I know the Osprey Farpoint bags come highly recommended and I was just about convinced in getting one except I now have a slight dilemma regarding the laptop compartment since I don't carry my laptop or tablet when I travel. All the regular non-travel backpacks I've had in the past that I've used for work all have a dedicated laptop sleeve at the back of the bag, which I use to carry my work laptop around. That's convenient for the use case but I've always felt that having that dedicated padded compartment sacrifices the available overall packing space. That's not much of a problem when I'm just going to the office and it's just my laptop and a few random knickknacks that I put in my bag. But I'm wondering if it makes a noticeable difference when you're using a bag for a long trip where you want all the space you can get.
I know you can pack a lot of stuff with careful planning, but for any Farpoint users in the forum, do you feel that having the dedicated laptop/tablet compartment sacrifices some space that's available for the main packing compartment? No doubt it's a useful feature and a good use of space if you travel with a laptop/tablet, but how much potential space am I losing out on if I don't utilize that feature? I'm wondering if the Aeronaut (which lacks a built in laptop compartment) may be a better pick? Thanks everyone.