Rated 4 out of 5 by BeanCustomerNC Solid bag, reasonable price
I've had this bag for a few weeks, and so far I'm really happy with it. It is a bit heavy empty, but any bag is heavy once you have a laptop and a few books in it. One feature that gets mentioned that is a little frustrating is that the magnets for the flaps over the pouch pockets aren't very strong. I have mixed feelings about that; it does make the flaps pretty flappy, but they're thick enough that it's not a serious problem. I wouldn't be hugely excited about really powerful magnets around my electronics, either, so given that it's a computer bag, I can live with the weak magnets. The pocket dividers in the main compartment work well, and it will hold a lot. I do wish it had a better place for a small umbrella, but overall it's been just the briefase Ive wanted.
September 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 Great bag. Outer magnetic flap does not stay shut
This bag looks and feels great.
The design decision to use magnets to hold the two outer flaps in place is questionable. They are secured by zipper underneath, so it's not a deal breaker, but I don't like how they just hang out and flap around when the bag is moderately full.
I thought the first bag I received was defective, so I exchanged it for a new one, but the second one displayed the same symptoms. I decided to keep it anyway because the bag is perfect in every other way.
It's rugged without being too heavy, and has a great combination of pockets and compartments. I carry it everyday to work.
It stains light pants like khakis and white T's. I hope that problem will go away eventually.
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KPinBK Excellent Daily Bag
Exactly what you'd expect from LL Bean. A great, well made bag at a fair price. I've used this bag daily for ~2 years and have been more than satisfied with how it's held up. My daily commute tests the quality of this guy and it looks just as good as the day I bought it.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrJames Good Leather Bag for cost
I have had this bag for 4 months and it is doing very well. Leather is soft and pliable. This bag looks very classy and I expect the leather will age well. Stitching is very good, as are the zippers on the pockets and main compartment ( a problem I saw mentioned on prior reviews from a couple of years ago that apparently has been fixed)
The external pockets are well thought out and useful for carrying adapters , pens, tools of my trade. The main computer compartment barely fits my 15 inch laptop. Note to developers, not every one is converting to small thought-limiting tablet computers. The lining is soft and durable.
My son has a bag that he got about the same time from another big name leather maker for twice the price. While he is very happy with his and it might look better in 20 years, this bag is of more use right now and much better value in my opinion. I am very happy with it and would recommend it to others.
May 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dlb23 Just buy it
I waited a long time before I bought this briefcase. That was a mistake. I looked around to find one that would be less expensive or better made, but I could not find one. Everything about this briefcase is perfect. The leather is soft, the interior is cotton cloth and just excellent. Some people complain about not having a leather strap but after using it I realized the cotton strap is very comfortable, is lightweight and the the top part is wide and leather and stays on your shoulder. The pockets in front are large and zipped, which makes for easy access.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Imatoughcustomer Well Made Briefcase!!
Some reviews say this bag can be heavy but I feel this is a sign of quality, and I was right! I am in Real Estate and this briefcase is perfect for me. I am able to fit my laptop, iPad, and all neccessary files, (including legal size!) and notebooks. Im sure this briefcase will last many, many years but should there be a defect I KNOW LLBean will replace it without a hassle!
April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deergazer54 Rangeley Briefcase
This briefcase meets my needs perfectly. It stores my laptop, iPad, phone and papers safely and securely within its padded chambers. I also have room for my small folding umbrella inside as well. It also holds myriad other items in the outer pockets like sunglasses, cords for the devices, small digital camera, gum, etc. The brown leather surface is pebbly and very sturdy, with a thick hide being used. The handles are strong and the sturdy zippers work well and are effortless to pull. The magnets holding the two outer pockets have come open occasionally, but since there are zippers under the flaps, that has not been an issue for me. It is a heavy briefcase when fully loaded with all my stuff, but the padded shoulder strap is up for the task. I'm very pleased with my purchase and should have bought it a while ago rather than waiting. I would love a ring to attach keys to inside, but that would be my only addition.
February 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JGaz Classic and Functional Briefcase
Purchased this for my husband as a gift to replace a 15 year old canvas briefcase from LL Bean. He loved it! It's classy (beautiful color and leather) and functional (many useful compartments for laptop and other items). Never complained about the weight of it like other reviewers. Will update on durability over a time.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by THum Leather Rangeley Briefcase
Love, love, love this briefcase. I've been looking for a LONG time for an appropriate briefcase to hold my 15 inch laptop, my iPad, and my other work stuff. I originally received a canvas briefcase and wasnt satisfied with the look - so I purchased this.
There is plenty of room to house all of the above and more. If you have a lot of papers (i.e. a 2 inch binder) then you might find the bag crowded if you use a laptop and tablet. The magnets on the flaps are weaker than normal but do perform their function as long as you dont stuff the pockets too full. It's premium grade leather and the shoulder strap hooks on the end are very sturdy - a nice feature that has been an issue for me on my previous briefcases.
I've had this briefcase for 1 month and it still looks good. I love the look. Classy and professional. PRice was nice too - especially for what you get. the handles allow you to grasp the bag and not use the shoulder straps. It can get on the heavier side if you load the briefcase up, but one can expect that with a sturdy product such as this.
February 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GadgetGuyinboston The Real Deal
If you are seeking the satisfaction of owning and handling real "nude" (as opposed to commercially-finished) leather, you will love this briefcase.
In addition, it is very well made.Plenty of stitching and riveting to hold it together for a long time.
My only criticism is that it would benefit from a more modern ergonomic shoulder strap. The traditional looking, relatively small sliding pad does not spread the weight out enough for my liking.Also, because this bag is relatively heavy, the pad may tend to slip off of round-shouldered folks like myself.
I am using a 3rd party strap w/pad (which unfortunately does not match, as it only comes in black), to carry this case.
This 3rd party strap has a contoured pad which tends to stay on the shoulder better.. This design is found on many camera bags.
The pad area itself is a stretchy neoprene-like material, which acts like a shock-absorber, reducing the "apparent" weight.
The underside of the pad is a stretchy but very grippy rubberized material.It adjusts with sliders at both ends to keep the pad centered. If you are planning on walking a distance with this case, you will want to research such a strap. Nevertheless, I love the case.
February 1, 2014