pressure on your shoulder. I did find the strap a little short for my tastes. Very tall people (I'm 5ft 11in, not a giant!) may find the bag sits too high to be completely comfortable.
Pakuma Choroka K4: Peformance
I used the bag to take my computer to a couple of outdoor events with no qualms about its performance. The design leaves plenty of space for all the extra bits you'd need to carry, (including extra camera bits such as chargers etc) without compromising the protection offered to the computer. Although the bag is designed for a 10in netbook, I managed to squeeze my 12in notebook in there without too much grief and there was still plenty of room for accessories.
Pakuma Choroka K4 Verdict
Overall, I'm very impressed with the Choroka K4. It had no problems protecting my equipment from the weather and the odd bump and scrape while laving plenty of space of all the bits and bobs needed for mobile computing and photography.
Those looking for a stylish high quality solution for keeping their netbook safe from damage could do much worse than this offering from Pakuma, and at a very reasonable £30 it gets a solid thumbs up from me.
Pakuma Choroka K4: Plus points
High quality materials
Well padded 'cocoon'
Pakuma Choroka K4: Minus points
Shoulder strap is a little short
Waterproofing flaps tend to fold outwards when the bag is closed
The Pakuma Choroka K4 costs around £30 and details of where you can buy can be found here:
Pakuma Choroka K4