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Does anyone have any suggestions for a laptop bag?

I'm looking for something that would accomodate a 12" Powerbook and a couple of textbooks. I don't really have a preference in terms of back-pack or messenger bag style.

Thanks guys. :)
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I have a 12" G3, and I've been leaning towards one of these... Black Neoprene 12" case (The W at Amazon) with the thought that if I had the iBook in this I could put it in Any other bag I had and not really worry too much about it getting scratched. As a bonus, Neoprene doesn't slide too well, so if you have it sitting on something in the case it probablys isn't going to slide off of it.



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I worked in a luggage store for a few years in the late 90's. The best laptop bags we sold were from Tumi. They'll run you about 400 bucks, but if you travel and use the bag alot (or if your company's paying for it), it'll pay off in the long haul. Ballistic material, lifetime warranty, double stitched straps and leather accents. The ballistic's cool...you can stick a knife into it and it won't tear or rip.

The laptop was suspended inside a padded envelope and didn't touch the edge of the bag. The Tumi rep said we should take our customers' laptop, put it in the bag, and drop it. Never did that to a customer, but the rep's laptop survived the demonstration.

Hartmann also had a similar line. I didn't push those too often, because their designs weren't too contemporary-- usually looked like an old lady's handbag.

If you're looking for something more affordable, I'd recommend a ballistic material, "U" pockets, and pay attention to the way the shoulder strap is woven onto the bag.



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    Originally posted by probleus
    Does anyone have any suggestions for a laptop bag?

    I'm looking for something that would accommodate a 12" Powerbook and a couple of textbooks. I don't really have a preference in terms of back-pack or messenger bag style.

    Thanks guys. :)


Easiest thing I've found is get a notebook backpack that has a thick padding pocket for your computer then your books can go in another part of the bag or even in the same opening. I know because we've had no trouble out of the one we have that carries our Dell 15" Notebook.



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I worked in a luggage store for a few years in the late 90's. The best laptop bags we sold were from Tumi. They'll run you about 400 bucks, but if you travel and use the bag alot (or if your company's paying for it), it'll pay off in the long haul. Ballistic material, lifetime warranty, double stitched straps and leather accents. The ballistic's cool...you can stick a knife into it and it won't tear or rip.

I second the recommendation, at least if you have the cash to spare. I got a Tumi laptop bag about seven years ago, and that particular model set me back around $300. I use it everyday, travel with it, throw it around, pack it almost to bursting and it still looks new. There's no signs of wear at all on the ballistic material, no fraying on the corners/edges, not a single thread out of place, and no wear on the inside. In fact, I still get asked if it's new. I'm sure the black has faded a little, but it still looks fantastic and you could probably only tell its age by putting it next to a brand new bag. One my colleagues has had the same bag for about ten years and his still looks brand new too, but he's a lot easier on it.

They also have a really cool program for recovering the bag if it is lost or stolen.



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I have a Targus laptop backpack, and I found it worked pretty darn good for hauling school stuff around. The only downside was that even a small laptop in addition to textbooks and supplies makes it pretty heavy.
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