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Handling and Performance
The Verbatim Melbourne is a large backpack that can be used as a camera backpack, or as a normal every day rucksack by removing the dividers in the main compartment. It can hold a 16 inch laptop, and has plenty of pockets and compartments for all your equipment. The rucksack is part of a wider range of luggage and notebook bags from Verbatim aimed at business travellers. It is available in Black with a signature Verbatim red stripe up the front. The bag comes with a Verbatim 2 year limited warranty.
The front pocket of the bag has a stationery holder, phone pocket and zipping pocket, as well as a mesh elasticated pocket. Behind this is a small top zipped pocket, and behind that you have the main compartment, which like the front pocket has double zips. The zips run all the way down to the bottom of the bag, allowing you to easily load and unload your equipment. There is also a large zipped mesh pocket on the main compartment flap.
On each side of the bag, there is a mesh pocket and on the left hand side of the bag there is a quick access pocket, which inside it has three small zipped mash pockets and a velcro secured elasticated pocket, for all your small accessories. Finally, at the back there is the 16 inch notebook compartment, which also has a soft lined pocket for a 10 inch tablet.
The main and tablet compartment zips are lockable, to keep your equipment safe in transit, and the bag also features a breast strap and shock absorbing shoulder straps, for when you're carrying heavy equipment. It has a padded carry handle on top as well as a robust handle nearer to the back, and it also has rubber pads on the bottom to help prevent wear when placed down.
- Fits 16 inch notebooks
- Comfy padded back and straps
- Main compartment with with padded organiser dividers
- Tripod holder
- Chunky, soft grip handle
- Shock absorbing straps
- Tablet Pocket
- Complies with hand luggage restrictions
It feels well made, and all the compartments are padded, ensuring that all your kit is protected. The addition of dedicated locking hoops on the zips to the main and notebook compartments, as can be seen above, are a great idea for added safety, and something that is not seen on a lot of camera rucksacks, surprisingly.
The bag is smart enough to be used when away on business trips, for example, and has ample space for everything you'd need for a few days away, without being too big or cumbersome. The rucksack doesn't shout 'camera bag' either, which is always a plus point.
The bag has lots of internal and external pockets and holders, enabling you to access your equipment quickly, or stow it away safely inside the bag. There is a nice balance between space for camera equipment and space for business and personal belongings with this bag, making it really versatile.
When you're not using your camera equipment, you can simply remove all the dividers and use the main compartment of the bag for clothing or other personal belongings. Provided are square dividers as well as ones that reach all the way across the bag, enabling you to create internal separators and keep everything organised, no matter what you want to carry.
The Melbourne is available for around £50 from Amazon. This is quite a good price, and for the flexibility and amount of protection you get for your equipment, it's worth it. Bags of a similar size include the Vanguard Skyborne, which is available from Amazon for £191.12, and the Lowepro Flipside 400AW, which can be found on Amazon for £84.00. At the higher end there is the Kata Revolver-8 DL, which is available for around £260.
Verbatim Melbourne Backpack Value For Money
You will struggle to find another bag that will fit your needs for both photography and business and personal equipment and belongings like this one does, however it does not feature a waterproof cover, which is a little disappointing.
The bag will be a very good choice if you're travelling, as it fits airline hand luggage regulations, and feels really comfy to wear. It can be used for more than photography equipment too, making it great value for money in that you can use it for anything you like. The only issue is that it doesn't have a raincover, so if you're out and it rains for a long period your equipment could be at risk of getting slightly damp.
|The Verbatim Melbourne is well thought out and well made.|
Verbatim Melbourne Backpack ProsWell built
Lots of space
Lockable zips on photo and notebook compartments
Rubber feet on bottom
Verbatim Melbourne Backpack ConsNo rain cover supplied
Only available in black
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Verbatim Melbourne Specifications