Brand Comparison and Product Review
Where Nicole Miller is typically known for designing weekender bags for women, this brand also represents a favorite luggage venue for all kinds of designer bags which fit a wide range of luggage needs. Likewise, the similar brand Travelpro is committed to providing specialty suitcases and carry-on’s that you can’t find anywhere else; if you’re looking for extras this company will always meet your needs. Finally, the third brand Samsonite is one of the most recognizable brands and it’s known for producing truly one-of-a-kind luggage.
Our selection from each of these brands – Nicole Miller’s New York Taylor Carry On Spinner Briefcase, Travelpro’s Maxlite 4 Rolling Tote, and Samsonite’s Women’s Mobile Office – are all luggage options for any traveler’s needs, especially when that is just weekend business or traveling on a budget. The only unanswered question being: which to pick? Our article explores each of these products from their unique line for the purpose of truly discovering the best and nothing less. Sit back while we do your luggage shopping for you.
How we Organized our Reviews
For your convenience we’ve designed our research to fall into four separate categories when comparing each of these side by side products: Suitcase Storage, Materials/Durability, Additional Features, Size/Style Options. Listed with each suitcase are all the facts you’ll need to decide between these fantastic travel brands and more easily understand how luggage works and how different brands and their typical designs can differ.
The Nicole Miller Taylor Carry-On Spinner Briefcase features lightweight construction, cotton canvas materials, 360-degree spinner wheels for effortless mobility, a push-button telescopic handle system, and easy carry top handles. All of this at face value, and we’re off to a pretty good start.
Nicole Miller’s original briefcase comes equipped with three exterior zippered pockets and one massive interior controlled by a fourth zipper. The entire briefcase comes with a slip for fitting it onto another rolling suitcase, making it easier to control your storage and movement space in a crowded airport. The suitcases body can fit up to 20 liters of space, and there should never be a limit on airplane overhead room with something this compact. zipper expander for added room. For added organization this suitcase offers a single extra interior organizational pocket, along with some cotton canvas stretch for those bulky sweaters and other travel extras.
Nicole Miller’s lightweight briefcase is designed from cotton canvas materials which fall around the middle on the durability scale – nylon fabrics easily offering the most tensile strength and scratch resistance, while polyester typically meets at the end of the scale. With cotton canvas you can expect a lightweight design that will beat all airline weight restrictions (especially for a carry-on this proportional), as well as an exterior which is quite watertight and receives extra water resistance from an inner polyester lining.
Unpacked this suitcase clocks in at 6.95 pounds, and for a carry-on item most national and international flights expect you to keep your suitcase at or under around 30-40 pounds (check with your airline). This briefcase comes with a telescopic handle – customers have complained that this feature feels a little ‘loose’ due to its length – and it’s also equipped with 360-degree multidirectional wheels for relaxing and easy travel. Tote handles are included at the top of the suitcase.
This suitcase’s final dimensions measure in at 16.5 x 15 x 9 inches and features over seven different unique and stylish designs which are unique to this designer brand and truly make for a one-of-a-kind purchase. Our favorite color? Definitely the black and burgundy combo, it makes for a classy and very business-friendly look.
Travelpro’s typical ultralight designs are doubly assured that added durability when it comes to the Maxlite 4. The Maxlite’s extensive collection features 11 singularly lightweight and durable Spinners and Rollaboards that offers the look and quality of much more expensive luggage. This Rolling Tote features a telescopic aircraft-grade aluminum handle along with high performance ball-bearing in-line wheels; all in all, that’s already a lot of extras for an easier traveling profile. So, what else is there?
Too many travelers underestimate the useful packing space of a briefcase carry-on, especially when taking just a small carry-on like this is cheaper for those quick trips and weekend business ventures. At 13 inches, the volume of this suitcase is actually quite impressive and checks in at 28 total liters of packing space; this estimate including a single exterior zippered pocket. That’s easily enough space (if you’re a smart packer) for clothing up to two days.
The rolling tote features a cotton canvas design for a medium-high durability (nylon offering the highest durability, while polyester ranks lower on the scale). Additionally, this suitcase has been treated with water and stain resistant coating that has added to its abrasion resistance and lowered the possibility of tearing.
The carry-on featured here includes protective crash-guard wheel housings and a honeycomb framing system, both of these advancements which add to the overall durability of the design and the added protection of your belongings no matter the rigors of your travels. Outside of the obvious, the exterior includes a quick-access ticket or identification pocket as well as low-profile carry handles. The entire purchase includes Travelpro’s limited Lifetime
Measuring in at 13 x 15.5 x 8.5 inches, this hardy travelpro design has been rigorously tested to meet all overhead bin requirements for national and international airlines. It’s quite stylish in black and offers a fantastic professional look for the business man or woman out in the world; however, other color options include blue and purple for a truly personalized look.
Ladies, carrying your laptop and other essentials during a daily commute or out on your business travels is about to get easier! This chic mobile office from Samsonite is the perfect choice for sophisticated and protected electronic storage, or even just general space for keeping your paperwork crisp and unwrinkled. Samsonite Women’s Laptop Mobile Office is made from faux leather and features a sleek and stylish design with contrasting accent stitching and two top handles for hand toting as well as a retractable pull handle. A laptop case on wheels? If we don’t already have your attention, here’s how it compares to the other brands in our review:
This briefcase design is crafted to accommodate up to a 15.6-inch laptop computer, with an added exterior twist-buckle pocket for cord storage or your other travel accessories. Opening into the outside pocket we get a divider look with a back insert for a kindle device or iPad, where the front of the divider offers smaller pockets for pens, lipstick, your phone, and extra room for computer cords and cellphone chargers. Likewise, the main interior body offers another divided space for your laptop along with a narrower separate pocket for a filing folder, etcetera.
Samsonite’s mobile office is made from non-porous vinyl which is extremely watertight (for amazing protection when it comes to those electronics), as well as quite padded and abrasion resistant due to an added rayon net laminate. The rolling wheels are very durable and made from polyurethane (the strongest material for suitcase wheels), while the retractable handle is made from strong aircraft grade aluminum.
Additional features include smooth rolling wheels for easy mobility, along with tote handles for side-carrying and a zippered hide-away for the telescopic handle. The laptop case has a dual compartment design with a padded laptop pocket, a rear compartment to hold files and documents, and slip pockets to hold accessories. A separate front organizer compartment includes a pocket for your iPad or tablet, pen sleeves, and slip pockets to hold personal items.
This mobile office is a great fit for your laptop at 15.6 inches or under, although its style options are limited to black and not very customizable to your personal business-chic fashion sense. However, for the price, and for the sexy business look that the black styling creates, we think this traveling office is one of the best on the market and a great fit for your new job or promotion to the top office of the building.
Finding the Right Carry-On to Make Traveling a Breeze:
These three brands represent lightweight solutions for travel – particularly business travel due to their specific look and design features. When it comes down to short travel with only business apparel, nothing can beat the portability and quick-access of the Samsonite mobile office; however, when it comes to actual airfare and space demands we’re faced with a close tie between Samsonite and Travelpro. These two brands offer fantastic lightweight carry-on briefcases with equally matching durable designs, leaving the winning pick up to you.