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Lots of space, stylish, and not too bulky
on January 18, 2013
Love this briefcase. I had a three gusset expandable brief I got from Wilson's Leather a few years ago, but the handle broke a while back, and since I didn't have time to shop for a new bag, for several months I was using both a computer backpack, and a freebie messenger bag I got at a trade show. Tired of looking like a schlub, an having people asking me if I worked for [company name on the free bag], I decided I needed something a bit more professional looking. Looked at a lot of different bags, some twice as expensive as this, and this seemed to have the right blend of looks, storage options and versatility. Once I got it, I realized I wasn't wrong - it is very slick-looking, but not so fancy that I can't wear it in casual dress. Zippers all work very smoothly, and the hardware is finished in a tasteful brushed silver.
As for storage - the front pocket fits knickknacks like earbuds, several pens, cards, etc, with a padded cellphone pocket that fits an iPhone or a large-ish Android (Samsung Galaxy S II) perfectly. A small zippered pocket inside the front pocket - if it were a little bigger to fit a passport, that would be awesome, but it's not a huge deal, as it's the perfect size for cleaning cloths for my cellphones and tablets. The middle pocket has two padded pockets side by side, each taking up about half the width. These are the perfect size for notebooks, or 7" tablets like my Nexus 7. The remaining space is separated into two compartments by a stiff divider - I throw my iPad into one compartment, and things like a charger, headset, travel accessories, etc. into the other. Finally, the laptop compartment fits my 14.1" Lenovo well, with a bit of extra room on the sides. Don't expect to throw a charger or any bulky accessories in the lapotop compartment - while most other briefcases I've had have a bit of room for stuff like that in the laptop pocket, in this bag, those should go in the middle pocket. You can put notebooks in here, but more than a Moleskine or a slim training manual would be a tight fit with anything but a slim ultrabook or Macbook Air.
Overall, this seems a very good deal as long as you don't pack a lot of accessories - if you're a hardcore road warrior, and tend to pack bigger accessories like a dock, travel projector, or extra charger with you, it will be a tight fit, and you'll want a wheeled brief. But for the average business traveler, this is an excellent choice, and very well laid out. I'll try to put some pictures up when I can.