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Recommendations For A Good Laptop Bag?

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the 11-inches-of-heavy-padding dept.

Portables 824

YOU LIKEWISE FAIL IT writes "So, I was jogging to the bus stop this morning when suddenly - snap, the weight of the laptop on my shoulder vanished, and I heard the dull thud of my powerbook bag hitting the pavement at a wince-inducing speed. The laptop seems to be alright, but the bag (a WWDC giveaway) is completely knackered. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good, impact resistant laptop bag that won't come flying apart under stress? Perhaps it's not too late to guilt work into buying me one for a late Christmas present."

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I not fail it! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799853)

Will of warrior!

Jansport (3, Informative)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799855)

Columbia makes some good bags too. Maybe something from North Face would be a little sturdier.

A backpack! (3, Insightful)

JThundley (631154) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799856)

Get yourself a good backpack. I got a great one for $40 at staples made by Samsonite.

Re:A backpack! (2, Funny)

r_arr (613036) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799867)

I have a Samsonite, damm good bag only drawback was the color. It was a gift so I can't complain.

Re:A backpack! (2, Funny)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799909)

Agreed! Those laptop purses are pretty fem.

Re:A backpack! (5, Informative)

NeoThermic (732100) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800000)

Well, I use a laptop at school (and still do, mind). Our school (in the UK) isn't the sort of place that plays nice, so I shelled out for a tech a(i)r bag.

To say the least, I'm very pleased. Its got a lifetime guarantee, and is very very strong. I once nearly got in a fight with a kid who had an attitude big enough to fill the Grand Canyon. I just walked away, but he came in from behind and punched at my bag repeatedly. In my bag was my laptop, and a few books. I was worried that he had damaged the laptop, but there wasn't even a single thing wrong when I checked it out.

The bag is also large enough to hold three laptops in relative safety.

Their website is www.techair.co.uk
The exact bag I have is called a New York Black; http://www.coluco.com/tecair/product.asp?ProductId =36

Hope thats helpful enough.


Re:A backpack! (5, Insightful)

srchestnut (717652) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799916)

A backpack is a good idea because it doesn't look like a laptop bag. Theives that operate at bus stations and air ports often look for laptop bags. Try a Froogle (http://froogle.google.com) search for laptop backpack and you'll turn up a bunch of hits.

Re:A backpack! (1)

bstory (89087) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799999)

I've got a nice Targus bag that I bought at thinkgeek. It's very nice to be able to put both straps on and have my hands free for other baggage at the airport. Also this thing has lots of little pockets useful for organizing cables.

My XMas present (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799857)

is a Victorinox WebMessenger bag. I heard good things. Link [swissarmytravelgear.com]

Ask Slashdot? More like, "do my research" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799858)

Holy fuck man, this has to be one of the lamest Ask Slashdot's I've ever seen. Pick your fat, lazy ass off of your fucking couch, go to your local Best Buy, and choose among the many bags there. If you are unable to do so, ask a salesperson.

My god, Americans are getting lazier and lazier. No wonder they are hated, and suicide bombed, by the rest of the world.

Re:Ask Slashdot? More like, "do my research" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799981)

Yeah imagine discussing a tech related purchase on a tech related discussion site. I mean obviously this question should be directed to a salesperson who would obviously have no bias and would know everything about the available options... I remember one salesmen I asked once about a digital camera... he explained to me that it didn't do any compression (it of course was jpeg) and that is took regular batteries (regular specially made battery packs of course) when I asked about picture quality I would say something like is the picture X? and he would say yes very X. (of course you can replace X with anything) Then he explained to me that I couldn't see the camera used because it wasn't set up... Yah people should stop being so lazy and just round up opinions from guys like him and make a damn decision. lazy Americans lazily jogging to work to lazily earn a living... makes me just wanna suicide bomb em I mean the rest of the world is doing it.

Re:Ask Slashdot? More like, "do my research" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799994)

The guy is an Aussie, dipshit.

Try (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799859)

this container [tinyurl.com]

Re:Try (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7800019)

Why was this modded down? I've used this product before and the qualty is outstanding.

Willow Design maybe? (4, Informative)

tehdely (690619) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799860)

I'm a big fan of the cases from Willow Design [willowdesign.com] .

They're relatively heavy-duty and not too bad-looking, although they could be better.

I have recently purchaced this one... (1, Informative)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799862)

Extreme Laptop Backpack [bags123.com] made by Hedgren.

I find it to be very sturdy I'm sure I could drop it and the laptop would be fine, unfortunatly it can be rather pricey.

I find it important that it does not look like a normal laptop bag and therfore does not attract thieves

Samsonite bags ... (1)

s20451 (410424) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799863)

I own one of those samsonite bags, and I seem to see them everywhere. They are well designed, plenty of pockets for mice, cables, PC cards, etc., and the internal structure is sturdy enough that I wouldn't be too worried if I dropped it (which I haven't done yet, thankfully). The shoulder strap is strong nylon (seat belt material, looks like) with metal clasps, not likely to come apart without severe abuse. Of course, they're not cheap, but it'll probably last forever, or at least until we replace laptops with brain implants.

Here's a good first step. (4, Funny)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799869)

Don't jog with a $1000+ laptop.

As Wile E Coyote would say "gravity makes a great servant but a terrible master"

Re:Here's a good first step. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799932)

Don't jog with a $1000+ laptop.

No kidding. He can afford a Powerbook but still rides the bus? Get a car.

Bag for you (1)

Strudelkugel (594414) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799871)

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good, impact resistant laptop bag that won't come flying apart under stress?

You might try bag-modding one of these [titlesports.com]

Crump-lah! (2, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799872)

I've got a Crumpler "Very Busy Man" messenger bag and it's great. The bag itself is quite padded; plus it has a laptop compartment that itself is padded. Holds my 15" Powerbook with room to spare, with space for lots of other stuff. Top-notch construction, waterproof flap, zippers that will never break, and more.

Plus you can't beat the names of any Crumpler bags: Wack-o-phone, McBain's Lovechild, etc.

http://www.crumplerusa.com [crumplerusa.com]

Re:Crump-lah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799900)

Fantastic bags & if you buy them at the right time of the year (during the beer sale) you can pay with beer. Buying fine bags with fine beer is a wonderful thing.

Road Wired (1)

scan (136861) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799875)

Road Wired has some great bags, check them out at http://www.roadwired.com/ [roadwired.com]

Try a backpack style bag (0, Redundant)

robindmorris (682328) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799877)

They're easier to carry, and have two straps, so even if one breaks, your laptop won't go thud. (Like mine did last week. Santa brought me a new laptop today :)

Timbuk2 (1)

MeeklayBookbay (732370) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799878)

Timbutk2 [timbuk2.com] makes custom bike bags with laptop inserts, they are a bit pricey, but you get to choose everything down to the littlest detail.

Re:Timbuk2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799923)

Best god damned bags on the planet. Expensive, but you'll be putting it in your will to your kids, I've got one, and in the year and a half, I'm still amazed at how much I love it.

And, I'm certain I can start attacking someone with the bag, and cause the laptop no damage, while significantly injuring the offending luser.

thinkpad standard bag (3, Informative)

adamiis111 (525750) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799879)

The bag that thinkpads come with is great. Has a support system so the laptop literally hangs internally from the top by an elastic fabric. There's 2 full inches of dead space at the bottom.

I recommend Targus Bags. (5, Informative)

thesolo (131008) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799881)

I have a Targus bag [targus.com] , solely because of the fact that it was one of the only sturdy bags I could find that actually fit my 17" Powerbook and was under $100.

It's very sturdy, has a very strong shoulder strap & handle, and has enough room to carry my documents, my powerbook, iPod, iPod Dock & headphones, iPod & Laptop adaptors, extra power cable, and digital camera USB cable. It does everything I need it to, and it was pretty cheap too ($65 at Best Buy, IIRC).

And if you want to know if it's strong enough...I let my friend carry my powerbook in the bag. He tripped and dropped the powerbook, only to then land on top of it. Everything inside was just fine, and everything outside is fine too; barely a scratch on the bag itself.

Re:I recommend Targus Bags. (1)

ghideon (720955) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799912)

Here here on the Targuss bags. I actually have a backpack (was about $75 at my local Central Computer). It's not as small as a bag, but I can ride in on my motorcycle with my laptop in tow with no problems. Plus it has a lot of storage space (PCMCIA cards, power inverter, various network cables, RJ45 crimper, small toolkit). Basically everything you'd need either being on call or at the cage. Very comfy, even when I'm fully loaded and on the crotch rocket. Waist strap and chest strap as well.

Re:I recommend Targus Bags. (1)

Obyron (615547) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799914)

I have a Targus bag, solely because of the fact that it was one of the only sturdy bags I could find that actually fit my 17" Powerbook and was under $100.

You shelled out the cash for a 17 inch Powerbook, but you weren't willing to spend more than 100 bucks on a primo case to protect the bloody thing? Ye gods man! Loan me 20 bucks?

Re:I recommend Targus Bags. (1)

thesolo (131008) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799941)

You shelled out the cash for a 17 inch Powerbook, but you weren't willing to spend more than 100 bucks on a primo case to protect the bloody thing? Ye gods man! Loan me 20 bucks?

Point noted, but seriously, the only other case I saw that fit this thing was a near-$200 case from Brenthaven, which didn't feel much sturdier than the Targus bag. If I had to spend the money, I would have certainly spent over $100, sure, but my goal was to hopefully find something nice for under $100. (which I did, and couldn't be happier about!)

Re:I recommend Targus Bags. (1)

GeckoFood (585211) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799992)

Amen to that. I have a Targus bag for my laptop that has performed wonderfully, and the bag is much older than the laptop. When I got it, it had contained a 486-50 laptop (ick) for a couple of years.

I have dropped it on more than one occasion (what can I say, I'm clumsy), things have been stacked on it, it has been toted across the country in the car, it's used on a daily basis, and it still looks to be in very good shape.

When/if I need a new laptop bag, it will be another Targus bag. And I'm guessing it will be stolen before it gets screwed up.

Brenthaven (4, Informative)

slag187 (70401) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799884)

Brenthaven makes really nice, highly padded bags, that have an extra, built-in, removeable sleeve in them. They make them for all the PowerBooks including the 17in ones. I got one about 6 months ago and have been very happy with it. (I've got the Deluxe Slim I think)

It was a bit on the pricey side compared to what I was thinking (about $100), but it's a really nice, well constructed bag and the padding will pay for itself if you ride the train like I do and would otherwise bang up your laptop.

http://www.brenthaven.com/products/index.html [brenthaven.com]

Re:Brenthaven (1)

krisp (59093) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799915)

I have the Brenthaven laptop backpack, and I love it. It has three compartments, one for pens/pencils/etc, one for the laptop itself, and a third for books and the like. It is fairly stylish and, being as it is a backpack, distributes the weight accross both shoulders rather than only one.

Re:Brenthaven (1)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799946)

I agree completly. I have one for my 12" PowerBook and it is wonderful. Extremly well padded, and a very comfortable shoulder strap.

Also, at least the 12" model, has a small case inside the large one, that velcros in and out, that the computer actually goes inside. Very nice, if you need extra space. Also the smaller case is very well padded too.

I personally think it is worth the high price tag.

Re:Brenthaven (4, Informative)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799948)

I've got a Brenthaven bag for my 17" PowerBook. Great bag...compact design. lots of pockets, lots of padding...wel worth the money.

Trunc&Co (1)

insomaniac (469016) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799885)

I got a really nice backpack by Trunk&Co, a subbrand of samsonite. It's big, has a padded pocket for your laptop, a pocket for your mp3/cd/whatever player (including a passage for the headphones), and lotsa pockets to put cables, mice and pcmcia cards.

I found all that out after I bought it tho, because I wanted a laptop bag which didn't look like a laptop bag... ;)

A Little Too Late (1)

mattdev121 (727783) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799886)

I'm probably too far down in the posts to be noticed but...

Nothing has gone wrong with my 5 year old massive targus bag and this year's model looks very strong.

Waterfield Designs (1)

jbotts (689003) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799887)

Waterfield Designs [sfbags.com] has some really great bags. I've had both the medium and large cargo bags and I've never had problems with either.

ThinkGeek: Sutf for Smart Masses (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799889)

Have a look at ThinkGeek, there are plenty of them.

Re:ThinkGeek: Sutf for Smart Masses (0)

los furtive (232491) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799957)

Don't be so lazy a post a real link next time.

Thinkgeek Backpacks [thinkgeek.com]

Crumpler Bags Rule (4, Insightful)

grantdh (72401) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799891)

Check out the bags from Crumpler [crumpler.com.au] - they're from Australia but they have stores all around the world. Simply the best bags you can get.

They started off doing bags for bicycle couriers and developed from there. Very strong, very well designed, pockets for everything and no dirty great "Hey, I've got a laptop in here so steal me!" logos and designs.

I have been using their "Crisp Suit" bag (look in the computer bags section) for over a year, including four weeks using it to carry two (yes, TWO) laptops around Asia while working in Korea, Thailand and Japan. The bag goes with me whenever I carry my laptop (read: almost every day) and I'm still in love with it.

Definitely worth finding the nearest Crumpler store / distributor and picking one up.

This is the one that I have for my 15" Toshiba (1)

Cnik70 (571147) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799893)

http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=R G0322 It works quite nicely, holds everything (loads of books and cables and my digital camera too, along with my laptop)

get a laptop backpack (1)

gribbly (39555) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799894)

I have a Targus laptop backpack that I think is much better than the shoulder sling type bags. I (used to) ride my bike a lot armed with my laptop, and the laptop backback spreads the load a lot more symetrically. I never had any concerns that a strap was going to break or anything (and my laptop is a heavy old Gateway 9300). I think it's better for your posture/back as well.


Targus bags are nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799896)

I've found Targus bags to be pretty durable. My bag is still as good as new after a year of abuse. All the locks and latches are made of metal, so it should be good for years to come.

http://www.targus.com/uk/product_details.asp?sku =C NP1

Bags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799897)

I have used Tom Bihn's Eclipe case for my G4 Powerbook for two years now. It has been from coast to coast with out ever giving out on me.
Here is the link
http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv c?Scre en=PROD&Product_Code=TB0700

The solution: (-1)

cmdr_shithead (527909) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799898)


had i for years.... (1)

hankmask (592129) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799899)

Bags and sleeves http://timbuk2.com/ [timbuk2.com]

Ugh... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799902)

> snap, the weight of the laptop on my shoulder vanished,
> and I heard the dull thud of my powerbook bag hitting
> the pavement at a wince-inducing speed.

Ugh. I must say, just reading that comment almost made my bladder give way in sympathy.

Big 17 inch, too? (1)

sean23007 (143364) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799903)

An addition to the question: does anyone have any good suggestions for a bag for a big 17 inch laptop? It's considerably larger than the 17" powerbook, and i'd also like to be able to fit books and/or my other smaller laptop (tablet) inside. Are there any bags that would fit this?

Re:Big 17 inch, too? (1)

Precision (1410) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799961)

Check out the Jansport PC port [jansport.com] . I was in the same boat as you are. The Jansport was the best comfort / space / price I was able to find for my 17" Powerbook.

Even with the Powerbook, and all associated cables and other bits, I still have plenty of room for books, papers, and other stuff.

Re:Big 17 inch, too? (4, Funny)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799968)

An addition to the question: does anyone have any good suggestions for a bag for a big 17 inch laptop? It's considerably larger than the 17" powerbook, and i'd also like to be able to fit books and/or my other smaller laptop (tablet) inside. Are there any bags that would fit this?

While we're on the subject, can anyone recommend a car that gets good gas mileage I can fit into the trunk area of my Ford Excursion that I can use to motor around the city streets? The Excursion gets awful gas mileage in the city so I'd like to carry an extra car with me to use for those short 4-5 block commutes between buildings on campus. I've thought about a golf cart or such but they're not particularly fast. Would a Ford Focus fit?

american eagle messenger bags (1)

azadam (250783) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799905)

I received a shoulder bag from american eagle (ae.com) as a gift about a year ago. I ended up getting a 17" Powerbook that fit perfectly in it, and I don't have to look like a geek walking around town with it.

Check out ae.com > men's > belts+bags, they're inexpensive and easy to carry. The only thing they don't offer is heavy duty shock protection, but I don't go around slamming my bag into things very often so that hasn't been an issue.

Brenthaven (1)

Chmcginn (201645) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799907)

As far as styles available, protection, and all the neat little storage comparments you could ever need, Brenthaven [brenthaven.com] has about the best bags I've seen.

As far as price... well, they're cheaper than a Tumi [tumi.com] , at least.

Timbuk2 (2, Informative)

1984 (56406) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799910)

San Francisco's finest: Timbuk2 [timbuk2.com] .

They do a bunch of different bags, including commuter and courier bags with padded laptop sleeves. I got one after lots of friends steered me in that direction. Had it for a couple of years; it's bombproof. And also waterproof.

MacAlly Messenger Bags! (1)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799913)

I just purchased a MacAlly CB-JSMV Messenger Bag V (Vertical)
It carries my PowerBook G4 15" side ways, it's slim, well padded and ridged enough and to top it off it's a metallic color; It's wicked looking.
All the hardware on it is metal with exception to the latch which is a big metal buckle with a plastic clip on the inside.
It's very comfortable to say the least thanks to its large rubberized strap.
As a whole the bag is a perfect match for a PowerBook. An iBook would do well in it as well, heh.
This bag despite being sold by a Mac company would nicely handle a PC laptop as well, but it would have to be thin.

Pelican cases (5, Informative)

enderak (557146) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799917)

Pelican [pelican.com] makes excellent protective cases. Almost unbreakable, water-tight, air-tight, dust-tight. The ones with the "pick-and-pluck" foam can be configured to fit a laptop and all accessories nice and snug. They have a few laptop-specific cases, and several general-purpose cases of all sizes/colors.

If you don't know where to find them near you, check with surveying supply shops, and electronics parts supply (the commercial type, not Radio Shack)

eBags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799918)

I have a ebags laptop backpack and I have been happy with it. the weight is good and the over-all quality is good. Plus it has a lifetime warranty.

Go with a Tumi (1)

Humba (112745) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799919)

I use a Tumi Bethune [tumi.com] .

Just the right size, great durability, and the padding on the back is nice and smooth so it doesn't abrade away your clothes. Beware of cases that can carry more than *you* should.

Tumi is a little over priced, but the bag will last longer than your current laptop.


North Face (1)

los furtive (232491) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799927)

Believe it or not, but NorthFace actually had a notebook backpack out for a while known as the 'Network'. They don't make it anymore but you might find it in some stores, however they do make a notebook sleeve [ebags.com] that allows you to carry your notebook in just about any backpack.

I highly recommend a backpack over a hand bag, because you wont get tired as easily carrying it, and because it doesn't say "He look at me, I've got a $3000 computer waiting to be stolen" the way a Targus bag does. I've tried 3 different notebook bags (and the best targus handbag out there) and the Northface network really did it for me, even if the side padding is a bit weak.

What's the problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799929)

Didn't the bag do what it was supposed to do- take the beating itself to save your laptop?

You're asking how to buy better surge protectors that won't get ruined (while saving your computer system) during a lightning strike.

try Spire (5, Informative)

Phrack (9361) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799933)


I've been using an Endo for a few years now, super rugged.. even survived the washing machine when it got super stinky once (another tale for another time) with no ill effects. Looks good enough for meeting rooms, rugged enough to handle travel, and slings across the back for bicycle/motorcycle rides or just to get the hands free.

The wife uses a Volt pack. Both come with padded sleeves for your laptop and the usual sets of pockets and storage.

Well worth the money.

Jansport PC Port (1)

Precision (1410) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799934)

I recently picked up a Jansport PC Port [jansport.com] . It's a backpack bag and has plenty of padding for the laptop. It has these neat "Airlift" shoulder straps that actually help with weight alot. It was also one of the few laptop bags I was able to find that would hold my 17" Powerbook.

Laptop backpack (1)

Tomasthanes (6053) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799935)

I looked at alot of laptop briefcases and backpacks (Targus, Columbia, etc.) and the one I liked best is called the Ogio Metro [ogio.com] . I ended up getting it at ebags.com ebags.com [ebags.com] . I've had it for about 5 months now and am very happy with it.

targus backpack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799939)

I love my targus backpack. It provides awesome
cushioning between campus, work, school, wherever.
It has pockets within pockets, so it pisses off the barney's in the federal building (too complicated for their fragile little minds) but it will carry the world and if one strap breaks you still got the other, though the construction is heavy duty.

It was $80 from a local vendor, and can be purchased from thinkgeek.com for the same price roughly. Expensive, but worth every penny...especially when you consider the value of your laptop

Laptop backpacks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799942)

I would go with one of the Laptop backpacks with two shoulder straps. Not only are they better for your back but you wouldn't have to worry about dropping them accidentally like described in the topic.

I got the Ogio Rebar on sale at ebags.com:

http://www.ebags.com/ogio/rebar/product_detail/i nd ex.cfm?modelid=15441&NDA=N-2003825

but you can see the product much better here:


Not bad for the price and they hold other useful things besides your laptop. :)

Ouch! (1)

out of control (37531) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799943)

I feel your pain, that has got to hurt!

I have a Targus Sport Deluxe for my floptop, and I really like it. It has a padded insert for the floptop and lots of other storage for peripherals etc.

You can check it out
here [targus.com]

Hemp! (1)

Saeger (456549) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799945)

Get yourself a nice durable bag made of hemp fiber. The only downside is that Ashcroft probably won't let you get near the whitehouse with it because he probably thinks hemp == maryjoowanna == terrorism == exposed titties == sex.

And it doesn't hurt that buying hemp means less oil money for petroleum-based synthetic clothes.


North Face "Bigshot" (1)

ewoudenberg (454660) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799947)

I have been using a North Face "Big Shot" [northface.com] about a year with a Dell Inspiron 4150, it's great: It has plenty of room for a laptop, a sweater and some books, plus handy side pockets for a camera and sundries.

Huh? (0, Troll)

Sean80 (567340) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799950)

OK so maybe I'll get flamed, maybe I'll get trolled, but somebody has to ask.....

...two days before Christmas, is this really the most important question we can ask? How about "I'd like to solve world hunger, can anybody give me some suggestions on how to do that," or "I'd like my penis to be longer and thicker, has anybody received any helpful emails lately about how that might be done?"

Duh (3, Insightful)

pclinger (114364) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799953)

If your laptop survived, get another one of the same bag. $20 bag saves $1,500 laptop, I'd stock up on 10 of those instead of hoping your next bag does as good a job.

Tech-air (2, Informative)

pev (2186) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799955)

I had a car [sketchymonkey.com] crash [sketchymonkey.com] a few years ago, and my Vaio was on the passenger seat in a Tech-Air bag. This is a bag sold at PC-World (ugh) and Dixons in the UK, and has an airbag tube around the edge of the laptop to cushion impact. Astoundingly (see the pics) I walked away from the crash uninjured, and more jaw droppingly so did the laptop. Not even a bad sector on the disk, and it is still running well now, four years later. Thats a good recommendation in my book...


Booq bags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799964)

booqbags.com is really a great company and a great bag. I got the backpack and sleeve. Its the best. Great customer service.

Sleevecase + Messenger Bag = Perfection (3, Informative)

cmcguffin (156798) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799965)

sfbags [sfbags.com] (aka Waterfield Designs) has some really nice, customizable bags.

I use a sleevecase [sfbags.com] for my powerbook. The sleevecase fits the powerbook like a glove, and does a great job of protecting from bumps and scratches.

Slip the powerbook into the sleeve, and slip the sleeve into a messenger bag [timbuk2.com] (or better yet, a leather version)... Perfection!

Lands End and Coach (1)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799966)

I used to have a Lands End laptop bag, which was sturdy and versatile, though it looked shabby once the umbrella I kept in its outer pocket wore a small hole in the side -- affecting appearance but not function.

I then got a Coach leather bag as a gift. It's also been quite sturdy, and I've been happy, but when I recently moved to an IBM T40 laptop I found with its oversize battery, it barely fit in the designated space -- so it won't serve your purposes but might be of use to others.

Need I say more (1)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799970)

I have two words for you... duct tape [ducttapefashion.com]

Chrome Messenger Bag (1)

fuctape (618618) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799971)

You might want to check out Chrome Messenger Bags [chromebags.com] -- I'm very pleased with mine. Plenty of room, very sturdy.

If money is no object... (1)

Brat Food (9397) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799976)


I havent got to use one, but the form and function of this case looks like it could be teh win, as such. And it looks badass.

Timbuk2 (3, Informative)

jht (5006) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799977)

Timbuk2 [timbuk2.com] makes some bombproof messenger bags - I've kept my PowerBook in one when I ramble about for the last two years, and it's held up great. You can custom-design your bag online, as well, which is most cool. If you prefer stock, they keep several types/styles in stock, and some are carried at the Apple Stores.

Mine is a Bolo with a few goodies and a center divider. I made mine with waterproofed canvas (unfortunately, they don't offer that fabric anymore), and I also have a sleeve for the 15" PowerBook as well. It's the best bag I've ever owned, and if I ever get another PowerBook I'll just make sure to buy a sleeve to fit. The sleeves have handles, too, for a little extra protection.

Timbuk2 also makes the best iPod holders, as well - and they make a handy case for a 1900-series iPaq handheld, too, along with a couple of SD cards. And their custom bags are US-made, which I find to be a nice bonus.

Kensington Saddlebag (2, Informative)

blackketter (72157) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799980)

The Kensington Saddlebag [kensington.com] has been the trusted protector of my various laptops over the years. This thing is indestructible, goes over the shoulder or as a backpack, has a spot for cell phone, pda, and zippered pockets for everything else. It's even big enough to be an overnight bag in a pinch. It's internal padding could be a bit thicker, but I wouldn't travel without a padded slipcase [goincase.com] around my powerbook anyway.

How about... (1)

All Names Have Been (629775) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799983)

...but the bag (a WWDC giveaway)...

How about any bag that didn't come from some marketing supply house that was cheap enough that they could give them away.

I've use a Timbuk2 bag with laptop sleeve for a couple of years. Still looks brand new.

Spire USA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799985)

Check out www.spireusa.com. They have some excellent bags that have a cool rugged design. They also have some extra padding so incase you accidentaly drop it , your laptop will get minimal damage.
I've personally seen these bags used all over Boulder, CO. they're highly recommended!

Targus, Targus, Targus.... (1)

vudufixit (581911) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799986)

Dropped it many times, laptop always functioned fine. The bag was a pre-owned "Ebay Special" and worth every penny. True story: About five years ago I was working helpdesk and a bunch of laptops came in from the field to have their custom written salesforce app upgraded. At my initiative, I created a laptop intake form that included, "condition of packing and laptop." The categories were "excellent, average, and 'amazed it arrived intact.'" One laptop earned the latter distinction by virtue of the fact that the salesrep sent their laptop in a FedEx "Pizza Box" type container, that fit the laptop so perfectly, that he included no packing. I was indeed amazed to find the laptop intact and functioning, but made sure to tell my manager to give that guy a packing lesson.

Tom Bihn (2, Informative)

SamHill (9044) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799987)

Tom Bihn [tombihn.com] makes and sells backpacks and shoulder bags for all kinds of laptops. They're made in the USA of nice materials.

Many of the bags that don't have built-in laptop support have snaps that can be used to hold a ``Brain Bag'' (available in various sizes) for a laptop. The Brain Bags suspend the laptop in a cradle inside a box with hardish sides.

Nice bags. Nice people.

I carry mine in a regular backpack (1)

philipx (521085) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799988)

I don't know if you want to go this route, but if you're at least considering it let me make a couple of points.

1. a backpack (usually) has 2 shoulder straps. that was the biggest advantage in my opinion. why you may ask? well, for once I've carried a regular laptop bag and I had to kept switching shoulders every now and then, but it ended up killing me - the freakin' bag was almost as heavy as the laptop, I swear. 2 straps means the weight on each shoulder is basically half of what you'd have to support with a regular case.

2. so having 2 shoulder straps also means that I can use it as a regular backpack (for longer trips - I ride my motorcycle to work), or just throw it on one shoulder for short trips (short = from the building to the car, when I'm driving).

3. larger capacity. you already know that what you can fit in a laptop case is pretty much just that: the laptop, cables and some papers. but that's pretty much it. I can put a bunch of other stuff in my back pack. In addition to my laptop and its cables, I also carry papers (in a back pocket), my cd-player in a front pocket. even my papers fit it. I can even cary one 2L bottle of coke in addition to the laptop. or whatever...

4. reusable. I can hardly think I would want to use my laptop case for anything but carrying a laptop; however, I use the backpack when riding bikes, when going out to play sports, when going out to shoot some pictures, I even use it as a carry-on for trips and travel.
My backpack it's been one of my most useful things in the past 3 years. I suggest you buy one and try it for a couple of weeks. if you don't like it you could always return it.

But, would it protect my laptop in case it would fall? No, I think not. But it's been through a bunch of stuff and my precious laptop is still fine, thank you. I'm willing to bet that part of the fact that being a backpack is built sturdier.

Oh, if you do decide to go with a backpack, I suggest you get one with a leather bottom. I don't know if it's better (i.e. more resistant), but it looks more stylish.

Compucessory Laptop/BackPack/Rolling Case (1)

Anml4ixoye (264762) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799989)

I've used several bags, and my favorite is my Compucessory bag. It is a rolling laptop case - with an extendable handle and fairly rugged wheels. It also has straps that make it a fairly comfortable backpack. Nice also that when using as a backpack you don't get the uncomfortable feel of the internal braces. Description from OfficeMax [officemax.com]

For pure safety, try the Anvil [cases2go.com] or Zero Halliburton [cases2go.com] computer briefcases. My first laptop - an IBM ThinkPad - survived an 8-foot fall in one of those things. The ZH ones come in aluminum finish too - very nice.

Timbuk2 all the way!! (5, Informative)

zippotrx (735159) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799990)

I have a timbuk2 sleeve for my TiBook in a messenger bag that i totally love. I take it everywhere! from coffee shops to random places and its been great. I have no complaints about it what so ever. The quality is top notch and theres a good solid padding on it. Some say its a bit pricey for the sleeve but i figure i spent close to $3000 at the time with all my "ever so important" upgrades, i can spend a few dollars more. I spent weeks looking for the perfect bag and been routed over and over again to eBags, searched high and low and couldnt find anything else better. anyway play with their site! i believe its timbuk2.com [timbuk2.com] . you can fully customize your bag, and if you think about it... when do you really buy a new bag or backpack? so spend the money!!

TUMI (1)

TechnoVooDooDaddy (470187) | more than 11 years ago | (#7799995)

TUMI safecases are the best... I've had mine for 5 years now, it's leather and still looks very good... Lifetime warrany on it, as well as the contents, never had to use it tho, those things are awesome..

i've got the backpack version

best laptop bag i've had yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7799997)

Check out http://www.standardtm.com.au
(They sell in the USA too)

I bought one of there laptop bags a while ago, and man are they good! they are very durable and strong, you get a separate padded laptop satchel/bag that goes into the laptop bag itself which has even more padding. My laptop has survived a lot with this bag on many rough trips.

I have mine loaded with a heavy inspiron 8200 and accessories.

The good thing with these laptop bags is they don't look like laptop bags, they just look like a stylish carry bag, and so maybe the chances of it being stolen are less? who knows but they get my recommendation.

Trager is excellent bag (1)

jeneral (22829) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800001)

I have a Trager Cross Country Laptop Bag. It can alternate between a bag you can swing on your shoulder and a backpack. I've been carrying mine for over two years now and love it. You can do a search for Trager at ebags.com and pick one up for about $100.

Koie (1)

sjbrown (9382) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800002)

I've found some very well designed and functional bags and carrying cases for laptops (and other high-tech doodads) at Koie Products' website.

Main Site [koieproducts.com]

Here are a few links to laptop specific stuff:
one [koieproducts.com]
two [koieproducts.com]
three [koieproducts.com]
four [koieproducts.com]

Rakgear (1)

javatips (66293) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800003)

Try a Rakgear [about.com] deluxe backpack.

I bought mine 6 months ago and it changed my life (actually, my back life). The backpack is well padded and very comfortable. It include a removeable plastic rack so you can put many books and keep them organized.

You'll have no trouble running with it and it's very robust.

I bough it at Radio-Shack fo less than $50 CAN.

You can't go wrong with it.

Timbuk2 Messenger Bags - Strong and Customizable (1)

c-town (571657) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800004)

Timbuk2 [timbuk2.com] makes messenger bags (like biker messengers in San Francisco and other metro cities delivering packages). You know they're rugged from all that abuse the package deliverers go through while biking through San Francisco.

I got one and these bags are great. You can order a slip sleeve which is great protection for the laptop (it looks like it's about a 1/2" foam tightly snuggling the laptop). The slip case is great as it allows you to just carry the laptop by itself if you're going from say your cube to your meeting.

Their messager bags comes in four sizes. I like the messager bags because you dont have to take the bag off to access it (as opposed to normal backpacks). Their "Bolo" series messenger bag (the largest one) allows for 3067 cubic inches of space, so if the geek needs to bring the ham radio and the hand crank generator with him, he can.

You can also customize it with something like 20 different colors, a custom ipod holder and a radio holder that attaches to the strap.

Best of all, it seems like their bags are very Apple laptop friendly (and colors that match the old imacs). Highly recommended from a highly satisfied customer.

TIBag's are great (1)

Tantus (305193) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800008)

I have a TI bag from http://www.tibag.com and it's the best laptop bag I've owned so far. It's has a messenger bag style strap that goes diagonally across the chest. Best looking bag I've seen for the price. Sturdy too.

amazon (1)

whodunnit (238223) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800014)

just go to amazon or any other place that sells laptops and go to the "bags/cases" section... it's amazeing what a little common sense will figgure out isnt it?

I love my Victorinox (swiss army) bag (1)

fusspot (619096) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800015)

The "Webpak" got a good review in C.net a while back. The removable shoulder straps are great for long lines at airports. I'd rather look like a geek than arrive at my destination with a sore back. http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/mai n/0,14179,2864799,00.html

Great thread about this at MacNN... (1)

Daveymcgav (717177) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800016)

The MacNN forums have an on-going thread [macnn.com] about this.

Tom Bihn Bags (1)

ultraslacker (597588) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800017)

Pricey, but sleek and sturdy. If there is a better bay I didnt find it. Mine is actually two bags - a reinforced sleeve that encases the laptop and clips into a roomier bag. You need both if you want to keep the laptop safe.

http://tombihn.com/ [slashdot.org]

Check out Tom Bihn bags (1)

curtisg (63391) | more than 11 years ago | (#7800020)

Check out Tom Bihn [tombihn.com] bags. Very well made. They have many options for laptops, including a padded sleeve that will fit inside other bags.
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