So I am using this backpack as my daily driver now after I ended up spilling thirty ounces of ice tea in my Jansport backpack. It was bought originally just as a way to carry around a backup laptop thanks to the cheap price when it was on sale the last time. I haven’t even used the battery yet.
So let’s say this about it as a backpack.
I really like how strong the top handle is. It’s basically a cable. That surprised me.
It has far more compartments than I expected. Almost as many as my trusty old Jansport and for anyone who has owned one of them they know what this means. What it doesn’t do like the Jansport is hold as much. Now there is a caveat to that. The Jansport’s can used as an overnight bag this is more of a laptop bag plus stuff. My Jansport laptop backpack could hold 2 17" laptops. This could hold 2 15"s in a pinch.
I have managed to ram my ultralight laptop plus my lunch bag and my 30oz beast mug in here daily. That is the max of what it will hold and that is pushing it beyond its max. The lunch bag is in a front compartment not really meant for it but it works.
So would I recommend it? Yeah for this price if you need an inexpensive bag. Sure and heck it comes with a removable battery pack but it also has this nifty feature of putting the cord for charging on the outside of the bag. Which is also cool.
@Fodder650 In your opinion, would it work for grocery trips? Think, a 6-bottle pack of soda, some miscellaneous dry goods, and some fruits and veggies. Not a huge amount, but would it fit a week’s worth of groceries?
I got this last time and would recommend it, especially at this even lower price. The fit & finish are fine, there’s enough padding and that 2nd handle at the top reinforced with a metal cable is a nice touch, albeit a little overkill. The front of the pack has this weird semi-glossy not-quite-carbon-fiber pattern that I’m not in love with, but just ignore (again, for the price.) The main straps don’t seem like they’d be super strong, maybe because they have these crimped edges, but they feel fine and have held up for a couple months or however long it’s been.
The main interesting feature is that built-in battery pack, which isn’t something you couldn’t just buy separately, but it’s purely a convenience, and I especially like it because its connection runs through the left strap to the user’s shoulder/chest area. You could also replace the battery pack itself should it wear out eventually or should you just want to install a larger-capacity one; the ports on the strap terminate in corresponding USB-A and micro-USB ports for output & input in the main/laptop compartment.
There’s only one downside to this backpack, at least compared to the Targus pack (also from meh!) I’ve been using: it doesn’t have a water bottle side pouch. That’s not a huge inconvenience, but it’s a step back for me considering what I’d been carrying up until this point.
@Spheyr I haven’t used one in like… ever. They weren’t a thing when I was in school. We just carried our books. Girls tended to carry them in front, which is why older ladies are bent over, and guys carried them to the side, which is why men of my generation lean a little to one side. When I was working, my laptop was carried in either a laptop bag or my briefcase.
@katbyter honestly that was days or weeks on standby or hours of actual use. Which isn’t really very different from current phones, except now we have them on more than on standby. I charge up any of my couple of years old and battery shot old phones, and if I leave it with the screen off, they still lasts for days.
This just about fits within the dimensions for a free “personal item” to bring on budget airlines like Spirit or Frontier, which is what I’m using a small backpack like this for most of the time. The lack of water bottle holder on the side is annoying, but maybe worth it for the convenience of the charge port on the strap? Hmmm
I just bought a backpack from Meijer last night for a flight, unfortunately it cost me $30. I was considering buying this but person at the tops review said he can barley fit his 2 laptops, lunch and water jug in there so I don’t think it’s big enough to carry what I need. I’m also flying delta so I’m not as worried about the size.
@Star2236 yeah, generally when I’m doing those budget flights, it’s a short trip, so I only need a few changes of clothes. Delta is pretty chill about the personal item sizes for sure, more so than Spirit, etc. at least. This backpack definitely sounds much smaller than my current go-to backpack, but I wonder if that would help keep me to essentials!
That’s one thing I hate about this site is you can’t return. So for some things it’s just not worth the hassle to me. Let me know if you buy it and the room. I’m just looking to put my laptop, makeup, liquids, medication, purse and extra change of clothes in mine basically.
Up to 17" laptops, alright. I had grabbed that Thule backpack deal months ago, but the 15" laptop I wanted to carry in it does not fit, just my 15" MBPr or smaller. Guess I will grab this and try to sell the unused Thule backpack.
@brainfog1 Yikes, that did not take long to rip for you. Well I ordered this one and my 15" does not fit in this one either. I don’t get how they can advertise it for 17" when my 15" sticks out of the top and I cannot zip it closed if I put it in the laptop pouch with the velcro strap. 2 useless backpacks. Also, it was missing the power bank all together as well.
My laptop: Dell Insipiron 15 7567
15.2" x 10.8" x 1"
I just received my bag and I love the bag, especially for the price, but for the life of me I’m not seeing a battery. I see a cable that connects, but I’ve frisked this thing all kinds of ways and looked in all kinds of pockets and have yet to see evidence of an actual battery.
I came back to see that it was indeed specified. It seems to be. Am I somehow misreading?
Or is there someplace I’ve managed to overlook that that little fucker could be hiding?
Just thought I’d check in here before contacting support.
FYI, M-Edge made good and in decent time. I contacted their support Tuesday evening. They replied the next day and my battery showed up today (in a padded manila envelope). It’s a tinyish thing (which is good, but not what I expected), but it does indeed at least say 6000 mAh.
Fwiw, it didn’t show up in USPS or FedEx tracking, so I got kinda nervous.
Hey Everyone, if you’re not finding the included power bank, please be sure you’re checking the internal zippered mesh pocket in main compartment in the very back of the bag, corresponding to where the wires come out. If it’s in your bag it should be in there.
If you’re certain you’ve checked the correct pocket and are still not finding a power bank, please write to customer support at meh.com/support! Powerbank Cargo Pocket
@chrismusaf My Dell Inspiron 15 7567 doesn’t even fit in the laptop pouch with the velcro strap. I can barely fit it in that zipper compartment but don’t trust to stay protected with no padding on top or bottom that way. My kid is using my 15" MBPr right now for school, but I assume that barely fits as well.
So not even great for some 15" laptops. This is the 2nd backpack I got on MEH that does not fit my laptop. I am not wasting any more money now.
I thought should I buy this for my son? Would he just use it for hidden beer cans, and I would be enabling him? Ya know liver hepatitis, cirrhosis and all. But wow I want to buy more and more. Very classy looking, my other motorized bike kid loves it! Thank you MEH. Got everything the battery and all! Pray for my son…
Mine was missing battery pack, contacted support, replacement arrived today with battery pack, in the pocket shown in the above post, pocket was zip tied closed, so I’m not sure what was going on with missing batteries, maybe they were stolen out of the backpacks before they arrived at meh. Oh, and they didn’t ask for me to return the first one or anything, so I have another excess backpack.
I’m astonished and super impressed by the customer service I received here. I got the pack on 9/30, which was really fast - 5 days after ordering it. But it was missing the battery so I wrote to meh.com/support that day. 9 days later the replacement arrived, battery and all! Couldn’t be better - thanks very much!
I can’t get the battery to charge. When I first got it and plugged it in, the blue lights came on briefly but I haven’t been able to get them on since. No amount of charging or pushing the button works. Any ideas?