Targus' line of backpacks is among the best. ThinkComputers' admires the line's durability, solid construction, versatility, and protection of the contents of the bag. We got our hands on the Targus Grove Convertible Messenger/Backpack. It looks and feels like a World War II rucksack re-imagined in the twenty-first century. The olive color certainly contributes to it. As part of the Targus EcoSmart green initiative, this case is PVC-free and features recyclable plastic accents and nickel-free metal to reduce the amount of toxins released into the environment. Read on for the review...
Features & Specifications
Device Compatibility: 14.33" x 1.69" x 11.81"
Exterior Dimensions: 12.60" x 5.51" x 16.14"
Exterior Material: Nylon
Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
Weight: 2.86 lbs
- Protection: Quilted compartment fits 15.4" laptops
- Organization: Workstation includes storage compartments, business card holder, key hook and pen loops. Case features padded/adjustable shoulder strap, tuck away backpack straps and padded handle for comfortable carrying
- Materials: Case is PVC free and is constructed of durable nylon material, recyclable plastics and nickel-free metal
The Grove looks more professional than many laptop backpacks, suggesting that it might be usable as a replacement for a briefcase for those in jobs which require more decorum than a college campus. The front flap has a pocket for easy access to things such as a wallet or passport. There's a thick, strong fastener to hold the flap in place during transit. There's some rubber feet on the bottom.
The sides are endowed with pockets. One side has a simple mesh pocket with expandable opening. Also, the zippers from the pockets within hang out in these pictures, but I'll get to those pockets later in the review. The other side has a mesh pocket similar to the one on the other side, but underneath it is a very expandable inner pocket with sufficient room for a hand-held console.
The rear of the pack looks a little odd with the backpack straps stowed, as it's mesh for breathability and there are two random metal loops. However, when one unzips the pocket and produces the straps, the pocket turns into suitable storage for something thin and flat, like paper. The straps are solidly sewed into the steams of the pack, as are the fabric loops which hold on the metal loops. The messenger carrying strap is of similar construction, and is similarly attached. All are quite comfortable.