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Good, but not great -- and too small for 15.6" laptop
on July 10, 2013
I admit I've never been a fan of Samsonite in general. In my experience, Samsonite luggage is OK for occasional travel that doesn't involve a lot of airline baggage handling. But my Samsonite luggage has not held up well on extended overseas trips, and I wouldn't expect it to last long if I were a frequent business traveler.
Nevertheless, after seeing the positive reviews for this backpack, I decided to give Samsonite another try.
I'm disappointed, and I'll be returning this backpack. Here's why.
Although advertised as suitable for a 17-inch laptop, it isn't. I bought this for a Lenovo Y500, which measures 15.6 inches diagonally, or 15.25 inches end-to-end. It just BARELY fits in this backpack, with noticeable bulges around the top corners where the zippers are straining to hold together. I would not expect them to last long under such continuous pressure. Nor would I expect the laptop to be well-protected in a case that fits so tightly. Samsonite provides rubber bumpers to put on the edges of the laptop for extra protection, but with them installed the laptop won't fit in the case at all.
Aside from the size, I am not impressed with the build quality of this backpack. I will defer to those who have owned and used it for a while as to how durable it is, but it doesn't look like it would hold up long under the rigors of airline travel. The fabric and padding are noticeably less thick than what I'm accustomed to from other brands, most noticeably Targus. And, like many less expensive bags, this backpack does not offer enough inside pockets to suit me. If you carry a lot of accessories -- cables, flash drives, etc. -- you'll need to buy extra pouches or vinyl bags to keep your stuff organized and protected inside the front "organizer" pocket. That means extra cost and more hassle.
I respect the high regard this product has received from other reviewers, but having seen it for myself -- and knowing what else is available -- I cannot concur. This backpack isn't bad, but I'm sending it back and looking for something else.