I've had the bag for a week now and have used it every day. All in all it is a great pack for what I carry daily (see my "Why I like my Synapse" thread for a packing list).
The number of pockets and the ability to organize all my "stuff" (pause to thank George Carlin for his wonderful monolog) kind of threw me for a loop at first because I was so used to digging around for everything in my old pack. It distributes the weight in the pack well. I like the fact it does not have straps-a-million dangling from it, they often get caught in the spaces between the seats on buses. (It can be like a bit of a comic scene: you get up to get off but something is pulling you back down and you can't figure out at first what that is. Then you realize what's wrong and sheepishly remove it while everyone watches thinking...) It went with me all around and everywhere else this week and I have no complaints. It is not going back.
Here it is at a chain coffee store that has its origins in Seattle (and since it has gone international my mother says their coffee is not as good as it was back in '78).