I had been using Samsonite laptop backpack since 2008. It’s just this little problem that it does not have padding on its bottom corner on the laptop compartment. It’s not really a big deal, quite happy so far, until I dropped it exactly on the corner of it. See the photo below and you’ll know how bad it was.
I was quite lucky that it was only cosmetic problem and doesn’t affect the screen nor the internal components.
So, I bought Booq Taipan backpack couple of weeks ago. It really didn’t take long for me to choose as Booq has a good reputation and I’ve been thinking to get one.
I was not exactly happy with it but I thought I was busy and didn’t want to spent much time to do a proper review of it.
It doesn’t take long time for the upper handle to snap and I was quite surprise with Booq quality but I’m glad this happened so get to buy a better one.
After considering that corner protection and handle are important, I choose this Samsonite Viz Air Plus Backpack. Yes, it comes in black.
There are three soft air pads located on the bottom and the each corners. It is made from plastic and it’s roughly 1 cm thickness.
Lots of pockets.
This bag offers plenty of pockets on the inside and both of the sides. You can put a small water bottle holder on one side just in case you’re on a long night cut-over and far away from drinkable water (who put water dispenser in Data Centre anyway), roomy compartment for your notes, cables, laptop adapter, and sandwiches when you’re travelling during back-to-back meeting on the lunch hour and didn’t get a chance to stop by to get lunch. During the rainy season and I have to walk in the city, the other side pocket can be used for a small umbrella.
On either of inner or outer pocket, you can put your iPad or notebook. On the top, there’s a small bag but roomy enough to put your stuff that requires quick access.
Sleeve for Roller Case.
It also has a sleeve at the back that you can slip your backpack on your roller case just in case you’re travelling by plane and your backpack was just too heavy for you to run between connecting flights. This is the difference between plus and non-plus version.
Sitting up or laying down.
One important feature to mention, you can sit this bag up. If you don’t have this choice, you had to lay down your backpack and all of your stuff will be sitting on top of your laptop. Doesn’t really matter how good the padding is, you better pray your laptop screen can handle the weight. It is also easier to pick from the floor from the sit up position and you don’t have to look for a wall or table leg for your backpack to lean into. It will only get dirty on the bottom but not the back so you don’t have to worry too much when you putting it back on. It also helps while you’re on a train that you can put it down between your leg.
After what happened to me previously with Booq backpack, I should pay more attention to handle. Samsonite made the handle quite a handful so it’s really comfortable to hold. It is made from leather-like material (polyester) and it’s not just a ribbon-band that gives you uncomfortable grip. It looks like the handle is stitched securely to the bag, I will let you know if this handle ripped someday.
This is somewhat beneficial or annoying depending your like. I prefer to have poly lining than cloth. The cloth is bright yellow and it’s easier to get dirty. Polyester on the other hand, can also provide the similar protection (although not as soft) but it’s easier to clean.
Sometimes I will need to attend a business meeting and require a suit. I can hand-handled this backpack and it doesn’t make me look like a college graduate.
+ Corner protection bumper.
+ Good handle.
+ Roomy bag with lots of pockets.
+ Can be positioned sitting up.
+ Suitable for business meeting.
– Cloth lining.
Very happy with most of the built and Samsonite has put a good thought on creating a not-so-big laptop backpack but actually quite roomy with lots of pocket. I actually only use few of it but I’m sure it can fit most of your daily routine.