My parents are currently talking about replacing their aging first-generation white Macbook with a refurbished 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro i5 with Retina Display ("MBPR"). (They found a great deal at the right price and recently won a gun at a raffle, which they are now selling to pay to replace the old laptop.)
They are (understandably) concerned about what they could get to carry the refurb laptop. One possibility I'd like to suggest would be a Tom Bihn backpack. While we aren't seriously discussing this (yet), I have no doubt it will come up down the road. The most immediate backpack possibilities for them would naturally be the Synapse models and the Smart Alec. This leads to some questions:
1: Would a 13-inch MBPR fit in a Synapse 19 via Cache-with-Rails? If so, how well?
2: I watched ScottE22's excellent business-oriented demo video of the Synapse 25, and Cache-with-Rails. I noticed that ScottE22 carried a 13-inch MacBook Air and at least one iPad Mini in a padded Cache in the water bottle pocket. Has anyone else tried out a configuration with similar payload to ScottE22's? How well does it work for personal or business?
3: My mother recently bought a discount Android smartphone from QVC. are there any padded pockets/compartments in any of the Bihn backpacks where she could stash her phone and ciggie-lighter adaptor for charging on-the-road?
4: Whether or not my parents would haul a laptop and/or other technology with them on a road trip, are either of the Synapses big enough to haul clothes, toiletries and other travel gear they may want to take? In essence, how well do Synapses work as travel luggage? How well does the Smart Alec work as luggage?
5: I have an FCC amateur radio license, but my parents do not. There is the possibility that they may want to use business radios (this would require getting a business radio license). If they did this for business and/or non-profit purposes, can some kind of padded storage arrangement be worked out in a Synapse or Smart Alec to haul two-way radios around on a trip or a remote project site so the radios will be protected? In the past, I tried carrying civilian walkie-talkies in a cheap backpack and found them vulnerable, especially to banging around and having the power accidentally turned on and thus running the batteries down.
6: One (remote) possibility for cargo in the mystery backpack would, once in a blue moon, be a portable digital projector. My family has occasional use for an Epson PowerLite projector (I'm pretty sure it is an EX7200 or 7210) for business presentations. I do not have the exact dimensions here, but I assume it is very similar to this 7220). Would something like this be able to fit in any of these backpacks? If so, how?
Thanks in advance for your feedback.