Converse Reporter Poly review

Converse Reporter Poly

Although it's made by Converse, there isn't a great deal of style going on with the Reporter Poly. The bag is a very plain black colour and only has a Converse logo printed on the front side and only one of the four zips has the 'All Star' logo brandished on it. We're a bit disappointed with the effort here. See all laptop bag reviews.

The messenger-style bag has an adjustable strap and a large shoulder pad which makes it comfortable to wear. The material inside is also black which makes it hard to pick out items like your charger. See also: Be.ez LE bag Pro review.

The main section of the bag has two compartments. One is, as you would expect, for a laptop. You’ll find room for notebooks up to 13in screens. A tablet fits in here just fine and our 13in laptop fitted with room to spare: we found we could still squeeze in our laptop when it was wearing a Converse laptop sleeve.

The laptop section is surrounded by protective foam and a Velcro strap ensures your expensive machine is held in place. The padding isn't as thick as we've seen on other bags, though.

This is all what we'd expect from a good laptop bag, but it's strangely placed at the front of the bag rather than the back. This means the laptop is further from your side and pulls the bag away from you somewhat; especially if you open the zip while the bag in on your shoulder. It's the other section for chargers, notebooks and the like which sits next to your hip.

We like the multi-use section which is sewn into the back of the main compartment. This has space for three pens and has four slots for keeping debit cards, business cards, train tickets and other items. It also has a reasonable-size zipped pocket and a smaller section with a Velcro strap.

Apart from the main section of the bag, there are two front zipped pockets. The smaller just has a single straight zip while the other has two which extend far down the sides of the bag for easy access. The larger is the only one of the two with any depth so you’re not restricted to documents and other flat items.

Converse Reporter Poly: Specs

  • 13in laptop bag
  • made from water resistant 600D polyester
  • laptop space: 370x245x25mm
  • outer dimensions: 390x300x90mm
  • 14 litre nominal capacity
  • 13in laptop bag
  • made from water resistant 600D polyester
  • laptop space: 370x245x25mm
  • outer dimensions: 390x300x90mm
  • 14 litre nominal capacity

OUR VERDICT

The Converse Reporter Poly has the basics you need in a laptop bag but it's much plainer looking than we expect from a company like Converse. However, the bag is relatively cheap, so it’s fine if you’re on a budget.