There are two versions of this Tectonic backpack, medium and large(Samsonite Tectonic Large Backpack). I couldn't decide(medium is cheaper and I prefer a smaller bag) so I bought both but ended up returning this medium one. While the name looks alike these two are completely different backpacks. Both sizes are OK large is slightly bigger but not much, however the large one has much better design. One thing I don't like the medium is the laptop compartment, instead of a usual sleeve design in large and other backpacks, its more like a small hard box inside and space is wasted regardless laptop size or no laptop at all, and as a result, the main compartment is much smaller and less usable than the large. Also large has more and better organized front pockets.
Better looking than in the picture (the green is not that powerful in reality). Some problems though: - the velcro is attaching itself to the interior of the laptop compartment each time you introduce the laptop in. Then it is hard to detach and it it wearing the velcro for nothing. Should have a non velcro attachable zone inside there. - no plastic or leather like fabric on the bottom of the backpack; when you put it down you need to be careful and avoid dirt/wet areas.
Some personal preferences (compared to my former Targus that is not manufactured anymore): - mobile pocket on one of the straps and not inside (where you cannot see it in time as to decide to answer it or not) - keychain should be on a side not in the back, as to reach keys without taking backpack off. More on the perfect laptop backpack, here: it-quirks blogspot com
My backpack finally bit the dust and I needed another one-- I hate change and I hate looking for the perfect backpack This one is not perfect but very close -- I have been using it for about a week and it is working out just fine It keeps my little netbook safe and my precious kindle too. There are places and zippers to keep all my stuff where I can find it quick. It is not too big. I thought I might need the big backpack but knew - since I am not a large person - it might be too big. The size it just right--if anything I think another small pocket on the outside - for my phone would be great. There is just one and it is a tight fit for an iphone. Of course there are a lot of places and holders inside the pack. I love the water bottle holder - many bags have done away with this and this was a deal breaker. This one has two. I put water in one side and the other will fit a small umbrella if you are so inclined. For the price and free shipping it is a great deal and a nice back pack.
So nice, well made, good looking and meet my needs very well.
Pros: the back support is amazing and well made A lot of space and pockets
A little small for big guys, i'm 190 cm and somehow i feel the bag looks short on my back
So suitable for going work but NOT for traveling not that big space.. don't get me wrong the bag not small at all but not so large , perfect for my needs but if you travel a lot get the large size model
It is an excellent bag - * durable, comfortable * some neat and well place pockets. * Zipper are smooth
I use it every day and love it.
But one problem which kind of really irritates me : When you carry this bag on your back and walk around, the material which touches your back is made of some kind of rough synthetic material - what it does is that constantly keeps rubbing your shirt and makes this smoosh sound.
This is the first time I am experiencing this sound, tried different kinds of shirts - no use and just to make sure that my mind is not playing any tricks on me - i tried to go back to my old backpack and I did not find any of this rubbing sound with my old backpack.
This is a nice bag for a reasonable price. It did not meet my needs so I returned it but the quality of the bag seemed quite good, it was nicely padded inside, had good padding on the straps, and a soft, comfortable, seemingly sturdy handle on the top. I can't speak to the durability since I didn't keep it but it looked and felt durable. would be a great bag for a student or anyone wanting to carry a laptop, tablet and a few other things. this is the second Samsonite backpack I have considered and I have been impressed with the features and quality of construction of both of them.
I liked my previous Samsonite backpack from 9yrs ago. So when it was time to get a new one, Samsonite was the way for me, and my new purchase pretty well matches my satisfaction to the old one. I prefer the layout of this backpack to the old one. I like the three sets of zippers on the front. Each compartment is roomy and the front and middle zipper offer plenty of pockets to secure loose items. I like the color of the backpack but I wish the material of the old backpack was in use on the new one. I am afraid the new material may cause the backpack to ware down sooner. The material on the old backpack seemed more canvas like, this new material seems like a very thin nylon. I also miss the small side zip pockets the old backpack had. Overall I like the color, the fit, and all of the little pockets in this new Samsonite. Still a great backpack for the price.
I took a look at both the Large and Medium Samsonsite backpack. I first saw it at one of those small and expensive airport stores. I chose the Medium because I have a 14 inch Lenovo laptop. It fits with ease. The backpack straps are very comfortable. All the various layers of zippered pockets along with the pockets within the pockets meet both my business and travel needs. This is a quality product