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SwissGear Computer Backpack

by Wenger
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  • Fits most 15"/15.4" widecreens
  • Padded computer pocket
  • Comfort fit back straps
  • Music player pocket
  • Air flow back padding
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 19 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NONHYY
  • Item model number: GA-7305-14F00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 7, 2005

Product Description

Swiss Gear Computer Backpack fits most 15"/15.4" widescreens; padded computer pocket;comfort fit back straps; music player pocket; air flow back padding; essentials organizer; headset port; case base stabalizing platform.

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Customer Reviews

Overall, good quality materials and construction, very sturdy.
NWJake
This is a great backpack, feels very sturdy with strong zipper, has a lot of pockets and room for many other things.
D. Mallick
I was looking for the perfect bag to carry my books and laptop at college, and this is it!
Doc Stew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

261 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Benson Hougland on September 28, 2006
Format: Personal Computers
I purchased this Wenger backpack bag over 2 years ago from a local Best Buy, and immediately loved it. The big problem (for me) with previous backpacks is all of the contents rest near the bottom of the bag (gravity in action). This bag however, offers 3 compartments for storing items such as keys, USB sticks, iPods, even heavy power adaptors in pockets "sewn" to the top. This results in a very balanced bag and quick access to items frequently used.

Although this bag is durable and travels well, over time and worldwide travel, the bag started looking a bit tattered. So I purchased a new one on Amazon (through samscause.org) expecting to get the same bag. However, Wenger has made several key additions and upgrades that make this bag even harder to beat.

Now, each compartment is fully lined. The bag now has a stiffer bottom allowing it to sit more upright. They've removed the useless waist belt, freeing up space and the annoying buckle in my lower back. The side zippered pockets are now much larger and more useful. The padded computer compartment offers much better protection and is more form-fitting. In summary, I got much more than I'd anticipated.

Finally, I've read other reviews that stated 15.4 wide-screen laptops don't fit. I have an HP/Compaq nc8230 business 15.4 wide-screen laptop, and it fits perfectly (14.1" x 10.1" x 1").

My only negative (not reflected in my rating) is I wish the bag was available in all black. Perhaps then it would appear a bit more "business-like" which is relatively important in my job. But every laptop backpack I've tried (including the $485 Tumi) doesn't offer near the functionality of this bag. So function wins over appearance in this case.

This is the first review I've ever written on Amazon. That's how impressed I am with this purchase and this backpack bag.
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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lovejoy on January 17, 2011
Format: Personal Computers
I want to preface this review by saying that prior to purchasing the Swiss Gear Synergy, I owned a Swiss Gear Maxxum pack for about two and a half years (see my review of that pack as well). I wore the Maxxum about 6 days a week, with a consistently very full and heavy load and was extremely satisfied. But, after 2.5 years, the shoulder straps started to show their age, and I decided it was time for a replacement. I knew before I began my search that my next bag would also be a Swiss Gear, and perhaps another Maxxum.

I visited a local store that had 5 models of Swiss Gear packs in stock (but sadly, not a Maxxum) and gave them all a good looking over for features and construction as well as a check for personal fit. I was quickly able to eliminate a few of the smaller models as they simply didn't have the raw storage volume I require for my daily load. The final three in contention were the Cobalt, Pegasus, and Synergy. I next eliminated the Swiss Gear Pegasus (a great looking bag) from consideration, for while it was clearly designed for carrying very large laptops (17"), aside from the computer, this bag was obviously meant to hold generally flat things. While I gladly would have paid the higher price for the Pegasus, it simply would not accept the larger and roughly cube-ish, cylinder-ish or sphere-ish shapes I often need to carry (camera bag, lunch, water, soup thermos and more).

In the end, I selected the Synergy, and I'm VERY glad I did.

DECIDING FACTORS

VOLUME AND SPACE USABILITY - Of the bags I was considering, the Synergy has both the largest volume as well as the best configuration of that volume for my real world uses.
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Fritz on April 15, 2006
Format: Personal Computers
I read a few reviews which stated that there is no way that this bag will properly fit a 15.4" widescreen laptop. I just bought the bag and it fits my Dell Inspiron E1505 (which seems like a "full" sized 15.4" widescreen) easily.

I just wanted to set the record straight for anyone who is looking for a bag but afraid that their 15.4" widescreen won't fit. Unless you have some gigantic machine that I haven't crossed paths with, you'll be happy with this bag.

PS - I first bought a OGIO Nyquist from eBags and found it to be a POS... unconfortable, HUGE, and my laptop didn't even fit into its ridiculous side zippered pocket.
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Doc Stew VINE VOICE on August 2, 2005
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
I was looking for the perfect bag to carry my books and laptop at college, and this is it! It's got a ton of pockets including room for a 15.4" laptop that straps securely in a padded pocket. Even with the laptop in the bag you can fit books and notebooks with no problem. I also carry around my AC adapter and a car charger with no worries. It's got a hard shell on the bottom of the bag to protect your computer from damage if it's dropped. You couldn't ask for more!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Cheung VINE VOICE on September 24, 2007
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
I read hundreds of reviews for backpacks for my MacBook Pro 15". I bought this one after a lot of thought and comparison shopping.

I've had it since May of '07. I've used it for two week-long trips on planes and with lots of walking. I've used it for a 12-day conference on Stanford University's beautiful campus where I walked to every class/course and dining halls and events, etc. Typically I was carrying my laptop, a binder of papers, a notebook, pens, laptop charger, a sweater, calculator, ipod, phone, a few books, and some junk I carry around because I think I need to be like a boyscout and always be prepared for everything. Other than that, I've also used it to carry around my son's sports gear during a 2-day tournament along with things I needed to survive the 2-day event.

COMFORT
Incredibly comfortable. I hate carrying stuff around and yes, slung over one shoulder this thing is heavy. It's a big sturdy, well-crafted, back pack. It expands to atleast twice it's depth and holds a ton of stuff. BUT, once you actually put it on your back and fasten it and size it properly, it really doesn't feel heavy at all. I've walked miles and miles comfortably with it stuffed full.

BUILD
Very well built. I don't intend on taking care of it either but it still looks like it'll last years and years. Strong seams. Every place where rubber meets fabric and the zippers sewn in look made to withstand abuse and stress. It also held my laptop in place nicely. The laptop isn't position right against your back or on the outside layer so it has protection just by the nature of the laptop placement in addition to the padding provided.

LOOK
Looks like the pics. :)

FILLABILITY
Pack this thing full!
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