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Old 06-09-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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Laptop Backpack

Hey. I am looking to purchase a new backpack for my laptop and other things. I was just wondering what you guys think is the best laptop backpack (or other solution) and why.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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I have this Swissgear rucksack.

It's useful if you want to carry lots of stuff around. I could fit in my laptop, charger etc, notebook & files etc, a spare jumper, lunch, my wallet, keys etc.

When commuting by plane to work once a week I used it as my hand luggage and had spare space in it with everything that I needed for a long day at work.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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VERY nice.......here is the link for those Amazon customers in the U.S.........

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...ssgear&x=0&y=0
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
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I have this Swissgear rucksack.

It's useful if you want to carry lots of stuff around. I could fit in my laptop, charger etc, notebook & files etc, a spare jumper, lunch, my wallet, keys etc.

When commuting by plane to work once a week I used it as my hand luggage and had spare space in it with everything that I needed for a long day at work.
I came in to say that ANYTHING Swissgear is excellent, but I see you've beaten me to it. Their stuff is quality, everyone I know who has one raves about it (without asking).
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #6
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I use this one from High Sierra (though not in pink plaid). I'm all about the rolling backpack.
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rolling is all well and good but when you have to use it as a real backpack it hurts like hell!
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:19 PM   #8
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I have a laptop backpack and I use it quite often when traveling. the key seems to be lots of pockets. you'll have to be able to store your mouse, and cables and stuff...um don't really have any other advice, though padding is good. And if they have those waist straps that can help support the weight that's pretty good too. Takes the weight off your shoulders some.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #9
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Right now I am leaning towards the Ogio Mastermind: 69.95 - 90.00 USD

http://www.ogio.com/product.php?product=104

Or the North Face Surge: 112 USD

http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/...r/surge_2.html
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:15 PM   #10
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I have a laptop backpack and I use it quite often when traveling. the key seems to be lots of pockets. you'll have to be able to store your mouse, and cables and stuff...um don't really have any other advice, though padding is good. And if they have those waist straps that can help support the weight that's pretty good too. Takes the weight off your shoulders some.
I agree with all of this. I have one I got at REI a few years back that had a waist belt, chest strap and a very thin external frame. It's great for when you have A LOT of stuff to carry. They don't carry it anymore, sadly.
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I'm a student, so I already have a backpack by default. I just stick my laptop in a case and put it in it. Works well.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:00 AM   #12
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Hmm, I need a new backpack as well. My current one looks like that swiss gear one. But it's falling apart at the seams (literally).

I rather like that Swiss gear one!
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:18 AM   #13
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I got one of these:
http://www.caselogic.com/case_logic/...?modelid=63668

I'm still not full happy with it but it's a lot better than most things I've used so far.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:31 AM   #14
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I manage a luggage and travel store ..the best on the market right now is one from Ogio called Mastermind..they have pockets for everything..heavy duty straps and pretty water resistent. I sell more of those then any others.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:24 AM   #15
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I don't have a backpack, but a shoulder bag from Crumpler, specifically the Breakfast Buffet. It is quite small, suitable for "12" laptops" and smaller. Along with the laptop, it has space for a hardback book/ebook device in a cover, a charger or two, and some small stuff. You'd probably cram in more but (and, to get to my point) I bought it to avoid the whole "fill my bag to the brim" habit I had (which I suspect is the reason behind their naming of one of their bags the Dreadful Embarrassment).

I like Crumpler, and they've a huge range of bags specifically for different uses (photography, messenger, luggage, laptop), including backpacks, but they might not be your cup of tea. My bag of choice has no kind of protection from the elements really (just a flap that folds over and velcros), though I believe a lot of them do (decent zippers, etc.).

All I'm really saying though is that if you're at all like me, then if you buy a big bag you'll also find stuff to fill it. That can be a heavy habit. So, if that's the case...well, the Breakfast Buffet worked for me, keeping my bad habit in check through necessity. If you don't consider it a bad habit, or you actually need all the stuff you put in it, and you're interested in the Crumpler stuff, well, you'll see the backpack options under Laptop at the Crumpler website.

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