Laptops these days are, more often than not, powerful enough to serve as a desktop replacement. For the average consumer, the extra horsepower in a desktop system simply isn’t needed. And the beautiful thing about a laptop – you can pack it up and take it with you.
However, the outside world is pretty hell bent on destroying your shiny new toy, with all the elements conspiring to scratch, dent or soak it. Which is why a good laptop bag is always a great idea. I grew up with the typical “I’m carrying a laptop please mug me” style satchels, but over time a certain sense of style and utility has slowly crept into the world of computing fashion.
Exhibit A, STM’s jet laptop shoulder bag. With room for your laptop, iPad, mobile and paperwork, the jet is pretty good at keeping you organised, although hopeless at giving you perspective over how many mobile devices you actually need. Two front zippered pockets hold quick access items such as cords, travel documents and keys, whilst the main front compartment houses an organisational panel. The laptop section suspends your notebook in high-density foam and soft, brushed fleece and the integrated iPad slip pocket is lined in soft, brushed nylex.
The backpack suspension has tuck away waist straps, an adjustable sternum strap, and comfortable air-mesh padding throughout to ensure it is always a comfortable carry. STM sent us a bag to try out (we gave it back!) and it was as advertised – a great way to lug around a 15” laptop. The weight was barely noticeable, the bag was nice and flush with my back making it unobtrusive and I never felt uncomfortable about being out in the open with my 7 year old Powerbook.
The STM jet is available in black and in two sizes to fit most 15” and 17” laptops.