Let me just say that I am an absolute fan of Bellroy products and this particular one has been under my radar.
So after doing some research and a lot of thinking, I have finally put together this Bellroy Work Folio A 5 review to not just help myself but others figure out if the price was worth the investment.
I definitely love my cool gear but for something so small to cost more than my every day carry backpack, I think it takes a lot of thinking before committing to anything and that is what I did.
I mean, what could really justify my purchase with this one that would make my other half believe that this was a great purchase?
Being that I am a parent and “cool guy” stuff has been a thing that I can’t outright just grab like I used to, I guess you can say that my spending is based mostly on needs rather than wants.
So if you are a single fella that is just needing to be cool, definitely get this if your budget allows.
For those of you who are in a similar situation as me or still contemplating on getting this, let’s go over this review so you can see if this is really worth the investment.
The Bellroy Work Folio A5 is their latest product to drool over and one that is hard to say no to.
It is the perfect companion for any minimalist who is looking to store their basic carry in one very much stylish portfolio and is the perfect size to be “not so big”.
Unlike their A4 model, this one costs a whole $100 less and is really something to be relieved about as I’m sure some of us don’t need a bigger and pricier product.
Let’s take a look at what makes up the A5 and why it might just be your next case of choice.
Initially it acts as a notepad but stores just enough to not make it a regular old case.
You have the main compartment that stores a small tablet and NOT some small laptops as that is what the A4 holds.
If you are looking for the difference between the A4 and the A5, do know that it is really just their size and storage capabilities.
A4 stores some small laptops, while the A5 only stores tablets.
The Work Folio A5 does have everything else that the A4 has but again with a much lower price tag and a much smaller size.
Design + Quality
This makes up 90% of your buying decision.
With a look that is almost hard to say no too along with the quality that you can actually feel with any of Bellroy’s products, this is what makes the A5 what it is.
With some perfectly stitched leather, simplicity, and a very strong marketing campaign, you can expect to consider this for your next purchase.
And if you are doubting Bellroy’s quality, don’t forget about the 3 year warranty that they offer with all their products.
Storage & Functionality
As a minimalist I always look for a product to at the very least do what it is supposed to do.
In this case, you have a notepad with the option to store a tablet or some 13″ laptops.
Some meaning a very limited selection if you plan on utilizing every pocket this thing has.
Other than that, you are able to store your cellphone, some headphones, up to 6 credit cards, a pen (not included), a passport, and your boarding passes.
I have also purchased the Notebook Cover Mini for about $80 and I think I just wasted money there as I should’ve just purchased this in the first place.
This is a very simple and functional product as the cards and your phone won’t get stuck like other cases I’ve tried in the past.
Sleek, functional, and sweet looking but the price might not sit well with some of you.
You can get the Work Folio A 5 for $199 on Bellroy.com and it does come with the usual 3 year money back guarantee.
I know this warranty to be true as I did get a full replacement for my Bellroy iPhone case that got damaged due to normal wear and tear.
I didn’t have a receipt but they just tracked down my order and sent out my replacement, no questions asked.
They will replace any product but they will also give you any other product with equal or lesser value or you can pay the difference and upgrade to something else.
If you shop on Amazon you can see if they have both colors but last I checked they only had the black one.
Final Verdict: Fair
Although I love the Bellroy brand, this is one of those things that kind of crossed the point of affordable and worth it.
Even at $150 I would still have second thoughts on getting this as you can get a really nice backpack for the asking price of the A4.
The A5 is out of the question for me as I am perfectly fine with my laptop sitting in my backpack.
Then again, it is a Macbook Pro so it won’t even fit in there.
I guess that’s a good thing.
Now do I think you should get the Work Folio A4?
I would only say yes if you have some money to play around with.
Other than that, I think you will be fine without it as you would probably have your cellphone glued to you in the first place.
Everything else that is offered here is just extra and not something you actually need.
For $200, I think you should save your money.
Now if you really want it, then I also say go for it.
It’s just out of my budget but that’s mainly because I have kids.
For you single dudes that are looking to make a statement, the A4 might just be for you.
Oh and I would get the caramel color if I were you.