You need a good bag if you’re going to carry your tablet around… one designed for this class of device. The STM Linear is a fine option.
I have been using the STM Micro for several years now, and I’ve always been very satisfied with it. That’s why my expectations for the Linear were high. Generally speaking, the accessory has lived up to these expectations.
The right bag is an important part of the gear you need to travel with your tablet.
Design & Build
As far as general appearance goes, the STM Linear is more functional than really attractive. Still, that has advantages for men, as it’s clearly a gear bag not a purse. It comes in a variety of colors: black, grey, red, blue.
The bag is made out of polypropylene, which is the same stuff webbing is made from. That makes it rugged and fairly protective of the cargo inside. It’s not a hard case, but can withstand the daily abuse that comes from just being carried around.
The STM Linear was designed to stay thin while offering you several pockets.
The main pocket is, obviously, where your tablet goes. The version I have was designed for 10-inch devices, including the Apple iPad. My 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab fits in it nicely. It’s just the right size — you don’t want to carry a tablet in a laptop bag.
There is a large flap that keeps the computer from sliding out. This also covers the two other pockets on the front of the Linear. It is secured with a clasp, not velcro. This makes it more secure, but also a bit more hassle to open. I don’t generally use the clasp if I’m just carrying this bag around, as the flap’s weight is enough to keep it in place.
The second pocket is almost as large as the one that holds your tablet, and it gives lots of room for storage. It’s where I keep the charger and cable for my device, as well as a spare battery, and there’s plenty of room in here for other stuff.
The Linear’s third front pocket is the most secure, as it has a zipper. I keep small, valuable stuff in here, like memory cards. It has some inner dividers to keeps things organized.
The fourth pocket is on the back. It’s big but slender, and offers the easiest access with the least amount of security, as it’s not covered by any kind of flap or closure. I keep non-valuable paper items in here, like magazines.
The final pocket is located on the flap. This is rather small, and closes with a zipper. When I’m going through security in an airport, this is where I put all the items from my pants pockets: phone, wallet, keys, etc.
There is a single handle at the top of the Linear. This is attached to the back of the case, not the middle, so the bag hangs crooked when you carry it — one of my few complaints with this accessory.
Most of the time I use the shoulder strap, which is adjustable over a fairly wide range of lengths. There’s a movable pad so the strap doesn’t cut into your shoulder if you’ve loaded the Linear up with gear.
There’s a lot to like about the STM Linear. It provides a lot of room for your tablet while not being too bulky. This bag provides enough pockets that you can keep yourself organized.
It costs $55, which is a decent price for a quality bag like this one.