I bought this purse and it was pretty perfect - roomy without being huge, lots of pockets, and it looked great. It also fit my laptop (13" Mac). After about a month of using it (often carrying the laptop), the strap ripped away from the purse. It's going to cost about as much as the purse to get it fixed, so it's kind of a waste. Such a shame - I really liked it while it lasted. So, yes, I'd "recommend it to a friend" if they weren't going to be carrying anything over six pounds... otherwise, I'd suggest they find something that's a little better made.