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SwissGear - Synergy Laptop Backpack - Black/Gray

Model: GA-7305-14F00SKU: 6564611

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1857 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great backpack, but a couple design flaws

    Posted
    salvataz

    PROS: 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. CONS: 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. In Conclusion: 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Indestructable, comfortable, great for travellers

    Posted
    Thunderbox

    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 :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent backpack but a small flaw w/ inner strap

    Posted
    banpsicologo

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, spacious, professionally designed

    Posted
    Frank
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    I had another Swiss Gear backpack before this one and I really liked that. After 7 years of usage, the zipper lining started to tear. I started searching for a new backpack on par with that, but it was hard to find any until I found this one online. It looked almost as good as the old one but I was not sure about the comfort and other functionality issues. I've had this for a couple of month now and it's been so great. PROS: - Very comfortable. This backpack is so well designed in terms of weight distribution that it protects you from getting backaches, even when it's full and heavy. This is one big difference between a crappy backpack and a good one - It looks fabulous and it's well designed in terms of having different compartments for your stuff. i.e. a specific place for your laptop, a place for your documents, some smaller parts for your cellphone or headphone and etc. - Seems very durable, even compared to my old Swiss Army one which was a beast. The paddles on the old one were designed in a way that there was a lot of stress and tension on the back zipper which held the laptop and that is exactly where it failed. This one does not suffer from that design flaw and if you treat it reasonably well, probably the zippers won't fall apart easily. CONS: - Nothing that I can think of now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this backpack!

    Posted
    AdamG

    I would recommend this backpack to anybody that needs one. For a computer or not, this backpack is the most durable toting item i have ever seen. The materials are top notch, the zippers never break, and there is no danger of the handles or straps coming off. This backpack is also extremely lightweight. It weighs about 1.5 pounds when empty. It feels like air on your back! Also, this backpack is very comfortable. The straps have a lot of padding on them, and the joint with the top of the backpack is a bungie material. So if you hit a bump, nothing gets rattled around in there. this backpack, on top of everything else, is functional. It supports a full 15 inch laptop, along with notebooks, books, etc. The 2 main pockets are very big, and there are a lot of little pockets pockets for doing whatever you want with. But wait there's more! Did I mention that you get a nice wireless mouse for next to nothing? Well you do, and it really helps when using a laptop (for obvious reasons...). BUY THIS ITEM! It does everything you could want, and it comes with a nice mouse! **PICTURES** One is a front view, and the other is an arial view ot the top zippers. ENJOY!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great laptop backpack

    Posted
    JeffyK
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    I was looking for a backpack that could carry (up to) a 16" laptop, tablet, and my (clean) gym clothes. This backpack has more than enough room to handle everything that I bring with me to work. The backpack itself has shock absorbing material, so you can rest assured that your laptop and tablet will be safe from being in there. I love the fact that this backpack also stands on its own, which makes loading it up easy since you don't have to worry about it falling down. There are plenty of pockets on this thing and I don't even know if I will use every single one at the same time. Some highlighted features include a pocket dedicated for sunglasses (which is lined with I believe microfiber), dedicated tablet pocket, and a quick access pocket at the top. There are also two water bottle holders on each side, in case you carry more than one with you. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the back allows air flow to let you "breathe" when wearing it. There is also a heavy duty handle to carry it and another handle designed for attaching it to your wheeled luggage. Overall I am very pleased with this backpack. It does everything I need it to and when I need to load it up I know I'll have a good reliable backpack. Swiss Gear makes very reliable items and this isn't the first thing I own of theirs. I can't recommend it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing in comparison

    Posted
    VirtualVendetta

    Well I recently Purchased this backpack for school, and I loved the many features it includes, excessive space, perfect for college and high school students who want to keep organized and never have to worry about space. The main pocket for folders and binders fits about two 1 inch binders and 3-4 notebooks fairly well, once again it is padded, and the backpack has been designed to stand up when set down with a 90 degree angled bottom.This backpack is very well made in comparison to the average backpack, the padding is fairly thick for your laptop computers, it has a deep media pocket perfect for an Ipod, cell phone, wallet, keys, and it even fits my glasses case comfortably. The handle at the top is a steel bar reinforced and designed (covered) with padded material. The backpacks appearance is exceptional. This backpack has many more great features, yet there are too many for me to go into detail about, I definitely would recommend looking into this backpack to see if it suits you. OVERALL LOTS OF SPACE, VERY WELL MADE (Very well padded compared to the competition), VERY GOOD LOOK, and so far all in one piece. I expect to have this backpack for years to come, and am content with the buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Backpack

    Posted
    rick716
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    I had never owned a backpack before, but needed one for college. I had looked at several in the stores over the months before buying so I could get an idea of the features I would like best. I found this one in a Best Buy and after reading all the reviews online, bought it. I am very happy with it. It has plenty of storage and pockets for everything I need to carry. I use a 13" laptop with a sleeve, and it fits in the bag easily. I don't have any of the problems I read about with the Velcro that secures the strap that closes the laptop compartment. I have no fraying, and have been using the backpack for over 6 weeks now. It is very comfortable to wear. It DOES have a luggage strap, although one review I read said it didn't. Love the strong wire handle. Love that there are two pockets on each side for water bottles, along with deep zipper pockets behind them. It does stand up on its own, which is nice. Generally, I can't find any fault with it. I am glad I bought it and take pleasure in using it everyday. I did look at the larger Swiss Gear backpack, but it is made for larger laptops, and I didn't need anything as big as that. Has plenty of space for pencils and pens, calculator and other accessories. I am very happy with my choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Laptop Backpack Ever!!!!

    Posted
    faceman
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    This is my second purchase of this laptop backpack. My first one was in 2007. This laptop bag has been phenomenal! After 10 years of use, it is still in excellent condition and has protected my laptop around the globe. While the bag is only advertised for a single laptop, at times I have comfortably and safely fit two 15" laptops into the bag. It also has plenty of room for books, accessories, water bottles, as well as a super-padded compartment for cell phones or other delicate items. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the carrying handle is also comfortable to carry. Also, the carrying handle is reinforced with a plastic-clad steel cable, which I have used in securing the bag to my laptop security cable. The SwissGear bag is top quality workmanship and durability. The only reason for this purchase is that I purchased a new laptop and my old bag is rather dirty on the exterior from all the use over the years, so I purchased a new bag for the new laptop. I do not, however, intend to get rid of my old laptop bag. It will be used to store my old laptop and to act as an "emergency" bag, should someone else need to borrow it. I HIGHLY recommend this bag!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great design, terrible quality

    Posted
    Jake
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    I'm very fond of this style, having enjoyed almost daily use of a similar bag (Targus TANC) for 5 years. Sadly, I hate the colors on the new Targus Drifter, so I gave this a shot. The pockets and design are great, although the side pockets have such a narrow opening, they're almost pointless. However, the materials used for this bag are terrible, and I'm definitely returning it. It basically feels like it's made from cardboard; I have cheap canvas backpacks that feel more sturdy than this. At the same time, it's bulky, even when compared to the similar Targus. The material picks up everything it touches, whether it's hair or lint from a sofa. Definitely not worth the money! If this is all you can spend on a bag, and/or are in love with the design, the Targus Drifter II is way better quality...if you don't mind the colors! Otherwise, the North Face Surge seems like the best bet for this particular style of bag.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Back Pack for Laptop and paper files, etc

    Posted
    moonunit69
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    My last back pack was an Eddie Bauer and I purchased it in 2009, This new Swiss Gear - Synergy Laptop Backpack is built stringer than my previous one and has many more functional zippered pocked with on specially designed to carry my pens, mp3 player, voice recorder & many other standard odds & ends needed to get me through my day. It shows some thoght went into the making of this product as in the pocket there is a special places that seems to fit every item just perfecty. It has a total of 8 sippered pockes with 2 on the side for water bittles or whatever. The main area for storing your laptop or "newer tec'> has plenty of room for a nice 15" screen size. I can also store my 10" ablet as well. These are all well protected as there is extra padding in this area of the backpack. It also had very comfortable shock-absorbing shoulder straps as well as a handy dual handle system for flexible carrying options. I recommend this product to anyone who is in need of a new backpack or to simple upgrade to a better one than you already own and I am sure this one will last as long if not longer than my previous purchase 8 years ago.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    good while it lasted.

    Posted
    ali1

    I bought this bag about 3.5 years ago after I had bought a decent bag from Ogio that was ripping apart. My expectations were high for a swiss gear bag. I used it for my laptop which is 15 inches, sizable, but still within the limits suggested. a few weeks ago, the zipper on the laptop section became undone, the chain from one of the zippers was bent and let the zipper out. I could not get it zipped up again. I tried calling swissgear but I was out of warranty and they would not even touch the bag, I offered to pay for repair. Had to get it fixed at a seamstress for 20 bucks, and not sure how long the zipper will last as they didnt put a new zip in, but rather just fixed the old one. Either way if it wasnt for that I would be happy with this bag, but when you pay for a quality backpack, you expect it to last. I had a Jansport bag for 12+ years before my ogio backpack and that still was going strong, but I decided to get a better bag because it was so old.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of room

    Posted
    MS001
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    I purchased this out of necessity during a business trip when a zipper on a Targus bag I'd been using failed and I was unable to close its main compartment. I carry quite a bit of electronics during trips for various uses. The Swiss Gear Synergy possessed the closest features to my previous bag. The Synergy's interior size is more than ample and I'm able to carry the entire suite of electronics that includes a broadcast headset, full size head phones, a small mixer and some accessories that link the equipment together. That's all in addition to a 17-inch laptop and full size notepad portfolio. I've used the bag for approximately 30 days. Straps are sturdy, the bag possesses ample padding and the handle on the top makes it easy to place the bag in airplane overhead bins. It's a small feature, but I really like the quick-access pocket on the top of the bag. It's great feature for carrying chargers and other small accessories. It's padded as well and has enough room for sunglasses, too. I recommend the Synergy. It's proven to be a solid choice, especially for a purchase made out of necessity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Swiss Army Knife of Backpacks

    Posted
    Grimdor
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    You can pack your entire office, except for your inkjet printer, in this backpack and still have room left over. Everything can be easily stored and accessed in the numerous pockets offered by this pack. Some of the pockets are well padded to protect fragile equipment and all external openings are secured by excellent quality, nylon zippers. There are even areas for carrying water bottles and your music player (complete with a rubber grommet for your headphone cable). Pens, pencils, note pads each have their place (along with areas for books and papers). This backpack holds my laptop, books, power converters, Web-hub, mouse, cell phone, laptop desk, program CD's, water and lunch. All individually stored, easily accessible, and well protected. The well constructed and engineered shoulder straps are adequately padded and easily adjusted so that you can effortless bring your office along as you travel throughout your day. So much easier to use than the "shoulder-bag" I spent $60+ for a couple of years ago.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best no nonsense pack I have ever bought!

    Posted
    OldSchool75

    I have had ths bag for about two months now and bought it after reading all the reviews, checking out the Wenger web site, and physically inspecting the product. All I have to say is that it is THE best back pack I could have ever hoped to purchase, and I'm not just giving away this complement, I usually find something negative to say about everything, and in this case it would only be that there are way too many places to stow stuff and potentially lose... that's it and not necessarily such a negative either. The cushion on the bag feel great on my back and allow for air to flow. The shoulder straps are broad and distribute weight comfortably, even with a laptop, accessories, biology textbook and binder filled with notes, labs, etc. The main steel cable reinforced handle feels more than sturdy, and the laptop compartment provides plenty of protection with extra thick foam padding, however, I would never dare test it by tossing it several feet into a grassy field like I did as a kid with my old bags, but feel confident that my laptop would be safe if mishandled and dropped. As one reviewer said this is built like a tank and I agree. Buy one to protect your investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent backpack

    Posted
    jrauck
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    This is one of the best backpack brands I have ever used! I initially purchased this backpack because I have owned a previous swiss gear back pack which I used monday through friday for 3 years at college, and I loved it. It withstood a decent amount of weight being put in it (college books and backpacks), and abuse such as being thrown around and it has still held up great to this day. This is the new version of the backpack I purchased a few years ago and I think I love this one even more than my last one. It has a great amount of padding to protect both my laptop and my surface tablet, the quality of the sewing/fabric is one of the best I have seen on a backpack, and lastly this backpack is meant to stand up straight so it doesn't constantly tip over when you set it down. I would highly suggest this backpack over even majority of the more expensive brands, as I know it holds up to more than regular wear and tear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply & Literally the best!!!

    Posted
    SAR

    This is easily the best laptop backpack you will find! It might be a few dollars more than others BUT you will NOT find better! I have had this laptop for 2 years now and it's as good as it when when I bought it! the support on your back etc...is incredible! The space and compartments it has in it is outstanding for everything you want to carry with you! I have an inside edge seam fraying a tiny bit nut after 2 years if that's it---WOW!!! I use this nearly EVERY DAY and for travel! I have also loaded it down on some days and not a tear or anything! Swiss Gear by Wenger makes the best! I didn't want to spend a few bucks more BUT I am so glad I did to get this! I carry all I need for my business and more! The other thing I like is that it doesn't look like the "business" laptop bag! So - it's less prone to getting stolen! It's "concealing"! Which IS one of the reasons I bought it too! Even though I work daily and own my own consulting business...I don't like the "look" of it all the time! And I like my costly laptop...that I bought at Best Buy too...being "hidden" in this bag! If you're in the market for a laptop bag - GET IT!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, strong, if bulky, backpack.

    Posted
    DocZeuhl

    This backpack is near-perfect. I've tried out a number of cheaper ones but this has outlasted them all. First and most important, it stores and protects my laptop well. I take this backpack with me everyday, everywhere I go -- on my daily commute on buses and trains, as well as longer trips on planes where it counts as my carry-on. It has a lot of compartments to fit everything I need daily: laptop accessories such as a mouse, cables, external hard drive, iPod, chargers, AC power adapter; my school stuff: notebooks, pens, the occasional book; extra change of clothes, lunch box, mini-umbrella -- the point is that there are enough zippered compartments to be able to store all of the above and more, and still keep everything organized. The only downside is its width/bulk - it seems to keeps its width/bulk whether I pack in everything I mentioned above, or pack nothing at all. I wish this had an adjustable strap on its sides to reduce its width when it is called for. Other than that, this backpack is an excellent buy. I've very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest backpack ever

    Posted
    Tycoon5000

    I love this backpack. Its very comfortable, it has a ton of space and pockets for everything and its durable because its held up even though I haven't had it for very long. I use it for school mostly. It holds my laptop, a change of clothes, 6 of my books, 5 folders with all my papers and my notebook, 2 bottles of water and all my laptop accessories with ease. I've also taken it camping. Its perfect for hiking in the woods because its comfortable even on those long hikes. I also use it on long mountain bike trips. Holds everything I need. It'll hold everything you need for whatever you need. It is a little bit bulky but that's because its made of some really strong materials that don't flex the best but you'll know it'll last because of that. It keeps your notebook dry and stuff on those rainy trips. I've gotten the zippers jammed on some paper and plastics bags but they still work perfectly. A lot of my friends have this bag. After seeing my boss have this one, I wanted to get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!!

    Posted
    dj502

    I have always used backpacks to carry all my daily gear since high school. After buying my first laptop, a Gateway NV52, i decided to get a pack that was made for a computer to protect my investment. A fellow photographer suggested this pack from Swiss Gear. I must admidt, the price was a bit of a shock, but after 2 months I can definetly say that this bag is well worth the money. I can get my notebook, camera, lenses, and all of the things i need through the workday(iPod, GPS, power cables, etc.). it is very rugged, well crafted, and has modern styling. This bag has huge pockets and compartments to hold all your gear and keep it organized. my favorite feature is the quick access pocket located at the top of the bag, where there is a port for your headphones and space to hold one of my cameras ready at all times. No matter if you're a student or a profesional working in the field, this is a great pack to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend