Best College Laptop Case/Bag?

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    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...
     
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    Barnes and Noble has some nice messenger bags that I would love to throw a laptop into, but alas they are all chic-designs.:mad:
     
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    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.
     
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    I second the Swiss gear bag. I love mine: plenty of space and very sturdy.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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
     
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    This one 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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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
     
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    STM Rogue 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.
     
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    ogio flux looks really nice.
    Any one on here actually use it?
     
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    http://shopping.msn.com/results/lap...t=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
     
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    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!
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     

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