Hey. I’m looking for a recommendation for a laptop backpack.
I don’t plan on carrying much in it just my laptop (a 14″ widescreen thinkpad), powersupply, maybe occasionally a book or two. So I don’t need anything huge.
Light under, say, 2.5 lbs, though even lighter is even better. I want it to be, you know, not heavy when I carry it around. (Or will a 3.5 better constructed bag magically feel lighter because of construction, padding, whatever?)
Comfortable to carry for a while.
Laptop doesn’t slide around in the bag,
Reasonably good protection for bumps and jostles, if, say, I leave the bag in the milk crate in back of my bike rather than wearing it, protecting the laptop both from external bumps, and other stuff in the bag.
A bit weatherproof would be helpful, but not super critical
I don’t care too much what the bag looks like. I’d rather not pay a ton, but if there’s a super awesome bag, I don’t mind spending a bit more. I’m a not small man, if that’s a variable.
Is there anything else I should be thinking about/looking for?
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Thanks thanks for suggestions!
posted by ManInSuit to Computers Internet (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Murray What do you like about Timbuk 2? Is there a specific model you would recommend for what I’m looking for?
posted by ManInSuit at 8:51 AM on May 13, 2008
I recommend Tom Bihn. I have a 17″ MacBook Pro, and that thing feels safe as houses.
posted by mephron at 8:51 AM on May 13, 2008
I am a not small person. B warrants the bag forever, which is more than I can say for the help I got from Kensington when my last bag broke down.
Having said that, I suspect my bag is a little less lightweight and minimalist than you’d want. B seems to offer a couple of other backpacks that look slightly lighter, but I don’t have personal experience with them.
I don’t know where you could look at one in your area, but I did see one being sold in an Apple store. If you have such a thing near you it might be a good place to see if you like it (as well as to see other options the stores all tend to have a small luggage section).
posted by majick at 8:51 AM on May 13, 2008
I have the Hacker backpack from Timbuck2. I like it. Very sturdy and well built, pretty lightweight (website says it’s 2.9 lbs, but I couldn’t imagine having it lighter and still padded for protection). Also, it’s not huge and bulky with a bunch of side pouches and whatnot. With the straps tightened, it closes really flat.
One upside/downside is the big rubberized flap that pulls securely over the top. It’s very tough and completely waterproofs it. But it also makes it a bit of a pain to access stuff quickly. So if you’re outside a lot, it’s great. I got caught in a pretty heavy rain once and it worked perfectly. But usually I’m indoors/in a cab/in an airport, and it’s not super fast for accessing the inside.
I got it at a retail store for about $120. The Briggs and Riley there was far more expensive. Not knocking it, but it didn’t seem to be burberry bags sale all that much better for the price difference.
posted by jef burberry bags sale f o matic at 9:01 AM on May 13, 2008
I’m looking at the Timbuk 2 site the bags look nice. I’m trying to see if I can find a place in Toronto where I can acutally see the bags. This seems like the sort of thing you want to actually see before buying.