We try to make it out to as many LAN’s as possible every year on top of our own events. Because of that we have had a strong interest in finding different ways to make packing up your rig to make going to LAN’s easier. In the past we have taken a look at the difference between a SFF build and a laptop, looked at ways to pack your peripherals, and even a SFF build for my wife. The SFF build for my wife has been perfect, but none of our solutions have helped her be able to pack everything up easily and carry it all into a LAN in one trip. Thermaltake’s new dragon bag lets you pack everything but your PC in it, including your monitor. Finally a way to cut those loading and unloading trips down to one!
Product Name: Thermaltake Battle Dragon Bag
Review Sample Provided by: Thermaltake
Review by: Wes
Pictures by: Wes
Polyester & Nylon
35cm (W) x 57cm (L) x 25cm (H)
Break it down
The design of the Battle Dragon Bag is that of a large messenger bag. The bag is made of Plyester and Nylon and is black in color on the exterior other than a little red trim. You have two large pouches on the front of the bag with the left pouch having another pocket on its front.
Here is a good view of the logo on the front of the bag along with the pocket I spoke about before.
Along with being a messenger style bag the front of the bag actually has a heavy duty handle on the front, perfect if you want to carry it length wise. Here you can also see the TT e-sports logo.
Up top you can see a second carrying handle. This top section has a zipper all along the red trim and opens up into the main compartment where you can put your keyboard and monitor. You can see where the shoulder strap attaches along the top and you can also see the two support straps with adjustable clips.
Those adjustable clips and straps are what make up most of the strength of the Battle Dragon, without those straps the zippers would not be able to hold everything together.
The back of the bag looks inconspicuous enough, but has a zipper that goes all the way around, I wonder what they have in store now.
Apparently the Battle Dragon Bag doubles as a transformer on the weekends, Thermaltake has tucked in the bag an entire backpack configuration. This should free up both arms for lugging around your PC when needed.
Inside there is red all over! You have three padded sections with the middle of the two sections having two dividers to help keep your components from banging into each other.
Here is a glimpse into the two front pouches. When combined with the interior they total up to more than enough space to pack all of your needed goodies for a LAN and even leave room to bring your swag and prizes home after it’s all said and done.
There really are two parts to the performance of a bag like this. Does it hold everything you need it to? And how well did it function once it was loaded up. For the first part of that we only needed to pack the following
1x 24 Inch 1920x1200 Monitor
1x Logitech G15 keyboard
1x Steel Series headset
1x Razer Naga Mouse
2x Power Cords
1x 25 foot network cable
1x 6 foot DVI cable
A basic list of things needed for any LAN party you may go to. If it was myself I would have a spare to almost everything and a tool kit also, but my wife likes to live on the edge, lol.
All of her components went right into the bag taking up almost no room including the G15, and we all know how large they are. Mind you all of this fit without even using the three compartments in the middle of the inside of the bag and with more room left in the outside pouches. When it came dropping in the monitor we removed the stand and dropped it in. That is when I realized that even though this case supports up to a 24 inch monitor, it will depend on the resolution. My wife’s monitor is a little taller due to the 1920x1200 resolution. Because of this it stuck out just enough to cause problems. This is no fault of Thermaltake’s, but it is something to consider when picking this up. I later tested a standard 1920x1080 resolution monitor and had no trouble at all zipping everything up. Thankfully though, even without being able to zip it all up the support straps that do all of the work still would reach. Because of this there wasn’t really any problem using the bag.
As you can see with everything packed up my wife, who is tiny as can be, had no trouble carrying her entire rig in one trip. In the future I will most likely be packing her up with a different monitor, but beyond that the Battle Dragon Bag worked flawlessly.
Overall and FV
So before I said that we have been looking for a solution to make going to LAN’s easier. If you are against going with a gaming laptop this combined with a smaller gaming rig is in my eyes a near perfect solution. Thermaltake gives you four different ways you can carry the bag once you have it loaded it. And as for what it will hold? Well we only scratched the surface when we packed all of the supply’s needed for going to a LAN. You could most likely double up on everything but the monitor and still have room for swag and prizes on your trip home. At a price just short of $60 the Battle Dragon Bag is a little pricy, but it’s really not a bad price when you consider how strong the bag is and what its capable of handling. I’m expecting to see this bag popping up at LAN’s all over the place as people continue to look for way to make loading your equipment up easier.