Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe review: Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
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The Good Well-designed; ultrasuede exterior feels luxurious; padded laptop pocket; comfortable shoulder strap; metal feet on the bottom; collapsible side pocket for water bottles.

The Bad Color scheme is not for everyone; light exterior seems prone to staining; obvious branding may turn some off.

The Bottom Line This laptop bag's casual look and pastel color scheme won't appeal to everyone, but the pricey Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe lives up to its name with deluxe materials, quality construction, and a well-thought-out design.

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When it comes to laptop bags, some people want something a little conservative, while others want something fun. The $110 Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe will appeal to the latter. Looking more like a weekend bag than a laptop carrier, the Skooba Satchel marries a casual exterior with high-end hardware and well-thought-out design. The color scheme, however, will limit the bag's appeal: the pale gray microsuede exterior serves as a fitting backdrop to the bright pink details, which include pink piping and a pink quilted stripe running across the front of the bag. The pinkfest continues inside the bag, which is lined with pink nylon. The bag seems a perfect fit for students and others in the Shiny Shiny crowd; those who are less enamored of pink should check out the similar Skooba Satchel 2.0, which is made of ballistic nylon and comes in a variety of colors.

A large rectangular flap on the front of the Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe opens via a double zipper to reveal organizer pockets: a CD-size pouch with a Velcro-closed flap, four pen loops, and a phone pocket that was big enough for our Treo 650 inside a leather case. There's also a sturdy polished nickel clasp for a key ring as well as a sleeve for business cards or an ID; the inside of the front flap is a large mesh pocket with a zipper closure. We found the space sufficient for the basic accessories that we'd take with us on a typical trip to the local coffee shop: cell phone, headset, notepad, and the like. We especially like that the front double zipper opens around three sides of the front flap--allowing easy access to the contents--but also includes accordion flaps in the corners to ensure that none of the contents fall out of the bag.

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Skooba Satchel 2.0 Luxe

Part Number: 701-909

This product is available directly from the manufacturer's Web site.

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  • Weight 2.8 lbs