I use each bag for 1-2 weeks exclusively for the reviews. I take them to work. To lunch. To my kids soccer game. Anywhere I might want to have my “stuff.” I feel that the only way to get an accurate appraisal of the product is to put it to normal everyday use .I rate 5 aspects of the product. Admittedly, some of these are very subjective but so be it. I rate these areas on a scale of 1-10. Ten is best. One is...well...crappy.
First I look at the construction. How well is the item made? Does the manufacturer use quality materials or does it look like they are trying to cut corners? Do seams match up? Do zippers look sturdy? All this is rated on a scale of 1-10.
Next I look at the amount of protection. How well is my equipment protected? If I drop the bag/backpack off my shoulder are the contents history? Is the bag well padded?
I also consider comfort since a bag can offer great construction, maximum protection but hurt like hell to wear around. This is why I use the bag for a couple of weeks. It’s really the only way to know how it feels to wear.
The organizational features are an important consideration for a computer bag or even an everyday backpack I look at the number of pockets and cubbies that are built into the product. Are the pockets intuitive to use? Are they easily reachable? Do I have enough of them to organize my equipment?
The fifth I consider are the aesthetics. Does the bag look cool or look like my grandmother made it for me? This is probably the most subjective review category but I think I have pretty good taste. I am not as concerned that a bag not look like a computer bag as I am in the four categories above and how do it look to the casual observer.For each review a summary table will be listed first. This will include the ratings for each category and contact information including website address and e-mail if possible.
Next the review will be listed. This will include the price for the product as tested, photos and the expanded review.