Overall I'm very happy with this bag. It's a little larger than I had expected but it works well for me. It holds my 17" lap top without issue. It has two "large" interior compartments. One side has a divider and velcro for holding your lap top - you could also fit thin documents or a folder on this side. The other side is also divided into two, has a full around zipper, and one side of this section has several smaller pockets. A good place for cords / mouse / etc.There is one larger outside pocket (I have a spiral notebook in it but you could probably put quite a bit more in it) that side is "open" and closes only with velcro. The other outside pocket is smaller but has a zipper (good for keys, cell phone, pens, calculator, etc.)The fabric, pulls and straps seem to be of a nice quality that will hold up well. Note that the straps and trim are chocolate brown (not black as it may look on some monitors).