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As part of our Best Laptop Backpack post, we took an in-depth look at the Case Logic RBP-117 laptop backpack. It’s a full-sized bag with integrated pockets for both a 17.3 inch laptop and an iPad/tablet. The outside is a water-resistant material so it will protect the contents from a light rain. Despite it’s large capacity, it was designed to load easily into overhead bins and small spaces. The front storage compartment holds an organization panel with professionals in mind dedicated slots for business cards, pens, iPod, smartphone and USB. This backpack is a sleek alternative to a briefcase.
The backpack’s large size allows for a number of specialty pockets. The multi-functional compression straps allow you to strap anything to the backpack from a sweatshirt to jacket, allowing you to be prepared for anything mother nature throws at you. The main area of the backpack has two storage compartments to handle anything from a change of clothes to a slim pocket for magazines and important documents. There’s even a mesh pocket to hold smaller items so you don’t lose them in the bottom of the bag. Also, a lumbar stash pocket can keep a passport and other items secure.
Pros: Variety of pockets, great construction, and solid zippers. The stitching appears to be well put together, which is essential when you’ve got 20-30 pounds of expensive equipment on your back. If you travel often and need something that would be easy to lug around while also offering extra room for additional clothing, toiletry items, snacks, documents, and camera equipment, this is it. The two Compression Straps on the front sides of the backpack are a convenient way to quickly and easily put away a bulky jacket or towel which you might be travelling with.
Cons: There’s very little padding on the bottom of the bag, so you have to be careful with setting it down on hard surfaces.
This bulky bag can help you carry around not just your laptop but other essential items as well for a longer trip duration.