The Targus City.Gear 15 is a top-loading laptop bag, designed for laptops with screens up to 15.6 inches.

I’ve been looking for a new bag for a while. The one I had before was just the right size for 11.6 inch Lenovo but bags designed for smaller laptops also, inevitably, can also store a lot less in total. As a result I struggled to get much into it other than the laptop itself.

The problem is, bigger cases state how big a laptop they will take but don’t give any indication of how they will cope with anything smaller – will me 11.6″ laptop rattle around inside or sit snuggly? Sadly, the only way to find out is to buy one.

Most laptop bags – I prefer the traditional version with handles and should strap rather than a backpack (and messenger bags often don’t contain a huge array of pockets for storage) – are pretty plain but I liked this for the touches of yellow which made it look a little more interesting.

As you can see from the pictures it has a huge number of pockets, including some specific for a mouse and a tablet and there’s a zip-out bag on the side that can be used to hold water bottles too.  There’s also a document storage section, a removable mesh accessory pouch and removable CD/DVD sleeves that hold 8 discs. The rear section is padded to make it comfortable when worn over the shoulder.

The whole thing measures 42 x 13 x 44 cm and weighs a little over 1.5 kg. It holds my smaller laptop reasonably well – it won’t fit truly snugly unless you have a bigger one but it still feels appropriate protected.

Unfortunately, there are a few niggles. The overall quality is not 100% – the Velcro on the mouse pocket has come away as has some of the stitching on one of the zips. The shoulder strap is quite a thin material which, at every opportunity, curls – as a result you often have something much narrower over your shoulder and this isn’t comfortable. I should add that I’ve only had it a few weeks. The bag, however, does come with a lifetime guarantee.

I bought mine from TechNextDay.co.uk for a little under £35. Beware of other Targus bags with similar names – this review is for the model TCG400.

[review]It has more pockets than you can imagine and seems to just swallow every I put in it. It’s all well protected too. If it wasn’t for the occasional quality issue this would be fantastic value for money. As it is, it’s good.[/review]

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