- Created on 06 November 2011
Decent tablets come at a price, especially the Apple iPads, and as such require excellent protection from accidents that could potentially occur whilst on the move. We have reviewed a number of cases, however the latest shoulder bag from STM specifically designed for tablets, the STM Stash, is the first dedicated carry case that we have had the opportunity to review.
Internal Space - 19.2 x 24.3 x 1.4 cm (7.5 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches)
External Material - Water resitant 300d micro polyester ripstop
Inner lining - soft brushed nylex/210d water resistant polyester
Duraflex buckles and clips
Colours - Red/Black
The STM Stash, like other STM bags we have reviewed, exhibited an excellent combination of design and material that provides fantastic protection for any of the larger tablets. The external ripstop material means that the tablet will be protected from the elements as well ensuring the longevity of the bag itself. Inside the compartment, the soft finish ensures that there is no chance of scratching to screens, and there is plenty of room to carry tablets even if they themselves have dedicated cases. In addition to the main compartment there is an open pocket on the back, as well as a larger zipped pocket and second smaller zipped pocket on the front. Both zipped pockets allow accessories to be easily managed, and the larger of the two provides additional open compartments as well as a key fob for better organisation whilst on the move. The rear pocket offers enough room (although little weather protection) to carry a keyboard for the tablet.
The STM Stash has webbing handles to allow it to be carried by hand, or a thicker webbing strap is also available for carrying over the shoulder. The webbing shoulder strap also has a movable padding that allows for better weight distribution. The overall build quality of the bag felt really good, with no loose threads and reinforced seams, so we felt sure that the bag would easily last the lifetime of the tablet it was used to carry.
Between £30-£40 (at the time of writing).
4/5 - As ever with the STM range, the STM Stash exudes quality and has a reassuringly hardy design and finish. For 10" tablets (even with their cases on) the shoulder bag provides brilliant protection, although as would be expected for this finish, you get what you pay for, and it certainly isn't the cheapest option for carrying your tablet around in!