Targus Radius Convertible Messenger/Backpack - notebook accessories bundle review: Targus Radius Convertible Messenger/Backpack - notebook accessories bundle

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
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The Good Convertible backpack/vertical messenger design; roomy main pocket; thickly padded strap.

The Bad Space cut up into too many pockets. MacBook tie-in is a bit gimmicky.

The Bottom Line Even though Targus emphasizes the backpack part of the sleek Radius Convertible Backpack, we like it a lot better as a vertical messenger bag.

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While a 15-inch MacBook laptop from Apple is really about the same size and weight as a 15-inch laptop from any other PC maker, Targus strikes a clever marketing note by specifically advertising its Radius Convertible Backpack as designed for 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks. The $99 case is, of course, suitable for any 15-inch or smaller laptop, and if you don't like the backpack look, the twin straps tuck away into a zippered pocket, and you can snap on a traditional shoulder strap to carry it as a vertical messenger.

The Radius Convertible Backpack is black with dark olive-colored accents, giving it a sophisticated urban look, without being too business-like. We much prefer it set up as a saddlebag-style vertical messenger bag than a backpack, because unless you're walking through a college campus, no one looks good lugging a backpack around.

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Targus Radius Convertible Messenger/Backpack - notebook accessories bundle

Part Number: BUS0116 Released: Oct 1, 2007

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date Oct 1, 2007
  • Weight 3.5 lbs