Laptop Bags

According to statistics released earlier this year, travelers lose more than 600,000 laptops a year at the largest and medium sized airports in the country. At the 36 largest airports, more than 10,000 laptops are last a per week.

This means that you need to pay close attention to your laptop when traveling through the airport and especially when going through security. One of the (many) things I hate about going through airport security is the fact that they make you take your laptop out of its case. I think that this just makes it easier for someone else to snatach your laptop.

A solution to this problem is to fly with with a checkpoint friendly laptop bag. If you travel a lot, you might want to look at this list of checkpoint friendly laptop bags. Anything you can do to make your trip through the airport faster and more secure is something you might want to consider.

I Chose the Waterfield Cargo

A short time ago, I solicited suggestions from you as to what computer bag I should purchase. I heard from several people via email, all with good thoughts and suggestions. On different occasions, I almost purchased the Timbuk2 Messenger Bag and the Bum Pack Pack. I still would like to have one of each of those. Instead of those, however, I purchased the Waterfield Large Cargo Bag, with the Celeste Indium flap. I have a couple of small quibbles with this bag. However, for the most part, I love it.

Waterfield LogoFirst, it is a fantastically well made bag. The strap is very secure and easily adjustable. Also, the pad on the strap provides very comfortable cushioning. Plus, because it securely wraps around the strap (and is not attached to it) it easily slides on the strap to its most comfortable location. Additionally, the carry handles are very comfortable. They are nylon and are covered by a rubberized grip of some sort. Whatever it is, its makes it comfortable to carry the bag by the handles.

I chose the paragliding buckle for the front flap and it works easily with just one hand. The zippered pocked under the flap is sufficiently roomy to carry the miscellaneous crap that I carry with me most of the time. Additionally, the full sized pocket behind that, is sufficiently large to hold a small file, several papers, or, in my case, an umbrella. There is a similar pocket on the back side of the bag in whiclh I carry legal publications that I am in the process of reading.Waterfield Cargo

The main zippered pocket is quite roomy and will hold several legal pads as well as a reasonably full Redweld. This area also contains a place to carry your laptop. This is one aspect that I have not yet decided whether I like. With my last bag, I had two zippered pockets. One held only my computer. The other held my files. I am still getting use to having everything in the same large compartment. This seems to work fine. It is just taking me a little time to get used to it. One thing I really like about this main pocket is that it is very tall. It is very easy for me to put my power cable in the bottom of the bag and still have plenty of room to put documents on top of it.

Two of the four minor quibbles that I have with the bag are with the main zippered pocket. First, this main compartment has a handy place to store pens, a checkbook, and other miscellaneous small items. this concept is good. However, I find that I catch my fingers or my papers on these pockets when I am putting them in here. I think I would prefer if this set of pockets were moved to a second compartment. Second, the keyring holder is also in this main compartment. I typically attach my usb thumb drive to this holder. That way I can easily find the thumb drive. I am not sure that I want to do that here, though, given the likelihood that files will be setting on top of the drive if I do this. I wish this was in the zippered pocket under the flap.

Waterfield CargoThe other two minor quibbles are on the outside of the bag. First, there is no good place to attach my luggage tag with my business card on it. Right now I have it attached to the carry straps. It’s not the best location, but there is really no other place to put it. Second, there is a cell phone pocket on the end of the bag. I don’t know anyone who actually carries their cell phone in the computer bag. This pocket is just wasted space for me. I wish that it were just a little larger, however. If it were, it would be the perfect size to hold a bottle of water.

Any comments on Waterfield’s bags would not be complete without mentioning their fantastic customer service. Every time that I have dealt with them (I have previously ordered other products from them as well), I have spoken with a polite person, located in the Waterfield office in San Francisco. The person I spoke with was always able to help me and sounded glad to be able to do so. After I had received my bag, I received a call from Waterfield making sure that I had received my order (they had some sort of a mix up on their end. I am sure that they do not call all of their customers). When I returned the call, rather early in the morning (at least early for California), I am pretty sure that the Gary that I spoke with was the Gary who owns the company.

In sum, I have never seen a computer bag that was as well-made and appeared to be as sturdy as this bag. It is comfortable and easy to use. I would not hesitate to purchase this bag again.

A New Computer Bag

My current computer bag (a Targus) is getting a little beat up. Thus, I have been shopping for a new bag. Bags that I am looking at include the Bum Back Pack Hamptons Messenger Bag, the MVision S500, the Skooba Satchel, the Waterfield Cargo, the Tom Bihn ID, or the Timbuk2 Messenger Bag.

I know Nerino loves his Bum Back Pack and that Ross is a big fan of the MVision. I am curious about what other experiences that others have had with any of these bags. Or, do you have a bag that you would recommend that I have not mentioned.

The key things I am looking for in a bag include plenty of room to store my computer, miscellaneous papers or a file, a travel mouse, and other assorted electronic items. It should also have a good shoulder strap that makes the bag comfortable to carry. That is the one thing that really attracts me to the Bum Back Back. the strap is easily convertible between a messenger style and a backpack style.

So, I am open to suggestions. Anyone have any suggestions as to what bag I should be looking at?

More Computer Bag Choices

I love computer bags. If my wife would not throw a fit, I would own dozens. Thus, I was quiWooden Briefcasete happy to see this post from 43 Folders. The post details 5 cool bags that you probably would not just happen to run across.

Oakley BagOne of the cool bags is a wooden briefcase, which I hadn’t seen before.  On the other hand, if you are into pockets, Oakley has a great briefcase with lots of exterior pockets. Regardless, of your preferences, if you like computer bags, you should check out this post to see 5 bags that might entice you to open your pocket book.

Solar Computer Case

Eclipse Solar Gear makes carrying cases for mobile devices. Their cases are unique in they Solar Flar Messanger Bagthey contain solar panels allowing you to charge your device. Right now they have backpacks, camera bags, bicycle bags, and messenger bags for sale. Unfortunately neither of these is designed to charge a notebook computer.

However, Eclipse will soon be releasing a solar case that charges computers. Bags like this open up great opportunities. How nice is it to be able to be away from electricity and not have to worry about running out of power with your digital camera, camcorder, or notebook compuEclipse Backpackter.

Sure, you may not be worried about working when you are backpacking in the middle of no where. That does not mean you may not want to use your computer to keep a diary or journal. Who knows, you may even be inspired by your location to write the Great American Novel.