I am in the market for a backpack for my Apple Powerbook 15" (Al). I am considering the Smart Alec backpack with the Monolith insert, and I wanted to get some thoughts and suggestions.
I am currently using a briefbag from Briggs & Riley from around 1997. It sports an insert from their current generation briefs to protect my powerbook. The construction is excellent, the warranty is excellent, and it has lots of space for files, accessories and more.
I like the quality of their luggage. In fact, all of my luggage (2 suitcases and a hand bag) is made by Briggs & Riley. However, the laptop insert in their backpack is a bit small to fit my Powerbook.
I have tried the slingpack from In Case. The materials are good, and there is good padding in the back and in the sing. However, the entire Powerbook is not protected. My wife uses this sling pack for her 12" Powerbook, and it's great for that becuase the 12" Powerbook is completely covered in this bag.
In my search for a bag, I came across Tom Bihn bags and what I've read so far is very impressive. Reading these forums, I am further impressed by the response that Tom provides to customer suggestions and requests.
If you've used this backpack or the brain bag, I'd appreciate your thoughts. These bags look very promising, but it's hard to ascertain quality from just pictures. Also, I am concerned that the handle on the smart alec backpack is not padded (the padding would be nice if you wanted to hold the backpack by the handle for any period of time).