I bought this bag to carry a couple of books and a small laptop. Everything fits fine. While the bag is durable, when it arrived I had to clean it because the leather was drying out (???). There was a kind of white, powdery film on the bag. I figured it had just sat in the warehouse too long, so I cleaned it up and haven't worried about it too much since then. With the way the bag hangs, wider straps would have helped make this bag much more comfortable to carry around. Maybe it's just the shape of the handles or the fact there's zero give to them, but this bag pulls and feels much heavier than it actually is. It has a laptop compartment, but with my little Dell and one book in it, it is so uncomfortable to carry that I just don't want to carry it further than to my car and back. I'm not trying to sling it over my shoulder either. It nearly cuts into my hand when I pick it up. The ONLY reason I kept it was to have another option when pulling together an outfit for a job interview. It looks very professional and I wouldn't need to carry my laptop to an interview, so maybe then it won't be so bad having to carry it. It is also the perfect size to tuck behind my car seat so I can study on my lunch breaks.