In order to narrow it down I made a list of criteria:
1. Backpack style
2. NOT super athletic looking
3. Professional-ish style
4. Accommodates a 17" laptop
5. Sturdy enough to hold lots of stuff without breaking
6. As slim as possible because I refuse to be the jerk on public transit who smashes into people with her backpack.
The Soho backpack is literally all of those things. It is marketed as a women's backpack so it's made to fit women comfortably. (Women typically have more going on in the chest area than men do so uncomfortable straps can be a problem.) Top to bottom it's pretty long/tall because it fits a 17" laptop but it stays slim from front to back.
It has three main pockets, is super padded to keep a laptop safe and it actually has a second padded section in the front pocket to store a tablet. It has a place for a power cable that doesn't get in the way of books and notebooks you probably have in there as well. There is also a super slim separate pocket made for keeping file folders safe and flat. See? Totally professional and useful.
I chose the black version and it has a black and white pattern on the inside. There were other colors and some of them had a more colorful pattern inside. I hope you found this post and these pictures interesting. I also did a What's In My Backpack video, which you can watch if you'd like to see it in action with a bunch of stuff in it. I thought I'd share because when I was deciding what to buy I thought that the promotional video didn't show it very well...although I still bought it! :)
Thanks for reading!