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Over Christmas my dad moved into a new much smaller office and as part of the de-cluttering, I have been the recipient of several items which were destined for the charity shop or skip - one of them being this laptop bag. The bag came as part of a package deal when my dad bought a HP laptop several years ago, and was used for a couple of years until he upgraded the computer - the bag, however, is still good as new.
It is black and sized to perfectly house an 18" laptop. It is surrounded by a zip which goes all the way round three sides to enable it to open fully which has two zipper tabs to use.
The bag has a generous zipped pocket on the front which is approximately A4 size, and it too is zipped all the way round although it has restrictions stitched into the sides of the pocket - it doesn't just flop down open wide. Those restrictions mean that although the pocket is big in terms of height and width, it's not very deep at all. It's suitable for small items but not a great deal else really, although there are three pen slots inside. Along the back of the bag is a full width pocket for documents, with a simple square of Velcro to hold the pocket closed. The bag is designed to be quite sturdy in its shape, so documents do stay flat when this is in use.
The design of this bag is quite basic - it opens up to a single main compartment for the laptop with no frills or additional slots or pockets. The inside feels sturdy and well padded, nice and secure for your laptop and there is a strap with Velcro fastening to hold it tight and safe for extra reassurance.
Attached to the bag is a generous shoulder strap with a nice padded patch to place on your actual shoulder to take the weight. It's made of tough nylon and is about 2 inches wide.The strap is fully adjustable in its length and the pad can also be moved along the length. It is attached by two metal g-clips to the bag, so can be easily removed if needed.
One thing I really don't like about this bag is the carry handles. They are hard and flat "D-shapes", approximately 3cm wide along their three sides, and for me they are not comfy for carrying the bag around. In reality I'm not using the bag for carrying my laptop, I use it to keep my laptop protected at home, so it's not an issue, but it certainly would put me off buying this bag for everyday work use.
The only embellishment to the design is the "HP" logo on the front of the front pocket, so the design is very unfussy. The only other design feature is four plastic buttons underneath which protect the bag when it's put on the floor. All the stitching on the bag is very well finished off and shows no sign of wear and tear, and the same goes for the fabric piping around the edges.
Overall this is a well made basic laptop bag, but looking online and seeing it selling for £20 I don't think that represents especially great value, it's not a price I'd have paid for this bag.