Which single bag best suits my requirements?
Here are my requirements:
- Holds 15" MBP (possibly with brain cell) + clothes for 3-4 day trips
- Ability to use just as a laptop bag after arriving at the hotel and removing the clothes
- Fits under the seat on planes
- For use as my only travel bag
The first bag to catch my eye was the Smart Alec. With a brain cell, it looks like the ideal laptop backpack. My concern, however, is that with a laptop + brain cell, it won't be able to fit my clothes. The brain cell looks like it takes up a lot of space, but since there's no dedicated laptop compartment in the Smart Alec, it seems like this is the only way to sufficiently protect it.
So, I then began looking at other bags Tom Bihn has to offer: the Western Flyer, Tri-Star, and the Aeronaut. While these bags have backpack straps, the size and shape make for one awkward-looking and cumbersome backpack when all I'm hauling is my laptop.
What do you guys think?