Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Speck Port Pack shoulder bag review

It can be rather difficult to keep up with all of the changes in the electronics industry. Whether it is cell phones or laptops, new and improved models continue to come out and replace the old ones. As the trends continue to bring out fancier features, a new trend has developed. It is to have models that appeal to who we are and our personalities. This started with cell phones that you could download different ringtones. Now you can get cell phones and laptops in different colors and designs. A company called Speck is continuing in the trend.

Up for review is a Speck Port Pack shoulder laptop bag. It is not your traditional looking black laptop bag. It is a great looking coffee and cream plaid colored laptop bag. And when you see it, some of you will just say “now that’s me.” And that is part of the point.

The other part of the point is the bag is also very functional as well. I think it is the perfect sized bag for a laptop. It holds more than just the laptop, but does not have too many pockets to make it too bulky. This particular laptop bag fits a 15” laptop nice and snug. It also has a lot of functionality. There is a nicely padded shoulder strap that conveniently detaches from plastic quick release tabs, and you can instead carry it from the cloth handle that stores in a zippered pocket up top.

Speck shows a lot of ingenuity in the bags design. As I mentioned above, the shoulder strap works great, but if you would rather carry it in your hand than on your shoulder, just pop off the straps and put them in the bag, unzip the pocket on the back and pull out the handle. There is also a long pocket on the back to hold a magazine or folder. Inside of the bag are two big pockets, one that is padded for the laptop, and a second section to hold whatever. There is also an interior zippered pocket. The interior pockets are covered by a large flap that also covers some exterior pockets. These interior pockets consist of a large zippered pocket, two pen holders, and two smallish Velcro pockets. One of which is a two way pocket for your MP3 player- the inside pocket holds your player and exterior see through mesh pocket holds your earbud headphones. And when you are on the go, the large flap is secured in place with Velcro and a snap-in tab. The bottom of the bag even has a couple hard rubber feet.

This is one amazingly functional laptop bag. It is fairly small in size having plenty of storage without being too big. There are some convenient features and pockets. Not only is it very functional, but it is pretty trendy with the plaid colors. It is stylish looking and will appeal to many individuals. I think many will have the same reaction as my wife. The first thing she said when she saw it was “now that’s mine!”