Top positive review
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on August 8, 2012
I purchased this Swissgear model specifically because i needed something that would fit my 17" HP Pavilion. I had looked at other models but most claimed they would fit "up to" 17 inches witch customer reviews showing their limitations.
product is SPACIOUS enough to fit multiple binders (3" rings) all of my writing implements, sun glasses, keys, two .5 liter water bottles, ipod, lunch, and laptop with it's accessories and honestly i could probably fit more if i were inclined to carry the weight.
ORGANIZED with numerous zippered pockets inside and out. these help to keep items separated and easy to find. it also has those little organizing pockets inside that i never actually use. i count 4 small organizing sipper pockets in addition to the 3 main pockets,
features what could be used as a tablet pocket inside the smart scan area (i don't have a tablet to test this pocket. sleeve mentioned is not outfitted with extra padding between laptop and possible tablet, it's only padded on the side shared with the main compartment)
HANDLE is wide to spread the weight evenly and sturdy enough that it doesn't bend around my hand when i choose to use it.
it seems STURDY with thick stitching and in many places it is stitched for added support as well as at the seams. key areas are double stitched.
Downs: i haven't noted any yet that will affect me but here are some other notes;
although the back is heavily padded for comfort while carrying it is not outfitted with a lot of extra padding on the bottom. there is perhaps a 1/4 inch or less at the bottom of the laptop compartment and even less in the main compartment. something to keep in mind when setting down your bag on hard surfaces.
the bag features a pocket inside to hold MP3 or phones. there is a hole covered by a flap that is featured right above this pocket through which you can feed a cord for head phones and the like. please note that it is a hole not an electronic jack into which you plug directly.
mesh on outside pockets is double layered for sturdy use but the mesh on the fast scan pocket is single layered for visibility, if used roughly or often it will probably be the first point to give.
the coloration of my bag is slightly different. the light gray in the picture is actually a much darker grey. for the most part it appears to be a basic black bag with lots of pockets.
i have not yet used the fast scan feature. i will do so at the end of the month so here's hoping it works as advertised!