Level8 Atlas Backpack - Notebook carrying backpack - 17"
|Price:||$224.99 + $6.49 shipping|
- The Atlas is made with a nylon exterior - it is padded between compartments, and the compartments are lined with smooth nylon. The base of the bag is a heavy plastic
- The carrying strap on top is a double grommet, plastic encased steel cable, with a free-floating soft plastic grip for your hand.
- The zippers are all heavy duty, and the straps are shock-absorbing, reinforced, and attached to the back with an additional reinforcing layer of nylon over the doubly stitched attachment points. The photos of the straps and back are a bit further on, in the "comfort" section.
- The Atlas has six exterior compartments - looking at the front view again, you can see the two easy-access zippered side pockets.
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As others have indicated, this backpack can be purchased from the Apple Store for $99.95 or through their own website for $99.99.
The backpack comprises two "main" zippered compartments; the back section zips completely open and you can lay it flat for security checkpoints. One side has a velcro latched and neoprene padded section for you to slip in your laptop, and the other side is a pocketed section for folders, a spiral bound notebook or magazines. I usually zip this section wide enough to unlatch the velcro, and pull out / drop in my laptop.
As mentioned, the back compartment folds flat for airport / security checkpoint. I didn't experience any issues with the velcro coming loose and my laptop slipping out when I went through check point security.
The second, or middle compartment will hold your chargers, cables, books, and includes a padded pocket section where I usually store my tablet. This padded pocket also has a velcro strap to securely hold in your tablet, preventing it from slipping out should you lay your backpack flat.
On top near the handles is a small zippered compartment that can accommodate items for quick access such as glasses, phones, phone chargers, a wallet, etc ...and keeping with their theme of velcro secured pockets, there's also a pocket for a cell / smart phone.
The front zipperd section is pretty typical, pen pockets, cell phone and USB pockets. There's also a zipped storage compartment about 8" wide and 4" deep to squirrel away stuff and a multi-layed pocket for smaller items such as a can of mints, USB stick, cell phone velcro and secured by velcro.Read more ›
The bag still looks great! It has been through rain, snow, sleet, heat and even a motorcycle accident!
The layout of the bag is smart, with lots of useful compartments. It has a super sturdy handle and the adjustable straps are comfortable and easy to use.
The MacBook/laptop compartment is very well protected. When I went down on my bike, the backpack hit hard and was dragged across the pavement. there was very little damage to the bag (minor scuffs) and my MacBook was not damaged at all. I was so pleased.
This bag is not waterproof, but I've been caught in a few rainstorms and never had any problems. I would recommend a waterproof bag for motorcycling, but this bag does protect well. Just not for long durations in the rain.
If I had to recommend improvements, I would want a little more room. But honestly, the bag has plenty of room for most people and the sleek appearance is a welcome trade off for a little extra space. If space is a big issue for you, I would check out the bag first in person before buying it. Otherwise, I enthusiastically recommend this backpack!!
Fatal flaw — when overloaded its zippers (even when fully closed) allow it to simply fall open and it cost me an iPad (as in flipped out and shattered). A small number of airport-friendly bags have snaps that can prevent this from happening — but they all seem to cost a lot more than $100. The bag was overloaded when this happens, but not that overloaded.
Note that the bag does have a velcro strap to prevent the laptop from falling out, but this is a weak alternative and in any event was no help for the iPad.
It's a testament to how good this bag is aside from this that I continue to use it.
Non-fatal flaw — the plastic handle (allowing it to be carried like an attache case) is made of a very hard material and is not terribly comfortable. Mine has broken and now presents some pretty sharp edges as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this backpack for about 4 years now and have used it every day while in college. It has held up well to a fair amount of abuse. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Brad S.
Plenty of compartments for laptop and accessories such as notebooks, mouse, cords, power chargers, pens, passport, etc. Could fit a change of clothes and toiletries if needed. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Joseph Schwegman
I have had this product for 3 years now and my main problem with it is the plastic components. This has resulted in the plastic clips breaking and I can no longer use the product... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Randall A. Smith
This works well with iPad,or laptop
The price I paid was significantly lower than the store price
It's a backpack for carrying a computer and stuff
It does the job
Whether for everyday or travel this backpack has ample of storage for all of your needs; chargers, devices, papers. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Gene A. Palecco
This is the second one of these I've purchased. I bought it as a replacement for when the original bag wears out. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Constantly Remodeling
A quick preface. I'm very picky with my backpacks. It's the one item I have with me nearly every day of the week. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by SoCal Surf
I was in the market for a new laptop bag and happen to stop into the Apple store for another reason. Read more