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    Smart Alec better choice?

    I have a HP Elitebook 6930P that I carry for my work laptop. Along with my laptop I also carry the brick power adapter, wireless mouse, lunch bag, 2 bottles of water, a notebook or 2, my med cafe bag, and occasionally an umbrella.

    According to the laptop fit guide, it says I need the 3S vertical braincell (which I didn't see available) and it would fit in the Smart Alec or Brain Bag.
    I'm not too worried about the braincell as I can get a cache to fit in the Smart Alec; or my other option is to get the horizontal braincell to fit in the Brain Bag.

    I think the Smart Alec is the better choice for my daily load but would love to hear any other suggestions. The dimensions of laptop are 13.0" x 9.6" x 1.2"
    Synapse 25 (Steel Dyneema/UV), Organizer Pouches ( Dyneema, Cordura, Cork - various size & colors), FoJ Pouch, FoT Pouch, 2011 TB Mystery gift(Cork pouch), 2012 Mystery Gift (Forest/ Steel) Pocket Pouch, Sm Yarn Stuff Sack (UV), Small Shop Bag (Steel), Large Shop Bag (UV), Various Color Key Straps, Side Effect (Steel Dyneema/Wasabi)

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    Your preference is for a backpack rather than a shoulder bag? If you go for the Smart Alec, there are distinct advantages of having a correctly configured Brain Cell (ie vertical rather than horizontal) over a cache. The Brain Cell is suspended within the Smart Alec via the clips, which reduces the chance of damage compared with anything sitting in the bottom of the bag. A horizontal Brain Cell's clip straps won't line up with the bag. Also much of the protection from a Brain Cell comes from the sleeve which keeps the laptop inside from touching the bottom. Turn the Brain Cell on its side, and you lose that advantage. A cache has no means of being clipped to any of the bags.

    I carry a similarly sized laptop daily, and I have found Tom Bihn's shoulder bags to be better suited to my needs than the backpacks. You might consider the Zephyr as a briefcase style, or the Ego as a messenger bag style. If only there was a slightly larger Ristretto...
    Enlightened traveller since 2009

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      #3
      Thanks lotuseater for the feedback! After much consideration, I think I would be better off with a messenger style bag vs a backpack. I think I've narrowed it down to an Ego. I now just need to decide what color I want.
      Synapse 25 (Steel Dyneema/UV), Organizer Pouches ( Dyneema, Cordura, Cork - various size & colors), FoJ Pouch, FoT Pouch, 2011 TB Mystery gift(Cork pouch), 2012 Mystery Gift (Forest/ Steel) Pocket Pouch, Sm Yarn Stuff Sack (UV), Small Shop Bag (Steel), Large Shop Bag (UV), Various Color Key Straps, Side Effect (Steel Dyneema/Wasabi)

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        #4
        Originally posted by TXGirl View Post
        Thanks lotuseater for the feedback! After much consideration, I think I would be better off with a messenger style bag vs a backpack. I think I've narrowed it down to an Ego. I now just need to decide what color I want.
        You won't be disappointed. I love my Super Ego that I have currently.
        Last edited by misterN; 05-04-2011, 08:22 AM. Reason: My Engrish is Bad.
        Super Ego w/Seat Belt Buckle [Black/Steel/Wasabi], Cadet 13/15 [Cardinal/Steel], Aeronaut 45 [Cardinal/Steel], 13" Ristretto (Old) [Olive/Cayenne], Synapse 19 [Indigo/Iberian], Camera I/O, and a whole bunch of other goodies.

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          #5
          Originally posted by misterN View Post
          You don't be disappointed. I love my Super Ego that I have currently.
          Actually, it was the closeup pics of your Super Ego that helped me decide
          Synapse 25 (Steel Dyneema/UV), Organizer Pouches ( Dyneema, Cordura, Cork - various size & colors), FoJ Pouch, FoT Pouch, 2011 TB Mystery gift(Cork pouch), 2012 Mystery Gift (Forest/ Steel) Pocket Pouch, Sm Yarn Stuff Sack (UV), Small Shop Bag (Steel), Large Shop Bag (UV), Various Color Key Straps, Side Effect (Steel Dyneema/Wasabi)

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            #6
            Originally posted by TXGirl View Post
            Actually, it was the closeup pics of your Super Ego that helped me decide
            I'm glad that I could help!
            Super Ego w/Seat Belt Buckle [Black/Steel/Wasabi], Cadet 13/15 [Cardinal/Steel], Aeronaut 45 [Cardinal/Steel], 13" Ristretto (Old) [Olive/Cayenne], Synapse 19 [Indigo/Iberian], Camera I/O, and a whole bunch of other goodies.

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              #7
              Well I finally decided what color Ego I wanted & placed my order tonight. I went with the Black/Black/Cayenne with Wasabi strip. Oh and also ordered an organizer wallet in kiwi. I can't wait to get it!
              Synapse 25 (Steel Dyneema/UV), Organizer Pouches ( Dyneema, Cordura, Cork - various size & colors), FoJ Pouch, FoT Pouch, 2011 TB Mystery gift(Cork pouch), 2012 Mystery Gift (Forest/ Steel) Pocket Pouch, Sm Yarn Stuff Sack (UV), Small Shop Bag (Steel), Large Shop Bag (UV), Various Color Key Straps, Side Effect (Steel Dyneema/Wasabi)

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                #8
                Congrats. Sounds like a great choice!
                Aeronaut (crimson) with Absolute Strap, Synapse (navy), Smart Alec (black/steel/solar), Shop Bag (solar), cache for MBP, cache for iPad2, and numerous pouches and key straps.

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