Scott M.wrote a review of The North Face Surge Backpack - 2015cu in on January 2, 2012
Worth every penny. I have not had any manufacture issue with this bag. It is comfortable and works well with what I put it through. I've used this bag as an everyday bag, as carry-on luggage and as a work bag. Enough pockets for everything you would want to carry. Fully loaded it fits overhead or under the seat in front of you on an airplane. I took it with me as a personal bag or as my only luggage when I needed to travel light last year over 60,000 miles. A 15 inch laptop fits great and I would think that a 17" would just fine.
If this bag ever gets destroyed, lost or stolen, I would not hesitate to buy another one.