Anonymous wrote a review of The North Face Surge Backpack - 2150cu in on August 1, 2009
I don't know what this last dude is talking about, this is a GREAT back for school, especially if you're looking for a laptop bag! (why else would you think the main compartment is splint into a laptop sleeve and additional LARGE compartment?!) If you don't want a split compartment, don't buy a LAPTOP backpack (go for the big shot or something totally different). I love that the laptop compartment (the perfect size for my 15" macbook pro) is separate from my heavy books and very well padded. I agonized over what bag to buy for grad school (compared osprey resource series and mountain hardwear daypacks) and this pack is definitely one of the best I've seen. It has more pockets than I know what to do with, plenty of room for a couple of text books and binder in the main compartment, a nice little pocket towards the bottom front of the pack perfectly sized for my powercord, and even room for nalgenes (altho snug fit) in the side pockets.
If you're looking for a school/ work bag that'll hold your laptop, class stuff, and pretty much anything else, get this bag. (there are also some other great colors out there...I got the zinc grey which I totally love!)