While looking for a good carry bag for the new Alienware laptop I had ordered, I stumbled upon the Tom Bihn website. The Brain Cell 2XL is about the only bag which fits this monster. So after reading all of the rave reviews I ordered the Brain Cell, the Super Ego, a Snake Charmer and a clear organizer pouch.
I received my bags much earlier than my laptop, and was very impressed with the construction. I proceeded to start filling it with all of the stuff that I like to carry back and forth to work every day. I am a self-professed geek and prefer to carry quite a bevy of cables, adapters and tools (for geek emergencies). The bag carried well and had plenty of pockets for my doodads.
I received my laptop a couple of days ago and loaded everything into the Super Ego. Since the laptop is large, and the power brick is about 3X the size of the standard, it eats up a lot of the room in the back compartment. However I did still manage to stuff a full size external CD enclosure and a mouse in there with it. Filling the rear compartment with extras does make the front compartment a bit tighter. In there I carry my half-full snake charmer, organizer and CD case as well as a screwdriver set and multi-tool. The front two zipper pockets are filled with lights (head mounted, flashlight and book light) and tea bags, respectively. Finally the outside front pockets contain my iPod and cell phone, leaving the rear document pocket for a magazine and some documentation.
I carried the whole bag, stuffed to the gills, over to the shipping department yesterday, and it weighed in at 25 lbs. Picking it up by the handle is unnerving, feels like it's packed with lead. However I was pleasantly surprised by the shock absorption of the Absolute shoulder strap. It really makes it manageable to carry 25 lbs back and forth to work every day. I can't imagine doing that with any other bag I've ever had.