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legolas_w
March 6th, 2008, 12:41 AM
Hello everyone.
I am looking to buy a laptop bag, probably I will look at Ubuntu Ogio Messenger Bag
https://shop.canonical.com/product_info.php?products_id=123

What I want from my laptop bag is as follow: It can well protect my laptop and an external hard disk plus usual additional accessories, it should be light weight, It should have a very ergonomic design as I have no extra powerful muscles :( and a well ergonomic design can help very much.


If you have a laptop bag specially a messenger laptop bag please share your experience with me.

let me know how you ended buying that specific bag and to what degree you are satisfied with it.

fedex1993
March 6th, 2008, 12:54 AM
well right now i have laptop backback that works well with school but i am thinking about getting a ogio street city for my spring brake trip :) new bag (http://www.bagselect.com/bag/OGI020A/)

Scarath
March 6th, 2008, 01:01 AM
Im surprised you didn't get one with you lappy. Oh well. I just got a stock bag with my thinkpad (cheap padded thing).

How much do you wanna spend? I havent got one of these, (http://www.billamberg.com/product/BillAmberg_CATEGORY_Newcollection_Man/30502.htm) (man do I want one!!!!) but i can testify for the quality of Amberg stuff.

EDIT: i just realized my suggestion didn't actually meet any of your criteria .... teehee

spupy
March 6th, 2008, 01:28 AM
I had some messenger bag for my laptop. I hated it because my 15" laptop weight was killing my shoulders with this bag. I can't understand why someone would use a messenger bag for a laptop. When i wore one, it was constantly bumping because of my legs, and bumping is not good for a laptop.
Now i have a laptop backpack from CaseLogic - it's very comfortable, easy on the back (in contrast to a messenger bag), and you wouldn't believe a 15" laptop fits inside. And it's not bumping on my back all the time like the previous one.

rickyjones
March 6th, 2008, 02:07 AM
I have a pretty nice Targus backpack for my laptop. I'm a student so this lets me carry my laptop along with my books/pens/pencils/etc... All on my back so it is nice and easy to carry. I highly recommend it.

-Richard

klange
March 6th, 2008, 02:26 AM
I have a Targus laptop bag, very dark blue + black in color, made for a 14" laptop as I used to have one, but I got my 15.4" to fit by ripping the sleeve (what? It worked. That's all I care about.)
Technically, it's not a messenger bag, but I carry it as one anyway...

PurposeOfReason
March 6th, 2008, 02:31 AM
I have this sucker:
http://www.dealtree.com/cart/select_item.cfm?cont=148416&view.htm

It's really padded so I could throw it and not worry. I can jam a power cable in if I need it (into the side) but I get 4 hours so I usually just put papers there. I have the 15.4 model and a 13.3 laptop so it gives a bit of inside room if I ever get a small external hdd.

arashiko28
March 6th, 2008, 02:39 AM
I have a Targus Messenger bag, it's big, comfy and you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can put in it.
I also have a backpack the advantage is that you don't get tired of wearing it all on a single shoulder and you don't have bend due the weight, and I don't mean the bag weight but the laptop and the external HHD, and all of the other stuff.
The targus messenger bag weighs about 2.5-3 pounds. The backpack is a cheap one, but I have a laptop sleeve that protects it when on it.

So, messenger= style; backpack= good posture, no bursitis and you'll feel lighter.
Hope this may have helped you.

Kingsley
March 6th, 2008, 03:04 AM
I have this sucker:
http://www.dealtree.com/cart/select_item.cfm?cont=148416&view.htm

It's really padded so I could throw it and not worry. I can jam a power cable in if I need it (into the side) but I get 4 hours so I usually just put papers there. I have the 15.4 model and a 13.3 laptop so it gives a bit of inside room if I ever get a small external hdd.
What type of battery do you have? My laptop battery can barely get two hours, though I think it has degraded over the past 8 months.

ep3w
March 6th, 2008, 03:08 AM
I have a timbuk2 bag I got for a graduation present that I love. It holds my 15.4" wide screen notebook perfect along with all the books etc. I need. I toss mine around a lot and it hardly even has a spec of dirt on it. On their website you can completly customize them as far as colors, fabrics, accessories and pretty much everything. I would definetly check them out, not really cheap but totally worth it in my opinion.

PurposeOfReason
March 6th, 2008, 03:13 AM
What type of battery do you have? My laptop battery can barely get two hours, though I think it has degraded over the past 8 months.
I don't know how to find what "type" but it's in a Sony SZ series. I turn the brightness all the way down (which is still quite well lit) and wireless on and active (just not constant streams) I use powertop to monitor what's killing what and I have a custom kernel with the powertop patch that makes it so the kernel isn't waking up so much (which is a "bug").

fissionmailed
March 6th, 2008, 03:28 AM
http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=CVR200

Works well for when I put it in my rucksack. I really don't just carry my laptop and when I do I just carry it in there. Once day I"ll get a nice case but it works well for what I want.

Syrtis
March 6th, 2008, 05:13 AM
I use a Swissgear backpack style laptop case, it's great I can put my 15.4" computer in it and still have room for software, books, and accessories. I bought it because it was on sale for $20 at Best Buy and I haven't regretted it for one second there is no way I would go back to the messenger style they are too heavy and don't have enough room for everything I want to put in it.

Vadi
March 6th, 2008, 06:38 AM
I have some AMD bag which someone gave to me along with a bunch of other stuff, because they used to work there for quite a while.

I'll prolly get the ubuntu messenger bag after this one wears out.

Ardrias
March 6th, 2008, 07:58 AM
I have a Targus Backpack, since I have a fairly heavy Dell XPS M1710... It's quite sweet however, way nicer with a backpack than a carrycase.

macogw
March 6th, 2008, 08:36 AM
I use a sling backpack I got at work. There's no model number or anything anywhere, but there's a little itty bitty tag that says "VTX" It's muuuuch more comfortable than Swiss Army (or whatever...) messenger bag and Targus purse-lookin' messenger bag I was using before.

dimbulb1024
March 6th, 2008, 09:08 AM
I have a simple Case Login sleeve that I either use with my:
- ancient (well, it's like 10 years old) Timbuk2 Messenger bag or
- Pearl Izumi Velocipak
based on how much other kaka I'm taking with me.

legolas_w
March 6th, 2008, 10:40 AM
Thank you all for your reply.
It looks that de-facto bags stay with the laptop owners for some times.

Is there any way to add a Poll to this thread?

Thanks

Vadi
March 6th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Click on "Thread Tools".

legolas_w
March 6th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Hi
Is it possible that forum administrator or moderator make this thread sticky for some times?

I think it is a recurring question and it could be a good time to gather different people opinion for later searches.


Thanks

Vadi
March 6th, 2008, 04:12 PM
We don't need a sticky on this... and if anyone will be searching later, the search function will surely turn this up.

legolas_w
March 10th, 2008, 12:32 PM
bump up.

Zipster90
March 10th, 2008, 02:25 PM
I have a Jansport backpack that's made for a laptop. Since I'm still in school, it works out fine. I can cram all of my books and my laptop into it easily. There's also more pockets than you can shake a stick at.

Cyberponcho
March 11th, 2008, 09:02 PM
I have a boblbee, the best backpack ever built, reeel sweet stuff and a real eye catcher.


http://www.boblbee.at/news_dateien/32013.jpg

SunnyRabbiera
March 11th, 2008, 09:05 PM
I have a generic laptop bag, no real brand or anything.
but she seems tough though, I bought it at wallmart.

Tristam Green
March 11th, 2008, 09:13 PM
I have a Targus:

http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=TST004US

http://www.targus.com/us/product_images/TST004US_cases_b.jpg

Looks good, functions really well, holds everything I need it to when I need it to, and as an unexpected bonus, it matches the black leather jacket I got for Christmas (the jacket has narrow orange pipe-trim on the inside :guitar:)

‹buntuMensch
March 12th, 2008, 01:38 AM
http://www.spireusa.com/


Very good build quality, light, and does not scream "I have a laptop in here!"

Messenger and backpacks. I've gone XC skiing with one of the messengers.

Great prices, too.

legolas_w
March 12th, 2008, 02:18 PM
Thank you all for your replys.

Cyberponcho,
Your backpack looks weird, I think it has more than 50 Liters internal capacity.

Frumious Boojum
March 12th, 2008, 02:28 PM
I have one of the Targus backpacks... goes with me everywhere and rather comfortable most of the time, despite the heaviness from the tons of stuff I have in that thing! (Gotta be about 50 pounds or more! I should weigh it sometime...)

My preference with most bags where I need to carry a lot is a backpack. Plus, they don't usuallly look as obvious as other kinds of bags.

Cyberponcho
March 26th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Thank you all for your replys.

Cyberponcho,
Your backpack looks weird, I think it has more than 50 Liters internal capacity.

That's one reason why i bought this backpack, like i said, it's a real eye catcher (won't recomend it to shy folk), it became even anoying that some people actually asked me 'what is that on your back?' so i got me some stickers and wrote 'yes, i'm a backpack' on it.
People stopped asking (at least the ones smart enough to read) but they can't stop staring at it.
Not sure what capacity it has, most be around 50 liter or so, but plenty of space it has :-)

Jareth
March 26th, 2008, 02:04 PM
My order for an ubuntu OGIO messenger bag is status: dispatched.
Huzzah!

50words
March 26th, 2008, 02:28 PM
This is the best laptop bag ever:

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/laptop/commute

Foster Grant
March 26th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Hello everyone.
I am looking to buy a laptop bag, probably I will look at Ubuntu Ogio Messenger Bag
https://shop.canonical.com/product_info.php?products_id=123

What I want from my laptop bag is as follow: It can well protect my laptop and an external hard disk plus usual additional accessories, it should be light weight, It should have a very ergonomic design as I have no extra powerful muscles :( and a well ergonomic design can help very much.


If you have a laptop bag specially a messenger laptop bag please share your experience with me.

let me know how you ended buying that specific bag and to what degree you are satisfied with it.

The common advice these days is to get a backpack because it <em>doesn't</em> look like a laptop bag. Supposedly that makes it less tempting to thieves.

I have a SwissGear backpack; for the money, I couldn't get more storage (pockets everywhere, including a compartment specifically for my iPod and accessories).

Having used a "standard" laptop bag many times in my former life as a sports reporter, I can say for certain that the backpack is much better ergonomically. Mine has padding on the side that rests against my back, which is quite nice.

EdThaSlayer
March 26th, 2008, 03:28 PM
I got my laptop bag free with my laptop. It's very good, and protects everything inside sufficiently. It could be better though, since there isn't much space inside to put anything else in. Thats why I shudder in fear whenever I put my external harddrive along with my laptop in my laptop bag.

castrojo
March 26th, 2008, 03:46 PM
I have two Tom Bihn bags, the Buzz and the Id. Love them both and will probably never buy another laptop bag again. :D

Luinar
March 26th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Err... I went out and bought the cheapest bag I could find which would fit my laptop and its power lead. :p

To be fair though, I didn't buy the laptop to be portable, and only intended it to be static (wanted to save on space at university). I hindsight though I wish I had of gotten a desktop and damned the space!

lamalex
March 30th, 2008, 06:55 PM
R.E.load bags make THE BEST bags you can buy. My messenger bag for actual messengering is a R.E.load bag, and I've also got one of their laptop bags, it's perfect. They can be a little bit pricey but they're hand made in Philly/Seattle by a really great group of people. http://www.reloadbags.com Highly recommended. You basically get to customize your bag exactly how you want it, and if you want you could get the Ubuntu logo embroidered on it. If you want I can post a picture of mine, I love it.

Kokopelli
March 30th, 2008, 07:57 PM
I have a couple bags depending on the situation:

If I am going to meet a client then I might just pack the laptop in a sleeve and go with that. I use a Chrome sleeve, but it is nothing worth writing about.

The Chrome Mini Metro:
http://www.chromebags.com/products/bags/show/1/
Is a compact messenger bag. This is the bag I use for normal day to day. It can easily fit 12 and 15 inch laptops but is compact and comfortable enough to wear all day. I have never tried to fit a 17" laptop in it, but I have managed 3 12" laptops with sleeves though that was a tight fit. I have had my mini metro for about 6 years now with daily use, these things are made to last.

The Chrome Kremlin:
http://www.chromebags.com/products/bags/show/15/
on the other hand is huge (3,000 cubic inches), I usually use this instead of a suitcase for 2-4 day trips. I would not want to wear this one around all day, but it can carry a lot of stuff and is comfortable enough, especially when biking.

And finally a different Boblbe:
http://www.boblbee.com/us/artiklar/Artikelfullpost.asp?ArtID=761&ID=199
The amphib pro is not a day to day pack, but great as a travel pack and extremely protective. It is between the Metro and the Kremlin in size and works well for hiking and day trips, not so well for biking. I tend to only use this one when I am expecting to need extra protection for the contents, but it does that well. I will use it as a checkin on plane trips as well

Jareth
March 30th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Hi, I put some pics of my bag up here, check them out
OGIO messenger bag

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=710245

Pethegreat
March 30th, 2008, 09:56 PM
I got this lands (http://www.landsend.com/pp/LighthouseBackpack~146915_-1.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::BRD&CM_MERCH=IDX_00005__0000000305&origin=index) end backpack. I have had nothing but excellent backpacks from lands end. I used 2 lands end book bags for 10 years. I got my current one 4 months ago. It holds my 15 inch laptop(system 76 pangolin value), a calc book, and a ton of papers just fine. I can fit the PS and other cords in the side pouches.

amazingtaters
March 30th, 2008, 10:12 PM
I use a Mobile Edge backpack. It has been really solid. I use it to take my lappy to class (I hate having to print out 20+ slide powerpoints all the time) and there's lots of room for stuff besides the laptop in the bag.

meborc
March 30th, 2008, 10:12 PM
my option is not in the poll... too bad

i use a standard plastic bag (from local supermarket)

i put my notebook in the plastic bag and then into my backpack with my other stuff

the plastic bag keeps the dust away :oops:

thisllub
March 30th, 2008, 10:23 PM
A big Targus bag with wheels and a telescopic handle.
It isn't ideal but I can fit enough clothes and bits in it for a couple of days.
Saves me plenty of time at airport lounges.

I fly a couple of times a month so it is very convenient.

regomodo
March 30th, 2008, 10:29 PM
i don't use a proper laptop bag. My laptop is the size of an A4 pad of paper so fits in my normal rucksack nicely. Had it before i got the laptop

ubuntu_demon
April 4th, 2008, 12:59 AM
I've got a laptop backpack from samsonite with a compartment which is suitable for my 13" laptop (suitable for 12-17 inch I'd say). I can put a lot of other stuff in there as well. I believe it has a life long warranty. I'm happy with it.

era86
April 4th, 2008, 02:23 AM
I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag. I am looking for a sleeve for my T61 14.1w that fits in there though. I really like the bag!

frogotronic
April 27th, 2008, 12:19 PM
I just bought an OGIO Metro bag from Bagking here in the US. Wanted to get the Ubuntu one, but couldn't justify the DOUBLE price and then the shipping.

I got it in the red.

- CH

Jim!
April 27th, 2008, 12:27 PM
I have the a sony VAIO laptop bag that came with my laptop. It looks nice but one of clips broke way to easily... It could of just been that I got an unlucky bag but It could also just mean they suck...

Sunflower1970
April 27th, 2008, 03:22 PM
I have a Swissgear backpack. It's called the Synergy. Did a lot of shopping around before I chose it. I ended up buying it off of Amazon.com because it was cheaper than buying it at a local store. Here's the link to it: http://www.amazon.com/SYNERGY-SwissGear-Wenger-Computer-Backpack/dp/B0007CIX1O/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1209305441&sr=8-1