Originally Posted by dcrane
I like the 258 because of the padding and the zip front area for storage of pens, cords, what not. The 257 and the 256 only has storage for the other items from the top down. I'll work on pics this weekend.
I just received the 257 in Brown from Crane's (first order from them and won't be the last - fabulous service and turnaround - highly highly recommended - thank you David!). I am using it as an everyday briefcase including for a laptop. I've found that there is plenty of room for the laptop (T400 Thinkpad, if that helps with dimensions), pens, pencils, HP 12, BBerry, etc., the newspaper in an outside pocket and with room left over that I can comfortably lug a pretty sizeable amount of paperwork as well (say 3 inch stack with no issues). I gotta say I also love the bag - looks great, is really well constructed with exceptionally sturdy mtls/hardware, very durable and I think will age very nicely. Was torn on the color and decided to chance it with the brown (mostly b/c I fear a lighter color will get dirty quickly) and am now loving the color. At david's price, whatever color you choose will be a ridiculous bargain. Have received lots of comments recently. The only drawback is that the only outside pockets which are accessible are two large pockets. I am usually a sucker for space, but anything significantly larger for me would be overkill and quite a thing to lug around. Hope this helps.