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*Please Read* Comparison Review for BOTH 10" AND 16" Attache
on January 12, 2012
I purchased both the 10.2" and 16" bags in black to carry my Acer Netbook and my 17" Acer laptop. First of all, let me say I'm a fan of Caselogic bags for their protection factor, but my preference is really towards Wenger (Swiss Gear) backpacks, messenger-bags, and slip-cases for their "real-world-function", comfort, lifetime warranty, as well as superior protection... I purchased these Caselogic bags #1 for the price, #2 for the quality, #3 for the styling (Wenger had nothing to compare to these from Caselogic, even at 2x-3x the price).
Now, rather than list pros and cons for each bag, I'll list out their similarities and differences, pointing out what is good/bad/could-be-better...
Straps and Handles:
Both bags have heavy-duty, nylon webbing shoulder straps - the strap on the 16" bag is less "stiff" and more comfortable, the strap on the 10.2" bag seems "thicker".
The shoulder strap on the 10.2" bag is removable, which is nice, considering this bag will likely be placed inside another bag most of the time.
The shoulder strap on the 16" bag is NOT removable.
Both bag's shoulder straps are adjustable in length to suit your personal preferences.
Only the 16" bag has pad to alleviate pressure weight (but why would you really need a pad on the 10.2", seriously?).
Grab handles are padded and use very heavy, double-folded webbing (tube-webbing), and seem to be stitched deep into the bag (not stitched or riveted to the tops like a cheap bag).
Luggage piggy-back strap:
10.2" bag... does not have one :(
16" bag has a strap sewn onto the back of the bag, so you can slip the bag over the handle of your rolling luggage and secure it as "one piece"...
*Side-note on luggage strap* I never thought I'd appreciate those straps, but when I had to travel a lot for work, those "piggy-back-straps" are a welcomed addition when running from one side of the airport to the other or to keep all your carry-on's physically "tied together" when wasting time on a long lay-over. The piggy-back strap is also good for sliding over the sissy-bar of your motorcycle (run a bungee from the top to the bottom to add security, and your laptop will be secure and balanced on your bike)!
Both bags have water-resistant, heavy-nylon shells with contrasting color (grey) on the sides.
Both bags look very stylish, not "cheap".
Inner Shell / Lining:
Both bags have a pleasant, light blue lining in the main compartment, which is satin-soft, with no tags or labels to scratch devices.
Other pockets have a grey lining, a bit rougher nylon, but appears more durable to resist tearing/puncture from sharp or odd-shaped items.
Front Speed Pocket:
Front Speed Pockets have zippers that close by pulling UP, which is not a great design... pulling DOWN to close the pocket would make more sense and keep water from seeping into the pocket while carrying in poor weather.
Both bag's pocket has the bottom even with the bottom of the zipper, so things like loose change might fall out if you unzip all the way.
10.2" bag has 4" tall by 4.5" deep pocket, which barely holds my smartphone or wallet.
16" bag has 6" tall by 5.5" deep pocket, which is large enough to hold my smartphone, as well as many other "pocket-sized" items.
Front Power Pocket:
The 10.2" bag has a single USB "thumb-drive" pocket sewn into the lining, as well as two pen/pencil elastic bands, and one 3.5" tall by 4" wide pocket (perfect size for passport) - the rest of the pocket is roomy enough to hold your netbook/tablet charger, mouse (loose), or other items.
The 16" bag has three 3.5" tall pockets with the two pen/pencil straps located INSIDE one of the pockets... okay for pens/pencils under 5" tall, since length from bottom of pocket to top of bag is only 6". There is plenty of room in the Power Pocket for your charger, extra cables, mouse, etc. I have my 10.1" tablet in a Wenger neoprene sleeve which fits with room to spare, along with my laptop charger, Logitech mouse, spare cables, etc.
The 10.2" pocket is perfect for my Acer Netbook, yes, it is a bit tricky to get around the zipper opening as it is kinda tight, but if you open it all the way, it slides right in and zips up without issue.
The 16" has two flaws... one, the USB thumb-drive pocket is in the main compartment... not the best place for it since there is plenty of room in the Power Pocket for it (right next to the pen straps would have been a good place). Two, the zipper opens just barely enough to slide in my 16.5" laptop. If the laptop were any wider than 15.25" or thicker than 1.5", I don't think it would fit at all. By contrast, once the laptop is in the bag, it reaches half-way up the USB pocket (so if I had a thumb-drive in it, the laptop would have the thumb-drive applying pressure and could break the thumb-drive or crack the laptop casing).
So, there you have it... both bags are exceptional for their price, very lightweight, and very rugged for everyday use. My only complaints are the Speed Pockets should close by zipping downward (personal preference, I know) and could be deeper (at least be half as deep as the bag is wide), and the decision to put a USB Thumb-drive pocket inside the main compartment of the 16" bag was a very stupid idea (good thing there is room next to the pen straps to hold your thumb-drives). Neither bag has a pocket or pouch large enough to fit a mouse, unless you put it in the Speed Pocket, where it will create a lump, will not be protected by much padding, and defeats the real purpose of having a quick-access pocket for your wallet, cell-phone, keys, etc. Neither bag has key hooks, again, personal preference, but it makes it so easy to store and access your desk-key or other keys you don't normally carry with your house/car set.
If you want a messenger-style bag for our Tablet, Netbook, or Laptop, and don't want to spend a fortune... these will suit you well (and Amazon has them 1/2 the price of Wal-Mart or office supply stores). If you prefer a back-pack style, take a look at the Wenger (Swiss Gear) bags... sure they cost more, but they have superior, functional designs with lots of "specialized pockets" for "everything", and if you are carrying the bag for long distances, having it securely on your back is the only way to travel....