The search for the perfect laptop bag is a complicated one. Add too much padding, and a bag becomes unwieldy. Too little, and your laptop isn't protected. Too many pockets will leave most of them unused and wasting space, while having too few means everything has to be stuffed into the same compartment. While the green canvas military look of Solo's new Urban Vertical Messenger laptop case isn't as high-tech as other cases we've looked at, the company has somehow managed to find just the right mix of pockets, padding, and ergonomic design, making this $79 case our current favorite.
Designed for 15.4-inch and smaller laptops, the case measures 16.5 inches wide by 12.5 inches high by 5.5 inches deep. The main compartment is divided in two by a lightly padded pocket with a Velcro strap, and the nonpadded front section of the main compartment has two pockets sewn into it, big enough for an iPod or other bulky item (too often, smaller pockets in laptop cases are too tiny to hold anything bigger than a USB key).