Upon starting a new job in a new city and receiving a new laptop, I was faced with a very important decision. How to carry my laptop.
I went to New York's dearest Tekserve in order to scour the bags for the perfect one. I had a few important criteria that went into purchasing the bag in the first place:
- must be backpack style (because of my bad back and lots of walking in the city
- needed to look professional (the office was paying for it)
- and it had to have lots of convenient pockets for my gadgets in gizmos
The booq was the only professional looking backpack of the bunch, so I bought it and was on my way. After several weeks of use, I started to notice a series of inconveniences that would prevent me from recommending this bag to anyone else, and may even force me to change bags.
- The "laptop storage pouch" was entirely too wide for my laptop or any other laptop mad this decade. I noticed that while walking I could feel the laptop bouncing back and forth on my back (this occurs even with the laptop in a sleeve).
- None of the zippers open all the way down to the bottom of the bag, so you can never really open it all the way up to get to your goods.
- On the top of the bag there is a "media pouch" with a hole in the top for headphones to pass through. I chose to use this as my sunglass storage pouch. With the way the pouch is angled at the top and on the inside of the main compartment, when I have glasses stored there I can barely access the rest of that compartment.
- The whole curved design, though good for looks, doesn't really make things all that accessible.
Now, in defense of booq, I've looked at their website , and it seems that they've updated the bag for the 2006 model . One of the pictures shows the zippers opening all the way and the compartments being much more accessible. Should I ever want to spend another $159 on a bag, I will take a look at this one.