Finding the perfect notebook bag or backpack is a daunting task; one made even harder for users with a 16″ or larger notebook like the 17″ MacBook Pro. One case that can handle these large notebooks, and do it with style, is the Mobile Edge EVO backpack which was announced in early June. According to Mobile Edge, the EVO backpack was designed with user feedback in mind in hopes that it will address many issues that users have with laptop or notebook backpacks.
After spending a day with the notebook, and filling it with gear, I’ve recorded hands on video of the EVO. This isn’t a review, which will come after I put the padding and usability to the test, just an overview of the backpack and collection of what we like right off the bat.
Overall, I am impressed with the look and feel of the EVO so far. Just as Xavier is a big fan of having the right tool for the job, I’m a fan of having the right bag for the gear and the outing. My closet at home has one of the largest collections of netbook and notebook bags to fit specific devices and uses. I’m always on the lookout for a new bag to make carrying gear easier, more protected and organized. From that standpoint I am impressed with how thin the bag is with gear in it and the padding around the notebook area of the device. I also like the little mobile office feature that has well thought out pockets.
Things that I’m not quite sure about yet include the lack of a good place to stash my iPad and an interestingly shaped pocket or two. We’ll see how these impressions change as I use the bag on a daily basis. I like the Cool-mesh padding and will be interested to see how it holds up after some use.
The Mobile Edge EVO Backpack boasts the following features:
- Holds laptops up to 16″ and Apple MacBooks up to 17″
- Dedicated Padded Computer Compartment
- Cool-Mesh Padded Back Panel and Shoulder Straps
- 16 Accessory Pockets for Personal Items
- Custom Workstation for Media Cards, Flash Drives, Business Cards & iPod
- Easy-Access Exterior Cell-Phone Pockets
- Zippered Water Bottle Holder
- Mobile Edge Lifetime Warranty
The Mobile Edge EVO is available in 4 colors; silver, yellow, red and blue. Silver and blue are available now for $79.95 with Red and Blue arriving in July.