Timbuk2 Control Laptop Case
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- Improved TSA compliant external laptop compartment unzips and lies flat for going through security without removing your laptop.
- Durable oxford nylon fabric feels smooth and has a subtle sheen.
- Separate dedicated pockets for your laptop and iPad.
- Special pockets for storing power brick and cords.
- Waterproof TPU flap.
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⁃ The messenger-flap buckles are useless at best and a teeth-grinding hassle at worst. If they were reversed so the straps were on the flap gravity would assist their function. If they were eliminated they would be better still. Minus 2 points.
⁃ External compartments are too much of a hassle to use (because of the flap and straps). The 'command' bag is better here because of it's 'Napolean' pockets and water bottle holder (think: wet umbrella). I was tempted to get command but it's flap blocks the main compartment and would drive me bonkers. I have a fragile grip on sanity as it is. Minus another point.
⁃ The bag fits great on my roll-aboard's collapsable handle. (+1) However the slot through which the handles pass has velcro on the bottom (why?) and this means attaching is a two-hand operation. Every time. Over and over. Minus 3 points.
⁃ The laptop storage section is soft and really nice! (plus 10) And unlike other bags (including 'command') the compartment zips from the top, creating extra storage, great! But this leads to two problems: 1) if you utilize this extra space you'll find out at the worst possible time, the TSA's Xray belt, and 2) if you unzip early to prepare for the belt, and are still attached to your roll-aboard, the bag may yawn open and you'll have a "yard sale" right there in the security line. (Minus 5 points, but some of that was my fault too).
⁃ The grey color looks beige / tan under some lighting. Now I look like a slacker, and I've worked hard over the years to get my socks to match. Not what I was expecting. - 1.Read more ›
I will say that if you carry a lot of books and want your laptop and iPad then this Timbuk2 case will be very heavy and it won't work well, but if you, like me, are mostly digital then the few folders that I carry and my electronics fit perfectly.
The front pockets are big and can fit snacks or cords/cables, etc.
I have found the perfect bag for me to carry the "essentials" with me to work and not carry around a dorky looking briefcase or generic laptop bag.
So I paid about $20 (2 separate shipping costs) to replace a one-month old defective bag!
Lifetine warranty?...with a cost!
I am disappointed in Timbuk2...Amazon great as usual!
Light, easy to access compartments.
Only (minor) gripe is that the buckles for the flap are not positive. If they're not cinched down you end up clicking and clanking because they come out. I think it's more that the strap slides in the buckle; if it were rougher it might stay better.
This bag is great. It carries both devices, chargers, cables and accessories and has lots of room for other stuff. Extremely well thought out design and execution. Very light and convenient features.
Haven't subjected it to heavy road use yet, but I could not be more happy with this bag for around town use and I will put it through its paces on the road soon.
Very highly recommended, particularly if you are looking for something in a smaller size for a MBA and iPad combination bag.
I switched most of my traveling gear from the Messenger to the Control. Most everything fits perfectly and is a snug fit with an iPad 3 with case, 15" laptop, some pens, Anker Astro 3E external battery pack, Targus Wireless keypad and one small manilla folder. When I say it's a tight fit, I really mean it.
While there are lots of pockets and storage, be careful what you decide to put in there so you don't max out your depth of bag. When I put in my Logitec bluetooth iPad kepboard, it was bulked out. Trying to put in my Saddleback large wallet? Forgettaboutit.
The construction of the bag is well done, but the top flap hides two large pockets. The first inside zipper compartment is enough for pens, business cards, a couple of thin files while the main computer compartment has two slots, one for the computer and one for an iPad, the third pocket is just big enough for a power brick and cord.
I'm a seasoned traveler with lots of miles on my various bags. I'll say this. If I was off on a one or two day trip, the Control is perfect. While I would like to get an external wireless hard drive, it's not big enough for my 1TB Seagate external drive, with all of the other stuff. If I was on a 3 day or more, I'll fall back on my 17" messenger bag from Timbuk2. It's got enough room for two laptops, iPad, Anker, Seagate drive, mice, and assorted gear with room for a water bottle and snacks.
Bottom line: If you're a light traveler with everything either cloud-based or on your laptop, you're good to go with a Control. If you're a heavy traveler with a mobile office (crazy but true for me), go for the Classic Messenger bag. I am really happy with both purchases, but when it comes down to space, I will have to switch from one to another.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my favorite bag until the zipper broke. Loved the functionality and that it had a lot of versatile storage options. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phill B
Exactly as shown. I erred in not ensuring there was a shoulder strap. Great bag and forces me to trim my carrying capacity to the essentials. Read morePublished 14 months ago by g.man
I don't remember when I bought this but I've had it at minimum 6 years and it is still strong, relevant and useful. I've taken this bag everywhere with me from classes to travel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by imadokichild
Purchased, and within 60 days, the stitching holding on the shoulder strap came undone. I contacted the mfg and received an RMA; returned at my cost. Read morePublished 16 months ago by S. Christensen
Bought this for a planned trip out of the country. I holds my laptop, my iPad, and my phone, plus various accessories and odds and ends. And it looks good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Old Guy
Very good bag looks more professional then a messenger.Holds everything purse items,tablet , files,sack lunch, can hold a water bottle inside the capartment that does not hold the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angel