I was recently contacted by Inateck to see if I would like to review one of their products. I chose the Laptop Backpack and I am impressed. So impressed actually.
Never before has a backpack entered this house and caused us to squabble over who could have it. We’ve had some really nice backpacks before but this Inateck product has raised the bar significantly.
I usually start my reviews with anything I don’t like about a product. I like my reviews to be honest and well rounded but I also like to end on a positive note. The trouble with this review is that I cannot honestly think of anything I don’t like!
The closest I can get to a negative is that I would like to see a zippable phone pocket on the outside of the bag. You see on the outside of the bag is a charging port, which I love, obviously. I’m a blogger, I’m tech obsessed, I must be charged at all times, a backpack that makes this easy scores major brownie points with me. I did find that when I was plugged in, though I could tuck my phone in one of the side pockets, they don’t close. A little zip or even a snap would be nice.
As for the positives, well that is just about everything else!
I’m going to start with that charging port as I’ve already mentioned it. What Inateck have done is pop a standard USB port on the outside of the bag and a further USB cable is built in to attach to your own powerpack. I’ve got several power packs but I’ve opped one of my fave Varta packs into the bag. Slotted nicely in one of the many pockets it’s sat there ready to be used.
I know I could just use my power pack without the external port, it’s how I’ve got by up until now. But it can be a faff. Finding the power pack in the depth of my bag. Having cables running out of my bag so I can still use my phone to navigate or call means the bag must at least partly be left open. Those cables also then get tangled in my keys or just generally get in the way of anything else I’m trying to get to. This way it’s all nice and clean and tidy and it makes being able to use your phone whilst it’s charging so much easier. A massive plus point for me.
One of the other things I love is how the bag looks. It’s smart, really smart, nice clean lines, quite plain, just very simple. I love that it has reflective strips, but they have been hidden away along the zip lines. The fabric it is made from has a lovely feel to it, strong but quite soft at the same time. Plus it’s water resistant and scratch resistant, so it’s going to stay looking good for a long time. Even the zip pulls are a lovely smooth metal that feels great.
There are loads of little extra touches that have been very well thought out. On the back of the bag there is a little strap, I initially wondered what this is for, but then read the information about the bag again and realised it is to hook over the pull handle of a suitcase, so you can keep it safe and secure without having to wear it. There are loads of internal pockets of varying sizes to keep you organised. Even a very well padded laptop section. If the water resistant fabric isn’t enough for you they have included a waterproof cover that just slips over the bag, insuring it and the contents remain safe and dry.
One of my favourite little extra touches is that under one of the padded sections for your back there is a hidden compartment. A little zipped pocket that you can keep your valuables save from pickpockets in. One because no one would know it is there and two because it is in between the main section of the bag and your back. Husb in particular loves this feature as he worries about security a lot when we are out and about.
It is so comfortable! The straps are soft. The padded back is comfy. The chest strap keeps it nicely in place without pulling on your shoulders. We first put it to the test on a family day out, the bag was packed with a picnic, two litre bottles of water, jumpers all round, a giraffe, phones, keys, wallets and the usual bits and bobs. It was heavy, but I didn’t once think about it as the backpack is just so comfortable.
Oh and even with all that packed in there, we have room to spare.
Despite the fact I had initially earmarked this backpack as a work bag for husb, when it arrived and looked so good and functioned so well I was sorely tempted to swap my only little backpack that I use daily for a lovely new one.
The trouble is once husb saw it he wasn’t letting go. It is, in all fairness, perfect for him. The waterproof cover and reflective strips, coupled with the comfort means he can cycle to work with it. All of the pockets and the laptop section are perfect for his office job. With more than enough space for his lunch bag and everything else.
He also pointed out that I do not need such a large bag for my day to day use with the kid, sadly he is right! But trust me if Inateck made a slightly smaller, non laptop holding, version of this bag with the charging port I would be there straightaway!!
At £49.99 I think it offers great value for money and it can be purchased from Amazon.
Disclosure – I was gifted my bag in exchange for an honest review.