- Product Dimensions: 43.2 x 12.7 x 31.8 cm ; 998 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
- Item Model Number: UBN310
- ASIN: B07F7RTYL9
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 23 August 2018
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories)
Solo Duane 15.6 Inch Laptop Hybrid Briefcase, Converts to Backpack, Black (black) - UBN310-4U2
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- Briefcase easily transforms into a backpack with convertible hideaway straps. Perfect for any situation, this sleek design keeps you moving in style during your commute, work, school, college, travel, etc
- Multi compartment: Roomy, padded interior laptop compartment ideal for most popular 13.3 Inches to 15.6 Inches MacBooks, laptops and Chromebooks. Dedicated pocket for iPad, Tablet or E readers
- Exterior Organization: Large front pocket with organizer section to store cables, pens, cards, books, etc.. Two front quick-access pockets for phones, keys, wallet, etc
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The hybrid briefcase has a slim profile, making it perfect for everyday use.
Organization and Productivity
Equipped to handle everyday gadgets, this bag comes with a designated compartment for a laptop and tablet, and additional storage for all other needs.
Part backpack, part briefcase, the Solo Hybrid Briefcase transforms seamlessly between backpack and briefcase without sacrificing functionality.
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BAG SIZE + SPACE:
I hesitated to buy this because some reviews said that it was too big; but if you pay close attention to some of those reviews, the reviewers admit that they are not very tall. I'm only 5' 9", but it fits wonderfully on me. Admittedly, I'm pretty heavy set (broad shoulders, and, uh, "big bones". I'm working on it), but this bag would look suitable even for a person with a thinner frame. As long as you aren't below 5' 2" I think you should be fine. Also the spacious room inside is a very welcomed sight. I use it with my Surface Book (13 inch, with a leather case) and it fits snuggly into the laptop compartment. It also leaves a lot of room in the main compartment for my large external keyboard (because I don't like to get my laptop's keyboard dirty/greasy), mouse, 10 inch tablet + tablet keyboard, and charger. The outside pockets help me store an alternative (thinner) mouse, lens wipes, my surface pen, an external battery for my phone, extra batteries for my keyboard + mouse, glasses case, and I/O device dongles for my laptop.
CRITICISM ABOUT THE BAG'S SPACE UTILITY:
My only gripe with the bag and how it uses space is that I wish it had more pockets, or perhaps more compartmentalized pockets. Some spaces feel a bit too empty and it's difficult to organize all my small appliances. I have to resort to letting them knock around.
STYLE + BUILD:
That said, it is a slightly manly bag. I don't mean that it's too professional, because hey women can be professional + good looking, too. It's actually because it's more casual, dark, and a bit rugged that it may be unsuited for the working professional woman. Even as a man I think I only just get away with it; it's not quite structured/built well enough to look acceptable in every professional environment. It has a little too much "school bag" written on it. It would make a pretty awesome school bag, too, but perhaps it would seem a bit out of place being briefcase. Man or woman, you might look like a tool pulling this out in class. But whatever floats your boat!
Back to the build quality, the fabric used is very favorable. It's durable, yet thin. My greatest annoyance with other laptop briefcases is that they are all padded and thick, making them heavy and bulky (also less spacious). As I mentioned earlier, I already have a leather holder for my laptop; it's well protected and I handle my bags with care. I don't need my bag to look like the Michelin Man. It does not feel good to lug around, and it does not look good either. This bag gets it right! It has just enough padding to keep the goods intact, and not enough to look like you're carrying a insulated lunch box for an entire kindergarten class. Bottom line: this bag sacrifices some protection for style, but it's totally worth it as long as you don't sometimes mistake your bags for soccer balls or trampolines.
CRITICISM ABOUT THE BAG BUILD:
Worst thing on this bag is the cheap, plastic swivel hooks attaching the shoulder straps to the bag. They seem very out of place considering how well made the rest of the bag is. Because I have broad shoulders, sometimes when I try to wear the backpack and slide my second arm in, it puts enough pressure at the right angle to force the bag out of the hook. I mean I guess because I have my other arm in the other strap it's alright, but I fear one day that this will cause me to drop the bag. Also it's annoying to have to re-hook the strap. Makes me feel like a fool in front of other people, too. Perhaps this will only get worse with time as the plastic hooks wear down. I will probably go to a tailor or something of the like to get them replaced with metal swivel hooks. If Solo makes another one of these bags with metal hooks and stronger strap materials in general, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! Even at a higher price!
I hope my review helped some of you decide. I am very happy with this purchase, but it may not be for everyone.
I carry my 15in Macbook Pro in this bag along with mac accessories, notebook, pens/pencils, glasses, wallet, water bottle.
And there still room in it. The convertible backpack straps are great if I'm going to be communing on transit. The padding on the shoulder strap carry is also comfortable. I really enjoy the sleek and efficient dimensions. And the logo is subtle rather than branded all over the bag.
I highly recommend this bag!
The subjected one star is for the weak plastic hooks they use for the straps. Mine actually arrived with one of the shoulder strap hook BROKEN off from the neck because it consists of two little piece of plastic and one of them snapped off. I would be requesting for an exchange from Amazon (they are awesome for offering convenient free re-shipping and return). I would be using the straps very gingerly and never put my laptop inside without a basic sleeve for extra protection against dropping.
The problem is with the low-quality zippers. 5 months after I bought it, the stitching around the zipper started to fray. Then the teeth deformed enough in multiple spots so that I couldn't close the bag.
Solo customer service was great at first--they quickly replaced the bag.
One year later and the exact same problem has developed. This time, customer service said the bag's out of warranty* so they won't replace it.
For forty bucks I don't expect a tank of a bag, but I'm not rough with it so 6-12months is just not acceptable durability.
Many other Solo bags seem to use the same zippers so I will be avoiding this brand.
*Update: this bag is not out of warranty. There is a 5-year warranty on it, but Solo has refused to accept that the poorly-made plastic zippers should be covered. I strongly advise you to avoid bags from Solo because they won't honor the warranty.