Hello, I just recently received my first ever 13" MacBook Pro. I am planning on pursuing a major in Computer Science and am looking for a backpack that will allow me to carry at least two or three large books and my laptop to and from school. I realize that there are numerous posts about backpacks and I have read as many of them as I could find and have narrowed it down to two: My personal favorite is the BBP Industries Backpack. What I like about this one is the protection that it provides for the laptop and its looks. My biggest concern for this bag is that it might not be big enough to carry all the things I need at once. The other is The North Face Surge (or Recon). I like the size and looks of this bag but I am concerned about the lack of protection. Also I don't believe there is any padding for the laptop and Im not sure if the bag material would scratch it or not. If anyone has experience with these bags I would love to hear your opinions about my concerns. Thanks alot for your help!