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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Everki Track Laptop Messenger Bag

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

A Traveling We Shall Go

For the trip I was easily able to pack my laptop, iPad, PSP, digital camera with dock, Bluetooth stereo headphones, charging cords for all my devices, my passport, and my tickets all into the bag. When everything was packed I noticed that I still had a lot of room leftover in the bag should I need it. The bag may be rather small in size, but it can easily hold a respectable amount of equipment. The main flap has two methods to be secured. The first is velcro, simply closing the flap engages it. The second method uses two hook clasps on the end of the main flap that slide into small loops at the bottom of the bag. Being that I was going to be in and out of airports and traveling to a foreign country, I made sure to use the clasps for added security. My one simple complaint about this bag so far is that, while those clasps are easy to fasten when it is not being carried, they become a bit awkward to use when the bag is on your person and you are on the move. Since my passport and tickets were in the bag, I had to open it to get at them quite often. I could have left the claps undone and relied on the velcro, but when it comes to the security of my electronics, I tend to be a bit paranoid. Don't get me wrong here, I was able to work the clasps, get what I needed, and secure everything again while on the move, I just think a better clasp design could have been utilized here to make it easier.

Other than my complaint about the clasps, my experience with the bag was great. The shoulder pad was comfortable on my shoulder, even with the long waits standing in line. Because of the way the bag is worn and distributes weight across the body, I hardly even noticed it was there after a while. I would also like to take a moment to note here, that while in Mexico I burned my back pretty badly. But even with a sunburned back, I hardly noticed the bag on the return trip. The bag stowed nicely under the seat in front of me so that I had easy access to it during the flights. Using the different compartments in the bag made it easy to not only organize my electronics, but also to get at them easier because I knew exactly where they were. The plush material that makes up the interior of the bag did a great job of protecting my gear. My trips through airports and crazy taxi rides bounced the bag around a lot, but through it all everything came out functioning and without a scratch. It's a real shame that I did not have this bag on some of my prior trips.

Clasp

Figure 5: Close up shot of the hook clasp.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a bag that is designed to carry your laptop as well as your iPad, then look no further. The Everki Track Laptop Messenger Bag is a well constructed, comfortable bag, that easily allows you to protect and take your favorite electronic devices wherever you may go. As I mentioned above, I would have liked the clasps to be easier to manage while wearing the bag, but it really is a minor nuisance and by no means a deal breaker for me. It would also be nice if they had another model of the bag, one geared toward larger laptops.

Chris Baxter is an IT Professional and part time Web Designer who resides in North Aurora, Illinois. Playing video games, watching movies, or reading a good book are what occupies his time when he is not fixing computers or trying to get his hands on the latest gadgets.

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