For those that know me, you know that a lot of my life revolves around working on some of the biggest IT projects in Australasia. As an IT professional, I like to have the best tools to help me do my job effectively. And of course, it goes without saying that I need a bag to carry all these gadgets! For many years, I’ve been a big fan of Samsonite and I actually use a Samsonite case daily (the Pro DLX Roller). Even before I was asked to do this review on their latest Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Leather Briefcase, I had actually owned several Samsonite cases. In fact, two years ago, I purchased the first version of the Savio Leather II Large Briefcase in Melbourne before heading off to Hong Kong. In this post, I’ll be outlining why I believe that the Savio Leather II Large Briefcase is a superb choice for any discerning executive.
Why I like Samsonite?
What do I like about Samsonite? They make quality, functional and stylish looking cases. To be honest, their classy designs inspired me to design my own range of leather cases, more for mobile devices (Aranez.com). These three main qualities are very evident in the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase and you’ll see this in the photos below.
The first thing that you notice about the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase is the shiny, glossy leather. While tough enough to withstand most daily bumps, it still has the soft and luxurious feel of quality leather. Compared to its predecessor, the Savio Leather II has a few more pockets and feels lighter.
The shoulder strap of the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase is quite comfortable. When you’re carrying around a 15″ Apple MacBook Pro all day, this is definitely an important feature. It features strong thick threading and stitching which means it won’t deteriorate like the cheaper ones you get in the box with some laptops.
In the first large pocket, there’s ample room for pens, business cards and a mesh pocket for you to store memory cards and charge cables – at least that’s what I use them for. You’ll see that even the smallest pockets have quality thread and stitches to ensure it securely holds your tidbits. I like how it has a key ring to attach keys to, and makes for quick access, instead of digging around frantically for them.
You can fit up to a 16″ laptop quite easily into the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase. In my case, it carries an Apple MacBook Pro 15″. If you really wanted to, you can even slot in an iPad right next to it – there’s enough room.
Once your laptop is in place, there’s a velcro strap which secures it to the inside of the bag. The lining and cushioning in this section of the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase, ensures that there is no way it will be scratched while inside the bag. Superb protection.
Speaking of security, the Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase features sturdy metal loops on the zipper of the laptop section, which allows you to fit a padlock. This will make it all that bit harder for the unscrupulous to gain access or steal your precious laptop. Just under the handle you’ll see an open pocket where you can place things that you need to access fast such as train, bus or airport tickets. I also use this to hold my mobile phone when on the move.
For documents, Samsonite has provided a whole back main pocket section for it. You can easily fit around 100 pages in here with room for a bit more should you need. Perfect for those important contract deals that you need to get signed or materials that you need to refer to for your next presentation. You’ll also see there is a middle zipper section which extends the main section of the bag to give you more room. This is handy for putting in a light jacket or scarf for flights when it gets cold in the cabin – at least that’s what I mainly use it for! Oh, it’s also useful when I decide to bring a camera.
One change that I really didn’t like with the new Samsonite Savio Leather II Large Briefcase is the strap that is used to hook up the bag on the handle of a roller or luggage. Samsonite have done away with the velcro and instead have used a magnet clip. While it holds the back onto most handles ok, I found the velcro was easier to fasten and unfasten. The new luggage strap serves its purpose, but I prefer the old velcro version here.