For years I’ve used the traditional, over the shoulder, laptop carry bag. It works just fine, I’ve used it for years, and my laptops don’t seem to mind being shuttled around in it. However, with an upcoming business trip I decided that perhaps it was time to ditch the inconvenience of “over the shoulder” and switch to a more hands free “on the back” model – hence my need for a laptop backpack.
Particularly happy with the look and feel (well, not really feel – this was all online after all), I did some further review searching on the bag, and happy with the results, placed my order.
(Takealot’s order system seems a lot more refined since the last time I used them – usually I use Loot.co.za because their warehouse is in the same business park as Touchwork, but seeing as I am no longer there quite as often as I used to be, getting it delivered to my home is now much more convenient – and for a time Takealot is offering free delivery when placing an order via their new app!).
A couple of days later, a call from Mr Delivery, and I was standing by my front gate signing for a big brown nondescript box containing my newfound treasure.
At first glance, I have to say I really am happy with the look and feel of the bag. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I have the actual bag in my possession. Plus, it’s a perfect match for work, seeing as orange (the backpack’s interior is bright orange) is Touchwork’s brand colour. (For years I’ve worked whilst sitting on a funky black and orange office chair!)
As advertised, my nice sized Fujitsu Lifebook A Series laptop fits perfectly in the bag, as do all the normal accessories that I carry around in my laptop bag – so far so good. I am a little wary of the laptop protective padding though – it just seems so thin. But if I compare it to recent laptop bags then it matches up – I can only guess that either laptops have gotten sturdier over time, thus not needing quite so much padding any more, or else manufacturers really, really do enjoy saving bits of money here and there, basically wherever they can scrape a few millimeters off of something.
The sleek look does come with a few disadvantages though. The pockets and compartments are a little inconveniently sized, all long rectangles instead of big squares, meaning that you’re going to have to play around with how you pack your things in there – but it’s a minor quibble if you are using this to only really ferry your laptop around in.
I like the tough material it is made out of, and I like the seemingly waterproof foot of the bag.
In other words, I think it is a great bag considering the price I paid for it. So happy, yes.
If you’re interested in the bag’s description, features and dimensions, I grabbed these off of the official website page:
Travel light with the Swift’s sleek profile, streamlined compartments and solid construction. Busy students and corporate users alike will love the spacious interior that can accommodate up to a 17” laptop, power adapter, and accessories.
The elastic Snug-Fit laptop compartment easily stows out of the way when not carrying a notebook, allowing the Swift to double as a multipurpose gym, school, or weekend bag. A variety of multifunction accessory pockets keep the main compartment clean and organized.
Exterior features include a zippered outer pocket for quick access to essential items, side pockets for water bottles or other small items, padded shoulder straps with integrated headphone cable management, and a reinforced hand-carry grip.
- Elastic Snug-Fit™ laptop compartment secures up to 17” laptops
- Large interior zippered pocket
- High contrast lining makes items easy to find
- Outside zippered pocket for keeping items within quick reach
- Side drink or quick-stow pockets
- Quick-adjust shoulder straps
- Padded shoulder straps and hand-carry grip
- Integrated shoulder strap headphone cable management (Ed note: ? I think they mean a strap)
- Self-healing zippers (Ed note: ? huh)
- Ruggedized water-resistant bottom cover
- Backed by Everki’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and world-class customer service
- Model EKP116NBK
- UPC code 874933001928
- Fits laptops up to 17.3 in (43,94 cm)
- Laptop compartment 11.61 x 1.38 x 18.31 in (29.5 x 3.5 x 46.5 cm)
- External dimensions 12.2 x 5.51 x 18.5 in (31 x 14 x 47 cm)
- Bag weight 1.43 lbs (0.65 kg)
- Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty
Bonus: I have no idea who or what Everki is, so I grabbed this off of their website:
“Innovation is the result of challenging the mind to overcome the obstacles that others have sidestepped. The Everki Design Studio employs this mentality to consistently implement new and unique ideas in the creation of our products.
Everki is a California, USA-based manufacturer of high-quality, stylish and innovative lifestyle products that carry and protect the digital equipment we use every day. Everki products package comfort, convenience, and versatility in functional and ergonomic form and present them with a professional touch. The company distributes throughout North America, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe and caters to customers from all walks of life.”
And now we know.