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- 12" high
- 4" wide
- Briefcase transforms into backpack.
- Padded compartment protects laptops up to 15.6"/ MacBooks up to 17"
- Dedicated interior pocket for iPad or tablet.
- Front zippered pockets and zip-down organizer section.
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Organization and Productivity:
Equipped to handle everyday gadgets, this bag comes with a designated compartment for a laptop and tablet, and additional storage for all other needs.
The hybrid briefcase has a slim profile, making it perfect for everyday use.
Part backpack, part briefcase, the Solo Hybrid Briefcase transforms seamlessly between backpack and briefcase without sacrificing functionality.
Backpack Strap Storage:
When not in use, the backpack straps fold discreetly into their own zipper pocket, ensuring the briefcase’s slender design.
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 17 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00JGHVJE4
- Item model number: UBN310-10
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 30, 2014
- Average Customer Review:
Top customer reviews
BAG SIZE + SPACE:
I hesitated to buy this because some reviews said that it was too big; but if you pay close attention to some of those reviews, the reviewers admit that they are not very tall. I'm only 5' 9", but it fits wonderfully on me. Admittedly, I'm pretty heavy set (broad shoulders, and, uh, "big bones". I'm working on it), but this bag would look suitable even for a person with a thinner frame. As long as you aren't below 5' 2" I think you should be fine. Also the spacious room inside is a very welcomed sight. I use it with my Surface Book (13 inch, with a leather case) and it fits snuggly into the laptop compartment. It also leaves a lot of room in the main compartment for my large external keyboard (because I don't like to get my laptop's keyboard dirty/greasy), mouse, 10 inch tablet + tablet keyboard, and charger. The outside pockets help me store an alternative (thinner) mouse, lens wipes, my surface pen, an external battery for my phone, extra batteries for my keyboard + mouse, glasses case, and I/O device dongles for my laptop.
CRITICISM ABOUT THE BAG'S SPACE UTILITY:
My only gripe with the bag and how it uses space is that I wish it had more pockets, or perhaps more compartmentalized pockets. Some spaces feel a bit too empty and it's difficult to organize all my small appliances. I have to resort to letting them knock around.
STYLE + BUILD:
That said, it is a slightly manly bag. I don't mean that it's too professional, because hey women can be professional + good looking, too. It's actually because it's more casual, dark, and a bit rugged that it may be unsuited for the working professional woman. Even as a man I think I only just get away with it; it's not quite structured/built well enough to look acceptable in every professional environment. It has a little too much "school bag" written on it. It would make a pretty awesome school bag, too, but perhaps it would seem a bit out of place being briefcase. Man or woman, you might look like a tool pulling this out in class. But whatever floats your boat!
Back to the build quality, the fabric used is very favorable. It's durable, yet thin. My greatest annoyance with other laptop briefcases is that they are all padded and thick, making them heavy and bulky (also less spacious). As I mentioned earlier, I already have a leather holder for my laptop; it's well protected and I handle my bags with care. I don't need my bag to look like the Michelin Man. It does not feel good to lug around, and it does not look good either. This bag gets it right! It has just enough padding to keep the goods intact, and not enough to look like you're carrying a insulated lunch box for an entire kindergarten class. Bottom line: this bag sacrifices some protection for style, but it's totally worth it as long as you don't sometimes mistake your bags for soccer balls or trampolines.
CRITICISM ABOUT THE BAG BUILD:
Worst thing on this bag is the cheap, plastic swivel hooks attaching the shoulder straps to the bag. They seem very out of place considering how well made the rest of the bag is. Because I have broad shoulders, sometimes when I try to wear the backpack and slide my second arm in, it puts enough pressure at the right angle to force the bag out of the hook. I mean I guess because I have my other arm in the other strap it's alright, but I fear one day that this will cause me to drop the bag. Also it's annoying to have to re-hook the strap. Makes me feel like a fool in front of other people, too. Perhaps this will only get worse with time as the plastic hooks wear down. I will probably go to a tailor or something of the like to get them replaced with metal swivel hooks. If Solo makes another one of these bags with metal hooks and stronger strap materials in general, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! Even at a higher price!
I hope my review helped some of you decide. I am very happy with this purchase, but it may not be for everyone.
• Extremely well built
• Great look
• Quality zippers
• Trendy & tough fabric
• Easy to use in both brief case and book bag modes
• Holds items in securely in pockets even when turned upright, while wearing it like a book bag.
• The perfect size
• The extra handles on the side and top make it easy to maneuver
• Top notch customer service
• Best in class warranty
I carry my 15in Macbook Pro in this bag along with mac accessories, notebook, pens/pencils, glasses, wallet, water bottle.
And there still room in it. The convertible backpack straps are great if I'm going to be communing on transit. The padding on the shoulder strap carry is also comfortable. I really enjoy the sleek and efficient dimensions. And the logo is subtle rather than branded all over the bag.
I highly recommend this bag!
The sides of bag and the inside sleeves are well insulated and cushioned to protect my laptop and tablet (there's a tablet sleeve that'll fit a 7-8 inch tablet on top of the laptop sleeve). The main compartment easily fits my HP ENVY 15 and has room to add a couple of notebooks/magazines inside. I carry an engineering pad, a folder, and a 1 subject notebook inside of this bag with room to spare. The main front pocket has 3 small and relatively shallow but useful pockets, with another pocket that can hold an external hard drive and two more that can hold pens, pencils, or styli. The space of this front pocket can easily hold my bulky laptop charger and mouse without looking bulging within the pocket. The other two front pockets are great for miscellaneous stuff such as wires, calculators, cell phones, etc. I hold a calculator, assorted wires, a mini-stapler with a case of staples, and a compass.
If I had one thing to worry about with this bag, it would be the plastic clips that are used for the shoulder strap and backpack straps. This isn't about any Solo product, but I've had issues with plastic clips with other laptop cases before. These seem sturdy, but only time will tell.
I'm overall very satisfied with this hybrid bag/backpack, and I look forward to keeping this bag for years to come. As with any of my reviews, I'll be updating this one as time passes. If you're looking for a good bag, this one may be the choice for you!
1. Good design that gives me option of switching from hand bag to shoulder bag
2. multiple compartments to store different items and keep them seperate
1. The quality does not feel that it will survive an year of regular office use.
Update after 4 months of use:
I love this bag! its very convenient, stylish and even though I have other bags, I still use this bag all the time.
Is it the most cool bag of all time? No. Is it very convenient and reasonably stylish? Yes. Would I buy it again? Yes for sure.
The con I had mentioned above, still holds true. I am not sure if the bag will last more than a year, but hope the 5 year warranty will hold good.