I got to try out the Skooba Satchel bag for a couple of weeks, bringing it back and forth to work with me and the one word I have to describe it is: Quality. From its attention to detail to its quality parts, this satchel is worth the price if you're looking for an alternative to that business briefcase or the juvenile-looking backpack. The built-in laptop sleeve will fit a 15" MacBook Pro with plenty of room to spare and it provides a good amount of support with its gel filled bubbles on the front, back, sides and bottom of the laptop sleeve. Accessories for the notebook can go in the main compartment in three mesh pockets to easily identify where you put that DVI to VGA converter.
The front compartment is very typical of most bags with slots for pens, pencils, cellphone, ID card, etc. However, the bag is fairly thin so you won't get any large bulky objects in it. It's mostly designed for a notebook computer with room for a large textbook or several small binders, magazines or novels. For the hydro-conscience among us, there is a mesh pouch perfect for holding a 20 oz water bottle or smaller; a very nice touch for people looking to tote around their own liquids (but keeping it far away from that MacBook!). The form factor makes it ideal for use as a briefcase alternative or for students carrying one or two books to class.
The quality of the bag comes from the materials used and the hardware installed. Unlike most bags with narrow, thin straps that bunch up, twist, cut into your shoulder, the Skooba satchel uses a stiff, broad strap with a built-in shoulder pad with a bungee system to absorb shock. Each side of the pad is adjustable to accommodate any way you choose to wear it. The strap is attached with swiveling hooks for easy detachment and freedom of movement when the bag is picked up and slung over the shoulder.
Conclusion: The bag is very well constructed, is comfortable to wear and will last a long time. 4 out of 5