We have taken a look at a few Lowepro bags in the past. They have been combination bags being able to carry a D-SLR camera and a laptop. We all know Lowepro makes some of the best bags for cameras, but what about for laptops. The combination bags we checked out really worked well, but can Lowepro make a standout laptop bag? The Slim Factor is one of Lowepro's newest laptop bags, let's see if it can set itself apart from other laptop bags.
The Slim Factor is a single-compartment messenger bag. We received the smallest model the Slim Factor S. The Slim Factor series also has the "M" and "L" bags. As you can guess the "M" stands for medium and the "L" stands for large. You will also notice that the Slim Factor has a nice color scheme to it. This is Lowepro's Espesso / Latte color scheme. They also offer the Slim Factor in Parsley / Green Tea and plain black.
The front of the Slim Factor easily unsnaps and flips up. There are 2 large main pockets on the front. Also you see Lowepro uses an orange color for the inside of the bag. No matter which color scheme you pick the inside will be orange. When I opened the front cover I also noticed that folds down over where your laptop would be is nice and thick to good protection.
Inside there is only 1 main compartment for your laptop. The Slim Factor S is made to fit up to 13-inch laptops so it is perfect for Macbook's or the new Dell XPS M1330. The larger Slim Factor M can fit up to a 15.4-inch laptop and the Slim Factor L can fit 17-inch laptops. The last compartment is on the back of the bag. It is big enough to fit a small book, magazine, or some small accessories.
Also on the back there is a handle for carrying the bag. There is also a shoulder strap. The strap is pretty basic, there is no comfort strip on it, but this is a small bag so it is not really needed. Lowepro does make sure that strap will stay on with metal rings on each side of the bag.