this bag has been working really well for me at school so far. I'm in my first year of University and have quite a load of books to cart back and forth each day. Usually 2-3 1.5" binders and a textbook or two. It fits it all well but takes a little getting used to to know how to pack it. The 2 carrying handles on it are very handy and the shoulder straps are super comfortable. I haven't had to bring my laptop with me yet but it does fit the HP dv9858ca which is a 17" entertainment notebook. So with that in I would be minus one textbook or binder. If you need more than that which admittedly wouldn't be bad some days then the blade 30 would be a great option assuming it is made to the same quality standards.