Should I get a Laptop Backpack?

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  1. Marinebio444

    Marinebio444 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I agree with anotherusername; I HIGHLY doubt that the instance of laptop theft is greater at college than it is anywhere else; regardless, I'm not going to be leaving my laptop, in it's bag, anywhere that isn't within hand's reach, so the chances of my laptop specifically getting stolen because it has an HP logo on its bag aren't very high. And in the case that my laptop is stolen, I have LoJack installed, so I'm pretty sure I'm safe. I think your reasoning is verging on paranoia to be perfectly honest...
     
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    danishh Notebook Consultant

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    I did undergrad in montreal and took summer courses in ottawa, toronto, and boston. My personal experience says ~10% of students will have a laptop stolen. Most common case is they put their bag down, look down a minute later and it's gone, but in boston i had a friend carrying a targus case actually get mugged/cornered for it.

    Dont ever look like you're carrying a laptop. It's stupid.
     
  3. Type 100

    Type 100 Notebook Enthusiast

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    +1 on avoiding any backpack with overt "this bag carries a laptop" messaging.

    My current laptop backpack is a Deuter Giga. I used it for a couple of years before I ever got a laptop, but it always had a zippered laptop compartment that'll swallow any notebook up to 15.2". From the outside, you could pass it off as a typical college student's rucksack with mesh bottle pockets on the sides - which is what I like about it.

    Here's the exact color of my Giga.
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    Deuter sells other variants of the classic Giga design - there's a Giga Office and a Giga Flat, for instance. Mine takes care of my HP dv4 pretty nicely.

    There's a waist belt and a sternum strap for those of you who like the hiking backpack kind of feel. They're both held on by snap buckles. I took off the waist belt on mine.
     
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    Marinebio444 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'll be attending college in a wealthy suburb of Miami. I HIGHLY doubt that I'll be cornered/mugged for a bag that may or may not have a laptop in it. I'm still saying your reasoning is paranoid.
     
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    contradude Notebook Consultant

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    The other poster is just trying to keep you safe. I also agree that you should be fine, provided that you keep an eye on the bag and don't go anywhere weird while wearing it (ghetto, etc.)

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  6. NotEnoughMinerals

    NotEnoughMinerals Notebook Deity

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    Things like Targus should be fine. Just don't go overboard with something super branded like Slappa/Alienware/Razer type bags that just yell out that you have some tech on you. I would not say about 10% of laptops are stolen, maybe 3-4% and most are the user's fault for not keeping an eye on their stuff.

    I use a High Sierra Stretch.
     
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    HottSushiz Notebook Consultant

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    I see that people are just trying to keep you safe and yes it's likely that people tend to target bags that look like it's carrying a laptop such as Alienware bags. But I've used my Alienware bag to carry my Asus G73 for a year around school and nothing has been stolen from it. I'm a forgetful type. I've left my bag on a table at the library and outside on a chair and it has been fine. My school isn't the safest school and stuff has been stolen before.

    But don't let brand or look of the laptop bag affect your choice. If you really want a alienware go for it. Just you know. Keep it in reach and don't be forget like me:D
     
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    And we're still saying theft can happen. Anywhere. You can't account for other people's behavior, so might as well control what you can.

    It's your laptop, your backpack, your money, your call. All we're doing is provide you choices and explaining why we chose them.

    Enjoy yours.
     
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