- Created on 24 September 2012
The laptop bags we have reviewed up to present have tended to follow the normal messenger or backpack styles. However, our latest review is probably more suited to our female audience and includes a removable laptop sleeve to allow the greatest flexibility of use. The STM Compass is a stylish, but functional tote bag, with plenty of space for every essential as well as well as any luxuries you might need for your day.
main material(s): 300x300D water resistant santori
lining: 200g nylex, 70D cross hatch nylon
device space: 9 x 13 x 0.9 in / 23 x 33 x 2.4 cm
outer dimensions: 14 x 15.7 x 5.5 in / 36 x 40 x 14 cm
weight: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
The STM Compass tote bag is manufactured from a heavy duty santori material with a strong nylon lining throughout and has two strong webbing handles. There is a massive amount of storage inside the bag (accessed by undoing a large zip), with two large internal sections (one of which housing the removable laptop sleeve) and also a fleece lined tablet pocket. To the side of the large main zipped compartment is a second smaller zipped compartment with two pockets for storing smaller items (glasses case, keys etc.). The front of the bag also has a zipped compartment (with a Velcro secured covering flap) which has more pockets for stationery, a further fleece lined pocket for your phone and a further zipped compartment (about A5 size) which is ideal for power supplies or larger peripherals.
The detacheable laptop fleece lined sleeve housed within the main compartment is made from the same material, but with extra padding, and has a small external document pocket on the outside as well as two handles for easy carrying if you don't need to take the whole bag with you. We reviewed the small version of the Compass and the included laptop sleeve is designed to fit most 13" laptops. The whole bag is really well made with everything feeling solid and great attention to detail (no loose threads or slight imperfections) as you would expect from STM.
~£65 from Amazon: STM Compass S (Blue or Graphite)
4/5 - The STM Compass does an excellent job of both appearing stylish and business-like, whilst also providing a menagerie of storage compartments, pockets and also a detachable laptop sleeve that makes it incredibly versatile for anyone on the move. As well as this it is very well made using excellent materials that provide plenty of protection and padding for any laptop housed inside.