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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  • 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.

  • Here is the part of the laptop compartment that butterflies opposite of the laptop pouch. As you can see here, this section is completely flush and has no way to store anything else against this. I'd like to see Mobile Edge add a large zippered pouch area or perhaps two zippered pouches where other items can be stored, as there is still a lot of room left in here when this compartment is closed. I found myself able to shove baseball caps and a spare change of clothing as well as sandwiches and other stuff here when dragging the pack around during the week.

  • The ScanFast backpack also has a convenient zipper compartment on the side with an expandable netting where you can store a large water bottle or other beverage.

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.