If you don’t want to take the Swiss Army knife approach to laptop bags, the Atlantic bag is a more sedate choice. Its discreet looks may also throw off potential thieves. But I’d choose it over a traditional-laptop bag because there are less nooks and crannies to lose things in.
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Although portability is a bonus, having to carry a PowerBook or iBook can be a drag. Atlantic’s Classic Foldover Bag wasn’t designed for carrying portables, but it actually does the job pretty well. Usually, a laptop bag distinguishes itself with the number of pockets covering its surface. If you’ve ever used a bag like this, you’ll know the frustration of looking in 11 pockets to find your modem cable. More pockets mean more places to lose things – and more clutter to fill them up. The Atlantic bag has one outside pocket, and three easily-accessible compartments inside. There are the usual pen and mobile-phone holders, but nothing over the top. The centre compartment will keep an iBook or PowerBook safe from harm, and there’s plenty of room for cables, and extra batteries in the other pockets. That still leaves room for documents and other stuff in the remaining space. The back of the bag has a handy sleeve to go over the handle of wheelable luggage. This makes it a little more secure, both from theft and damage.