Mobile Edge Checkpoint Friendly ScanFast Backpack

Mobile Edge Checkpoint Friendly ScanFast Backpack

Summary: Jason Perlow puts the Mobile Edge Checkpoint Friendly ScanFast Backpack through its paces.

TOPICS: Security, Mobility

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  • The top central pocket is deceptive because it is much, much bigger than it looks. The top area has a small zippered compartment for business cards and snacks, but if you reach into the front section, you'll notice it extends all the way to the bottom of the backpack. While this is convenient for shoving all kinds of large items in here, it's hard to find stuff once you've placed them in this pocket.

  • The ScanFast's main central compartment is considerable in size as it runs the entire length of the backpack, so you can store large items in it, such as several hardcover books, folders, notebooks, larger electronics items (Kindles, larger brick-style chargers, cord bundles, etc.) Like the front compartments it also has netted zippered sections for stowing items that might get jostled around.

  • Here's the whole reason for buying this backpack design -- the TSA approved laptop compartment. As you can see, you can fold it out in a "butterfly" fashion separate from the rest of the backpack, which can have its other compartments closed and zipped up while your bag goes through the scanner. The laptop is secured in a pouch with a Velcro strap, so it won't fall out during the scanning process. However, other than magazines and a few papers underneath I wouldn't store anything else in this section.

Topics: Security, Mobility


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Mobile Edge Scanfast Backpack

    No real big deal on the design of the bag. All standard stuff to me. I'd like to see if they could design belt bags for netbooks. I found a regular belt bag from North Face that could fit my Asus EEEPC 1000H and accessories.