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SwissGear Computer Backpack (Black) Fits Most 15.6-Inch Laptops
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370 of 384 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2009
Color Name: Red
I got this backpack few weeks ago and its pretty good so far. For some reasons this one (which is red) is cheaper then the black one, even though they are the same backpack expect for the color differences. I'm guessing because more people are into black color backpack. Anyways, I'm just going to put the bad and the good about this backpack.

GOOD
-This can fit a 15.4" laptop, anything bigger than 15.4 will not fit.
-Well made, it will last for a long time.
-Lot's of small protected pocket for Ipod, PSP, HardDrive..etc.
-Feels good when its placed on your back, it's design to have air flow between your back and the backpack. This way you will not have a wet spot on your back.
-Cheap

Bad
-It's kinda small in size, you can fit a laptop and few binders and maybe 2 books. That is about it, there are spaces but its more for small items. There are bigger version of SwissGear backpack, but it cost more.

Overall, this is a great backpack for it's price. If I would buy another one in the future I would still chose SwissGear.

Hope this help, thanks for reading. :)
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2008
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I just got this bag and when I ordered I was torn between this one and the bigger version of it. It took a while for delivery but, I finally got it today. It is very nice. The material looks and feels very sturdy and there's a lot more room then I thought there was: FYI the laptop area fits my 15.4" laptop (the capability of the screen size to fit this bag was not specified anywhere; and believe me I looked everywhere online). Anyway, there is still room to add a book in the laptop compartment which is the last one (has a lot of padding here). There is another compartment, the middle one, which can fit about 3 folder sized items, and yet another deep compartment in the front with nice zipper/pocket areas. the padding is really comfortable on the straps and the back with "air" circulation noted which I assume is a good thing. Also, note the adjustable straps you see in the picture on each side of the bag; they are extremely useful because when you don't have this bag stuffed with things just tighten it up and it appears to be a smaller bag (which is good for me, since I frequently just carry my laptop). Worth the $35 I paid despite the delayed but free shipping. I think if I would have gotten the bigger version of this bag it would have been too big for my needs. (btw I am replacing a Targus laptop backpack which lasted only about 6 months and now it has a hole that is tearing on a daily basis at the bottom- so if anything I don't recommend targus backpack which I paid $30 for and the material was poor compared to this one and also it is much smaller then this one). This construction feels much stronger and durable then the Targus and I only paid $5 dollars more. Also seems more practical and convenient with the compartments and pockets.
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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2008
Color Name: Black
I was going to buy a rolling laptop bag, but found this on sale and got it instead. Made my trip so easy! Plenty of room for my laptop and accessories. Plus tons of padding and pockets. I was able to carry extra books, electronics, etc. Sitting in an airplane seat it fit nicely under the seat in front of me and I was able to get to all my toys during the flight. I have used about 6 other laptop bags during travel, but this was definitely the most comfortable, roomy, and easiest to use.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
Color Name: Black/Light Gray
I'm a 5'4" female and this bag is the perfect size for me (as in it's not too big for someone smaller - the bag also works well on my 6'2" husband). It's not huge like some other computer bags that make you feel like a turtle when you put it on. Still, it has plenty of space. I keep my 14.1" laptop in the bag, along with my lunch, a water bottle, 3 notebooks and text book and there's still a little bit of room to spare. The quality of the materials and workmanship are fantastic and very best part is the amazing back and shoulder strap padding and the distribution of weight. In my old backpack, the weight of all the aforementioned stuff really felt heavy. Somehow, in the construction of this magical bag, they managed to distribute the weight so it feels like quite light! I've had the bag for a couple of months now and no complaints. And I have a feeling this one will be lasting me awhile! Definitely recommended.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
Color Name: Black/Light GrayVerified Purchase
I took a chance when I ordered this bag here on Amazon and boy did it pay off. I own a Dell Studio 1537 Laptop (15.4 in screen) and was a little worried about the fit of it into this backpack/ bag because the last bag I owned claimed to fit a laptop of my size and it didn't. Turns out, this bag was the perfect solution to my problem. Even though the the laptop fits really snug in its compartment, it's not so bad as to where you cant easily insert and remove it. The laptop compartment is well padded and even has breathable mesh on the wearers side to ventilate any heat that may be present. Other features include a: mobile phone pocket/ water bottle pockets/ a slot to route headphone cords to an mp3 player so the wearer and listen to their tunes on the go/ multiple organizing slots for pens, pecils, credit cards/ passports/ i.d's/ etc/ even a sunglass holder on one of the straps. Speaking of the straps. The straps are padded for extra comfort. In adition to all of the named compartments, this bag has multiple slots for any little knick knack or gadget you can think of. If I really wanted to, I could probably carry my laptop, psp, ipod touch, digital camera, all the peripherals, a portable hardrive and still have room for 2 to 3 text books. This bag is a must have for any college student or person with a lot of electronic gadgets on the go. I would highly recommend this purchase and if for some reason this bag was ruined I'd replace it in a heartbeat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
For the most part, the look and overall quality of the materials is pretty good. My one gripe about the materials is the bottom could've been made with something sturdier like on some of the higher end Swissguard packs. The bottom of this one is made from the same canvas material as the rest of the bag. But the problem is it'll eventually fray and wear out if people aren't careful about dragging it around.

My biggest problem with the bag is that it is too small for my 15.6 screen laptop which has a 1080p HD screen (an HP DV6T; physical dimensions are 14 and seven eighth's by 10 inches). Please see several pics I uploaded in the customer images section.

Don't be misguided by Amazon advertising claim as "fitting most 15.6 laptops". Many of the newer laptops sold nowadays come with a 16:9 screen and the option for full HD. If the physical outer length of your laptop is close to 15 inches (such as my DV6T), then this bag is not for you. The top corners of mine are right up against the edges of the bag zippers, with no protection at all. And the velcro elastic closure latch has to be stretched to almost the breaking point just to close over the laptop.

If you have a 15.6 laptop and are considering this bag, first take out the tape measure. If the physical outer length is 13-14 inches, the laptop should be able to fit in okay. Anything bigger, I'd recommend considering another backpack.

I bought this during Black Friday because of the great price, but am returning.
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66 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2009
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
I always wanted to go for Swissgear bag when I wanted to go for BackPack.
As per the item, I thought it will fit for 15-17" inches screen. As I bought new 16" laptop, I have orded this bag and this is NOT even close to that. This is just for 14" laptop and less.

PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU HAVE 15" widescreen or above.

Otherwise, This backpack is really good and worth for the price.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
Not even a month of use and already falling apart. Bought one of these in red last year lasted the whole school year before the arm straps ripped away from the upper body of the pack. This one isn't even a month old and the straps are already shredded. This pack is only used on school days haul books so, it has been used about 12 times since purchase and this is what it looks like now. I don't think it will make it to the Thanksgiving Break. Too bad because its one of the lightest large backpacks I've found, with good size pockets and easy to close zippers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Straps started to fray after a few weeks, Zippers just randomly burst open, not recommended at all. Small space inside.Can put a laptop , 1 book and 2 binders, past that it is a pain. Avoid.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This backpack is sad. One of the elastic straps tore off within a week of use. It has progressively gotten worse. I'm still using the backback but it's both uncomfortable to use and aesthetically displeasing since the entire strap is disintegrating because of the flaw in production of the light gray extra strength strap on the back. I thought I was unlucky until I saw someone with the exact problem on the train. In addition I found the stitches near the zipper to be poor quality too. I have been really displeased with this product and feel like a DaKine, Timberland or EastPack backpacks I've had in the past would be a much better alternative.
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