We often struggle with laptop backpacks. Sure, they're the most comfortable way to carry the weight of your laptop and accessories, but most computer backpacks tend to be so bulky you end up feeling like a turtle, or--worse--a pack mule. Not so with the MetroLite Backpack from Brenthaven ($89), which adds just 4 inches to your profile while still providing plenty of room for your laptop, accessories, and a few other items. True, it lacks some niceties, such as external pockets for a water bottle and a cell phone, and its slender design means some might have to pare down their bag's contents. But the MetroLite Backpack's highly organized interior and slender profile make it a great choice for anyone who wants to lighten their load but still carry a laptop--especially commuters who regularly carry their laptops on a train or bus.
The MetroLite Backpack is made of sturdy titanium ballistic nylon and is available in your choice of black, gray, or red. The bag's front panel incorporates two single-zippered pockets for frequently accessed items. The smaller pocket (8.5 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide) easily accommodates a smartphone and a wallet; the larger pocket (11.3 inches tall and 9 inches wide) has enough room for a paperback, spiral notebook, or even a Netbook. At the bottom of the bag, a long rectangular pocket (4 inches tall and 11.3 inches wide) is the perfect place to stash your power cord so it's out of the way.