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SwissGear - IBEX Laptop Backpack - Blue

Model: GA-7316-06F00SKU: 8483036

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1699 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Built

    Posted
    Beetzmee

    Bought this for my son going off to school. Very, very sturdy. Almost sturdy enough for a student.....anyway, HE didn't like it....said it was too big..... ME, I like it and here's why: 1) Construction. One of the major flaws of any backback is the carry strap(s). This one uses a cable for the top pull strap. You can't really break it....novel idea.....also, seeing how most of us sling a backback over our shoulders with ONE shoulder strap, it had better be sturdy considering the load of books, laptop, and other nefarious items one loads into one of these gems.... 2) Capacity. Kind of like tools. Better to have it when you need it than to need it and not have it? The only thing goofier looking than loading this moonpack is to load a smaller one and STILL having to lug other items under your arms. Relax you students of vanity, if you don't load it all the way, most folks won't notice it. For those of us who are of a practical minds set and don't give a flip what others think, then it's a great choice. You can stuff everything in here including parts of relatives you no longer want around and still have room for a laptop....it's roomy.....to say the very least...... Expensive? You bet. Can you find one similar on line from Shin-Fu industries ad nauseum......for less, you bet.....however, what is your time worth? Anyway, I bought a good laptop for him to get started at $449 and bought this as well. Like all men, one stop and we are done shopping..... If you want a sturdy backpack that won't need to be replaced in a year or two, this is the one. If you are of smaller stature and don't want something as big, I understand, just realize, this size gives you the extra deep pocket you won't get on a smaller one. On a smaller backpack you will get one large pocket. This extra one is great for a netbook/notebook with a sleeve, charger, etc.....etc.... Gotta haul a load? This is the one....going to school part-time....er....maybe not...if you do buy it, you won't be dissappointed. It will survive your ape(s).....er kids.....too... Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not much to dislike.

    Posted
    Editboy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I had the predecessor to this bag and was grateful it lasted as long as it did, My biggest problem with the old bag was that the plastic that is wrapped around the handle got brittle, cracked and broke off. This bag has the same wrapping around the handle, but the material seems to be of a better quality. We'll see how long it lasts. The shoulder straps on this new bag are about half the length of it's predecessor. I like to carry my bag on one shoulder and this bag forces me to hold it up by the pull cord. Personally, I think it "looks better" carrying it over the shoulder rather than like I'm going camping or something with it strapped to my back. The old bag had longer shoulder straps and was more comfortable to hold by the cushion of the shoulder pad. This new bag seems larger and has an extra large pocket that I take advantage of. I'm glad I purchased it despite the slight discomfort of holding the pull cord. I hope it lasts half as long as it's predecessor. Maybe one day I'll even have a 17" laptop I can put into it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not perfect...

    Posted
    bigdawginva

    I purchased this bag and the Asus G73JH at the same time this week. With everyone writing how much room it had I assumed the G73 would fit inside the laptop sleeve compartment. It does not. I can get the G73 in the bag but not where it belongs which is disappointing. The G73 is too wide for the laptop sleeve compartment. The bag's made very well and it's quite light for its size. There are more pockets inside and out than one could ever use. Lots of luck trying to remember where you put a particular item if you use all the pockets. I've counted at least 9 zippered pockets and 11 other non-zippered pockets. The backside of the bag has padding for your back. Surprisingly, and as advertised, the bag sits upright when empty so it does have a nice base. I paid $99 for this bag which is about $30-40 too high. If I didn't have a BB giftcard I would've gotten a Slappa Matrix which is a much better bag that will fit the G73 for the same price. I still may give this to my daughter and get the Slappa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice backpack

    Posted
    Taylor41
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    This backpack works great. Holds tons of stuff and has a lot of pockets. My laptop fits well even in a sleeve. I am a little obsessive and considering I just bought a new laptop I didn’t want anything to happen to it. So I purchased a sleeve to keep it in. I am able to put the laptop in the sleeve and still fit it in the laptop sleeve in the backpack. Works great I gave it four instead of five stars because the backpack is supposed to stand up straight it is a feature that is built in. However it has a tendency to fall forward all the time. No big deal i would give it a 4.5 if it was an option. I would definitely recommend. It’s not my first Swiss gear and I’ve always had good luck with them. Quality product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic backpack, Fatal flaw in plastic clasp

    Posted
    shopper46

    I loved everything about the backpack; It's roominess, it's many pockets, and it's outward tough shell and comfortable handle. This, however, is the 2nd purchase of the same backpack in a year. The reason I purchased this backpack and thus am writing this review is due to the plastic shoulder strap clasp, which after 8 months of service from my purchase in January, shattered while on my shoulder. This is the weakest link of this otherwise nice backpack, and it is a fatal one. You cannot have the clasp replaced, as it is sewn in and above a plastic end pull which is heat welded on. This clasp breaking on an otherwise solid bakpack has thrown 99$ down the drain. I purchased another, as Best Buy has no warranty program beyond an inadequate 90 days for what is a serious defect. Kepp this in mind when pucrhasing this backpack end expecting longevity

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun while it lasted.

    Posted
    Deemo

    I purchased this after being told by an electronics associate that my ASUS G74SX would fit inside, but to my dismay when I got it home, I found the contrary to be true. It fit width-wise but not lengthwise. I did however give the bag a nice looking at. It seemed of solid construction and with my laptop inside, being as heavy as it is, was still very comfortable. There was also plenty of room for the charger ( a real brick on this model computer), my turtle beach gaming headphones, wireless mouse, air card, external speaker etc etc. with room to spare. Instead I wound up with a crummy Targus bag with a painful shoulder strap and no room for my paraphernalia. That is the reason I knocked off a star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Backpack

    Posted
    Johnny
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased a blue Swissgear - Ibex Laptop Backpack to fit my 17'' laptop. It is a bit of a squeeze and although it does fit, it is only in the portion of the back of the backpack that does not have the safety padding. So I have to knock it a bit for that. To be fair, my laptop is a beast of a machine (MSI gaming computer that I bought for school...yeah right you say). Otherwise, it has been an excellent backpack. I have used it for school for the last 1.5 years and it has held together famously. There are plenty of pockets to stash stuff and keep organized. If your laptop is 17'' standard or smaller, this is the backpack to buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big bag for lots of gear.

    Posted
    thomas
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    I need something that would hold a lot of stuff. I am easily able to carry two laptops and power cords in this bag, plus folders, snacks etc. On a recent trip I needed fly and to bring two computers and a CPAP machine and related gear. It all fit, along with some other odds and ends too. Carries comfortably. Seems durable. I like the cable re-inforced carry handle. I am a big guy but the shoulder straps are long enough to fit around my shoulders. This would be a good bag for someone who travels alot by plane.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great backpacks very durable!

    Posted
    billneu
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my second purchase on this backpack in about 3 years. Only thing I noticed on the newer version is that the strap inside the main laptop storage area is too short to ingage. The old version had an elastic version that worked fine this newer one is not elastic and is about a 1/4 inch too short for my 17" Dell Precision to firmly lock in. Otherwise the backpack is identical to the older one. Only bought a new one to give my old one to my daughter going off to college. This thing is built to last!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good backpack, my second one of this style

    Posted
    cowboybeliever
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    I purchased this backpack 2 years ago to carry my laptop and various personal items while traveling overseas for business. It was the largest size for the best price that I found. Last month it was stolen so when I went to purchase a new one I naturally wanted something different just for the sake of something different. I found there were no other backpacks for the value, size, and functionality that could compete with this one. I ended up buying the exact same backpack. I just wish I could have at least found it in a different color than blue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good backpack

    Posted
    Chuck
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    I use this backpack for work. I travel about 30 percent of the year, all over the world. This backpack has a lot more room than my laptop briefcase so its much easier to bring all of the essentials along as a carry on especially for long international trips. I can get this bag (pretty much fully loaded) underneath the seat when used as a carry on. It will even fit on small commuter jets, but with less comfort (get on early and throw it in the overhead bin on the small jets) I wish there were a few more smaller pockets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ideal bag for a smaller dimension laptop

    Posted
    NCORIGBL

    Overall, I like the look and features of this laptop bag. Only negative aspect is that my HP HDX 18 laptop BARELY fits into it, and can not secure the velcro strap to hold it in place. I was told it would fit, but when I got it home, I can barely get the zippers closed over the corners of my laptop. I literally had to shake the bag with laptop inside pocket to get it seated far enough in to close the zippers. I'm concerned the zipper will separate at the corners of the laptop. I would recommend the product, but only for a smaller laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Durable, highly functional

    Posted
    djeclipse25
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    Replacing my previous Swiss bag, this one is slimmer, and seems to have more storage options. It fits my 17.5" laptop which is thicker than most being a gaming laptop, I had to shoe horn it for a little while. The straps are durable, and easily adjustable. Holds a larger protein shaker, and all of my accessories that I use for work, or emergency PC repair calls. Only con is that it will not stand up straight, I thought the firm bottom would make it easier, but I thought wrong. : /

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great capacity backpack

    Posted
    Moskydives
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    Purchased this for work travel. Great sturdy construction and I like it very much. I am rating this as 4 star because it is definitely built for a man, the way it fits over the shoulder down front is quite uncomfortable for a woman. The only other drawback is that the strap that secures your laptop in place rests against a mesh pocket and the Velcro picks at the mesh. I am going to assume this will wear out that mesh pocket rather quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All Good so far

    Posted
    StlBlues
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    Got a new laptop at work, came along with a backpack case -- was heading out on a trip, and I realized that the provided bag wasn't quite big enough for the larger-than-expected laptop (16") -- the top two corners had basically no cushion. Grabbed this at a Best Buy after trying out several others, and this has worked out well -- good options with the pockets, can hold a lot of files/folders, and very adequate cushions. Would recommend this for any 15-16" laptop, has all you need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great bag for school and general purpose

    Posted
    ezramore

    Very solid bag. lots of storage space. I use this for school and keep a voice recorder in the little pocket on the strap. the side pockets are perfect for water bottles and other stuff and it will confortably hold by 17.5 inch laptop. I have only had it for a month now but the duribility so far seams to be there. The sholder straps have elastic strain reliefs that are very supportive. on aveage i carry about 50 lbs of books and other items and so far it has not had any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, except....

    Posted
    GamerOnTheGo
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    This bag is the best laptop bag I've ever owned, hands down. There are an insane amount of pockets and enough room in them to carry my laptop, all my accessories, and a bunch of paperwork/office stuff. My only complaint is that it's supposed to fit 17" laptops but it's just a hair too small for my Alienware M17. Maybe it's just the computer's design but I find myself having to gently shake the bag to get it seated. Other than that, it's a phenominal backpack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love this bag, wont fit alienware 17

    Posted
    Juanqui283
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    This bag is amazing, small in size yet manages to fit everything except for my Alienware 17 which pokes on the sides a bit. I could force it in at the expense of either scratching the laptop with the zippers or stretching the bag's fabric so I havent tried to move my laptop around. For things like my surface, ipad, and company computer they all fit and them some. Extremely comfortable and very premium feel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Backpack

    Posted
    TMC3
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    This is my first backpack style computer bag, after using the briefcase style bags for years. Overall its a well designed and made bag with ample storage. Being able to wear the bag on my back frees up my hand to carry car keys, coffee, etc. Its a little harder to organize than a briefcase style bag but worth the added convenience overall. Gave it four stars instead of five as its a tad pricey.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice

    Posted
    Mike
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    This is a nice one to have. Lots of places to put and store things. The strap buckles on the shoulder straps don't always hold their position and will let all the way out to the knot preventing it from coming all the way out and you lose your laptop. Beware of that. Especially when carrying on one shoulder strap. The safest is to use both straps and it works well.

    I would recommend this to a friend