Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag ReviewBluePanda - October 28, 2013
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag Introduction:
Although LAN parties don’t seem to be as big a thing as they used to be, that doesn’t mean people don’t still game on the go. Even just taking your rig to a friend’s house or dorm room requires a little effort and planning to be sure you remember everything – let alone figuring out how to get everything over there in one piece. Well, it turns out you aren’t alone; Thermaltake has come up with the perfect bag just for this problem, the Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag. This bag is literally defined as "Large-sized gaming bag capable of carrying almost anything". I’m ready to take on the challenge to see exactly how much I can actually pack into this bag; I am hoping to fit just about everything, but the kitchen sink.
The shipping box seems surprisingly large for it being a bag, but when opened up it’s no longer a surprise; the bag is the same size. Although the shipper could save a buck or two rolling this up somehow – it just doesn’t seem worth the effort. No packing pictures this time though, as it’s a bag! There’s nothing special – if you were going to be buying this at the store, it’d be sitting/hanging there in front of you to look at and play with. So let’s move forward with the actual product pictures – as I’m dying to see just how much will fit in this monstrosity of a bag.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag Closer Look:
First glance at the Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag just screams "wow, that’s big" – and yes, that is what she said. As you won’t have much for scale in the picture until the last few shots, the dimensions bring this bag in at 13.7 inches wide by 22.5 inches tall and a whole 9.8 inches of thickness. Now, go measure your backpack and get the real shock factor there. This bag is BIG. The front of the bag sports the red Battle Dragon logo on the lower, larger, zipper pocket. I will mention here that this is a two-for-one pocket – the whole pouch opens up (shown ahead) as well as the little pocket on the front. It provides a nice small, yet still large pocket, to store miscellaneous cables, ear buds, and what have you. The top pouch is just as deep of a pocket and zips up tight. An additional handle is on the front making it easy to grab the bag from the floor or perhaps out of an overhead bin on the plane. The back is pretty plain in black and has nothing odd to hit up against your hip, and seems padded enough even with whatever items you manage to pack in this bag. It shouldn't be hard to carry. I will skip ahead and spoil things for you, just to say that this back panel has a neat trick hidden up its sleeve to provide you with perhaps a better carry method. Keep reading!
The top, or side of the bag – depending on how you want to view it from these images – features a bright red zipper that grants you access to the glorious insides of this bag (we will get there, I promise!). A nice strap to carry the bag messenger-style is clipped on to the side of the bag with its own extra padded support for your shoulder. The clip swivels nicely and doesn’t seem to bind up, making it easy to swing this over the shoulder. The clip also has a metal mouth, which will hopefully prevent the clip from breaking and dropping your bag to the floor. Overall it’s a pretty nice looking bag that is simple enough and doesn’t quite scream out "GAMER" too loud…except to those of us that recognize that red Battle Dragon or the Tt eSPORTS branding.
Looking at the bag from this angle, you are probably starting to figure out exactly why the logos on the bag are easy to read from this perspective, as well as what is going on here. Flipping the bag back over again you might notice the two zippers dangling from the "bottom" of the bag. Gee, I wonder what is back here?
Unzipping, your probable guess is confirmed: backpack arms! Yep, it turns out you can carry this bag on your back just like a backpack, in case you are like me and don't like boob-smasher messenger bags (though I realize, the majority of readers probably don't have the "boob" problem – though some of you boys do have quite the pair). The straps unpack neatly as the cover unzips to the top of the bag. You are left with impressively adjustable backpack straps and dual sets of clips for the upper and lower regions to keep things securely attached to your body. It's about the same as any typical backpack setup currently on the market, with easy to adjust straps that feel rather sturdy. The plastic buckles/clips feel rather sturdy as well and seem like they shall hold up for quite some time – though only time will tell.
You can now guess why there is a little swatch of Velcro at the top of the bag. The back flap rolls up neatly to attach up here where the other half of the Velcro match. I thought with it being Velcro it wasn't going to hold very well, but it turns out that it holds surprisingly tight and takes a bit of effort to pull apart. Overall this is quite a simple solution to having both a backpack and messenger style bag all in one; you get to really choose how you want to carry things.
So indeed it is also a backpack bag; and from the back, it looks just like any other backpack really. When you are done with it being a backpack, it is just as simple to "put it away" as it was to make it one in the first place. Simply undo the Velcro and roll the flap back down. The two zippers close up the sides and meet back at the bottom (or wherever you decide you want them to be). Now you are back to never knowing it was (or could be) a backpack.