Rated 5 out of 5 by MrChatham As Advertised
The bag is resilient, very light and can fit my Surface computer plus IPhone, files, business cards, etc. and still be light. It has tons of zippered compartments and the zippers appear to be of good quality. I replaced a bag from another vendor who advertised their bag as "rugged yet flexible". It turned out to be neither. It was bulky, heavy and within 6 months, the shoulder strap broke. Before a year was out, the zipper for the computer compartment broke. 6 months later, every zipper was broken, I had a bag that didn't close anywhere; so, you had to have it at your feet because if you stowed it overhead, everything would fall out.
The LL Bean briefcase has solved the problem beautifully and with its distinctive color, it's easy to tell which bag is mine. Highly recommended.
June 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JVM72 Commuter Breifcase
Well designed product that seems to be well built. A useful replacement for an earlier soft briefcase that has lasted over 15 years, and at this early point it seems capable of a similar long life.
May 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MLJon Commuter Briefcase
The briefcase arrived earlier than promised and was exactly what was advertised. Thanks LL Bean!
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Raley Great case!
All of the pockets are easy to organize all of papers and laptop. Many pockets are softly I lined for my other devices and prevent scratches. Top quality construction. Extremely accessible. Glad my wife bought it for me!! Highly recommend it!
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by annieboston Been using it for months now, love it.
This is a great briefcase. I have a slim briefcase for days when I just need my laptop. This is the one I use if I need to lug a pile of files or a big binder too. Seems like I can jam endless folders---okay, maybe not endless, but lots into this bag.
You need to have a policy for all the pockets and places it provides. There's an obvious phone pouch and laptop sleeve and place for your tablet but then there are lots of other pockets. When I first got it, I'd forget what I had put where. Now that I've decided what goes where, it's all good.
Really happy with this purchase.
February 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by PennStater03 Happy but not thrilled
Nice briefcase that lives up to its description. I bought it to tote around my iPad/keyboard/accessories, newspaper, and random business travel belongings. Favorite feature is the fleece lined pockets. Otherwise, there's nothing spectacular or eye catching about this bag. There is no support structure at the base but so far I haven't had trouble standing it up on it's own.
February 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jwnrw Holds a Ton of Stuff
I have been through more carry-on options than I care to admit -- backpacks, computer bags, you name it.
This is a very good bag with more room than I thought I could use. In fact, like most luggage, I find myself filling it to the brim - especially when traveling, as airline carriers now strongly suggest you carry on all electronics --- which can amount to be a fair bit of weight.
In particular, the fleece-lined pockets and the pullman handle sleeve are must-haves --- making this an excellent all-round travel companion.
On the downside, I would have liked an external water bottle sleeve on the outside ends of the bag. Because this is missing, I purchased a Bison Designs water bottle carabiner clip that I found at the checkout in the flagship store in Freeport as I was checking out. It attaches to the strap clips on the bag and provides an easy solution. Nevertheless, I'd still rather have had a holder built onto the bag itself.
Other than the water bottle holder, this is another great LLBean product.
January 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeremy1 great computer briefcase
My son will use this for high school and college, he is a senior this year. He opened it up and started searching for pockets, big grin. He kept finding more pockets. He is ecstatic.
January 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by whoever New teacher gift
I purchased this for my grand daughter, a new teacher. She loves it! It carries everything she needs, from computer and phone to lesson plans and her 'homework',all those papers to be checked and returned.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goffer Does the job brilliantly
I bought this in the middle of a business trip to California from NY when my old trusty finally bit the dust -- LL Bean shipped it to a hotel in two days. It's great -- VERY light and well designed, lots of room in several well-placed zippered pockets. Well balanced in that it stays upright when you put it down. The thing on the back that you slide your extending suitcase handle through works beautifully. The blue color is quite charming.
Other reviews complained that the strap slips off the shoulder, but I've not had that problem, even with a slippery nylon-type jacket. I've only had it for a couple of weeks so far, but it seems great so far. I shopped around before buying this, and for the reasonable cost and Bean's return policy, this was a no-brainer.
December 17, 2014