As a blogger, I get a lot of junk in my inbox. Every single day I get pitches about hotels and apps and shoes and… well, you name it. Most of it goes directly in the trash, but every once in a while a gem comes in. And so it was when STM wrote asking me if I would like to try one of their laptop bags.
Seeing as how I’m starting to travel more and more, speaking in various places around the country, I figured I could use a laptop bag. In fact, the jet roller wheeled laptop bag sounded perfect. I could use it to protect my laptop while traveling, but it would be my carry-on as well.
When the bag arrived at my house, I took a little tour, so to speak. Given the sheer number of pockets this puppy has, you need a serious amount of time to check it out.
The first zipper I found uncovered the big organizer pocket. It’s serious. I mean – it’s for those über-organized people who want a pocket for everything. One for the sunglasses, another for the cell phone. Tablet in one, credit cards in another. There is a built in keyring. There’s even a fairly large zipped pocket that I think will hold a laptop power cord just fine. I say “I think” because I am not that organized. I just shove stuff in.
The main compartment is actually quite large. It’s a pretty typical main compartment – can’t think of anything particularly witty or wise to say about it.
I know the photo above only shows three compartments, but there are really four. The fourth is on the very front of the bag. Amazingly, it’s an organizer pocket as well, albeit smaller than the big one. I really think one could organize their life with this thing – but then how would you remember where you stashed everything?
Now that you’ve had the tour, let me tell you my thoughts. I like the bag. It’s well constructed and seems like it will last a long time. It’s a good size – perfect for a weekend or a week. It might be hard to live out of for a year, though.
What I’m not overly thrilled about is the basic purpose of the bag. I hadn’t thought about it beforehand, but it’s not ideal to have your laptop bag be your suitcase. By that I mean that it’s great while traveling. At the airport, I only had one bag, and that was great.
But then I get to my hotel and need to take my laptop to the venue for my talk… Do I take the whole suitcase? Or do I just carry the laptop in my hand? It seems odd to take the whole suitcase, but it’s awkward to carry the laptop and cords loose.
My solution? I stuff my laptop AND my laptop case into the padded laptop compartment on the suitcase. When I get where I’m going, I can grab just my laptop case and head out. But that kind of defeats the purpose of a padded compartment in the suitcase…
Similarly, I’m not sure how useful all those organizers are in the bag. It’s lovely while traveling. When you’re in the airport, it’s great to have your passport and credit cards organized in the same bag as all your other gear. Only one bag to keep track of. A nice, compact package.
But then what? You arrive at the hotel and want to go out to dinner. Do you take the whole suitcase? Or do you pull out the credit card and stick it in your pocket? Seems to me that you need to have some sort of small purse or backpack to carry all that stuff in anyway, so why bother organizing it in the suitcase?
The other concern I have is that the handle got stuck in the halfway position. I could put it down, but it wouldn’t go all the way up. Which meant, of course, that I was walking through the airport like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The good news is that the company immediately sent out a new bag for me, which speaks highly of customer service. And the broken one? I figured out how to wiggle it just right to get it unstuck.
Overall, do I recommend the jet roller wheeled laptop bag from STM? I do – for people like my sister. If you are one of those people who need to have everything lined up and perfectly in place, this bag will help you do that. If you’re like me and just dump… well, the organizers will be just a big waste.