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Really liked its short life
on February 5, 2013
I've had this backpack for a little over a year now, i bought it when i bought (surprise, surprise) my Alienware laptop. At first i was let down by its lack of capacity compared to my previous pack, but actually it's been nice. I had a lot of trouble with the size of the last backpack; i bumped into people a lot.
I currently carry some medication in one side of the front and spare HDMI and ethernet cord in the other side. Then there is a compartment with lots of sleeves for pens, SD cards, USB thumbdrives, etc. I have many accessories in there, it is laid out nicely. The main compartment is just wide enough for a thin binder, a textbook, and a notebook. This could be a factor for you! In the back is the laptop area but there's enough space for the charger as well.
The backpack features a "scanfast" zipper so the entire pack can be opened like a clamshell and put flat on an x-ray conveyer belt. I frequently travel domestic and have some international travel too, it's not a universally recognized thing, even within the US. I always ask if it's okay, i suggest you do too.
I'm docking a star from the rating because of the pack's durability. It's been a year and a half of average use, and the bottom of the pack is splitting at the corners and there is fraying near the shoulder straps. There's also a strange fissure up the top of middle of the top of the pack, almost like a ridge of fraying. This backpack has been great but for $100 list-price, i should get more than a year and a half out of it. In comparison, the two bags i had before this one each cost ~$50 and each lasted 4 years.