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Logitech Kinetic 15.4 Mobile Backpack
While Logitech has long been associated with all sorts of peripherals and accessories, it's only recently that the company started selling laptop bags. It's no surprise, however, given the continuing popularity of notebook PCs that Logitech decided to move into this arena, complementing its other offerings like the Alto Cordless Notebook Stand we looked at recently.
Its bag range, titled ‘Kinetic', comprises of two products, a 15.4in briefcase and the mobile backpack I'm looking at today. Both feature a predominantly professional design, finished mostly in black with some dashes of orange to brighten things up a little. It's not really a look that excites, but this bag definitely doesn't lack quality. Unlike the Exspect MiBag, the Kinetic 15.4 Mobile Backpack exudes solidity in both its construction and materials.
This is due in no small part to the large rubberised shell. This is meant to provide secure protection for all your belongings, but especially your laptop, and it certainly does just that. Though I wasn't about to throw it under a car ala the Panasonic ToughBook CF-30 or the Sonim XP1 Rugged Phone, throwing it around a bit showed that the shell did its job well. It didn't collapse immediately upon impact and helped maintain the bag's integrity, ensuring that its contents weren't crushed together after the slightest bump.
All of this is invaluable, especially for anyone commuting on crowded trains or buses, and anyone cycling for any segment of their journey. Indeed, this backpack version seems especially well suited for those who prefer to travel on two wheels, with the rubber shell helping to prevent damage in case of accident, while the backpack is well designed to provide a secure and comfortable experience. Its two shoulder straps are quite substantial, spreading weight evenly across the shoulders with plenty of padding, too. In addition, there's a chest strap for extra stability, so however heavy your contents might be it should never be a struggle to carry.
In this respect, then, the backpack serves its basic function very well indeed. It's only a shame that its main feature, that rubber shell, does make it look just a little bit silly. Call me churlish, but it's difficult not to feel self conscious when everyone you meet insists you like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle when carrying the bag. And, frankly, I can see their point.