The MiBag from Exspect is a stylish and roomy laptop bag.

In fact, it's two. The MiBag comprises what Exspect calls a 'lifestyle bag' which has a thin laptop 'sleeve or bag handily slipped inside. If you don't need to carry your lappy about, you can stow it somewhere safely in its comfortable and well-padded inner bag, then use your outer MiBag as, well, a lifestyle bag.

It's certainly roomy. With the laptop sleeve removed, the MiBag has space enough to build a small town. Even with a 17in laptop ensconced in your MiBag (inner sleeve and all), there's a plethora of pockets and hidey-holes for everything you could possibly need to carry.

For instance, one useful pocket, aimed at your digital audio player, and sports a headphone-out slot. You simply slip your MP3 player in this pouch, and can then listen away without ever having to remove the player from the MiBag.

And yet the MiBag still looks stylish. It feels like a quality product.

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More importantly for the hard-pressed road warrior, even when stuffed with a laptop and the all paraphernalia you must carry with it, the MiBag is comfortable to carry. Or perhaps more accurately, the combination of several pockets, two bags and an adjustable strap means that if you can't find a way of comfortably carrying your laptop, you simply aren't trying hard enough.

And your laptop will be secure from bumps and scrapes. The MiBag boasts plenty of padding and a sturdy strap to stop your fragile PC getting damaged. And if it's in the inner bag of two, so much the better.

The MiBag has one other trick up its, ahem, sleeve that, depending on your viewpoint, is either a killer fashion function or a pointless gimmick.

NEXT PAGE: the MiBag's detachable fascia, and our expert verdict > >

The MiBag from Exspect is a stylish and roomy laptop bag.

Killer app or expensive gimmick?

Exspect says that its users have been crying out for individuality, and so the MiBag comes with a detachable fascia, and the ability to purchase separate coloured and designer fronts for your bag.

Perhaps we're getting old, but this seems like a means of (a) extracting money from punters who've already purchased a perfectly good bag and (b) drawing attention to the expensive gadget you're carrying around in a canvas hold all.

Having said that, the sleeves do look smart and they do reduce the obvious 'laptoppy' nature of the bag - we looked less like a busy exec and more like a paper boy - which may be no bad thing from a security point of view. (Your reviewer's car was recently broken into for the sake of a plain-looking laptop bag that contained only some sweaty gym kit, a pair of spectacles and a banana.)

Exspect sells MiBag fascias in a variety of colours, from £9.99 inc VAT each. And the company says that people will soon be able to design their own. Is this an idea that's going to catch on? We didn't think so, but having carried the MiBag around for days with nary a mention from our colleagues, no sooner had we slipped on a brown fascia, than we were garnering praise for our stylish bag. A quick straw poll suggests that even cynical IT journalists can be swayed by a shiny cover.

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MiBag: Specs

  • 17in laptop bag
  • detachable fascia
  • shoulder strap
  • 460x340x111mm
  • 17in laptop bag
  • detachable fascia
  • shoulder strap
  • 460x340x111mm

OUR VERDICT

What do you look for in a laptop bag? In terms of safety, space and comfort the MiBag cannot be faulted. And it is good-looking. But if you want individual style, bear in mind that you'll have to shell out £9.99 on top of the initial £39 outlay. And £39 alone is nearer the middle than the bottom of the expense range for laptop carriers. A quality product that's priced accordingly.

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