STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack
Company: STM
Price: $139.95 MSRP

Drifter

It seems that the backpack is now becoming the favorite means of carrying one’s laptop and other electronic devices around, be it to work or while traveling. Once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Besides carrying your laptop, you still have enough room to carry any documents that you may need, power supply and cables, water bottle, and dependent upon your state of physical fitness, running shoes and gear.

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Timbuk2 – Espionage Camera Backpack
Price: $199.00
Company: Timbuk2

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I have many DSLR bags, and a few laptop bags, but when I need to leave my house with my computer and my camera, I need to have two bags with me all the time. This is where a bag such as the Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack can be used to simplify your life.

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Contour Overnight Backpack – Review

On September 3, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Contour Overnight Backpack
Company: Kensington
Price: $99.99

Guest reviewer: Shane Pacelli

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While taking a cruise vacation to the Bahamas recently, I brought the Kensington Contour Overnight Backpack as my airplane carryon. I put a lot of items in this bag, including a change of clothes, a hoodie, my Kindle, my iPod, and a bag full of chargers. Going through security was a breeze. The Backpack was very full yet fit easily under my seat on the airplane.

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Baller’s Bag Sports Tech Basketball Backpack
Company: 
Kross Precision
$130 to $230
Guest review user report by Sean O’Neil, tech-savvy athlete

Ballers Bag company photo

 

I really like this bag. I enjoy that it has so many pockets to carry things from my iPhone, keys, water bottle, notepads, laptop, shoes, and my basketball. I also appreciate how the inserts are there to help keep the bag from getting worn and torn and dirty from the ball after a few games out on the court.

This Baller’s Bag is light so it doesn’t add any extra weight to the items I have to carry. It feels really durable and strong from the material to the zippers down to the inside lining of the pack itself and the inserts. I’m very happy to have a versatile case that can be utilized for many — and I mean many different things. Plus it’s nice to have products you trust to have been made from good quality materials.

Sean Baller's Bag

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Powerbag Backpack By FUL
Company: FUL
Price: $139.99

Ever come across a time where you are out-and-about and bring your latest technology with you but the energy efficiency of that particular product drains carelessly throughout the day? The Powerbag backpack by FUL will have your “back” no doubt.

I have been using this Powerbag backpack day in and day out throughout my high school semester. It is equipped with a 3000mA battery that resides in a storage bay in the very front compartment. There are other options on the FUL site to upgrade your batter and swap it out for a much bigger 5000mA battery to get more usage out of your devices throughout several days.

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Kona Project 2 Backpack
Review

On August 23, 2012, in Back Pack, Features, iPad, Review, by Russ Walkowich


Kona Project 2 Backpack
Company: Brenthaven
Price: $149.95 MSRP

 

What do you get when you combine a bicycle company and a company that manufactures laptop bags and backpacks for computer users? What you get is a product that combines the knowledge of both companies designed to provide a great backpack that can carry up to a 16 inch laptop and your other necessary items in a unit that features an external water resistant Cordura fabric with a 100% waterproof internal dry bag.

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Thule Crossover Backpack
Review

On January 3, 2012, in Back Pack, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Thule Crossover Backpack
Thule
Price: $129.95


The Thule Crossover Backpack is elegantly constructed with lots of storage and a crush proof compartment. The backpack weighs 2.75 pounds which may be the only drawback for daily use. The $129.95 price is indicative of the quality of construction which is consistent with Thule products.


Thule is marketing this backpack for Apple’s 17 inch MacBook Pro and iOS devices. There is an elevated laptop compartment perfectly designed for the MacBook Pro, a sleeve for the iPad, and plush lined pockets for iPod or mobile phone storage. The lockable crush proof SafeZone compartment can be used to store fragile gear like sunglasses. The main compartment is roomy enough for books and bulky items. There is a  Shove-it Pocket that provides external storage that is deep enough for a newspaper and Thule claims could accommodate a jacket. In my opinion, a windbreaker may fit but a jacket or sweater would be a tight fit. Other features of the backpack include water resistant nylon fabric with padded shoulder straps and grab handle, a bottom zippered pocket for additional storage of small accessories, a front storage compartment for easy access items, and a side external pocket that can stretch to fit a water bottle. 

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TRCU-1 Crossover 38-Liter Rolling Carry-On
Thule
$290

Thule’s new modest-size rolling backpack has three major outstanding features for just under $300: rugged materials and construction, large and excellent wheels, and backpack straps on the opposite side from the handle and wheels. It also has three uncomfortable features: grab strap handles, shoulder straps, and backpack positioning. Pricing is consistent with product quality, relative to the high-end competition and Thule’s reputation for top-tier merchandise.

Note the unusual backpack and strap positions relative to the wheels and handle frame.

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Level8 Backpack & MacBook Protective Sleeve
Company: Level8
Atlas Backpack15″ Protective Sleeve
Price: 15″ & 17″ Atlas Backpack – $99.99 USD, 15″ Protective Sleeve – $49.99 USD

 

As a teacher who carries his MacBook Pro and iPad 2 to school each day, finding a decent laptop bag is a real priority for me. Without a doubt, the readers of this article are fans of Apple’s amazing, yet pricey products. Protecting that investment while maintaining functionality is important for people who want to maximize their productivity. I think I’ve finally found my solution after using Level8’s Atlas Backpack and 15″ Protective Sleeve for the past month.

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Review – Lowepro Versapack 200 AW

On August 25, 2010, in Back Pack, Review, by Artie Alinikoff

Lowepro Verapack 200 AW
Company:
Lowepro
Price: $129.00

Lowepro’s Versapack 200 AW is a lightweight, all weather camera backpack. There are two main compartments: a top area for general gear, and the bottom camera area. I was looking forward to seeing just how much stuff I could stuff into this diminutive and clever pack.

I’ve got a Nikon D700 with all the trimmings. More about that later. The question is: Can I get enough gear comfortably into the 200 AW for an entire day of hiking and picture taking, whether it be in the wilds of Idaho, or the wilds of downtown Newark. But before I began loading up I checked out the included pamphlet for a quick tour around the unit.

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Review – iPad Slip Case

On May 25, 2010, in iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow

iPad Slip Case
Waterfield Designs

Price: $29
http://sfbags.com

The Slip Case by Waterfield Designs is a very simple concept. It is essentially a padded sleeve to protect your iPad on the go. It is nothing more and nothing less. It is available in six colors and costs $29.

The sleeve has very thick padding the will protect your iPad if you stow it in a backpack or put it in a suitcase, for example. At the bottom of the case is a little pull-tab that will help you get your iPad out of the case very easily.

It is also has a waterproof outer coating. If you are caught in a rain storm with it in your hands, or accidentally spill something, the case and your iPad will be protected (as long as the iPad is inside or out of the range of the liquid).

The case is well made and withstood my pulling and yanking at it. Nothing ripped and no seems were broken. It even survived my two year old.

When you put the iPad in the case you notice it is definitely a snug fit. I don’t think there is any need to worry about the iPad sliding out of the case and getting damaged. However, it is almost a little two snug. I tried fitting the iPad into the case with a Macally Metropad case on my iPad. I could not get it in. The Macally case is very thin, and adds very little to the size of the iPad, but it was just enough to make it not fit into the slip case.

So, if you plan you using an out case/shell on the iPad itself, you will probably have to remove the case to use the Slip Case. If you don’t plan on putting the iPad into a case, the Slip Case might be the perfect case for you.

MyMac.com rating: 9 out of 10

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Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW – Review

On January 26, 2010, in Review, by Mark Rudd

Pro Runner 200 AW

Company: Lowepro
Price: $89.99
lowepro.com

ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTION
With the cost of photographic equipment and accessories rising to the beat of Moore’s Law, the average photog must protect his/her investment from the elements and the various travel hazards that abound. With this thought in mind, Lowepro has been making protection and travel solutions for the conscientiousness photographer for many years.

My first experience with Lowepro was with their Fastpack 250 backpack. I was very impressed with the quality and practicality of this backpack. The Fastpack was not designed to be an all weather backpack. Therefore, it was somewhat limited to certain situations and weather conditions. On January 4, 2010, Lowepro introduced the Pro Runner All Weather line of backpacks and roller/backpack products. I was very excited to get my hands on this product and give it a try. I travel a great deal with my photography gear and occasionally face inclement weather. How would this new product line hold up in non-ideal conditions?

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iPod nano Case Family from Macally – Review

On February 11, 2008, in Cases, iPod Nano, Review, by Tom Schmidt

Bella, Divo, IceSuit, Metro, and Sportivo cases for iPod nano (3rd Generation)
Company: Macally

Price: Bella $29.99, Divo $29.99, IceSuit $19.99, Metro $29.99, Sportivo $29.99
http://www.macally.com/

The holiday decorations are put away, Macworld is over, and now it’s time to get down to buying a case for that new iPod nano that Santa left under the tree. December 2007 saw the arrival of Macally’s family of cases for the iPod nano: Bella, Divo, IceSuit, Metro, and Sportivo. Mirage and Masquerade were not yet available for review.


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