|High-density foam padded laptop compartment|
Customer Reviews of STM Bags Alley Medium
Good looking, but missing some things12/30/2010
This is a great looking bag. It is nice and small, and as a result, you cannot put much in it and that keeps it light. I carry a dell laptop that is 13x11, and it is really tight, but over a month, the bag has broken in and it fits nice and snug. I bought this to replace a swiss army bag that i have had for 5 years, that was much bigger and as a result, I carried too much stuff. This bag keeps me from carrying needless extra stuff daily. For a long trip, I will need to switch back to the bigger bag to carry extra things for overnight business travel (laptop charger, extra batter, charger for phone, etc). Pros: Great looking Compact and the shoulder strap is wide and comfortable. Padding is good for laptop Cons: After 45 days of daily use, the velcro seems to be showing wear already. The double flap (one that goes over the whole bag, the other over the laptop) makes it awkward to get the laptop out while it is on your shoulder. The pockets lay really flat, and do not expand well at all, making weird bulges for my presentation pointer and the case for my glasses. What I wished it had: Slightly bigger area for pens and supporting electronics (cell phones, case for my glasses) Expandable storage for something bigger than a notebook-- there is not much room at all. Overall, I like the bag a lot. I really hope it holds up over time, but I get the feeling that it is going to break down quickly and I will be lucky if I get a year from it.