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Knomo Alice is super stylish, lacks substance

Amber Bouman | May 2, 2013
This high-end laptop tote values style over substance, but still gets the job done.

It's also quite the looker--I received multiple compliments while carrying the Alice, across multiple cities, and it's easy to see why. The bag is nicely designed with high-quality materials. It has some nice attention to detail as well, for example, it can be carried either via the short handles or with the detachable, adjustable shoulder strap. It also features a "If Lost" ID number stitched to the lining to help reunite you with your bag if it becomes lost. (Of course, this relies upon the kindness and honesty of strangers but still, it's nice to have).

Carrying the Alice went well--I often need to carry quite a lot of things with me, and it was really convenient to be able to fit it all into the Alice. However, the shoulder strap isn't really comfortable for hauling a weighty amount of gear long distances. In that case, you're probably better off using the short handles. I had occasional issues with the zippers as well--the ones of the front of the bag were prone to being a little stiff and sticking.

The issues I had with the Alice were on days when I wasn't carrying a laptop, review product, several notebooks, and several Tupperware containers. On those days, the Alice was overkill--more cumbersome than convenient. However, it did knock it out of the park for my weekend trip and was often a lifesaver on weekends when I was bringing work home. Whether that justifies its $425 price tag is up to you.


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