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    My Dell laptop from work came with a fake leather briefcase style bag that works fine, but I'd prefer a backpack with a little more style. I was also thinking about getting a backpack for general use and snowboarding that would preferably accomodate a resevoir for liquids (hydration). Does anyone have a brand/model that fits the bill?
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    Re: Backpack for laptops

    I have a really nice one that I picked up at Fry's. It's out in the car right now, or I'd tell you the name. I think the brand is Targus. The nice thing is that it has plastic feet that let you set it down if you're using the carrying handle and it'll stay upright.

    This isn't the one, but it's similar: http://shop3.frys.com/product/564409...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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      Re: Backpack for laptops

      I almost always buy Targus packs now-a-days. I think I actually have the one Cing linked to. They're very durable and have a wide variety of bags. Check out www.targus.com and click on their backpack bags.
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        This is the one that I have: http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=PR600
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        • #5
          Re: Backpack for laptops

          for my 17 inch laptop, i use a swissgear, from dell its $35 bucks (normally 70) its very rugged made from very thick feeling materials... no ripping of the seems like my last walmart special laptop bag
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          • #6
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            Cing, that one does look nice. All it's missing is the hydration.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Melee View Post
              Cing, that one does look nice. All it's missing is the hydration.
              You're talking about a pouch to hold a Camelbak-style hydration bladder with a hole for the tube to come out? I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those.... While I know that good bladder systems are quite rugged, water and laptops don't mix, so I'm not sure you're going to find something like this...
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              • #8
                Re: Backpack for laptops

                I recommend the OGIO Politan in black.

                The other brands recommended above are also nice, but I've always found OGIO to be perfect for me (even though I don't do any snow athletics). All of their laptop bags feature a fine-knit nylon inner lining and keeps out snow and water pretty well (very water resistant, but not waterproof).

                They were also the first brand to come up with the now popular "one piece" double strap and integrated handle.

                I own a 3 year old OGIO Friction and it's served me well through rain, snow, sleet, and hot summer days.

                Edit:

                As for hydration ready, the only one I've found that I like is the OGIO No Drag. It may not be very roomy, but you can install a Camelpak hydration pack in the backside "pocket". It'll also fit most laptops up to 15".
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                • #9
                  Re: Backpack for laptops

                  go to dell's outlet and get the xps backpack for the size screen you have... I love mine.
                  my last backpack was wenger (swiss army) and I loved it too.. clean lines and well made / well padded.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Backpack for laptops

                    I can vouch for the Targus bags. I've had mine for around 6-7 years now and that sucker has been around the world many times over. It's ventured with me from Thailand to Germany. It even fell off a plane's belt loader from around 10 feet off the ground, and all that happened was my wireless 802.11 card got bent almost in half. Everything (including the card) still worked just fine. These bags are indeed good. I've also heard great things about the Swiss bags as well.

                    As far as hydration, why don't you just strap a camelbak to the back of your bag? Or shove one in one of the rear pockets?
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                    • #11
                      Re: Backpack for laptops

                      If you want hydration, just get the real deal and look at the CamelBak site
                      http://www.camelbak.com/index.cfm

                      Go to the industrial/government section and select the ones with hydration/cargo.

                      They have some with a space for a laptop. I would make sure to look around on like REI.com or other sites that let people leave reviews for products to see what others said.

                      Just and FYI, I have hydration packs, and depending on the weather and stuff, the bladders can give off a lot of condensation and stuff, which even if you have it in a water tight section, the condensation can form on the otherside of the wall, like in the laptop compartment. I have ended up with wet cloths before because of this. I had cold water in the bladder on a hot day.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Backpack for laptops

                        Thanks everyone. I don't plan to use hydration when carrying the laptop - I'm just trying to find a pack that will be multi-purpose. I plan to carry the laptop on a daily basis, but utilize hydration when needed (snowboarding, Disneyland, hiking, etc.).
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                        • #13
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                          The best laptop backpack I've ever had is The Swiss Gear Synergy. Super. Awesome.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Backpack for laptops

                            I finally realized one pack wasn't going to meet all of my needs so I selected a pack that would best serve as my daily laptop bag: The Brenthaven Expandable Trek

                            I've found it has great protection for my laptop as well as lots of well placed pockets. I particularly like the pocket for glasses on top as I switch between glasses and sunglasses whenever I move in/out doors. Their standard price is $100, but if you google "brenthaven promo code" you can easily find one for 15% off. I hear Apple stores also carry them if you want to check it out before buying.
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