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SwissGear - IBEX Laptop Backpack - Blue

Carry your laptop and accessories in this backpack that features a SWISSGUARD pocket to protect your laptop. Take a product tour.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1487 out of 1524)

    Features


    Fits most laptops with up to a 17" widescreen display

    Quik pocket for easy access to your MP3 player or other digital gear; essential organizer pocket

    CaseBase stabilizing platform keeps your backpack standing upright

    SWISSGUARD computer pocket keeps your laptop protected

    3 main compartments to store all of your belongings

    Shock asborb shoulder straps distribute weight evenly


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1524 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best, Sturdiest Backpack

      Posted
      rmud
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have had this backpack for 5 years. It replaced another school bag that I liked and had lots of pockets but did not have a laptop compartment. That bag was a cheapo, under 25$ from WM. This Swiss gear had a laptop compartment and LOTS of compartments. Sometimes I forget where I put something, but if you are consistent about where you put your car keys, for instance, this shouldn't be a problem. There are only two issues that I've had in the last 5 years. The strap adjustor clip got caught under a rolling chair numerous times, like 1-2 times daily, while I was at work because I had it tucked under my desk and was always going inside to get stuff. Eventually it cracked, but this has not affected it's performance. I can tell you that there were times that I'd be yanking at it to get it unstuck. If you keep it away from rolling chairs and tuck the straps you'll be ok. The other issue is that one of the decorative - or do they serve a purpose? - grommets on the front popped off. No big deal, the bag still looks great and works like a dream. I have pockets for everything, the laptop in the back, the power cord in the little pocket at the top, and also a divider for maybe a mouse pad, folders, anything thing really. There's a compartment for your media items and you can feed your headphone jack through it. This pocket is HUGE for what it's intended purpose is, and that's a good thing. I was able to hold a 2-3 generation ipod, behind the ear headphones, cell phone, car keys, random things, and still had space. Nothing was ever cramped. There is a divider inside the other large compartment, which is where I carry my school books and folders. There is a mesh zip pocket in the 3rd largest section and I usually carry my lunch in this pocket. I can fit a few apples, bottle of honest tea, 32 oz stainless steel water bottle, sandwich, 2 bags of chips and other goodies. I am at school for a large part of the day, meaning I eat 2 meals there and I'm a grazer, so I like having lots of small snacks throughout the day. The smallest pocket has a zipper compartment where I keep highlighters and pens/pencils, a mesh pocket for little catchalls, a other divider pockets. I have no use for these, but I'm sure they serve a purpose. I have a tendency to have pockets withing pockets because I love having things I can just grab and not have to sort through, so I also carry a Mead pencil pouch that has two expandable pockets for my drawing pens and markers. This also holds my pencil sharpener and lip gloss - because who can work with chapped lips? (This next thing is for the ladies. There are two small zippered pockets on the side. These are the perfect size for those little tampon bags so you can be discreet.) There are two mesh pockets on the side for water bottles, too, and I have used these. They are at a diagonal and since my water bottle is 32 oz stainless steel, it's a snug fit, but a standard water bottle fits well. The padding on the bag is a dream. I have been loaded down with about 20 lbs and sometimes what feels like 50 lbs of stuff - college textbooks are heavy. I have never once felt like what I was putting in the bag was going to break it. Now, that said, you can tell this bag has been used. The hand grip at the top is a steel braided wire wrapped in clear plastic and this feels super sturdy and I can easily lift the bag from there even at it's heaviest weight. The clear plastic has a black plastic covering and it shows wear and is cracked because it flexes as you lift the bag up. Again, this is to be expected with use and over time. The front has a little fuzz from where I literally get home and drop it anywhere - I take the laptop out first and I WOULD NOT recommend tossing ANY bag around with a laptop inside, no matter what anyone says. I love everything about this bag. I was sad when I didn't need to use it anymore, but now that I am back in school my first thought was, I get to use my backpack again. It is a joy to have and use. It's such an appealing bag that 2 men that I work with have purchased their own. One of them has used his everyday for the last 4 years, and has the same wear mine does, they can stand up for so much. I will be honest and say that when I was done with my first part of school, the bag did get tucked away for about 2 years and I would only use it when I traveled, a few times a year. I know I will get years of use out of this bag and my friend at work says the same. My son even said he wants one when he goes to high school in a few years. Please keep making these, otherwise he might ask for mine and I don't think I'd be willing to share it, even with my son. I'd also like to mention that the bad reviews - and those are 3 stars - are all because the bag wouldn't fit the user's laptop. That's not really the bags fault because it specifies what size laptop it fits. I'd even recommend this to someone without a laptop, it's just that awesome and worth the price even when it's not on sale.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      IBEST Laptop Backpack

      Posted
      AcesWild

      This is possibly the strongest backpack you will ever encounter without buying leather or metal/carbon casing. The weave is tight, taut and very durable. It is mostly water resistant, but will stain if it encounters bleach or other sorts of dye materials. The zippers are heavy duty and wont break off like most others. Pleasing appearnce and comfortable weight, even when full to the max. Some Specs: >> Color: Blue / Gray / Black >> H x W x D: 19" x 15" x 10" >> Fits most 17" widescreens (As in my Dell Vostro 17" w/ 9 cell battery pack which sticks out the back of the laptop, bumping it out more) >> Reinforced ergonomic carrying handle >> Rear hanging handle doubles as trolley strap >> Side zippered and mesh pockets >> Extra durable material on bottom >> Quik Pocket holds iPod/MP3 player for easy access to all of your gadgets >> CaseBase Stabilizing Platform keeps your IBEX standing upright to keep your valuables in place >> Air-Flow Back padding keeps your back cool even with a full pack >> Comp-u-Flex computer pocket keeps your 17" widescreen snugly protected >> Three main compartments provide space for all of your belongings >> Shock Absorb Shoulder straps distribute weight evenly and keep you comfortable >> Essentials Organizer in front pocket has pockets and slot for all of your accessories and gadgets This pack holds many of the usual patrons of your pockets such as pens, iPods, calculators, phones, notepads, etc. Relatively larger mesh sidepockets than you would get from an average backpack. Tends to fit 16oz up to 24oz and SOBE sized bottles fairly tight and secure. It actually stands on its own. Can fit pretty much anything you have in mind when you want to go somewhere. Great travel size, but not to be confused with luggage. Generally, when backpacks are empty, they looks almost like deflated helium balloons, slightly flat, very light, and just filled with air in the empty spaces. This backpack, whether it's because of its frame construction or what, I don't know, but it tends to looks like something is in it all the time. It also doesn't have a chest strap to go across the shoulders to connect shoulder strap to shoulder strap. With that, you can expect alot of bouncing when riding a bike while wearing this. Not terrible or anything, just something I thought they could have easily added for extra comfort and stability during bike transport. When all is said and done, this is probably the best 17" capable laptop backpack you will find. Needless to say it is well worth the money. Pay the little extra and get this rather than the Targus ones, those materials aren't grade A like this. If you are still unconvinced, you can probably travel to any of your local Best Buy stores and feel them/see them in the laptop case aisle. They are generally one of the few actually on display in stores and is probably one of the only Wenger - Swiss Gear items you will find on sale.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not Adequate Protection for 17.3" ASUS G72 Laptop

      Posted
      Kvorkian

      My ASUS G72 with a 17.3" widescreen fits so snug that is has to be forcibly pushed into the padded sleeve, and the only reason the laptop came back out of the sleeve is the G72 has a 1/4" long leg I was able to hook my finger under to get a grip on the laptop. All the padding around the laptop is very thin and compresses very easily. The upper corners of the laptop extend slightly above the curved backpack design, so the zipper has to be stretched out and over the laptop; which leaves two corners of the laptop protected only by a thin layer of polyester. In addition, the laptop padded sleeve is about 4" short to completely cover the upper portion of the laptop, and there is a large metal zipper pull that is exposed on an inner pocket, so unless you keep something between the zipper pull and your laptop it is going to do some serious damage to the surface of the laptop's lid. The G72 17.3 Widescreen is exactly 16.5" wide by 11.75" deep and will not work with this backpack. I have looked at no less than 100 models of backpacks and cases around town, and of the few I found that fit the G72 I chose the Targus Travel Roller Notebook Case for 17" laptops. The downside is there is enough extra room around the laptop that I also bought a Targus Slipcase Notebook Sleeve for 17.3" laptops. With the G72 placed inside the notebook sleeve it slips snugly and securely into the laptop portion of the Travel Roller NOtebook Case. While I am quite satisfied with the double protection and added padding of this combination, I ended up spending $99 on the roller case and an additional $35 on the notebook sleeve (of course nothing was on sale). I recommend the Targus setup for 17.3" laptops.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Laptop Bags don't get much better than this

      Posted
      QubeIt

      If we ever get to a point where the homeless are carrying laptops in addition to cell phones, then the days of toting around old shopping carts are over because this bag can hold everything!! I own a Dell m6400 17" laptop that I carry around in this bag and it has definitely earned it's keep (the bag, that is - albeit the laptop too, but that's another review). I have had this bag for just over a year and it looks as good as it did the day I bought it. It has survived *almost* all the abuse I have thrown at it, including a very sudden maneuver and stop with my car which sent this laptop flying from the back seat up to my front passenger seat, into the dash, and onto the floorboard. The padding completely protected the laptop and everything that was inside stayed intact and in its place. Needless to say, I now strap in my bag with a seatbelt and throw the kid's carseat (with my kid in it) on the floorboard. JUST KIDDING!!! Jeez, I'm not that shallow!! :) The only "chink" I found in the armor of this bag is when one day I precariously set it on the edge of my desk and walked away. The bag tipped and fell end over end and landed upside down with the corner of the laptop crushing the zipper to the concrete floor. That zipper is the only spot where there is no padding and thus the zipper bent and was irrepairable (by mere mortals like myself) so I had to go get another bag. The lesson here is don't perch your bag in precarious positions with a laptop and 600 lbs of "stuff" in it because Murphy's Law will indeed kick in. By the way, the laptop is just fine. A minor cosmetic scratch where it crushed the zipper, but it still runs like a dream.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great pack that is also made for your laptop

      Posted
      Slowat
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      As a service member who has spent a lot of time flying overseas and who is rough on equipment, I have learned to appreciate a well designed pack that can not only take abuse but is also versatile and keeps your stuff well organized. The problem is that my favorite work packs scream, "I'm in the military!!" This pack is a great blend of the features of a good military pack in a smaller, more low-key package for when you don't want to stand out. The laptop pocket is great for navigating airport security, and the front pockets work well with an iPad. The top pocket is very convenient for the security line pocket emptying. I also appreciate the super beefy cable reenforced top handle. Now for my only suggested improvements: 1) The top pocket would be even nicer with a soft cloth lining to cushion and prevent scratches to electronics, sunglasses or anything delicate that you have to stash quickly while doing the TSA drill. 2) The side pockets could be bigger to accommodate watches, keys, etc. The water bottle side pockets could be a little larger to fit bigger bottles. Lastly, I would add side straps with standard plastic quick release buckles to allow the main pockets to be open while carrying the bag so you can stash your computer, iPad, etc back in the back while doing the fast walk to your airplane gate, as well as a place to hook on a ballcap or light jacket when you aren't wearing it. I had the previous version of this pack for years and loved it. It served my needs wonderfully and looked new the whole time. I only replaced it now because the cat decided to claim it for his own and the smell wouldn't come out no matter how I washed it. Bottom Line: If you are hard on equipment, expect it to be well designed, and are looking for a bag to maximize your efficiency while navigating TSA and the rest of the airline system, this pack is for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just missing waist/chest strap

      Posted
      bwoodlan

      I was forced to buy a larger bag because of my new 17" laptop. I chose this bag because it was the largest and most durable looking one. 7 months later I have not had any issues with it as far as wear and tear. It still looks and feels new. I expect it to last for years and years. Granted, I have had a $20 Wal-mart backpack last me through most of high school and college, so I am not particularly rough with my bags. This is the best quality backpack I have ever owned. The construction is top notch, and the zippers work perfectly every time. I have not had a zipper stick once with this bag. My Dell model 1745 fits great in the laptop compartment. I feel like it is well padded. One corner of my laptop bulges slightly against the zipper area when it is zipped shut. So there is not a ton of room to spare, but it is not tight either. I love having sleeves inside the laptop and main pockets to keep loose papers from crumpling underneath my books. They stay straight and well arranged. Two large front compartments help me separate items. I can easily fit my laptop, two or three textbooks, some notebooks, papers, and a lunch on top. It pretty much always has room for one more thing, though I have run out of room on occasion. The only problem with being able to carry so much, including a heavy 17" laptop is that the backpack gets very heavy. A pack with the potential to get this heavy should have come with a waist strap or chest strap to help distribute the weight. At least the straps and the back are well padded.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stylish Backback full of compartments

      Posted
      MysteryTech
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great backpack bought at reduced price. I spent a few time figuring out what would be better for a laptop bag, and this is the fist time I decided to go for a backpack rather than for a laptop case. Reason being to count on additional room for more stuff for my travels. Also in some cases I had to carry a couple of laptops plus docs and tablets, which in total weighted enough to end up being uncomfortable to be carried over one shoulder. So this time I went for a much more convenient backpack. and picked this one after some research. I am very happy with the purchase of this particular model, it has a beautiful design, very easy zippers, stands on its own, high quality materials very glad to be touched, very comfortable over the back, leaving air flow around the back for less sweating, lots of compartments. So already used it in a couple of travels and it's a cool all in one backpack enough for all my needs. In my case I still have additional available room for more things, so really happy with the purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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