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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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Help Me Buy Upscale Computer Backpack Briefcase

I am trying to buy my brother a birthday gift. He wants to shift from a briefcase to a backpack briefcase in order to have less strain on his back. He would carry his laptop and a pile of legal folders, as well as an iphone, ipad, cords, wallet, a book or magazine, etc. He makes a lot of presentations and wants it to look upscale and professional. He would also like a lot of pockets to separate out various things he needs. We (my family) are willing to spend up to $500, though would love to spend less if possible.

Any suggestions? Thank you in advance for the help!!
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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If I told you he was an awesome guy doing great work in the world and for his family and he had a really bad back, would that shake lose any replys - or am I just asking in the wrong place?
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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briefcase to a backpack briefcase

wants it to look upscale and professional.

Problem is what you are looking for is basically the laptop storage equivalent of a mullet.

Despite the claims of a mullet being business in the front and party in the back the reality is there is very little business from any angle.

A backpack briefcase is going to make him look like a student, or an IT geek.

Not upscale and professional as requested.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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easy...

Get him a MacBook Air! That'll help his back more than any backpack...

Seriously, backpack and business don't go together. If he carries a lot of stuff, maybe a wheeled briefcase is in order, and will give him a jet-set kind of look.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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A backpack briefcase is going to make him look like a student, or an IT geek.

Not upscale and professional as requested.
Is there a case that will make him look less like a student or IT geek? So far, we have seen two that are in the right ballpark. There is a Briggs & Riley, which is very functional, but not that attractive. There is a Tumi which is very good looking, but less functional (less pockets, etc)

I was hoping someone here might know of something that married both.

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Old Apr 10, 2013, 04:46 PM   #6
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As has been said, there are really no backpacks that look classy in a business environment. That said, when i travel i take an Everki Versa Premium Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack. It is not perfect, but it holds up to a 15" MacPro and has a separate sleeve for an iPad which are in the same checkpoint friendly compartment. i have worn it with suits to board meetings, and while it is not the most stylish thing, it is pretty convenient at least for travel.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 08:16 PM   #7
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this is what i use from saddleback leather co.

backpack | http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Cla...ategory=301407
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 08:52 PM   #8
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Get him a MacBook Air! That'll help his back more than any backpack...

Seriously, backpack and business don't go together. If he carries a lot of stuff, maybe a wheeled briefcase is in order, and will give him a jet-set kind of look.
If he does a lot of presentations in the real world that won't help him one bit - unless he also brings with him a sack full of real-world adapters. Mind you bringing along a version of PowerPoint that works in the real world.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 01:14 AM   #9
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As a retired IT geek I have no problems with backpack type cases. I prefer the Targus and Brenthaven models. Basic black, nothing flashy, and fits into most business settings. Company issued Brenthaven even had corporate logo on it.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 04:01 AM   #10
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I've seen a few suits walking with this Swissgear-GA-7305 and it looks good. Not IT geeky
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 05:20 AM   #11
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Perhaps out of your budget, ...

... but this is perfect, looks more than a million dollars, transforms into whatever format is required to suit the occasion, and will last a lifetime.

http://www.hardgraft.com/collections...unfold-allgrey

Apologies if this suggestion is somewhat moot because of the cost, but sometimes the hardest questions have demanding solutions!

edit: from your brief description of your brother, he sounds as though he's worth it.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 06:33 AM   #12
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You might want to check out Tumi backpacks--they have some really nice looking ones in the $300 - $500 range.

(oops, sorry, I see you looked at a Tumi)

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Old Apr 12, 2013, 05:25 PM   #13
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 11:12 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great tips. Some great looking bags here. I'm checking them all out.

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Mslide, could you elaborate a bit?
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