Nowadays it seems like everyone has some form of internet capable device in their hands, from those crazy babies texting their parents every time they poop to businessman attempting Borg assimilation via bluetooth headset. It’s common practice for people to work mobile as well. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones all have enabled people to be just as productive in a coffee house as in an office. But getting your tech from point A to point B is not a matter to be taken lightly. These devices are quite expensive after all. Thankfully, STM is here to save the day with their Linear small laptop shoulder bag. With its light, comfy, and sturdy design, STM Linear laptop bag is perfect for taking your work with you on-the-go.
As you might imagine, the most important things a laptop bag can have are pockets and compartments, without those it’s just a pillowcase with straps. The STM linear laptop bag has these in spades. Not only does the bag have a standard, padded compartment for 13″ laptops, it also has a separate sleeve in front of it, perfect for holding a tablet. Both of these compartments are lined with fleece, meaning the screens or exteriors of your tech won’t be easily scratched while in the bag; that’s on top of a number of side pockets. The front flap has a quick access pocket that is perfect for storing small items, like say a cell phone and its charger. There’s a zippered organizational pocket on the front of the STM linear bag with spaces to store pens, cards, and even a small notebook or planner. The back of the bag has a nifty back slip pocket that can accommodate papers and documents. It even has a luggage pass-through strap running across the back slip pocket, so you can attach it to a suitcase while traveling. Really, you’re never at a shortage for spots to put your items with the STM linear laptop bag. The issue, rather, is how much stuff you can put in it.
The STM linear laptop bag is clearly made for speedy/light traveling. While its sheer number of compartments might be a hoarder’s wet dream (also a pile of old newspapers if TLC is to be trusted), the bag is fairly limited with what it can carry as it runs on the smaller side. Unfortunately, having such a streamlined design leaves very little excess room. So while there are numerous pockets, they’re all rather tight. You can only really put one or two things in each pocket, and as the bag fills up, you can fit less and less in it; filling one pocket often means reducing available room in another. The tight space is no problem for a light traveler like myself; whenever I leave for the day, I typically only bring my laptop and its charger, my writing journal, a pocket planner, and a few pens with me. I found that the STM linear laptop bag was perfect for carrying this load and kept all of my items safe and tight. The bag is perfect for use as carry-on baggage, but people who bring their whole office with them will want a bigger bag.
I’ve owned many a laptop bag, but never seen straps quite like the STM linear laptop bag. Whereas the other bags’ straps would get twisted around and tangled, the straps on the STM bag swivel around 360 degrees, meaning the bag always rests comfortably on your shoulder. For added measure the STM bag’s strap has by far the comfiest shoulder pad out of any bag I’ve owned. I hardly ever felt the bag on my shoulder. Most retailers carry the STM small linear laptop shoulder bag for about $65. The price might be a bit high for penny-pinchers who want a little more bag for their buck. If you need incredibly comfortable storage and don’t carry too much though, it’s well worth it.
The STM Linear small laptop shoulder bag used in this review was supplied by STM.
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