Arctic Cooling ARCTIC NB201 Review

It is hard to believe it has been over two years since we last took a look into this category of products for reviews (It really shows how diverse we are here at APH Networks, haha). Now that the wait has finally come to an end, we can dive right back into another laptop bag review. Lately, Arctic Cooling has become somewhat (in)famous for their various products that do not pertain to their usual internal component cooling products, such as audio equipment, mobile chargers, home entertainment consoles, and the such. For example, the ARCTIC GYM is similar to something that would occur if someone meshed a yoga game and DDR together (No, it's not double data rate -- I'm talking about Dance Dance Revolution, but it does sound like an interesting product for gamers who lack the ability to exercise without gaming at the same time). Other interesting products include their game console, which looks remarkably similar to the Nintendo Wii, along with the company's Game Boy Advanced lookalike. Unwilling to be left out of the program, we decided to look at yet another Arctic Cooling's non-cooling product -- the NB series of notebook bags; specifically the ARCTIC NB201 -- which is designed for 12 inch notebooks or smaller. If you have a larger laptop, the NB501 and NB701 are also available for 15" and 17" notebooks, respectively. Without further delay, let's take a look at this laptop bag, and see if their latest creation is as good as they project them to be.

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