Swiss Gear Lightweight ScanSmart Laptop Backpack SA1923

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444 customer reviews
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  • Made in USA or Imported
  • Organizer Pocket; Padded Shoulder Straps,Product Dimensions are 18 x 13 x 8.5 inches.
  • Airflow Backing System
  • Water Bottle Pocket
  • Eyeglass Holder
  • Audio and Media Pocket; Equipment Safe
  • Organizer Pocket; Padded Shoulder Straps
  • Made in China

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Elasticized mesh to secure various size bottleComfort fit back system provides comfort and supportErgonomically designed with added padding for comfort and control -Materials: Polyester

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002SXMRO4
  • Item model number: 19232215
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2010
  • Average Customer Review:
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By Joshtalgia TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Length: 4:22 Mins
This backpack is awesome. Very happy with my purchase. I use this when travelling for work so I typically have my laptop, a notebook or two and all of my accessories/peripherals I need. Highly recommend this to any travelers that need something for similar situations.

Edit: In my video I note that there's a buckling system "if you want to buckle this backpack around your waist" - however that is not the intended purpose of the buckles, nor will they work for buckling this backpack around your waist. To that end - I've never felt the need to buckle this backpack around my waist. It's a shorter backpack, and not like my bigger camera backpack or a hiking backpack, that you may be inclined to buckle around your waist. My apologies for the misinformation in the video.

Update: 7/26/2013 - Since my last update I've changed jobs, but this backpack is still getting just as much, if not more, use. I use it daily to and fro the office and it's holding up absolutely fine. It has shown no significant signs of wear. Still love it!

Update 11/13/2014 - Still putting this backpack to use on the daily. It's still in perfect condition. No loose threads, all materials have held up incredibly well. If and when this one starts to fall apart I'll have no issues buying the same bag, but at this rate it looks like it's going to be years down the road before that happens.

Update 1/19/2015 - This backpack is $40 today. Ordering another one just to have on hand.

Update 10/16/2015 - Coming to the realization that I should not have wasted $40 and bought an extra one of these to have on hand. The one I have isn't showing any signs of deterioration. I'll probably end up giving the extra one I bought to someone as a gift. Still going strong!
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this backpack for school. After an exhaustive search online, in local stores and across campus, I can definitively say that this is hands down the best laptop backpack you can buy!

Pros:
1. Tons of space and usable compartments:
- 1 padded laptop compartment
- 1 thin compartment that can be used for papers and folders
- 1 main compartment that contains vertical dividers to keep things organized, a smaller interior mesh pocket, and an ipod/cell phone pouch that leads to a slit in the top of the backpack for a headphone cord
- 1 decent sized pocket on each side (I use 1 for my laptop charger and accessories)
- 2 stretchy water bottle pockets big enough for the big 1 liter bottles (good for umbrella too)
- 1 small pocket on the top front
- 1 pocket on the bottom front that contains a bunch of small organizer pockets found in every backpack that nobody ever uses
2. Comfort: padded, shock absorbing arm pads, padded back, and a comfortable handle on top.
3. Appearance: In my opinion, this is one of the best looking backpacks out there, but I can't argue with taste so if you have one of those ugly backpacks, that's fine with me.
4. Price: Phenomenal deal! ($50 when I purchased it) Would have gladly spent more (don't tell amazon)

Cons: (there really are none... I'm nitpicking here)
1. The opening for the laptop is on the side (not the top) which makes it a little awkward to get in and out. Not a big deal though.
2. I would have liked a little more padding underneath the laptop. The amount of padding is pretty similar to most other laptop cases though. You just need to be careful about setting it down to hard.
3. The size was perfect for my 15.6 widescreen. I haven't tried a 17", but I'm guessing it would be too big (if you could get it to fit inside, it would be VERY tight)
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I wanted to replace my husband's Targus shoulder laptop bag because it was just way too heavy (even when empty). I decided to get this backpack for his 17" Macbook Pro. The description says it holds up to 15", but I felt confident that it would fit his 17" because I tried stuffing his laptop in my 15" SwissGear backpack and it fit perfectly. Sure enough, this bag also fits the 17". I also wanted to mention that I was looking at other SwissGear laptop bags in the $50 range at Target and there's a huge difference in material and quality compared to this one. Although Amazon sells this for $50 (at least when I got it), I feel that it's worth more a lot more. But I'm not complaining about the price ;)

PRO
- Strong, sturdy, and comfortable to carry
- SmartScan capabilities
- Huge compartment for books & binders
- Lots of compartments
- Side laptop zipper (for those who want to keep the right strap on while taking out the laptop)

CON
- Could use a bit more padding at the bottom of the laptop, but the sides are padded
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Other reviews have more than adequately summed up the general details of this backpack. It's well constructed and has great features, but it is not the right choice for owners of 15" Macbook Pros. The notebook pocket is way too big to comfortably secure a 15" Macbook. Further complicating the issue is the poorly designed, non-adjustable strap that can't be snugged across the laptop as you would with most briefcase style notebook bags. The Macbook floats around precariously giving me no confidence that it won't be slammed from side to side as the backpack moves and shifts. The amount of space left by the strap is so large, that I was able to fit two Macbooks and an iPad 1 wrapped in a bulky case before the strap finally felt like it was comfortably snugged down. (Look at the consumer pic I uploaded to see what I mean.)

The rest of the features of this backpack are great, but this gigantic design flaw means that this one is getting returned as it won't adequately perform the main task I purchased it for.
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