Keep your 15" MacBook Pro and iPad safe while traveling with this Thule Crossover TCBP-417 BLACK backpack that also has a SafeZone compartment for safe storage of fragile items. The Shove-It Pocket gives additional external storage.
A Positive Review Focused On Functionality
Posted by: VXYZDevelopers from: on
To kick off my review I would like to start off by saying that this backpack is very visually appealing and visually versatile. It's also very durable and has been to the beach multiple times without the mesh on the back and shoulder straps being caked with sand, a problem I have had with other backpacks. The pockets on the side of the backpack for water bottles and other items are large enough to hold literally any water bottle I put in them without making the pack feel too heavy on one side. The pockets can also be used to store other items and I have had no problem with them falling out, I usually store a wallet a pack of cigarettes and lighter in one pocket and have never had a single time where the items have fallen out. The outside front pocket can be used to store a tablet, or if you prefer more security (i do this at the beach to avoid getting sand on my iPad) there is an area outside the laptop compartment which can hold my iPad perfectly. The outside front pocket also can hold more than just an iPad, as i keep my iPad in a very thick protective sleeve which you could fit 2 iPads in, as well as a nexus 7 tablet in the same pocket, it may not be the best idea to store an iPad mini or a smaller android tablet in this pocket if you plan on it being the only thing in this pocket because if the pack is turned upside out it may slide out, the sleeve of my iPad keeps my nexus 7 tablet secure and I've never had a problem with anything falling out of this backpack, but its just food for thought as i am trying to post the most informative review i possibly can. The first zipper compartment (closest to your back) is great for storage, i don't carry around 3 laptops at once but i packed up a 15 inch windows laptop, a 13 inch classic macbook pro, and a 13 inch retina macbook pro all comfortably in this one zippered section each one protected from scratching against the other due to the way this zippered section is set up, normally i use this section to store My Macbook Pro Retina 13, Alternate storage for my iPad, and storage for my windows laptop when i carry it around with me, i also keep a folder with envelopes and loose leaf paper in this compartment mostly to shield several thousand dollars worth of electronics from any harder items that i may store in the next pocket so the weight is more evenly distributed, I've always done this with all my backpacks, and its more of a personal preference than anything else. The next zippered section has 2 mesh pockets at the top which are useful for storing my wallet and apple watch when i go to the beach or when i want my wallet to be a little bit more secure, they could also be used to store food like granola bars for snacking, the rest of this compartment is the largest compartment of the backpack which i use to store things that are usually not EDC items, extra changes of clothes, books, bluetooth speaker, sandals, iPad sleeve (when my iPad is in use) and other misc items, This pocket also folds down to reduce the footprint of the pack when not in use. The safety zone with the hard shell is nice and i use it to store a charger brick, earbuds, lightning cable, micro usb cable, car keys, and other smaller items that i may want easy access to. The last zippered compartment behind the open pocket i use to store my tablets is great for carrying a pen/pencil and smaller items. This backpack is one of the best choices if technology is an important part of your EDC, but if you are only carrying one laptop and nothing else i feel like you may be better off with one of the other packs thule offers. If this brand is a little out of your price range i would recommend to look at solo backpacks, maybe even incase which are also well thought out but do not have the same lifespan/durability as Thule's products. Incase may be a better option if you're a college student looking for something that still specifically can accommodate a macbook and iPad, and solo backpacks are also great because they are a lot less expensive than other brands. I thought i would mention the other brands to inform you, both brands are also carried at best buy and are almost always in stock, but if you're serious about EDC and carry a backpack with you literally everywhere you go you may want to stay with Thule brand, i feel like these can easily last a very long time, and they also have a 25 year warranty which shows that they stand behind their products.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Zippers are difficult and take a lot of time
Posted by: glf67 from: Orange County, CA on
There are things about this bag to be liked:
* Very Lightweight - among the lightest of a whole bunch of bags I was investigating
* Several sleeve compartments for tablets and laptops
* Several other spacious compartments
* Sharp Looking
However, I have been a bit frustrated with the bag as it seems to take a long time to get in an out of any of the compartments because the zippers are not very free flowing and instead of helping to align the seam when you zip them, you seem to have to align the seams before you can get it to zip. Very difficult to get in and out of your bag quickly and without two hands.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: darederek from: on
So many backpacks won't hold that many books and still protect a laptop. This one is excellent. Will hold at least 4 books and notebooks, while protecting a laptop and providing a hard case for sunglasses. Can't beat it. Well worth the price.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great backpack for the price
Posted by: Moore36 from: Northville, MI on
This is a great deal. It fits well and holds a laptop well with enough room to put in other items as a bag to bring on a plane with for a trip or back and forth to work.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Good pack for traveling
Posted by: jaime24 from: Sparks, NV on
Bought this backpack because I was looking for one that kept the iPad/MacBook separate from the main part of the bag for easier removal when getting on a plane and settling into my seat. I like that there are 2 pockets in the section for the computer(s). It easily holds my iPad Pro and MacBook.
Only downside is the side pockets aren't "grippy" so smooth water bottles will slide out when you set the backpack on its back.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great Laptop Backpack!
Posted by: KIYO from: on
Well made backpack. Plenty of room for my mbp. Good protection and water-resistant. Side pockets need to be more snug for water bottles and the metal hook on the front of the bag always slips off. Overall solid backpack.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Stylish and Security friend but doesn't hold much.
Posted by: DStar from: on
Excellent style n fabric. Zippers can be difficult to open and close. This is a good thing for security reasons, but frustrating at times. Having only 1 zipper instead of 2, on each opening, forces the user to zip up the compartments all the way to one end. This makes it difficult for things to slip out. 5 stars from a loss prevention standpoint, but 4 stars for limited space due to narrow main compartments. This backpack is designed to hold a laptop n gadgets.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: blaze from: on
was a great price for a great laptop. no complaints. been working great now for a few months.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Perfect for active college student
Posted by: jcpratt from: on
My son picked this out to carry his college laptop, books, and other items all over the UConn campus. He has been using it for several weeks and absolutely loves it. It has compartments for everything, including a plastic shell in the eyeglasses pocket. The laptop pocket is padded on both sides, and there is an extra pocket large enough for a tablet. Great purchase!
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Erey from: on
Great backpack with lots of storage for electronic goodies. Purchased this for my MacBook Pro and fits like a glove. Awesome product.