As a frequent traveler, I’m a big fan of my Surface Pro. I use it exclusively as my travel computer, tablet, and Lync voice endpoint. Since acquiring it, I’ve been looking for the perfect bag for my needs. My colleague, Jeff Schertz, purchased a bag design specifically for Surface a while back and I tried the same bag. It was perfect for my Surface Pro as it was built specifically for the device. It also seemed to be well built and was light and easy to carry. It did however suffer from one major issue for my needs. I tend to carry a lot of “stuff” when I travel. Specifically a portable speakerphone for Lync, my Bose headphones, VGA/HDMI adapters for my Surface, the power supply for my Surface and various other gadgets that get thrown in the bag. The bag just didn’t quite have enough organization or room for all of my gadgets. I started a new search for the perfect Surface bag. I wanted something large enough to carry everything I needed but not oversized as I wanted something lightweight. As a bonus I’m always a fan of any bag that has a handle pass thru so I can carry it on my roller bag when dashing through airports. Just when I was about to give up on my search,I came across a video review of a STM bag by a Surface MVP and decided this must be the way to go. He was a Surface MVP after all. I decided to take the plunge and ordered the Velo 2 from Amazon.
At this point, I have only used the Velo 2 for a couple of days and haven’t yet taken it on an extended trip. I am however very impressed with the organization options as well as space to store all of my “stuff”. More to come as I take my next trip.
Size and Dimensions:
According the the tag, the bag supports “most” 13 inch screens.
Dimensions – The total laptop (Surface) space is 8.9 x 12.7 x 0.9 inches.
Weight – 2.4 lbs
Zippers and Pockets:
One of the first things I noticed was that the main pocket had a “flap” like many messenger bags, however it also used a zipper to fully secure the pocket. If you are like me and have this fear of stuff falling out of the bag if it’s knocked over, you can zipper the main pocket, on top of securing the flap with the quick release buckles. Another good design choice is that you don’t store your Surface in the main pocket. There is however dedicated soft lined space in the main pocket to store and protect a smaller tablet like an e-reader. Just an added bonus in my opinion. You should be able to see from the images below that the main pocket has good organization but also provides plenty of room. I have all of my travel necessities in there with room left over!
The pocket for your Surface is actually on the side of the bag. Mine fits in there nice and snug and you can tell there is plenty of padding for protection.
More Pockets for lots of Stuff
As you can see from the additional images, there are even more pockets available to store pens, styluses, and other goodies you may be traveling with. Also the handle pass thru is zippered so you can choose to leave the zipper closed if you don’t need this option.
Overall I’m really liking this bag. I’ll see how it stands up to long-term travel and if it continues to meet my needs. Right now I’m definitely considering this a winner!