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Spongey817
Aug 11, 2008, 09:55 PM
After receiving a Lenovo T61 laptop from the college I'll be attending this fall, I've been looking into the possible cases/bags I could purchase. You might ask why I'm posting this in the Macbook forums...

Well, I also own a Macbook. So I'll need a case that could (potentially) hold two laptops (traveling from home/campus).

My main focus is to buy a bag that will be able to hold the Lenovo laptop, as well as a textbook or two, among other small accessories. I'm not sure whether to go with an all out backpack, or a messenger style bag, so all suggestions are welcome.

Thanks for the help...



thejadedmonkey
Aug 11, 2008, 10:24 PM
Barnes and Noble has some nice messenger bags (http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/Home-gift/Kangaroo-Canvas-Messenger-Bag/e/9780641899317) that I would love to throw a laptop into, but alas they are all chic-designs.:mad:

Shackler
Aug 11, 2008, 10:29 PM
Tuscano sleeve

SnowLeopard2008
Aug 12, 2008, 12:29 AM
You could try a swiss gear bag, my mom and I got one for my dad, for his birthday. I used it once, and it can hold alot of stuff. You could stash 2 textbooks in there, as well as a notebook/pens/pencils/ etc.

cpjrmd
Aug 12, 2008, 12:59 AM
I second the Swiss gear bag. I love mine: plenty of space and very sturdy.

gauchogolfer
Aug 12, 2008, 01:22 AM
A Timbuk2 bag with the divider would work great for you. Each one in its own sleeve, leaving plenty of room for other stuff. I've got a Timbuk2 bag that's been in use since 2003 that's still in great shape.

tallestof4
Aug 12, 2008, 03:05 AM
http://www.aeropostale.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3071966&cp=2284059.2941077.2286933
then just get a sleeve for your laptop and then you can add books to the bag without the worry of damage!

vm7118
Aug 12, 2008, 03:09 AM
http://www.tombihn.com

don't even bother with anything else.

tompon1923
Aug 12, 2008, 05:31 AM
I have a Crumbler sleeve and an Eastpack bag with an 15" laptop compartment. It works out great for me, and Eastpack has lifelong warrantee (or something like 10 years). You really have to consider to don't buy cheap stuff, If your notebooks damage you won't forgive yourself

illidian
Aug 12, 2008, 12:47 PM
Swiss Gear is great quality.

More of a utilitarian look than trendy. Which may or may not be your thing.

I could probably fit four laptops in my Synergy Backpack and still have plenty of room for other things.

gungrave70
Aug 12, 2008, 01:28 PM
I recently bought a mamba sable bag from booq and i love the thing..they are a little pricey at 125$ a piece but they are absolutely worth it..and all the space you will need

ajohnson253
Aug 12, 2008, 01:40 PM
went to best buy and got a incase laptop bag with 2 nice pockets in the front and one in the back. The inside is made of some plush soft material. 59.99 check out the link


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8740197&type=product&id=1202429848327

Spongey817
Aug 12, 2008, 03:55 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys.

After going to one or two stores and checking out the bags, I think I'm going to opt for a backpack style bag, rather than a messenger. It just seems like it will be easier to put books, my laptop, and other necessities in it.

Further suggestions are welcome...thanks

Brien
Aug 12, 2008, 04:05 PM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/Targus-CVR600-Groove-Notebook-Backpack/dp/B0001H27PS/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1) seems to be rated pretty well on Amazon. I'm in the market for a new bag as well and I might be picking one of those up.

Spongey817
Aug 12, 2008, 04:14 PM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/Targus-CVR600-Groove-Notebook-Backpack/dp/B0001H27PS/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1) seems to be rated pretty well on Amazon. I'm in the market for a new bag as well and I might be picking one of those up.

To be honest, I think that's a little bit "too much" for my personal needs, although it does look like a nice bag.

I've been looking at the Ogio Flux (in black). It stores a laptop as well as a few books, and it looks pretty slick. Any opinions on this pick?

SnowLeopard2008
Aug 12, 2008, 07:22 PM
The Ogio Flux looks well suited for your needs, I can't seem to find anything that beats the features vs. price. I might get one of those for school too.. lol ;D

Holmes89
Aug 12, 2008, 08:08 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys.

After going to one or two stores and checking out the bags, I think I'm going to opt for a backpack style bag, rather than a messenger. It just seems like it will be easier to put books, my laptop, and other necessities in it.

Further suggestions are welcome...thanks

STM Rogue (http://www.radtech.us/Products/Backpacks/Rogue.aspx) is the one I have. It doesn't look too much like a laptop bag but provides a lot of back support and holds a lot of stuff.

Shackler
Aug 12, 2008, 09:19 PM
The Ogio Flux looks well suited for your needs, I can't seem to find anything that beats the features vs. price. I might get one of those for school too.. lol ;D

ogio flux looks really nice.
Any one on here actually use it?

Built
Aug 12, 2008, 10:11 PM
I love Aussiebag and SpireUSA products to protect and carry my Macbook.

http://www.aussiebag.com/

http://www.spireusa.com/

ll PiStoNs ll
Aug 13, 2008, 02:07 AM
I love Aussiebag and SpireUSA products to protect and carry my Macbook.

http://www.aussiebag.com/

http://www.spireusa.com/

http://shopping.msn.com/results/laptop-bags-cases/bcatid8672/north-face/2-120862/forsale?text=category:laptop-bags-cases+Brand:North-Face

North Face is the way to go. They are designed and have been used for mountain climbing and other things that would destroy other bags,. They use waterproof zippers and stuff and its all really high quality.
Sure it costs more, but I got a north face backpack in 7th grade and its still used every day and im about to start college. Before that the weight of books and abuse would get me 3 or more backpacks per year

mademan118
Aug 13, 2008, 03:33 AM
Oakley bags are pretty solid in my opinion. Check em out, especially the Kitchen Sink bag...


http://oakley.com/pd/3088

Going to be picking this bag up I think within the next few days.

And I recommend getting a really big backpack for college. You will thank me later when you start piling 2-3 books at a time that weight about 15-20 pounds each, plus your laptop. the reason I recommend this backpack is the Laptop slot is pretty big (made to fit a 17" laptop) which means a Macbook in a sleeve would fit perfectly. Plus it has a waterproof section, tons of space and compartments. I plan to always carry a pair of swimming trunks, towel, few books, change of clothes, laptop, and a few other things with me (I live in hawaii, I am surrounded by beaches). I am telling you, oakley bags hold up for along time also!

Spongey817
Aug 13, 2008, 06:15 PM
The Ogio Flux looks well suited for your needs, I can't seem to find anything that beats the features vs. price. I might get one of those for school too.. lol ;D

Yupp. It's on the top of my list thus far. The look, functionality, and cost seem to fit the bill. I'd like to see one in person, though. I haven't been able to find any pictures online that show the bag open...

UPDATE:

http://www.ebags.com/ogio/flux/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=106235

Link to the Ogio Flux...with interior/exterior pictures. Seems like it'll be able to hold my laptop, a few books, and other necessities, as stated in my "needs." I'll probably be getting it in black.

Opinions?

kovalchuk71
Aug 13, 2008, 11:44 PM
TNF Surge? I really like mine. It has a nice laptop section with "gel" columns to help relieve pressure from textbooks. Plus it holds a decent amount and has a lifetime warranty.

Built
Aug 13, 2008, 11:49 PM
I'm "between" school right now so the messenger bag is better for me, but if I were still in school, I would definitely go for a backpack style. I think Spire has some laptop backpacks.

The messenger bags are nice and convenient but when loaded down they kill your shoulder. Plus when I was in school, I often went to the gym to lift before/after class, and I needed to carry some clothes in with the books.

nimicus
Aug 14, 2008, 08:18 AM
Oakley bags are pretty solid in my opinion. Check em out, especially the Kitchen Sink bag...


http://oakley.com/pd/3088Wow, I'm liking Oakley's selection. Though the Kitchen Sink is a little too much for me. I think this http://oakley.com/pd/5965 in Black will suit my needs and an MBP nicely for this semester. All I need now is to purchase my MBP...come on revision! :p

mademan118
Aug 14, 2008, 03:23 PM
Wow, I'm liking Oakley's selection. Though the Kitchen Sink is a little too much for me. I think this http://oakley.com/pd/5965 in Black will suit my needs and an MBP nicely for this semester. All I need now is to purchase my MBP...come on revision! :p

I actually went and looked at a bunch of the oakley bags at an oakley store yesterday. The kitchen sink is a pretty big bag, by far the best. All the rest just seemed to small. I am not goign to buy the Kitchen Sink bag as the $175 is alot for a backpack, but am going to get the North Face Surge bag. Plus it has a lifetime warranty compared to the Oakley's 90 day. I suggest going to look at the bags first before ordering online.

mademan118
Aug 15, 2008, 04:26 AM
TNF Surge? I really like mine. It has a nice laptop section with "gel" columns to help relieve pressure from textbooks. Plus it holds a decent amount and has a lifetime warranty.


I just pulled the trigger on the TNF Surge. North Face has a lifetime warranty, and for the price, I couldn't say no. Got it for $89 shipped. I will post once I have received my be.ez LaRobe and The North Face Surge.

nimicus
Aug 15, 2008, 07:01 AM
I have changed my mind :D, TNF Surge is looking excellent. TNF Surge it is; thanks mademan :)

Winter Charm
Aug 15, 2008, 09:53 AM
Barnes and Noble has some nice messenger bags (http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/Home-gift/Kangaroo-Canvas-Messenger-Bag/e/9780641899317) that I would love to throw a laptop into, but alas they are all chic-designs.:mad:

what's wrong with chic designs?? lol be Different (JUST KIDDING)
chic designs BAH!!! :mad:

Fonzijr1964
Aug 15, 2008, 10:59 AM
I just pulled the trigger on the TNF Surge. North Face has a lifetime warranty, and for the price, I couldn't say no. Got it for $89 shipped. I will post once I have received my be.ez LaRobe and The North Face Surge.

will it hold allot of stuff????

mademan118
Aug 15, 2008, 01:11 PM
will it hold allot of stuff????

To be honest Fonzijr, this was my biggest concern. Can this bag hold my laptop, 2 HUGE books (I am an Respiratory therapy student, so all those science books are about 6 inches thick), notebooks, towel and swimsuit (I live in hawaii :P), and if needed a change of clothes. This bag has tons of pockets and is pretty huge, something like 2050 cu (cubic inches I think). Read a review about a law student who said he was able to carry around all of his binders/books plus his laptop and still had extra room. Give me a few days and I will let everyone know what I think.


Check out this review:

http://www.qualitylaptopcases.com/_Hands-On_Laptop_Case_Reviews_-_The_North_Face_Surge_Backpack_Laptop_Case.html

This review is pretty amazing:

http://flyingwithfish.blogspot.com/2008/05/north-face-surge-backpack-updated.html

What got me to buy this is all the reviews are 4-5/5 stars, and most people have not said one bad thing about it. Not only that, but north face always makes quality products which are backed by a lifetime warranty.


I got the empire blue.

mademan118
Aug 15, 2008, 01:12 PM
I have changed my mind :D, TNF Surge is looking excellent. TNF Surge it is; thanks mademan :)

No problem man! I am totally about getting the best product for your money. I was totally set on getting the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, but $175 is just ridiculous for a backpack. Plus it is pretty big and is NOT water resistant, and when I plan on picking up my motorcycle I would definitely need something water resistant for my laptop!

Fonzijr1964
Aug 15, 2008, 04:47 PM
http://www.tombihn.com

don't even bother with anything else.

these look so cool which do u have?

Chris Rogers
Aug 15, 2008, 05:09 PM
just got this off of amazon and saved $20

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=458924

Spongey817
Aug 15, 2008, 05:41 PM
Nice suggestions, guys. I'm really having a hard time finding anything that will suit my needs more than the Ogio Flex. I'll probably end up getting that, but as always, more suggestions are always welcome.

mademan118
Aug 16, 2008, 03:14 PM
Nice suggestions, guys. I'm really having a hard time finding anything that will suit my needs more than the Ogio Flex. I'll probably end up getting that, but as always, more suggestions are always welcome.

I can tell you man that you do not want a messenger type bag. Backpacks are going to be by far the best to hold all your stuff. Make sure what you get is also good on the back. Lugging around all those books plus your laptop isn't going to be light, and the last thing you need is a sore back from carrying your backpack. Do you have an REI around you? Or a big department store like Macy's or Nordstroms? They will usually carry the nice stuff when it comes to backpacks.

Built
Aug 16, 2008, 05:49 PM
I can tell you man that you do not want a messenger type bag. Backpacks are going to be by far the best to hold all your stuff. Make sure what you get is also good on the back. Lugging around all those books plus your laptop isn't going to be light, and the last thing you need is a sore back from carrying your backpack. Do you have an REI around you? Or a big department store like Macy's or Nordstroms? They will usually carry the nice stuff when it comes to backpacks.

I agree on both counts. I would never buy a backpack without trying it out first.

Built
Aug 16, 2008, 05:50 PM
I agree on both counts. I would never buy a backpack without trying it out first.

...or make sure they have a liberal return policy if bought online.

jammerjames15
Aug 17, 2008, 01:15 AM
any sleeves are great

Indohottie
Aug 17, 2008, 07:49 AM
I am a big fan of any of the timbuk2 series bags.. great space and pading and they look cool!

hogfaninga
Aug 20, 2008, 10:22 AM
I got the Samsonite Interchange Laptop Backpack and love it. I think they have 3 different color combos to choose from. I have had a number of expensive laptop backbacks and this one is the best IMO for the money.

I got it for $34 which includes shipping through ebags.com. I know a number of places sell it online. I was at Staples a few weeks ago and they were selling it for $79.

baypharm
Aug 20, 2008, 02:23 PM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/Targus-CVR600-Groove-Notebook-Backpack/dp/B0001H27PS/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1) seems to be rated pretty well on Amazon. I'm in the market for a new bag as well and I might be picking one of those up.

Yes those are ideal laptop bags. I bought two at Bestbuy when they were only $7 each. My wife and I just love them.

dannywong
Aug 21, 2008, 05:01 AM
these backpacks are so clunky..

are there any backpacks that will just fit the laptop and 1 small binder without excess space/junk?

im just using a neoprene sleeve with a jansport superbreak seems as close as i can get

Built
Aug 21, 2008, 05:31 PM
With all this talk of backpacks, I decided to go for it.

Best Buy has the Swiss Synergy backpack on sale this week only, reduced from 86.00 to 59.99. It is a nice looking backpack. Lots of compartments, fits laptops up to 15.4. Perfect for my Macbook or Toshiba U405D.

I got the last one at my local Best Buy but the site says it is available at other Best Buys. Just wanted to throw this in as an FYI because it's a pretty good discount for a top-rated product. All of the reviews I have seen on this particular backpack have been very positive.

ajohnson253
Aug 21, 2008, 05:44 PM
Got a really nice laptop bag from Best buy for 59.99 kinda pricey but really nice. Soft plus interior lol sounds like a car but it is made my incase