This bag can hold so much more than a notebook! It can hold schoolbooks, wallets, papers, folders and other important documents. I had one problem with this notebook case - it was really hard to find anything in it. There were so many compartments that it seemed to take forever to try and find the thing that I am looking for. Especially if it is something small, like a pen, or a flash drive. Keep in mind that there were smaller compartments to hold these items but even to open the wrong compartments took forever!
As for the brand, great! Great bag that is durable and can withstand lots of abuse. I drag it to and from class - but when I fill it with items it becomes very heavy and the strap is almost painful on my shoulder. I use the handle on the top more than anything for this reason.
If you are going to use this bag, keep it light! Or, it will be havoc for your back! The extra padding prevents any damage occuring to the laptop, and it looks great too!