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SwissGear - Synergy Laptop Backpack - Black/Gray

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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    • Swiss Gear Synergy Laptop Backpack

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1649 out of 1690)

    Features


    Fits most laptops with up to a 16" display

    For use with your existing device. Also accommodates an Apple® iPad®.

    Quik pocket

    Offers storage space for an Apple iPod® or MP3 player and features a headset port, so you can easily enjoy your favorite tunes on the go.

    Essentials organizer

    Makes it easy to quickly locate your items.

    Shock-absorbing shoulder straps

    Along with an adjustable chest strap and airflow back padding ensure comfortable carrying.

    Nylon and polyester materials

    Plus a CaseBase stabilizing platform and SwissGuard protection provide a durable design to help safeguard your belongings.

    Dual handle system

    Features a carrying handle and a trolley strap to help simplify transport.

    Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

    iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1690 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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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

      Comfortable, spacious, professionally designed

      Posted
      Frank
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      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

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 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: 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




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