Review: eBags Express Collector Laptop Tote

Posted by at 11:59 am on April 1, 2010

Like many women, I have a bag for every occasion, but my assortment of bags is made up of things to tote technology.   I’ve been through any number of backpacks, messengers and slings in the search for an everyday bag that can go with me to the office or out on errands.   Something that can do the job of both a purse and a technology lug-about.   I got the Express Collector Laptop Tote by eBags about a two months ago and so far, it looks to be a real winner.

The bag is a rectangular tote made of a ballistic nylon fabric, that seems to be stain resistant and pretty tough.     It has double should straps made of wide nylon webbing that are sturdy without being too stiff.   The straps have an 11 inch drop which is leaves room for larger upper arms, without it being uncomfortably long on those who have smaller/shorter torsos.   These features make it a comfortable bag for a wide variety of body types.

On the outside of the bag, there’s a front zippered pocket that keeps smaller items close at hand and safe.   A roomy back slash pocket holds a magazine or file folder.   There are also two end pockets, one unzips to hold a full size water bottle and has a mesh gusset for added space and breathability.   The other is the right size to hold a portable umbrella.

The main compartment is zippered across the top to keep contents secure.   Inside you’ll find a large, lightly padded file pocket that measures measures 14-1/4″ x 9-1/2″ x 1-3/4″. It can hold magazines or files, but I use it to hold my 15 inch laptop that I haul back and forth to the office every day.   It slip nicely into the pocket with a bit of room to spare, but if maximum padding is your priority, this pocket doesn’t provide that.   Mostly it just keeps the laptop from getting banged around by other things in the bag.   An additional large inside zippered pocket gives you yet another place for smaller items.   Also on the inside are a key leash to make sure your keys are always handy, and a light grey/silver lining to make items easily visible.

I like this bag so much, that I would buy it again…twice.   It’s roomy enough to take most everything I need for the day, laptop, phone, wallet, something to read and a few sundries.   If you need to add a lunch or gym clothes to that list you’ll need a second bag, or something bigger that this.   It’s built to last and looks good and I expect to enjoy it for a long time.   You can order it off the e-bags sight but get it quick as quantities may be limited.

Rating 5


  • Looks Good
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Well Organized
  • Comfortable to Carry


  • Not big enough if you are a hauler
  • Stock may be very limited

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