First, let’s get over or wallow in the whole man purse/bag thing. Go ahead. The rest of the post will be here when you get back.
OK, now that you’re back, I think I’ve discovered a very good choice for a small gadget bag to tote the current crop of Tablets around in. It’s called the Osprey Resource Veer Should Bag. Yep, it’s a toss it over your shoulder and around your neck and off you go. It’s not a messenger bag and its small size can give you that man purse stigma if you’re afraid of those things.
As our mobile life keeps embracing smaller and smaller gadgets our gadget bags keep wanting to get smaller and smaller as well. At least mine do. Or rather, at least I’d like them to. I’ve been on the lookout for a bag that I can carry around a Tablet, a Bluetooth keyboard, and a few other things. My daily work bag is certainly sufficient for carrying my Tablet gear and a MacBook Pro 13, but there are some days where I just want to tote the Tablet and what I might need to get some work done. The Osprey Resource Veer looks to fill that bill.
The Veer has a large enough central pouch to hold your Tablet (I’ve carried the iPad 2, the iPad, the HP TouchPad, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in it) and the Apple Wireless Keyboard in a case. In addition there’s room for a few other accessories there as well. There’s a front zipper pouch for you to tuck away a few more accessories. I toss my earbuds and the MIFi card in there. This front pouch attaches to the body via two velcro strips that open up the usual place for pens or a stylus, USB sticks, etc… And on the side there is another zippered pouch as well.
On the top of the bag is a zippered pouch deep enough for quite a few things, but be aware if you fill this pouch up you’ll encroach on the center pouch where your Tablet resides. There’s also a slide in pouch on the back good for flat things like documents or a plane ticket, and on the strap is a pouch that will fit smaller (as in iPhone) phones or an iPod touch. There are also sleeves running along the pouch for you to feed your earbuds through, if that’s your thing.
By and large, I can tote a full kit of a Tablet and accessories, a point and shoot camera with an extra battery, an iPod Touch, and a Bluetooth Keyboard in this and barely notice I’m carrying anything. You’ve got a choice of colors (Blue, Black and Red-although Osprey calls them Glacier, Panda Black, and Salmon) and you can pick the bag up at Amazon for $49.00.
I do have one niggle though. The bottom of the bag is not well padded, so if you’re in the habit of setting things down in a hurry you might want to change that if your Tablet isn’t in a protective case or sleeve. I’ve heard a decided “thunk” a few times setting the bag down on a hard surface.