Targus recently released their new line of laptop bags called the Cypress EcoSmart Collection. The bags are manufactured using recycled bottles that are cleaned, flaked, re-polymerized and then spun into fiber that can be woven into the fabric – to make everything from the bag lining to the body and trim. In this review, we got ourselves the Targus 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim backpack that is retailing in Malaysia at RM369.
On paper, the 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim is made out of 20 PET bottles. For that, it feels really good to be using this bag knowing that these bottles didn’t end up in the landfills. I would like to personally commend Targus for their endeavors with the EcoSmart line, which serves to make plastic recycling practical and relevant – and one that can be exemplified from.
Before I ramble on and on about being all eco, the star of this review is still the 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim. Here’s what I have to convey after using this backpack for a couple of days.
Compact But Comfortable
As its name suggests, the 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim is meant to be a slimmer kind of backpack. It certainly isn’t bulky but it also isn’t too narrow that you could only fit a laptop. Thankfully, the backpack allows you to actually store one (up to) 15.6” laptop with a single-zipper dedicated compartment while its double-zipper main compartment has more space for, say the charging block and cable – and other stationery and stuff.
While it’s more compact than many laptop backpacks, it’s still pretty comfortable to carry. The adjustable straps feel really solid and I find it easy to run with – that is when I need to catch the train.
Breaking down the compartments available, you will get:
- A single-zipper dedicated laptop compartment
- Two non-zipper expandable side pockets (using elastics)
- A vertical single-zipper front pocket
- A double-zipper main compartment with the following sub-compartments inside:
4a. A single-zipper mesh compartment attached to the frontal flap
4b. A single-zipper mesh compartment attached to the back
4c. Two wide pockets
4d. Two pen slots
You’re also greeted with a message about the backpack being made out of 20 recycled plastic bottles, which reinforces the product’s eco-friendly credibility.
While the tag states that it is compatible with the new 16” MacBook Pro, I don’t have that machine with me. However it fits my 15.6” ASUS gaming laptop just fine and feels flushed. The newer gaming laptops have slim profiles so I can’t guarantee if decade-old gaming machines even at 15.6” would fit – most likely not in the dedicated laptop compartment.
It’s time to upgrade that fossil anyway… I digress.
The side pockets are attached with elastics so they can expand. It fits my 1 Liter bottle and a foldable umbrella with no issues. The elastics creates a snug fit, hence why I mentioned earlier that it is easy to run while carrying this backpack – as your stuff is all stored snugly thanks to its overall compact-ness in all compartments.
It also comes with a horizontal strap on the rear, which acts as slot for luggage handles. This makes it travel-friendly.
The Targus 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim might not stand out in the eyes of a layman consumer for having black tones throughout. It could potentially blend in with other Targus (or any branded) backpacks on the shelves. As a backpack, the 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim works as intended with a compact profile. It’s light, robust and keeps all your things snugly with just the right amount of storage space and compartments.
But the more noble reason for getting the 15.6” Cypress EcoSmart Slim or any products under the Cypress EcoSmart collection is the effort (no matter how big or small) to reduce plastic bottles from ending up at the landfills or waterways. As such and even as a consumer, you’re contributing in a very profound way and that’s in virtue of purchasing and buying products like this. Therefore, this backpack is just remarkable for it was truly 20 PET bottles before its current incarnation.