Booq Boa Squeeze review: Booq Boa Squeeze

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 8.0
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The Good Fantastic design; impressively compact; great padding; holds a 16-inch laptop plus books.

The Bad Slightly small for a backpack.

The Bottom Line Armed with one of the most eye-catching designs around, the Booq Boa Squeeze is one of the most compact yet capacious laptop backpacks we've seen.

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A great laptop backpack has several important qualities: good protection, a comfortable feel, ample storage pockets, and ideally a design that transcends the staid world of computer bags. We may have found the perfect mix with the $100 Booq Boa Squeeze. In a compact frame, the Boa Squeeze has more storage power than many larger backpacks, and wastes very little space while retaining a minimalist, eye-catching look. While $100 isn't cheap for a backpack (and we wish it had an over-the-shoulder strap to turn it into a makeshift messenger bag), the Boa Squeeze is worth the investment.

At first glance, the Squeeze seems too small. Taking it out of the box, it resembled a mini-backpack that a biker might wear, sleek and semiarmored in appearance. Covered in ballistic nylon, the Squeeze has a dark black outer shell that's sleek and curved, well-reinforced by padding underneath. It doesn't seem like a bag that can hold much more than a laptop, and a small one at that. But the ingenious quality of the Squeeze is that its zipper curves up and over the top and down the sides, peeling open, forming a padded gear-tube for storing a great deal of stuff inside. Once peeled open, the bag's gray and green padded interior becomes even more conversation-starting--in fact, we had several people comment on it on casual trips to coffee shops, and a few even stopped to admire the design.

Inside, the bag has a deep main compartment; a pocket with side-flaps to hold books, papers, or small items; and a rear laptop sleeve. The Squeeze is designed for MacBooks up to 15 inches, but it can hold a thick 16-inch Asus laptop snugly and easily, with room to store books in the main compartment and a charging cable in the side.

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Booq Boa Squeeze

Part Number: BSQ-BLK

As shown: $99.95

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
About The Author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.