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484 of 489 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
This is a virtually identical review I wrote for the model SA1923, which I now use.

I needed to replace my old laptop backpack and noticed many colleagues using the SwissGear line. The difficulty in ordering one of these on-line is that there are a number of variations and the differences are subtle. From everything I could learn an all websites, including Amazon, there were 2 models I was interested in. the SA1900 (this one) and the SA1923. The photos are misleading. They are not necessarily unique to those specific models. I had to order both packs and compare in-hand and send the one back that I didn't fit my needs.

The only difference between these 2 models, besides the color, is this one has a compartment for an iPad opposite the laptop compartment in the section that opens up to lie flat on the airport's scanning conveyor. Thus, your laptop will be in one half and your iPad in the other as it goes through the scanner. The SA1923 has a full width pocket for a slim folder or notebook in the iPad's location. All other compartments and sections of the pack are identical. I loved the color red color of this one, which is unique, but I don't use an iPad and I wanted the pocket there for travel papers (itinerary, boarding passes, receipts, etc.) Also, keep in mind access to the laptop compartment is on one side only (right side while wearing the pack). The zipper goes from the top of the pack down the side.

The pack is roomy and can old a lot. Probably more than I would really want to carry. My only complaint with both packs is I wish it had just a couple of other small zippered sections inside for small miscellaneous items often needed on business trips (e.g. medications, snacks, sunglasses or reading glasses, etc.).

There are other models in this line that are smaller and more simple. If the features each offer is important, just don't rely on the pictures if they seem to be the same as other models.
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319 of 329 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
I bought this backpack for a roadtrip with some friends. Since it's a roadtrip I couldn't take a suitcase with me so I decided to buy a traveling backpack instead. I knew that SwissGear is a good brand for backpacks and after looking through Amazon I decided to buy this one.
When I received this backpack I knew that this is a high quality product after unpacking it. The material is very durable and the zippers are huge and strong. I was amazed by how much stuff this backpack can pack! I fitted in about 12 shirts and underwear, 1 sweater, 1 jacket, 1 pair of pants, 5 pairs of socks, 1 laptop, and some small stuff such as shaver, toothbrush, chargers, camera, etc. It is just like a small suitcase!
Right now I'm also using this for my college, I usually need to carry a lot of books and a laptop. The back of the backpack has a thick "cushion" and my shoulders and back don't feel sore at all.
I warmly recommend this backpack!
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
I have multiple laptops I can assure fit in this backpack:

- 15" HP EliteBook
- 16" MacBook Pro
- 17" Dell Inspiron (two different and bulky models from 2005/6 and 2008)

They fit in the ScanSmart sleeve and anywhere else you may normally think to put a laptop. In a viable inner pocket, I can put either the Mac or the HP in it ALONG WITH my Cooler Master NotePal X2 Laptop Cooling Pad ([...] which is decently bulky on its own.

Some other reviews have mentioned this, but the 1900 actually has a pocket opposite of the ScanSmart laptop area. I will be posting a picture of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" in it. It clearly is big enough to put papers, airline tickets, and/or whatnot in it for traveling. Due to its location, I suggest not putting something that could poke you in the back like a regular sized mouse or any non-flat object.

The bag has a good number of compartments, but transitioning from my old Dell backpack, it has less. It's fine though. At maximum potential, this has a ton of space.

It has a detachable keyring in the outermost pocket, which I know some people look for.

It is also comfortable on my back. For reference, I am 5'11.5" wearing XL sized shirts.

I go on business trips once every three months or so, so I plan to update this once I go through the TSA checkpoints with it.

I'm rating it as near perfect as I can without being perfect (4 out of 5 stars) because I'd like more pocket accessible from either the inside or outside of the backpack.

Feel free to ask me questions via the comment section or the Q/A section!
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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
We purchased this backpack for our new 17" HP laptop. The website was very good at helping us pick a backpack this laptop would actually fit itside. It also has the special pocket that, hopefully, will make getting through airport security checks easier (don't know yet - I fly with it for the first time tomorrow). Very heavy duty contruction and well made zippers and pockets. My only complaint is that it is so big, my husband can load so much stuff in it that it winds up being pretty heavy. No slinging it over one shoulder for long - you need to use both straps for the load! EDIT - made it through the airline security perfectly - did not have to remove the computer, just opened the special zippered compartment! They did find my water bottle though - I had forgotten it in that deep side pocket! I met someone else in line with this same backpack. He had been using it for 2 years and it still looked great.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2014
Dont recommend it, zipper is broken after a while of using and can not be used at all . I should throw it away.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
Have been using this backpack for a month now. Like being able to go through the "TSA Gauntlet" without taking the laptop out of the backpack; just unzip the backpack and lay it on the conveyor belt opened up. On the other side zip it back up and you're on your way.

Plenty of storage compartments for all of the stuff I take with me when I travel. I travel every week and this one backpack has replaced two other travel bags. Down to one carry-on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
I love the storage the backpack has. The issue I had was the strap releaser broke the first day I used it. I didnt even have anyting heavy in it. Looking at them they are small and easily breakable.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
Purchased this bag for my son to begin high school and hold his laptop/tablet and books. The grey tab on the top of this bag came unstitched (never used!) and then the shoulder strap began to unravel after about 4-5 months. Called ebags and had to take photos and email them to a place in NY for an "authorization number". Then had to mail the bag for repair to Florida with authorization number. Several weeks later a new bag arrived (Yahoo!) Unfortunately, the EXACT same thing happened to the new bag! Four months later the whole thing began unraveling. The stitches used to assemble the bag are a "basting stitch" or a very long, running stitch not meant for permanent assembly. The stitches are almost 1/4 inch long so they are not very strong and do not hold the strap to the body of the bag. My advice is to pay a little more and get another bag that lasts! I told my son, "No more Swiss Gear". They are handsome in appearance but poorly constructed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
Showed up on time and was a replacement for a much cheaper version of the more or less same backpack that gave up the ghost only after years of travel and lugging the backpack around. This new version is WAY better than the other version. LOTS of pocketses for hiding the One Ring, if required. The flip down back means you can keep your laptop snug and save in the backpack and saves you about 2.3 seconds of effort when you normally have to remove your laptop at airport security. As a frequent traveller I will gain about 3 minutes of time and time is money so, wOOt! I'm a richer man for it, so thanks Swiss dudes!

Serioulsy though, great quality, solid stitching, great zipper quality, more pockets than sense, and no complaints. You'll love this if you have a 17.3" laptop (I have the VAIO and its a MONSTER and easily slips inside this backpack).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2014
I thought this product had high quality zippers. Unfortunately, my $1500 laptop was testing out the back part of the backpack and it flew out with the zipper zipped! The zipper was opened from the bottom while it's zipped. My backpack won't even zip properly and now I have a damaged laptop and screen. The backpack was not even half full. I am very upset with this brand. I wish I can show pictures here to show you guys exactly what I'm talking about. I'm so frustrated.
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