Eastpak Floyd rucksack review

3.5 out of 5
£45

For

Compact, nice design

Against

Not much padding, small straps

Notebooks have increasingly become mainstream and are no longer the preserve of the travelling businessman. With this in mind, Eastpak has put together a range of notebook backpacks aimed at the urban mainstream.

The Floyd is a backpack that comes in a variety of colours – our review unit was a black and grey pinstripe but you can choose from plain single colours to blue and even orange camouflage.

The design is fairly basic with a large pocket for your personal effects and a divider for your notebook. There are three smaller pockets on the front that are ideal for small items, such as your MP3 player or wallet.

It's a compact design and considering it will fit a 17-inch notebook. When Eastpak say a 17-inch notebook, they mean a MacBook Pro, as the space is far too narrow to fit most other makes inside.

To this end, we found it a little too cramped – it proved better for machines less than 15 inches, for instance. If you get a chance, check this bag with your notebook before buying it, to avoid disappointment.

The main problem is the straps, as they are quite small and with a large notebook in tended to dig into the shoulders too much.

This is basically a day pack, for carrying your notebook to and from college, for example, so doesn't pack in a great deal of protection. We'd advice you buy a notebook sleeve to fully protect your machine.

Verdict

If you intend to use it with smaller notebooks, the Eastpak Floyd is a great lightweight rucksack for the daily commute but make sure your portable fits inside.