Skooba’s Laptop Roller Bag is actually quite stylish – for a piece of luggage. With the handle down, the bag looks like a wide laptop bag. Once you open it however, you can see just how versatile this case is. The case has five sets of zippers that protect over a dozen pockets and compartments.
The large compartment on the side is the padded protection and security window for your laptop computer. We used both our 17-inch Apple and 12.1-inch Dell in the bag (separately) and they fit comfortably. When we reviewed the Booq Boa Laptop Bag, the fit was snug for our 17-inch laptop computer. This wasn’t a bad thing as the computer didn’t move around at all. In the Skooba, there is a bunch more room to house any sized laptop.
The second zipper is the one that splits the bag to make it “butterfly” open. This is the mode you want to have it in when you place it on the x-ray conveyor belt. The Checkthrough Roller is actually designed so that you can carry the bag without zipping the main hinge shut. This makes for an easy getaway when you are trying to catch that plane.
The next zipper set opens the largest compartment where you would typically pack your clothing, shoes, and accessories. There is a divider that partitions the space here also. It does a really good job of separating the “clothing area” from the “accessory area”. This isn’t the largest space in the world, but if you are a road warrior, you will know how to utilize space and pack. The other thing I like about this compartment are the supporting straps that allow you to quickly access the compartment without having to lay out the bag on the floor. This is a small, but very useful addition that shows that the Skooba engineers really put some thought into the design making the bag as functional as possible.
The last zipper hides a thin pocket that a user could place small, thin items such as magazines, tickets or documents. There is also a ‘through flap’ on the side of the roller that you can use to hook it to larger bags. The urethane wheels on the Skooba look like something from Mad Max as they are attached to some funky looking aluminum axle wheel brackets. Lastly, the retractable handle elevates to 40-inches over the ground that should give users of any height good leverage as they pull the roller across the floor.