This particular backpack should protect a laptop from the common rigors of traveling, including the occasional drop. The tablet compartment doesn’t inspire much confidence however, given its lack of support and cushioning between it and the accessory compartment. Those looking to bring an iPad along with their MacBook might want to find room for both in the laptop compartment, assuming the tablet has a case or at least screen protection.
Similarly-priced OGIO backpacks set the standard for laptop protection with OGIO’s suspension system and hard compartment. Their firmness makes them tough to overstuff, however, so ECBC is superior in that regard.
ECBC also offers a portable power bank with its bags. As of this writing, it’s included with some bag purchases, but otherwise runs $42.99. Basically, it’s an iPhone-sized power brick for charging gadgets on the go.
On paper, its input and output registers 5v/1000mA over standard USB (full for input, microUSB for output/charging), and its cell capacity measures 4500mAh.
In practice, we were able to charge a 2600 mAh smartphone battery once fully, and again to 70% with a full brick. Charging it fully took about 3 hours.
The power bank features automatic shutoff, and an LED indicator for its own power stash. There are cheaper power banks available from Amazon for about $20, even some with higher capacities, but ECBC’s is clearly a higher-quality version. Even an occasional traveler will tell you that even the more expensive power banks quickly prove their worth.
Some ECBC bags have specific compartments and button holes for the USB cable, but not the Lance Executive Daypack. Still, the bag has plenty of pockets, and we’ll always be able to find room for such a useful accessory.
The ECBC Lance Exectuive Daypack looks professional, with its strong build and thoughtful design. Its combo chest and waist straps, as well as its amply padded shoulder straps, make it one of the more comfortable large laptop bags we’ve tested.
Comfort goes a long way toward justifying the relatively high price tag. While we could have used a quick-access pouch on the shoulder strap, the fact that it’s easy to overstuff and offers decent device protection takes it the rest of the way. Frequent business travelers with a laptop in tow are encouraged to check it out. It’s overkill for light travelers however, the kind that get by with a tablet or iPad and little else.