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STM Bags Scout Laptop Shoulder Bag (extra small) review: STM Bags Scout Laptop Shoulder Bag (extra small)

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MSRP: $49.99

The Good Perfect fit for both Netbooks and iPads; plenty of pockets.

The Bad Boxy look; no pockets on the front flap.

The Bottom Line STM's extra-small version of its Scout Laptop Shoulder Bag is meant for Netbooks, but also works great as an iPad case.

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8.5 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 9

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We've long lamented the lack of laptop cases designed for Netbooks. The majority of bags we see are big messenger-bag-style affairs, built for the kind of bulky 15-inch laptops that shouldn't be going on the road with you in the first place. Even 13-inch laptops have finally gotten some respect, and it's now relatively easy to find a MacBook-size shoulder bag.

The STM Scout comes in a more mainstream size for laptops with 13- to 15-inch screens, but we're more interested in the version the company calls "extra small." This $49 case is small enough to not leave your Netbook swimming in it, but also large enough to include reasonable space for papers, accessories, phones, and other necessities.

The dark green canvas construction reminds us of one of our favorite laptop bags of all time, the Solo Urban Vertical Messenger, and it's a nice break from the generic gray or black nylon look of so many laptop cases (although it's not exactly boardroom friendly). There's also a little bit of a "man purse" effect, but that's a danger with any smaller shoulder bag, especially vertically oriented ones.

The Scout measures 11.6 by 9.3 by 3.1 inches, and the wide, sturdy strap is very comfortable, as it includes a large padded section (which is removable) for your shoulder.

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