Microsoft Branded Stachio Pinnacle Backpack Review

When I got my MacBook Pro almost a year ago, the biggest problem I had was finding a bag big enough to carry it in. All of the other bags that I had weren’t wide enough. My 15.4" wide screen MBP was too wide.My biggest problem was how to protect this thing.  Without adequate protection, it was going to spend a lot of time at my desk and nowhere else.

Thankfully, Microsoft came to the rescue and offered a number of Gear Diary Team Members bags for their gear. I chose the Microsoft Branded Stachio Backpack. Let’s see how it stacks up to a couple of other bags that I tried using with my MBP.




Front of the backpack


The MS bag itself is not bad, though a bit on the not so stylish side.  I like the all black (I’m not into day-glow colors much to the embarrassment of my kids…); but for my tastes, the bag is a bit on the small side.  I carry quite a bit of stuff in my gear bag, including (but not limited to the following):

  • Personal laptop (MacBook Pro)
  • Work laptop (currently Dell D630)
  • Chargers for both
  • Train schedules
  • VzW PC5750 Wireless PC Card (EV-DO RevA)
  • Assorted software CD’s and DVD’s
  • Assorted AC chargers for gadgets I own and use
  • Assorted USB cables for devices and gadgets I own and use
  • Freelancing Business Documents
  • 5G 60GB iPod Video
  • Headphones and Myvu Personal Video Viewer



Picture o’ my crap


As you may guess, the bag simply did NOT hold all of this stuff, which bothered me a great deal.  For the job that I am currently in, this is the bare minimum that I am willing to roll with. Without something in the above list, I am going to miss something at a critical time, and then…well, not good.  I couldn’t fit both laptops in without leaving something really unprotected, and that was something I couldn’t live with.  But then again, not many bags will actually let you hold more than one laptop at a time with any real protection.

Honestly, I ended up using the bag mostly as an overnight bag for my trips out to Denver. The backpack comes with shoulder straps that you would normally expect to see on a bag of that type as well as a single shoulder strap so you can carry it like a standard notebook briefcase.




The front of the backpack

The back of the backpack

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The right side of the backpack

The left side of the backpack


The bag also has a handle at the top of the bag in its "portrait," backpack configuration, and honestly, that’s the way that it really stayed, the entire time that I was using it. It was easiest to carry this way

MSRP:  Available via Amazon for $35.94
What I liked:  Dual landscape and portrait configurations
What needs improvement: There are a number of things that I would like to see improved with this bag. The biggest is space.  The bag is too small and doesn’t hold enough; but for $35 bucks, it isn’t too bad.

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