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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good laptop bag, 12 Nov 2010
This review is from: Swissgear GA-7335-07 Granite 15.6 Inch Backpack (Personal Computers)
This is the one to go for. My last laptop backpack was good, but after 3 1/2 years was looking worn and tired. And to tell the truth, it was too fat to go as cabin luggage in an aircraft unless it had hardly anything in, and didn't really protect the laptop in spite of all the padding.
So how does the Wenger Granite measure up?
Somehow, it takes even more than the last bag! But because it is wider and less deep (front to back), it meets airline cabin baggage regulations, and fits in the overhead racks on virgin trains (which the old one didn't).
The laptop compartment (within the main compartment) holds the laptop about 6cm from the bottom of the bag. This is a fantastic innovation! The extra protection it gives the latpop when you drop the bag (applies around the sides as well) or swing round and bash a wall or door frame is amazing - without losing any storage space as spare batteries, mains adapters, spare clothes etc can all sneak into the gaps.
The main compartment is obstruction-free (apart from the laptop holder) so it's easy to put papers and books in without them getting crumpled. Those elastic straps to hold the laptop were a pain.
The second compartment has loads of pockets - for pens, MP3 player, notebooks, diary, phone (if you want to put your phone in the bag), name badges, etc etc. I only use about 4 of them, but it's well designed so plenty else fits in because the pockets don't take up any room when they aren't in use. Having a single second zip to access everything is really clever.
Finally there's a third outside pocket, in which i put spare food (well, I get peckish). It isn't very big but that's how this bag manages to be so slim, and with only so much spare food, maybe I'll end up slim too.
The standy-uppy innovation works really well - i no longer need to prop my bag up on the desk leg because it sits where I put it.
The straps and airflow back are excellent - as I mentioned, I'm able to carry more than previously, and because the pockets open so wide I can see what I've got so I can pull out everything I don't need and only carry what I do need.
Just an idea, I use clear plastic document wallets for paper and notebooks, because they slide in and out easily. I also use them for newspapers to stop the ink spreading onto the inside of the bag. But you don't have to!Snopake Polyfile Ring Binder Wallet Clear A4 Ref 12566 [Pack 5]
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2011 08:56:11 GMT
Gordon Kerr says:
Could you please tell me whether this bag is 20cm (or less) in depth so as to comply with Ryanair's hand luggage spec?
Thanks
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