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.