About a week ago we checked out the Lowepro Slim Factor laptop bag and it was the perfect bag for someone that did not want to carry a lot of gear. It has a lot of features and many consumers will enjoy it. But there is one thing about laptop bags is almost all of them don't appeal to women. Women want a bag that can hold their laptop and accessories, but look good at the same time and be easy to carry like a purse. Well Lowepro has the answer to this with the Factor Tote.
Factor Tote Overview
The Factor Tote is just what it says, a tote styled bag. Most laptop bags that you see are either a messenger bag or a backpack so it is nice to see a tote styled bag. Just like other bags in the Factor series the Factor Tote comes in 3 different color styles, Black, Espresso/Latte, and Parsley/Green tea. We of course received the Espresso/Latte version of the tote bag.
On the front and back of the bag are 2 large pockets where you can store folders, magazines, and even books. Also in the pictures below you can see the tote handles, although not super thick they should be able to carry the weight of your laptop.
The main compartment opens up to reveal the laptop compartment, which is situated in the center of the bag. If you open it up you can see that it is padded and will protect your laptop very well. The Factor tote should fit most laptops up to 14-inches. Also I like that the laptop compartment has its own zipper. This will keep your laptop nice and snug inside and incase you drop the bag your laptop won't come flying out.
On one side of the laptop compartment there is another large pocket for storing various items. On the opposite side there are more pockets. This is something I would have liked to have seen on the Factor Slim bag. There are pockets for cell phone, PDA, laptop accessories, and even pens.
One more thing to note is the Factor Tote has a very sturdy bottom. This allows it to keep its shape and not fall over when you have a laptop in it.