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STM, $99.95, stm­

★★★★ SYD­NEY firm STM spe­cialises in gad­get-friendly bags and the com­pany’s lat­est can trans­port lap­tops and tablets at once. The STM Ver­ti­cal can store a 15-inch lap­top ver­ti­cally in­side a plush, cord­lined com­part­ment, but it has room for an iPad as well in a spe­cial padded pocket lined with soft nylex to ac­com­mo­date its touch­screen. The STM Ver­ti­cal also has ex­tra com­part­ments and zipup pock­ets as well as an or­gan­i­sa­tional panel and zipup front pouch for phones, wal­lets, keys and other ac­ces­sories. A quick-ac­cess pocket, padded shoul­der strap and foam grip han­dle also fea­ture. CRUM­PLER bags are known for two things: un­usual names and rugged ma­te­rial. The Regi­nald Trans­fer ticks both boxes. It is de­signed to fit a 15-inch lap­top in its ad­justable padded safety cell and has three pock­ets on its front for smaller gadgets. On the other side you’ll find a larger pocket for pa­pers, a mag­a­zine, a book or yet an­other gad­get. De­spite hav­ing room for plenty of items, this bag is slim and can be slung over a shoul­der with its re­mov­able strap or car­ried like a brief­case with fold­away twin han­dles. A life­time war­ranty cov­ers re­place­ment or re­pair for de­fec­tive ma­te­rial or work­man­ship. TABLETS and net­books are de­signed for travel so it makes sense to carry them in a pro­tec­tive bag. Rather than leav­ing these gadgets to swim in a large lap­top bag, the Booq Taipan Shadow XS is de­signed specif­i­cally for their smaller forms. The Booq bag is light and com­pact with a plush­lined, padded cham­ber to hold a tablet or net­book, sealed with a durable YKK zipper. There is also plenty of room and smaller com­part­ments for ac­ces­sories, pa­pers, busi­ness cards, wal­let, a phone and other small items. If you lose your bag an en­closed bar­code and web ad­dress can di­rect a good Sa­mar­i­tan your way.

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