"I currently work full time and go to school part time (MBA program). This past semester required that we bring a laptop to school. Since I generally do not carry one around (it is a bit big) I needed a new backpack. My Samsonite Tectonic is great. It holds my 16" laptop very snugly, and has place for my plug and adapter right in front of the laptop area. It also has ample room for my other books and magazines that I carry around since I commute on a train to work and need to carry everything with me all day. The backpack is also very comfortable against my shoulders and back. There is plenty of padding and it feels very durable. The handle on top is great for when I need to carry my backpack while standing in the train. The bottle holders on both sides of the bag hold my water bottle or umbrella very snugly when I carry one or the other or both. There is plenty of room in the bag for my other items and it keeps everything I carry around very organized just the way I like it. I would highly recommend this bag. Great value for the price."
"I previously had a large Samsonite backpack and really liked it. It lasted for several years & traveled around the world, and the only real reason I wanted a new one is the padding in the right strap wore down. So I thought I'd go with a slightly smaller try the Tectonic Medium Backpack. What I really like about it is the number of compartments and pockets. There are three main compartments - a large one with a padded laptop area, the middle one and the smaller front one. Each compartment then has multiple pockets to keep your smaller things from falling to the bottom of your bag and getting lost. So far, I've found the bag very usable. Plus, it's large enough to hold a lot without being overly large. The only downside are the colors are dark. I got the blue/black one. And while the color is true to the photo, I would've like to have the option to have a brighter color or maybe some patterns. However, functionality, organization & durability are much more important to me, and therefore, the Samsonite won out over more fashionable bags."
"I needed a carry-on backpack for vacation travel. Carrying my laptop, iPad, camera, etc and wanted it all in one, hands free, place. This bag is perfect. Fits all my gear and then some, including a day's worth of clothes and toiletries. The water bottle pocket actually holds a bottle! The exterior organizational pockets are useful although a few too many for my taste. I don't need all the little bitty pockets. The exterior most pocket, that tiny zippered pocket on the very front, is too small. Needs to be deeper to hold passport, sunglasses, etc but worked well for change and ChapStick. Overall, a great bag, not too big for my small frame and very comfortable, even when packed full."