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.