Still, once you take a look inside you'd be forgiven for forgetting such worries because the Righthand is positively brimming with smart storage spaces and compartments. In the main body there's the main laptop sleeve, which is padded and, when combined with the already strong exterior, provides ample protection from both external pressure and anything inside the bag. Alongside this there's a roomy compartment for generic items such as pads of paper, which is also perfect as a storing space for a spare notebook battery.
On the flap you'll also see a great selection of zip sealed compartments. Perfect for compact cameras, MP3 players and other smaller items it is in this respect that the Righthand excels, providing a flexible and well organised space in which to store all your paraphernalia. There are yet more compartments in the main body of the bag too, with one smaller mesh covered one on the front and a large enclosed one that's separated into two. Meanwhile, on the outside of the bag there's one further zip sealed compartment for magazines and papers, though it is a bit of tight fit at times.
So, for the most part the Righthand is a very well designed bag. However, as we hinted at earlier, it comes at a high price since the Righthand will cost you around £110 and perhaps more depending on where you shop. Now, for sure, this is a case of you get what you pay for and the construction of the Righthand is undeniably superb, but for that price we'd really expect perfection and the Righthand doesn't quite offer this.
In particular the problem of the overly tough zip mechanism is a real issue and though it does loosen somewhat over time, it doesn't become any less annoying and is the sort of issue we wouldn't expect to see in a bag costing over £100. It's a shame too, because in most other respects this makes for a great laptop bag. It's smart looking without being dull and we particularly like the Oatmeal colour, while the storage options and build quality are exceptional.
As a briefcase alternative the Crumpler Righthand is a great option. It's smart and formal but not without style and offers great build quality and storage options. However, an overly tough zip mechanism and high price serve to dilute its appeal. If you can swallow the price and put up with the zip, though, it's certainly worth considering.