I'm finishing college soon and I love this backpack. It doesn't have a laptop sleeve built-in but I just bought a sleeve and it works even better. I can put my 15in laptop w/sleeve, a text book, a few note books and papers in it, still with some space left. Its taller than other packs too, so that means if you have a lot of books, the corners won't push on the top zipper and cause it to open (this happened with my other dakine pack alot, eventually my biology text book tore out the zippers, and I got the recon). The cooler at the bottom is perfect, I can keep a couple drinks in it and save it for later in the day.
The only thing was that a few months in, the inside material and the bottom was being rubbed off by the corners of my text books, found out the black inner-lining is thin (I got the herring bone color, which is thinner material). I just put some tough iron-on fabric on the bottom inside corners and its fine.
But Ive had this pack for two years now and its being going strong. I actually wanted to buy another one seeing as Dakine isn't making this model anymore.