For larger electronic devices, the main compartment features a laptop / notebook pocket with a very soft lining, which will hold a 15" or smaller device comfortably. There is also a smaller, dedicated pocket intended for iPads or other tablets.
There are smaller side compartments you can use for storage (I keep my backup hard drive in one, and my business card wallet in the other).
There is a small pocket on the front that you can use for things like glasses (it's plush-lined), or earbuds (my preferred use for this pocket) to allow easy access.
There is an additional, larger pocket at the top of the back panel that is hidden and can be a good "stash" pocket for ID's, passports, thumb drives, an MP3 player or other larger, special items. You can see it in the picture on the right, at the very top of the back of the bag, just underneath the top part of the shoulder straps.
Good organization, nice amount of space
These pockets make it easy to organize the small stuff, and leave a nice amount of room for everything else. There is plenty of room for files and a couple of books, noise canceling headphones in a case, etc.
Speaking of folders, check out my earlier article on how to create backpack folders, which I created for my previous backpack. They work great in this one, as well.
In spite of the large amount of space, this backpack doesn't balloon up like others I've had - which I consider to be a plus. This backpack still stays snug and streamlined looking even when it's full, which makes it easy for air travel.
Awesome, but not perfect
As I mentioned, this is my favorite backpack so far but it still has a few things that get in the way of perfection:
- I mentioned that this backpack is snug. If you are used to over-stuffing a backpack, you can't get away with that on this one - it doesn't stretch a lot.
- While it isn't an issue for me, I now a lot of people who carry water bottles with them when they travel, and this bag doesn't really have a suitable external pocket for that. If you have a water bottle with a clip / carabiner on it, you could clip it to the outside of the bag, but there isn't a water bottle pocket.
The bottom line
In summary, the Focused Space Incubator backpack is an impressive, business friendly backpack with strong organization, good protection for your gadgets, and a very comfortable travel companion.