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4.0 out of 5 stars for an urban warrior?, July 27, 2012
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This review is from: STM Scout 2 iPad Shoulder Bag, Black (dp-1800-03) (Personal Computers)
I'm not really sure where to start here, so I guess I'll begin with a list. People like lists, right?

Pros:
Fits a 10.1" netbook, AND a small tablet (a kindle touch, in my case).
Barely fits an 11.6" netbook (it sticks out by 1.5", so the internal velcro flap can't be secured).
Lots of organizational options, and the front-most pouch expands pretty far.
Stiff padding and soft lining in the main section, to protect expensive screens.
Sturdy material and seams everywhere.
Very easily adjustable strap length--I can do it one handed.
Swivels at each strap-end, so twists are easy to manage.

Cons:
Shoulder pad is a bit stiff.
The front flap doesn't like to lay flush if there's even the slightest bit of expansion in the front pouch;
this makes the corners poke up and completely ruin the slick aesthetic of the bag.
If you're traveling with any medium sized gadgets (smartphones, game consoles, makeup compact, etc.) the front portion gets very cluttered, and the organizational bits become difficult to use.
Doesn't quite fit 11.6" devices (specifically what I bought it for).

I use this bag on a daily basis. This might be an understatement, as I literally take it everywhere. Regular cargo consists of an 11.6" netbook, a kindle touch, a small notepad, three pens, and two usb cables. It has room for far more than that though. Today I'm also carrying two pair of headphones, a large gaming mouse (Logitech G700), and a compact umbrella. It also carries an ipod, bluetooth headphones, GBA SP/DS Lite, spare laptop battery/charger, bike tools, and small food items on a semi-regular basis.
This bag isn't going to fit the kitchen sink, but with careful planning the Scout will more than handle the necessities of most urban excursions.

The only changes I would even dream of making are a slightly taller version, to fit larger devices; an optional strap-pouch for easy access to a smartphone or ipod; and optional/modular cylinder storage on the sides for things like umbrellas, water bottles, and camera lenses.
Most of these features are available in other STM products, and the latter is an accessory I'm considering making for myself, so as a whole I'm very pleased with the product.
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Initial post: Sep 30, 2012 9:05:57 PM PDT
syngeek says:
You might like the medium version of this bag a lot for your situation. I have it for my 13" laptop and it holds so much. There's a second pocket in front of the laptop pouch that I use for my small purse and laptop power supply. It could easily hold the tablet instead (maybe in addition if you have a sleeve). There's also two big pouches on the front which I use for my phone, glasses, sunglasses, keys, small water bottle, pens, and small planner (now replaced by my new tablet). The pocket on the back can hold a few notebooks too. The only downside is that it has the stiff shoulder pad too. STM Bags Scout 2 Medium Laptop Shoulder Bag , Olive (dp-1803-01)

Anyways, thanks for the useful review. I think I may get this bag for when I'm not hauling a laptop around. :)
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