- separate compartment for laptop
- large middle compartment with zipper that zips all the way down with gussets is best (pain to open something only half way!)
- exterior height dimension should be about 15"-16" (more and it's way too big. I have a decent laptop backpack from JanSport Insider backpack and it measures 17.5" in height and I'm swimming in it. Since I also have a tiny laptop, this backpack is just WAY too big)
- 12" wide is good
- ideal if there was a water pocket but won't make or break...
Here are the contenders:
First the frontrunner:
Knomo Bathhurst Laptop backpack
16.5"H x 12"W x 5"D
Pros: very attractive (comes in other colors), adultish, interesting zipper compartment, zippers go almost all the way down
Cons: pricey ($159) and may be too small?
Samsonite Network 2
16.5" H x 12.4"W x 9.4"D
about $70-$100 USD
Pros: nice looking, compact but will definitely hold everything I need, second zipper unzips all the way with gusset
Cons: hard to find...(may order from Amazon.uk and pay for intl. shipping)
Targus 16" Ultralight Backpack (TSB515US)
17.75"H x 12.24"W x 4.5" D
Pros: affordable, attractive enough, slim
Cons: on the tall size and maybe not deep enough?
I bought the DubYao 13" Lightweight laptop backpack hoping it would do, but it doesn't hold enough for me (I think it's because of the 3" depth).
15"H x 11"W x 3"D
Pros: affordable, attractive
Cons: just too small, not as comfortable as one would think...
So what do you think? Have a favorite?