I was shopping around and came across this: http://www.mattandnat.com/product/phoenix-48-black-3030/
Problem is it's my first messenger/briefcase and I'm having trouble visualizing the size. Is 20.5''X 15''X 5'' too big for an everyday bag? It'll be used for a 15" laptop OR a tablet and some binders. I'm worried that it'll look really empty/collapsed on days I'm not carrying a lot of stuff. They sell a smaller version but at $180 it's rather overpriced.
Thanks for the reply. I suppose I should pass on it, especially since it is a final sale. Not a bad deal for someone looking for a bag that size in a lower price range.
I'll probably end up going with a bag from Danier here in Canada. Not the greatest (quality wise), but the best I can find for a students price range (embarassingly $150 or less). I like the following 3 so feel free to comment.