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SwissGear SA1908 ScanSmart Backpack (Black) Fits Most 17 Inch Laptops

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  • At checkpoint, unfolds to flat position keeping above and below the laptop sections clear
  • Adjustable padded laptop straps inside to fit different size laptops
  • Open Viewing Compartment: Unique quick recognition window design accommodates most 17" laptops
  • Airflow Back System: Multi-panel airflow design provides extra padding for comfort and maximum back support
  • Organizer Pocket: Interior organizer provides divider pockets for pens, pencils, cell phone and CD's
  • Open Viewing Comparent: Unique quick recognition window design accommodates most 17" laptops
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 9 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002OHDIWY
  • Item model number: 1908215
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the maker of the geniune Swiss Army Knife comes a durable backpack by SwissGear. This versatile backpack is made for convenience and functionality, and it's loaded with features like a special pouch to secure your MP3 player. The main pocket provides protected packing for multiple binders, gaming peripherals, and other accessories. The design is optimized for your comfort with extra padding where you want it. The multi-panel airflow design provides extra comfort and support for your back while the specially contoured shoulder straps are ergonomically designed with added padding for comfort and control. And the durable, ballistic weave fabric makes this SwissGear backpack long-lasting.

Other advanced features include a removable key fob to help you keep track of your keychain. The interior pocket organizer provides divider pockets for pens, pencils, cellphone, and anything else you need. The external dual pockets are made of elasticized mesh, which expands to secure various size water bottles. There is even an elastic tab on the shoulder strap that keeps sunglasses secure and conveniently accessible.

Scan Smart Feature

The laptop computer compartment is airport friendly allowing you to keep your computer safe when passing through security. At the checkpoint, simply unfold to flat position, keeping above and below the laptop section clear. The unique quick-recognition window design makes going through security less of a hassle. The compartment even has an adjustable padded strap to fit different laptop sizes and quick side entry access.

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Key Features

  • Mobile phone pocket to keep you organized
  • Computer compartment with unique quick-recognition window that makes going through airport security hassle-free
  • Airflow back system to provide extra comfort and back support
  • Water bottle pocket that expands to secure various size bottles
  • Durable ballistic weave fabric
  • Fits most 17-inch laptops

Product Description

SwissGear SA1908 ScanSmart Backpack in Black

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality is very good and the bag is very sturdy.
Nicole H
Will definitely buy from this manufacturer in future if this bag goes bad or something.
S. Patel
Plenty of room and lots of pockets to help organize.
C. Kane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

408 of 426 people found the following review helpful By F. G. Gates on July 13, 2011
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
I bought this to replace a SwissGear 'Melton' backpack I'd been using for 3+ years. My old backpack suffered a rip when I accidentally snagged it on a sharp edge (my fault) but had otherwise been the best laptop backpack I had ever owned (of 5).

On the other hand, this SA1908 is the worst I have ever owned and I have returned it. Within hours of transferring my junk to it one of the zippers burst, just as other Amazon reviewers have reported (I now read). On my backpack it was the zipper for the small compartment at the foot of the bag and all I had in there was a couple of USB flash drives and an iPod cable. Hardly over-stressing the zip. The zippers are obviously lower quality than the ones on my previous backpack.

I had to use the backpack for a trip with 6 flights involved since I had no other backpack available. Over the course of that trip I realized:

- The TSA/Equiv do not recognize the backpack as ScanSmart and every time I was told to remove my laptop despite my opening the backpack per SwissGear instructions. (PHX, PHL, LGW (UK), MAN (UK), JFK, ATL).

- There are too few small pockets. Every pocket extends to the bottom of the laptop so you need to rummage wrist-deep or elbow-deep to find anything. I'd prefer many more small pockets to organize things.

- The top handle is set too far back to be able to place the backpack on a rolling 22" cabin-baggage rollaboard case and hold both the backpack handle and the rollaboard handle in one hand. It is possible but very uncomfortable as your hand cannot grip properly.

- The top handle is only made of quilted fabric and does not have any interior steel strengthening as other SwissGear laptops have or had. I doubt this handle would stand the test of time.
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127 of 144 people found the following review helpful By JRS on February 5, 2010
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
I chose this backpack to carry my new laptop and to replace a regular old backpack that I carry my things to work in every day. My decision was based primarily on it selling for 67% off and that it seemed like it would be big enough for my laptop. I've got a 17.3" Asus gaming laptop so it's really long and also pretty thick. This is a great bag, especially for the price and the only reason I gave only 4 stars is because it is a very tight fit for my laptop. Due to the side-access design, inserting/removing the computer is much harder than it might be if it just slid in from the top or opened up all the way. Once the computer is inside it is hard to zip up and I have to pull and stretch the edge as I bring the zipper around the corner of the laptop or the zipper pull will drag against it. Once zipped up the top corner of the laptop really pushes out hard against the zipper and I hope that after a lot of use it doesn't bust through and ruin the zipper in that spot. If I'm lucky the bag itself may stretch a little and give a little more slack. Don't get me wrong this is still a pretty large bag; if it was even just 1/2 inch taller it would be perfect.

Once the laptop is inside, the whole bag can open up like a clamshell and there is a "ScanSmart" plastic window that looks into the laptop compartment. This is supposed to be a feature that makes it easy for TSA screeners to screen your laptop at the airport. Since nothing else sits behind the laptop, by opening the bag like a clamshell it leaves the laptop side all alone without your other pockets full of stuff obscuring the x-ray image. However, as far as I knew the TSA requires all laptops to be completely removed anyway so your mileage may vary with this feature.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By S. Patel on April 2, 2010
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
This bag is perfect for 17.4" laptops. Actually it reduces weight on your shoulder due it's air-flow technology. This bag is big enough to put college books or business documents. I also keep cooling hub and external hard drive in it. This is perfect for great deal. Thanks amazon.

EDIT on Jan 27 2013: I have been using this awesome bag for almost 3 years now. This is my primary bag for commuting in train. People get surprised how much this bag holds. All the chains are in perfect condition and there is no physical damage after rigorous usage. Will definitely buy from this manufacturer in future if this bag goes bad or something.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Broadhurst on January 17, 2011
Format: Personal Computers
I was a little worried I'd have a hard time finding a practical bag that fit my somewhat unwieldy 17" MacBook Pro, but it fits perfectly in this wonderfully constructed backpack. I wanted a bag that could double as a travel and gym bag and decided on this one based on the great reviews and price ($59.99 a few weeks before Christmas). Even after reading so many good reviews, it has surpassed my expectations.

When I first got it, I thought it would only be good for carrying my laptop and a few accessories in the front pockets since the main part of the bag is the "Scan Smart" section, which is meant to be completely unzipped and laid out flat for airport scanners (which means you can't put much in that section aside from a few small accessories in the pouch. See the above pictures.) However, I was really impressed with the amount of stuff I could fit in the other three pockets! I can easily carry a pair of running shoes, gym clothes, travel toiletries (a quart-sized Ziploc bag full of 3oz travel toiletries fits perfectly in the smallest pocket), a bag of groceries and more without it looking like it's about to explode. The bag distributes the weight beautifully (the 17" MacBook Pro isn't light) and the cushions and "Airflow" section on the back give it a great feel. The iPod pouch in the third pocket with the headphone hole is a cool touch as well as the sunglasses hook on the left strap and side pockets--perfect for cords and phone chargers.

It's got a great look to it too. At 26, I began to feel a little self-conscious wearing the same Jansport backpack I had in high school so this is a welcome replacement. Highly recommended!
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