I’ve been using an old messenger-bag style carrier for my laptop and other tech gear for a long time. The funny thing is that the bronzed backing for the snaps has a tendency to rub off on the back of the laptop in an odd way, but overall it’s worked reasonably well for me as a thing to carry tech–but not necessarily to protect it.
Then, low and behold, the fine folks at Speck send me a backpack. Yeah, Speck. I’ve had quite a few of their phone cases over the years, and they do a great job making good-looking and effectively-protective cases. But now they’ve branched out. And they’ve done a damn fine job, IMHO.
The big deal is that the Mightypack has been designed with a lot of very thoughtful features that make it much more than just a bag to carry your stuff. First, it’s semi-rigid, and well-padded. If you have a laptop in it (and it’ll fit my monolith-like 15″ 2011 Macbook Pro), you don’t have to be absolutely ginger when setting it down on the ground–the base and back are padded so you don’t have to worry about average everyday bumps.
Second, the insides are all designed for specific functions–holding cords or tablets, and allowing cables to pass between the sections for charging and other functions. And third, it has a special zippered top pocket that’s literally a hard-sided case, with a faux-fur interior, to protect your really special tech, like fancy headphones. Very smart!
I’ve been using this bag for the last month, which included a plane trip to Dallas and road trips to Reno and Anaheim (we only hit the classiest places for our summer trips), and this bag has dealt with every twist and turn with flying colors. My bottom line opinion is that, if you need a serious tech bag for daily use, the Mightypack should be your choice.
And yes, I received one as a review unit from Speck. They send me things randomly, which is cool, but I can only use about 1 in 10 things. Turns out, this was a big one.