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Would like opinion on laptop/messenger bag

blackwar12

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I'm currently in the market for my first general-purpose laptop/messenger bag that I can carry around, small enough yet large enough to bring my stuff around with me. I'd also like for the bag to be formal enough to be brought to a 'business casual' type of meeting, with the strap, or without the strap as a "briefcase". I've been looking at briefcases, but I'm also looking for a "soft" bag that has can have shoulder straps, so that it's easier to carry around. I'm not sure. Is this bag too big and informal for anything other than carrying your stuff around? The dimensions of the bag is also pretty big: 16.4x12.0x3.9. Can anyone give me their opinion of it? And, given that I take the shoulder strap off, would it be a smart idea to carry it around with me dressed in an casual/business casual outfit (jeans w/ blazer, dress shirt & a tie, or dress shirt, v-neck, tie, etc). This is a pretty cheap generic bag from a random eBay seller ($149 USD). My budget's pretty low; I'm just looking for a good replacement to my current bag, which is a Ballys messenger/laptop bag knock-off that I got from my trip to China =/.
more pictures/info on the ebay auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Leather-...ht_9782wt_1137
 

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