Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Greg0
Delsey Helium Titanium International: Laptop-Friendly
We’re packing up and heading out- New York City might not be suffering like the unfortunate folks in Boston, but yet another blizzard and winter storm means that we are ready to head to warmer climates and say goodbye to the wind and sleet and snow. We’ve got our eyes on someplace with a beach and maybe a cabana, and somewhere to set up our new tent-hammock. We plan on packing light, and generally aim to avoid checking luggage (and those pesky fees). If you are in need of a new suitcase, and are tired of carrying around a separate laptop case or bag, we’ve got a piece of luggage for you.
The Delsey Helium Titanium International 19″ Carry-On EXP Spinner Trolley is made of 100% polycarbonate with durable double wheels, and is available in three colors. Ours was a classy silver, but a darker graphite and a bright cherry red are also options. We’ve liked several Delsey items in the past, and this one includes the same 10-year warranty and built-in TSA-approved locks, as well as the zipper-expandable section that can compress the bag or allow you a bit more space as desired.
The most interesting feature is the included separate hard-sided laptop compartment- winner of a Product Innovation Award at the 2013 Travel Goods Show, this easy-access section has integrated a padded sleeve for up to a 15.6-inch laptop. There are also two zippered mesh pockets inside, and it’s one of the easiest ways to store your laptop when traveling, and ideal for getting your hefty computer off of your shoulders. It does add some weight- the bag is a pretty noticeable 8.3 pounds- and take away some room from the main compartment though, as a good percentage of the space is lost to the protected area. Inside are tie-down straps on one side and a zippered divider on the other, so it’s easy to separate toiletries and essentials from your suit and pants.
Good-looking and durable, we liked but didn’t love the handle (it’s adjustable and decent but could have been more rigid, and a little nicer in the hand). Ergonomically, the bag handles well, around corners and with grab handles for lifting and those inevitable stairs. Delsey has a wide luggage line, with plenty of variety to satisfy most any traveler’s needs. But the Helium Titanium International 19″ is a great choice if you need laptop storage and want to try an interesting solution on wheels- and runs only about $150 online and in stores.