Reviewed by Louise Totton
More and more people work either from home or between home and the office these days – working from home, freelancing and flexi-working are all on the rise. That usually means carrying around a laptop with you. Now, this is an expensive bit of kit – not just the hardware but the data it may contain, so when you have just spent hundreds of pounds on your laptop you really do need a smart new carry case to protect it from the rigours of all that portability.
STM are a company that are very well known for their laptop bags and tablet cases, an industry leader that offer excellent quality and durable protection. I was delighted when I received a STM Kings 15” Laptop Backpack to review. I don’t like laptop cases that you have to carry in your hand so the backpack style suits me much better.
The STM Kings 15” Laptop Backpack is from their Streets Collection and is available in four colours: Botanical Green, China Blue, Desert Brown and Tornado Grey. I was very pleased that I received the Tornado Grey version, it looks very smart and stylish.
This bag has a capacity of 22 litres which means that it can hold a 15” laptop, charger, phone, cables and other accessories. And that’s not all, it is packed with features that you would not necessarily notice at first, but do make a big difference over standard laptop backpacks.
The STM Kings is 100% polyester and has breathable Airmesh fabric on back panel, which allows for a more comfortable carry. It also features an ergonomic curved fit, which helps keep the backpack secure and reduces load on your shoulders. It measures H 18.7 x W 11.8 x D 6.7 in / H 47.5 x W 30 x D 17 cm and weighs 2.09 lbs / 0.95 kg. It is equipped with high quality #8 chain YKK zippers for long-term durability. It also has an adjustable harness and flexible sternum strap, giving you the optimum fit and comfort.
It has quilted interior linings in all the tech compartments an features SlingTech technology. SlingTech features extra padding and gapless corners that suspends your laptop away from the edge of the bag, isolating it from the bump zone. This stops the laptop getting bumped or damaged when placed on the ground.
It has an abundance of storage space with 4 internal pockets, 4 external pockets and 6 compartments. One of the internal pockets in fleece lined, which is perfect for storing sunglasses (is big enough to hold 2 pairs).
The zippered side pockets are positioned to give you quick access to your frequently used stuff; keys, phone etc… and the front external pocket also has a zippered internal pocket which would be ideal for valuables such as a passport or cash. It also features angled internal storage pockets (in the front pocket) that makes it easier to access and retrieve items from the bag.
Inside is another extra removable storage bag, called The Stash™! This looks like a pencil case and is hooked inside the bag. This is perfect for storing cables, pens, memory cards, batteries and other small paraphernalia.
If that wasn’t enough, this bag has another very cool addition. It features a really neat internal cable management system. If you carry around a power bank or using your laptop to charge devices on the move you can run all the cabling inside the bag, and from each compartment to the other so there are no cables hanging out of the bag. There are holes in each compartment that and big enough for a few cables so that you can route cables from front to back and there is even an internal cable clip inside to make it all look neat and tidy.
I am in love with this bag. It is strong, durable and has plenty of storage space. The cable management is an excellent idea and really useful. The laptop is extremely well protected with the SlingTech system especially when dropping your laptop onto the ground. It is a little bit heavier than my old laptop backpack but once you compare the two you can see the extra padding is the reason why and worth the slightly extra weight.
At first glance it is just a laptop bag, but once you start using it you can see and feel the quality over cheaper bags. The systems it contains to protect your valuable digital items are definitely worth paying the extra cost. And it also looks very stylish is the Tornado Grey colouring.
A stylish, durable and quality laptop backpack that does an excellent job of protecting your laptop as well as giving you all the storage space you need.