March 26, 2005

Laptop Bags Revisted

Sad to say, but I'm having buyer's remorse about the black polka dotted laptop bag I bought recently at Target. Sure it is slick looking and better then a corporate issued black bag, but all it took was one use when flying from Houston to Boston to discover some design flaws.

First off, the bag fits a laptop and thats it. Let me repeat that, it fits the lap top only. There was no place to put my mouse or power cord and I had to wrap them up and jam them in the side which made it nearly impossible to zip up with out ripping the zipper. I can't think of a possible time when I would need a lap topbag but wouldn't also need these items. And the zippered pocket on the side was pretty much useless.

The detachable shoulder strap was the best, and only useful feature. Well, the polka dots were nice too. But besides that I was pretty much just annoyed and frustrated with this bag while making my way into the airport, or when I was commuting into Boston to work. And the whole point of the laptop bag is that it should make them easier and convenient.

So the laptop bag has found a new home. I've given it to my sister who has a slightly smaller laptop that will be a better fit for this bag

But I'm not giving up, in fact I already have my eye on a new laptop bag at Timbuk2 (seen via Purseuing). I like the shape of the bag, it doesn't look like a laptop bag at all. There are a number of vibrant colors to choose from and I'm interested to see the "no-slip shoulder handles". The bag doesn't look too big or too small, and it could also be used as a travel bag or even and everyday bag with or without a laptop. The web site is well designed and even has a button that shows a picture of the inside of the bag.

I've already found the stores nearby that carry Timbuk2 and hope to stop by sometime and see how the bag looks in person.



February 9, 2004


Here's some good bag/travel info from Alex's cool travel site Anywhere Everywhere.

Alex posts some good travel tips with suggestions as to what to bring on the plane.

And what to put all your plane goodies in? This cool bag from Baggallini. I had never heard of this conpany before Alex's post, but a quick check on ebags shows that they have lots of other nice looking and functional bags.

I've also seen Baggallini's for sale at The Container Store.