Take your laptop on the go in this Swiss Gear Synergy GA-7305-14F00 backpack, which features shock-absorbing shoulder straps and a dual handle system for flexible carrying options. The SwissGuard protection helps prevent damage to your stored items.
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Indestructable, comfortable, great for travellers
Posted by: Thunderbox from: Houston, TX on
You may think this is a pricy laptop bag but I have had mine for nearly 4 years doing over 200k air miles, bouncing around in buses and trucks in scummy destinations overseas and even cycling to work with it on my back and it has been with me all the way. I have had a succession of different laptops (15.6" screens) and they have all been protected by the cushioned pocket (laptop upgrades, no damages). There are numerous pockets for organising files, pens, documents, iPods, water bottles etc. There is a fold down internal flap that expand sthe main pocket out another 6 inches that is great to encompass large files (and a second laptop when I take my personal one on business trips!). The armoured handle has managed to handle severe strain over the years ( my record weigh in at the airport was a whopping 17kg - 38lb of Files, laptop, adapters and Duty Free booze!). The straps and the vented spongy back are comfortable and back friendly. After lots of desert travelling on one trip the back cushion was getting dirty and smelly so I put it in the washing machine and the whole thing came out like new. After all this time I was thinking of getting an 'upgrade' to the new blue Swiss Ibex model but I decided to keep this one. Apart from a small tear on the foam grip that cushions the cable handle you would not know the vintage of the bag. If you do lots of travelling and want a sturdy backpack/laptop bag this is definately the one. This is why you see many of these in the oil industry - mine is called George :-)
30 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Durable, Versatile, and Stylish
Posted by: AEPJR from: Chesterfield, VA on
Swiss Gear has made a good one here. I use this bag everyday. I travel and this bag has withstood the banging, pulling, tossing of 2 years worth of road living. It has plenty of room for storage and the shoulder straps are very comfortable. The bag is sturdy and ruggedly stylish at the same time. It has been such a success for me, that three of my co-workers have purchased this exact bag.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great backpack for city commuter!
Posted by: iamnotpretending from: Chicago, IL on
I love this backpack. I live and work in a large downtown city area and this backpack has enough space to carry everything I need to bring with me to work everyday. It has a ton of pockets and areas for anything I might need. I can easily carry a laptop, books, folders, a padfolio, bluetooth keyboard and mouse, laptop charger, power strip, mobile device charge cables and umbrella with room to spare! I've had it about a month - seems very durable and well made. I'm proud to sport this backpack in the city. Recommended!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Room for the kitchen sink
Posted by: Zpalma from: Madison on
I needed a new backpack and wanted to get one that had protection for my ipad. I looked at many many of them and found this one to have all the features I wanted. I practically live out of my backpack, and this one has so many pockets it's just great. Especially the padded sleeve for protection and the small top pocket for quick access to my phone, ipod, etc. It also has an earbud hole which is handy and a stand-up feature that is nice.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great backpack, but a couple design flaws
Posted by: salvataz from: San Diego, CA on
The backpack is very comfortable to wear in general. The shock absorbtion on straps makes a 15lb load feel like 10, and the evenness of it's momentum erases any insecurities I have about sprinting to the bus stop with it holstering my laptop--which, heh, I have done several times now and the laptop still runs great. Most backpacks would not be able to prevent some kind of hard drive destruction under such conditions.
Which brings me to my next point--laptop protection. This is the first backpack I've seen and felt in-person that actually offers a little extra padding around the outside and bottom of the laptop compartment, so I can fall off my skateboard with a little more confidence. With most backpacks I'd be scrambling inside the laptop compartment to see if my flat screen had cracked.
And the obvious pros. It is very stylish and the utility (for school or office purposes) is simply unsurpassed for your typical less-than-$100 piece of baggage. There's an obvious place for everything, and plenty of room for just about any officey/electronicky need you could have. And they're all fairly well placed, with plenty of "hidden" compartments that the quick and dirty mugger would easily miss.
The meshy cushioning on the shoulder straps can easily chafe if not positioned properly, although the overall idea works--make the parts that contact your body or clothing breathable and sweat-proof.
That being said, why would you need your backpack to be sweat-proof if you aren't going to take it rollerblading, hiking--sporting of any kind? Let's be clear--this isn't a Sport Utility Backpack. It's Office Utility Baggage. There are no straps, velcro, cords, clips, or any manner of fastener on the outside. There is one essentially useless attempt at a clipping mechanism that's attached to the inside of the second smallest pocket about three inches left of center. It's one of those that, in most backpacks, can be hung outside the zipper while the zipper itself is still completely closed. In this case, however, the zipper needs to be halfway open to use the hook, which would render the pouch useless. And even if you DID consider using the hook, the thing is a flimsy piece of plastic--I wouldn't trust it with anything that's too big for one of the internal compartments in the first place, which falls far shorter than my expectations of Swiss Gear quality. It's obvious that they threw it into the backpack just so they could say that it has one. As far as true functionality goes, it's a waste of material.
The biggest point I will make against this backpack is a design flaw. It's so obvious and simple, I wonder how in the world anyone at Swiss Gear could have missed it or let it pass as "good enough". As soon as you pull apart the velcro on the release strap of the laptop slot you notice it. The velcro's 'hook' side moves into direct contact with a mesh pouch that compliments the laptop slot. Hooking, sticking, and destruction ensues. Within a couple weeks of use, the damage is blatant. What get's me is that it would only take a simple 3"x3" piece of nylon on that part of the pouch, and POOF! Problem solved. It's pathetic, really. If you do get this backpack, I suggest my modification: a piece of duct tape, horizontal, on the area that the velcro would normally come in contact with.
It is a very comfortable wear, despite the occasionally chafey mesh padding on the shoulder straps. Attaching sports gear, helmets, or lunchboxes to it will be tricky at best, but it is designed more for the white-collar or electronic kind of utility. The self-destructive mesh-on-velcro thing is a horrible design, but for all intents and purposes it is an easy fix, and all the other benefits do outweigh the effort it takes to do so. At the end of the day, it's a great backpack, but I still don't feel right spending $80 on a backpack--and it's not enough of a bag for me to think of it as being much more than that. A backpack. It's at the top of it's class and close to that next tier of baggery (whatever that is). But still. It's a backpack. If it weren't for the fact that it was on sale for $20 off, I had $50 in Best Buy gift cards, and my other backpack had been reduced to threads, I would not have purchased it. That being said, I am very happy that I have it. It's cool, it's functional, and it really doesn't disappoint. If money is easy to come by for you, spending it on this backpack would not be a waste.
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Excellent backpack but a small flaw w/ inner strap
Posted by: banpsicologo from: Kearny, NJ on
WHAT'S GREAT: I really spent time shopping around for a nice backpack. It seems I have found it. The Swiss Gear backpack is a bit more expensive than others on the market but it does pay off. So, price is not really the issue here. This backpack has got plenty of room to store all kinds of stationary and folders. I can easily fit my laptop and an Epson projector (EX 51) at the same time and still have room for other small things (DVD's, pen drives, a school folders, etc.). The fact that this bag stands on its own is really helpful because I can keep storing things inside without having to hold it up. I also don't have to worry about it flipping over and damaging my computer or other items inside. This might seem like a silly detail but in my case it really helps because I always have tons of stuff to carry around. I have only used this product for a week, so I cannot evaluate it in terms of resistance. However, from experience with other bags (Targus, etc.), it is clearly seen that this material is top notch, especially the top handle. The zippers are easily accessible and travel smoothly. Lots, lots, and lots of inside compartments: a Virgo's paradise! (I'm a Virgo). I love having all these options but I must confess that sometimes I get confused with having so many compartments but, hey, I've only owned this product for a week. So, I need some time to adjust to this. Last but not least, the backpack really does fit snugly and comfortably, not to mention the great looks!
WHAT'S NOT SO GREAT: The inside velcro strap does not fully secure my laptop into place (I have a Sony Vaio 15" - VGN-CR420E). It doesn't mean my computer bounces around but it clearly does not hold it strongly into place. The manufacturer should have added more velcro surface so that we could tightly adjust this setting to our liking.
In the end, definitely worth it!
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Survived bike Crash
Posted by: na97 from: Dayton, OH on
After the zippers on my old back pack gave out, I bought a another $25 bag from Walmart. However, after reading reviews on here and seeing the bag was on sale, I returned the Walmart bag and bought this one.
1. When loaded, the stiff base keeps the bag upright.
2. Padded back and shoulder straps are comfortable when walking or riding my bike to campus. The shock absorbing straps are great when my bike hits bumps, or when I'm walking down stairs.
3. Durable Design: The zippers are big and made well. Steel cable handle with padding. This bag took a beating when I crashed my bike and slid on the pavement...
4. Quick and easy access to compartments. One on top to store electronic devices. Organizing compartment in front for pens and stuff. Side Pockets can hold water bottles and my umbrella.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great bag for the money
Posted by: Cinnamonoct from: Iowa on
I have purchased three of these bags now for all three of my kids for when they went to college. They are super durable and strong and the laptop compartment really does a fantastic job for protecting your investment. My son has just completed his fifth year of college and his bag still looks like new. Definitely would recommend this bag to anyone who wants to spend a little more money now rather than buying 3 cheap bags that won't last. Keep an eye out because I got this bag on sale on the bestbuy.com. It was not in the circular. So keep an eye out in both areas!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Best Laptop Backpack I've Ever Owned
Posted by: skygod9er from: St. Louis, MO on
I travel constantly as a Flight Attendant and this laptop backpack is the best I've ever owned. It's highly durable, lightweight and has pockets galore. I carry a lot of different electronics with me and everything has its own compartment. I even carry my 360 or PS3 with me sometimes and the backpack holds the console, my iPad, and my Macbook Pro with room to spare - crazy, right? I love it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Excellent for a High School Student
Posted by: HIMAN1998 from: on
I am a high school student who takes a laptop and more with them to school, so I needed something good. I found this. It fits all of my stuff, and has some room left. The bottom folds down inside to create an area for the bag to stand up. It is durable and comfortable.