Hi all -
I'm looking for a backpack to use as my every day work bag. I usually carry a 15" Lenovo Thinkpad x300, a power brick, a water bottle, an umbrella, a Kindle, and maybe a few other items - snack, book, some papers, etc. Of the TB backpacks, I like the look of the Synapse the best, and I like the way the pockets are organized. It seems like an awesome bag. However, I'm wondering if it's going to be too small for my needs. I've read a couple posts about it here, but it seems inconclusive. I carry my laptop around a lot, and need to take it out a couple times a day. I want a bag I can easily throw it in. And I still want to have room for the other items without having to stuff things in too tight.
Also, my understanding is that you need some kind of sleeve or cache to put your laptop in with the Synapse - the bag isn't padded enough to just put the laptop in as is. Is that correct?
I'd love to hear people's opinions about this. The Brain Bag is too big for me, and I'm not crazy about the design of the Smart Alec, so I'm hoping the Synapse will work. But if not, I'll have to figure out something else. Many thanks for your help.