Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag Review
Reviewed by: BluePanda
Reviewed on: October 28, 2013
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.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag Closer Look: The Insides:
Okay, so now you know the secret of the bag, there's still more to see; specifically the part of the bag you care most about: the inside. The front pocket opens up to a red padded inside. It turns out the insides are all padded and being bright red makes things easy to see inside the depths of the pockets. But the big pocket(s) is what you really want to see. Looking back at the side/top – whatever perspective this is – there are two large clips that must be undone to get inside. It provides that one extra step of security for the things you have inside your bag. Yes it has a zipper to close up – but it's nice to have something to help keep it all tightly closed. Anyway, unbuckle these two and you can finally see the storage within.
I was a bit surprised to find all the compartments inside the big pocket. They can't be reconfigured, but there are two larger pockets with the center pocket split into three compartments. The front pocket also wraps around the ends while the furthest back pocket acts as sort of a laptop sleeve. It definitely can carry your bigger laptops – so no worries there. The two pockets on the front open up fully to show just how much more room is in the front. I'm honestly starting to worry if I'll be able to actually fill this bag up with hardware; there's too much room!
After finding more and more items to put in this bag, I finally gave up. I honestly couldn't come up with anymore ideas of what to put inside the bag without having to start undoing things from my desk. I will say, I did poke around at the Thermaltake site to see what others have managed to get in the bag, and though it was a little overkill, I did manage to find a video with a 24" monitor packed in with many other things quite easily; there really is that much room in this bag. Looking a little closer, you can see just how much more room is left in after I filled it. I have to say, whether it's empty or full, the bag has a rather ridged "square" structure to it – I wonder if this will soften up over time?
Pulling things from the bag you can finally see exactly how much I was able to put in the bag. Even though it didn't appear to be very full, the bag had quite a bit inside of it…including a few products you'll be seeing in some upcoming reviews! So looking at the full list of items I managed to pack in this bag, you can count them up: the Meka G-UNIT keyboard, the Volos and Theron gaming mice, the Cronos headset with accessories, a BlackX docking station and all its components, the Bahamut external sound card in its box, the Commandar F5 fan controller (again in its box), a full cabled Smart 750W PSU, and my lucky dead hard drive. Honestly, all this fit in the bag and is what has been pictured in the last couple shots. And YES, I did manage to find all the Thermaltake items I have around the house just for this shot – and YES, I do have plenty of other things I could have tossed in – but this really made for the family Christmas shot (a month or two early). I'm quite impressed, looking at it all sitting there next to the bag – I still don't believe it was all packed in there.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag Conclusion:
In the end, I wasn't able to get the kitchen sink into the Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Bag – but that's okay, because I think the challenge of "almost anything" was easily proven to be true. Besides putting a motherboard and RAM in the bag, I had about a full build worth of components crammed in; though mostly components. I have no doubt that this bag can carry everything you will need or want to a LAN party, friend's house, or wherever you might be headed. The only obvious missing items from my pack job include the much needed gaming grub: some energy drinks and Cheetos (sadly, I was all out). But beyond the gamer/computer view of this bag – it most certainly would be an awesome school, work, or travel bag. The laptop-sleeved pocket makes it nice to take your laptop on the go, or even just store some important paperwork neatly without it getting all folded up. The other compartments can serve to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate during travel as well.
This bag is truly a multipurpose bag, which really makes it worth the price. Most bags that are capable of caring a larger laptop come in at an easy $50 and that's about all they are good for – they can carry a laptop and maybe a few other little things. The more expensive backpack designs obviously carry more, but as a student myself, I can say that I've yet to see anything of this size or capacity on the market. However, I will say that all this space isn't necessarily necessary; but it is quite appreciated. It's a big bag – that's the conclusion to this review. How you use it is up to you. It can certainly hold quite a bit.
- BIG! This bag can hold (almost) EVERYTHING.
- Durable, heavy duty zippers and materials
- Dual-purpose straps – messenger or backpack style carry
- A true multipurpose bag
- Might look a little out of place outside the LAN party world, but who cares?
- It's BIG – it may be a little too big in some situations.
- Permanently square in shape – con or pro depending on what you like