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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Everki Track Laptop Messenger Bag

Posted by Chris Baxter in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

Compartments Anyone?

Well we know that the bag is comfortable, and it is durable, but how well does it carry out its primary function? Mainly that of holding stuff, and in this case, valuable electronic stuff. Well I can honestly tell you, that at first glance, the bag did not look large enough to hold all of what it said it could, but I have learned that first glances rarely ever tell the whole story. The exterior of the bag is black, which tends to be the standard color for most of laptop bags I have ever seen. The front of the bag primarily consists of the main flap and the clasps that lock it down. On the back of the bag is a pocket that looks like it would be good for holding papers or folders and such. If you unzip the bottom of the pocket, it can be used to attach the bag to a cart or suitcase. The interior of the bag is bright orange and extremely plush. It is divided into several different sized compartments for organizing your gear. The rearmost compartment in the bag is obviously meant for a laptop. The bag is large enough to accommodate a laptop with up to a 15.6" screen. To date there is only one model of this particular bag, so anyone with a larger laptop is unfortunately going to have to look elsewhere for an all in one iPad/laptop solution. In my case, I didn't have to worry about my laptop being to large, I had to worry about it being too small. I like my laptops to be in the ultra-portable range, the smaller, the better. My largest laptop is a 13" MacBook Pro, but for the trip and this review, I decided to go with my 11" Alienware M11x. It fit in the compartment with a lot of room to spare, which made me wonder if it would shift around a lot while carrying the bag. I did not need to worry about it though. By the time I had all my stuff in the bag and the flap closed and secured, the laptop stayed put. I think the plushness of the interior helps keep things from sliding around.

The next compartment in the bag was clearly designed for the iPad. The iPad fits easily and securely into it, and the plush material used on the inside of the bag is perfect for protecting it from scratches. I have the iPad case made by Apple, and though it was kind of a tight fit, I was able to get the iPad, while in its case, into the compartment. While the iPad clearly does not need a case to be carried around in this bag, I wanted the Apple case along, because its flap can create a stand for the iPad, which is handy when watching movies on a flight. Even though the bag was clearly designed with an iPad in mind, that same compartment could easily be used for other tablet devices, like a Samsung Galaxy, Kindle, or a Nook to name a few. Next to the iPad compartment is a smaller one that would be good for a smartphone or other similar sized device. I ended up using it for my Sony PSP. The next compartment is a zippered, non padded one that I found useful for storing all my power cords. On the outside of the bag, but still enlcosed by the flap are a number of pockets made to hold credit cards, pens, and such. There is a small pocket here with a velcro flap that might be good for keys. I used these extra pockets for my passport and tickets. They are really easy to access on the go if you pull the main flap up.

Open Bag

Figure 3: A view of the bag with the main flap open. You can see the outer pockets I mentioned and the velcro for securing the flap.

Interior Shot

Figure 4: An interior shot of the bag. You can easily see how soft and plush that interior is.


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