I'll be heading off to college this fall and so I have been looking for a quality backpack, it seems I have found right place! Currently I'm stuck deciding between the Smart Alec and Brain Bag. Both look excellent although I prefer the aesthetics and top load design of the SA. I currently have a military surplus assault pack that is very similar to the design of the SA, however the SA is smaller. Mostly I am just worried about the size of the SA and whether it will be enough for an undergraduate engineer's needs.
I would imagine I'd take something like this everyday:
-15 inch MBP size vertical brain cell
-power source unit for laptop
-Freudian Slip filled with folders
-smaller novel sized book
-other small odds and ends
I'd prefer an SA, but I dont want to be cramped for the next couple years and the BB does still look nice.
Any help or experience would be much appreciated!