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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What's Included


  • Swiss Gear Synergy Laptop Backpack

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1575 out of 1614)

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

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • 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

    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: 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

    Best Laptop Backpack Ever!!!!

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

    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: 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
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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





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