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Laptop Bags for 17-inch Macbook Pro

Laptop Bags for 17-inch Macbook Pro

I have an addiction to laptop bags. I’m not sure why, but no matter how many I have, I’m still always looking for the perfect bag: the bag that isn’t too big, but fits all my stuff. The bag that’s nice looking and let’s me organize things in a way that makes sense. I’ve come close, but I think perfection will always elude me.

Now that I’m a Mac user, my quest for the perfect laptop bag has been made more complicated: many bags that say they fit “most” 17-inch laptops do not fit my Macbook Pro. I learned this the hard way after falling in love with the OGIO Epic backpack. This bag is so big, you could fit a small child in there with room to spare – but the special side-loading laptop slot that comes with tons of fabulous padding is about a half-inch too short for my Macbook Pro.

OGIO Epic - 17" MBP FAIL

OGIO Epic - A 17" MBP EPIC FAIL

I was utterly beside myself with with the possibilities of the oasis of pockets and pouches – and organizational dream come true! And sturdy? You could take this thing backpacking in the Himalayas and it would outlast you – with a lifetime warranty to boot!

But alas – no joy once I tried to fit it into the side-loading slot.To be very clear, so there is no confusion, the OGIO Epic Laptop Backpack DOES NOT fit the 17″ Macbook Pro.

I used it for a month or so anyway, unwilling to divorce myself from the temptation of a place for everything, and everything in it’s place, but instead of using the slot for the laptop, I had to put my MBP in the large main compartment, next to my gym shoes and other crap – completely defeating the purpose of paying for a laptop backpack instead of a regular school backpack.

The stupid thing about the OGIO Epic is that the bag itself is tall enough – they just didn’t make the laptop pocket tall enough. It would have been perfect, if a bit large. I commute 4.5 hours a day, by bus and then subway and then walking, then the same in reverse to get home. I had wanted a larger pack so I could bring a change of clothes with me for bellydance and/or kung-fu classes. If the laptop slot had been just a half-inch taller, I would have finally found my laptop promised land.

Realizing I didn’t want to lug around a giant pack if it wasn’t even going to be able to be used for what I wanted, I started looking around for yet another backpack. I should mention that because of all the walking I have to do in New York City to commute every day, a backpack style bag was necessary. I’ve tried messenger style bags, and although I like them more, my shoulder just can’t handle the weight.

This time, I sat down and did a lot of research (as I would normally do – I had seen the OGIO in Best Buy while in there buying a router to try and fix my stupid %@#!&^% Airport problem.)

I checked the Tom Bihn website, which has a nice variety of interesting bags that will absolutely fit the 17″ Macbook Pro, but nothing there really rocks my socks. I also checked Brenthaven, but the backpack I was interested in was not available for 17″. Bastards.

Ebags.Com is a fabulous site, by the way. They carry such a large range of products, and most have fairly detailed customer reviews, so it really gives you a good idea of what you’re getting into. Even if you don’t buy your bag from them, its a great place to research.

I checked dozens of Mac forums and read probably hundreds of reviews on eBags.Com, and finally came across a bag I liked. I was able to confirm from at least one Mac forum post that it did in fact fit the 17″ Macbook Pro, so I decided to give it a shot.

The bag I had found was the STM Large Convertible, which sounds more like a sports car than a backpack. What I immediately liked about it was the fact that it could switch back and forth from messenger-bag to backpack – which is perfect for me. I can use it as a backpack when I’m commuting, and switch it over to shoulder-bag style when I’m presenting at conferences, etc. And the backpack straps can actually tuck away from view, making it look like a traditional shoulder-bag. (This was less important to me, but a nice perk.)

My price range for laptop bags was in the range of $80-$180, but could be convinced to spend more if I found something truly exceptional. The STM laptop ended up running about $80, and I found it on eBay in brand new condition for about $15 less. So I not only found a bag that looked incredibly promising, but I actually undershot my budget. Woo.

After a week of impatiently waiting (and shooting my OGIO looks of disgust and disappointment when I thought it wasn’t looking) my STM arrived. Its easily half the size of the OGIO, depth-wise, but my Macbook Pro slid easily into the laptop sleeve inside the bag. The flap cover closed just fine. It did, indeed, fit like a glove.

I really like this bag – here’s my take:

Pros

  • Small profile, easy to commute with
  • Fits the 17″ Macbook Pro perfectly
  • Converts from shoulder bag to backpack
  • Comes with phone/ipod pouch on the shoulder strap (although I never remember to use it)
  • Very sturdy construction
  • Nice weight distribution – my laptop feels lighter than it is when it’s on my back

Cons

  • Smaller (which is also a ‘pro’, so take that for what its worth)
  • Straps are a tad thinner than I prefer – they do not rub or chafe though
  • Not as many pockets or compartments as I’d like – which is to be expected considering the small profile

On a final note, I would have preferred the STM use snaps or buckle fasteners instead of Velcro. While Velcro is super-handy (I love it, honestly!), I have a dog, and my dog sheds a lot. Within 10 minutes of the bag being in my house, the Velcro was matted with white dog hair. The Velcro still works fine, but it looks kinda yucky with all the hair in it.

If the STM Large Convertible isn’t your style, or if you need something roomier, check out this post on the Macrumors forums for more suggestions for bags that will fit your 17″ MBP. I found it very helpful in my research.

I don’t know that a perfect laptop bag exists – at least not for me. Sometimes I want slim and low-profile, other times I need something with considerably more room.

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  • Felix

    Thank you for posting this. I am on the hunt for a new bag for my 17 inch macbook pro. Definitely a plus to find the resources you posted.

  • Felix

    Thank you for posting this. I am on the hunt for a new bag for my 17 inch macbook pro. Definitely a plus to find the resources you posted.

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Hi Felix – thanks for commenting! Please do share your own experience when you decide on a bag!

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Hi Felix – thanks for commenting! Please do share your own experience when you decide on a bag!

  • Jeff Saxe

    Thanks for describing your experiences. I just got a lovely new MBP 17 (thank you, employer!!), and it did not fit in the very nice, widely-available SwissGear “Yale” model backpack I had before and loved. Barely didn’t fit, but clearly didn’t — the corners would have been constantly straining to poke through the fabric around the zipper.

    I looked at some of the options you linked to, and I agree eBags.com is a great site. They even have a “find which bags fit my laptop” search feature… nicely programmed. Anyway, I went to my local Staples office supply store, and they have a new set of backpacks from SwissGear. I brought the MacBook in with me, and the only one that fit was the model called Pegasus. It fit the 17″ easily (in fact, with probably another inch to spare), and the rest of it is organized well, and it looks decent, too. (Some of the models look very busy — I’m not an outdoorsman and I’m 20 years out of college, so perhaps I need some maturity?) Good fabric choices, excellent zippers (I hate sticky zippers), good pockets. The only thing I didn’t care for was the strap and clasp to clip the two shoulder straps together across the chest. I’m not going on a 5-mile hike, just walking from car to office or client. But I can always rip out the stiches, cut that off, and stick it in a drawer. Their Web site…

    http://www.staples.com/office/supplies/p4_Wenger-Pegasus-Laptop-Backpack_158374_Business_Supplies_0_10051_SC1:CG20:CL142745#ReviewHeader

    …shows it to be about $100, but the price at the retail store was about $90.

    Anyway, thanks again for the research. Your site is very attractive.

  • Jeff Saxe

    Thanks for describing your experiences. I just got a lovely new MBP 17 (thank you, employer!!), and it did not fit in the very nice, widely-available SwissGear “Yale” model backpack I had before and loved. Barely didn’t fit, but clearly didn’t — the corners would have been constantly straining to poke through the fabric around the zipper.

    I looked at some of the options you linked to, and I agree eBags.com is a great site. They even have a “find which bags fit my laptop” search feature… nicely programmed. Anyway, I went to my local Staples office supply store, and they have a new set of backpacks from SwissGear. I brought the MacBook in with me, and the only one that fit was the model called Pegasus. It fit the 17″ easily (in fact, with probably another inch to spare), and the rest of it is organized well, and it looks decent, too. (Some of the models look very busy — I’m not an outdoorsman and I’m 20 years out of college, so perhaps I need some maturity?) Good fabric choices, excellent zippers (I hate sticky zippers), good pockets. The only thing I didn’t care for was the strap and clasp to clip the two shoulder straps together across the chest. I’m not going on a 5-mile hike, just walking from car to office or client. But I can always rip out the stiches, cut that off, and stick it in a drawer. Their Web site…

    http://www.staples.com/office/supplies/p4_Wenger-Pegasus-Laptop-Backpack_158374_Business_Supplies_0_10051_SC1:CG20:CL142745#ReviewHeader

    …shows it to be about $100, but the price at the retail store was about $90.

    Anyway, thanks again for the research. Your site is very attractive.

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post with such great details! Looks like you found a nice one!

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post with such great details! Looks like you found a nice one!

  • Randy Hsiao

    Wow, great post, thanks! I’ve been researching to find a backpack for my 17″ MBP as well, since I’ll actually be carrying it from place to place for work now. The STM L. Convertible and SwissGear Pegasus are on my finalists list. I was also interested in the following two… until I read about their major flaws:

    Brenthaven Pro 15/17 (http://www.brenthaven.com/catalog-apple-pro-15-17.html) – easy to slide laptop in and out, but, as an Amazon reviewer has spoken from painful personal experience, if the bag is ever dropped upside down, even if just for a few inches, you can expect to pay dearly to repair the computer.

    Booq Mamba (http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-sleeves_2/17mbp/Mamba-Pack-black) – cheapest (though MSRP still at $135) and slimmest profile of Booq backpacks (looks the best as well, IMHO), and I really like the brightly colored interiors for identifying contents more easily, but the shoulder straps are so flimsily attached to the bag that carrying any decent amount of weight for an extended period of time can lead to some disastrous “backpack malfunction.”

    Right now I’m leaning toward the Axio Hybrid XL (http://www.axio-usa.com/hybridxl_black.html). It’s ginormous, and probably won’t fit underneath that seat in front of me on a flight (I can only afford to fly coach). On the other hand, I’ll be on more road trips than flights, and this bag can double as my travel bag. I also love the design and the semi-rigidness (stands in that shape even without any content). It’s not that cheap though, $136 on Amazon.

    I’m pretty torn. The L. Convertible and Hybrid XL are obviously at the extremes, so I can see myself owning both for the different occasions. Or I could go with the all-purpose, middle-of-the-road Pegasus, which is also the most economical ($56.99 on Amazon). It just lacks some in the coolness factor. Can’t decide.

  • Randy Hsiao

    Wow, great post, thanks! I’ve been researching to find a backpack for my 17″ MBP as well, since I’ll actually be carrying it from place to place for work now. The STM L. Convertible and SwissGear Pegasus are on my finalists list. I was also interested in the following two… until I read about their major flaws:

    Brenthaven Pro 15/17 (http://www.brenthaven.com/catalog-apple-pro-15-17.html) – easy to slide laptop in and out, but, as an Amazon reviewer has spoken from painful personal experience, if the bag is ever dropped upside down, even if just for a few inches, you can expect to pay dearly to repair the computer.

    Booq Mamba (http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-sleeves_2/17mbp/Mamba-Pack-black) – cheapest (though MSRP still at $135) and slimmest profile of Booq backpacks (looks the best as well, IMHO), and I really like the brightly colored interiors for identifying contents more easily, but the shoulder straps are so flimsily attached to the bag that carrying any decent amount of weight for an extended period of time can lead to some disastrous “backpack malfunction.”

    Right now I’m leaning toward the Axio Hybrid XL (http://www.axio-usa.com/hybridxl_black.html). It’s ginormous, and probably won’t fit underneath that seat in front of me on a flight (I can only afford to fly coach). On the other hand, I’ll be on more road trips than flights, and this bag can double as my travel bag. I also love the design and the semi-rigidness (stands in that shape even without any content). It’s not that cheap though, $136 on Amazon.

    I’m pretty torn. The L. Convertible and Hybrid XL are obviously at the extremes, so I can see myself owning both for the different occasions. Or I could go with the all-purpose, middle-of-the-road Pegasus, which is also the most economical ($56.99 on Amazon). It just lacks some in the coolness factor. Can’t decide.

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Hi Randy – thanks so much for taking the time to detail your own research. It’s always tough to make a blanket recommendation, which is why I try to be clear about what I’m looking for and why. I’m still in love with the L Convertible, but there are times (weekend trips, especially) when I use the OGIO so I don’t have to carry two bags. Still wish they had been smart enough to make the damn slot bigger though – that would buy me more interior room. I wrote them a letter, and they suggested I take it back. I explained that I might, but that they might suggest making the compartment an inch taller next time.

    My vote would be to get both if you can afford it. I really like having options, especially when traveling :) I absolutely WILL NOT check my laptop in as luggage on a plane, so the slim profile works great there – but if its a car trip, being able to stuff most of my junk+laptop into one larger bag makes things easier.

    With the L Convertible, I can definitely fit the stuff I need for work. Laptop, a few notebooks, lunch (although the cup-o-soup style containers get a little mashed sometimes in the front pocket), as well as the requisite pens, business cards, lipstick (although I don’t imagine you’ll need that), even a pair of shoes, and other stuff. It’s a perfect bag for commuting, but if I want to take a class after work that entails changing clothes, I will likely have to being a separate bag. Or wear very small clothes :)

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Hi Randy – thanks so much for taking the time to detail your own research. It’s always tough to make a blanket recommendation, which is why I try to be clear about what I’m looking for and why. I’m still in love with the L Convertible, but there are times (weekend trips, especially) when I use the OGIO so I don’t have to carry two bags. Still wish they had been smart enough to make the damn slot bigger though – that would buy me more interior room. I wrote them a letter, and they suggested I take it back. I explained that I might, but that they might suggest making the compartment an inch taller next time.

    My vote would be to get both if you can afford it. I really like having options, especially when traveling :) I absolutely WILL NOT check my laptop in as luggage on a plane, so the slim profile works great there – but if its a car trip, being able to stuff most of my junk+laptop into one larger bag makes things easier.

    With the L Convertible, I can definitely fit the stuff I need for work. Laptop, a few notebooks, lunch (although the cup-o-soup style containers get a little mashed sometimes in the front pocket), as well as the requisite pens, business cards, lipstick (although I don’t imagine you’ll need that), even a pair of shoes, and other stuff. It’s a perfect bag for commuting, but if I want to take a class after work that entails changing clothes, I will likely have to being a separate bag. Or wear very small clothes :)

  • http://DeviMultimedia.com/ Devi

    Thanks for the feedback. I am constantly searching for the right back and think I have the same addiction to laptop bags. My delimna is finding one that fits 17″ MacBook, has tonnes of pockets, I like the hybrid messenger/backpack option, sturdiness, waterproof in the sense that the top will cover my laptop or zip over and definitely style without being too chunky looking but can old some stuff… maybe that’s too much to ask for…

    I am looking at the bbp bags… look it up

  • http://DeviMultimedia.com Devi

    Thanks for the feedback. I am constantly searching for the right back and think I have the same addiction to laptop bags. My delimna is finding one that fits 17″ MacBook, has tonnes of pockets, I like the hybrid messenger/backpack option, sturdiness, waterproof in the sense that the top will cover my laptop or zip over and definitely style without being too chunky looking but can old some stuff… maybe that’s too much to ask for…

    I am looking at the bbp bags… look it up

  • http://maclawran.ca/ Sean

    The crumpler beerback has been my constant companion for years now… and all across the country (by train) many times…. and you can get your macbook out of the bag from it’s closed state in less than 10 seconds… just because of the way the bag is designed.

    Downside, won’t hold much else (like overnight clothes… no)… socks and underwear and toiletries on the outside, yes, plus power cord and friends..

    http://www.cravedweasel.com/catalogs/catalog.asp?prodid=3683659
    .-= Sean´s last blog ..Doing well by Doing good =-.

  • http://maclawran.ca Sean

    The crumpler beerback has been my constant companion for years now… and all across the country (by train) many times…. and you can get your macbook out of the bag from it’s closed state in less than 10 seconds… just because of the way the bag is designed.

    Downside, won’t hold much else (like overnight clothes… no)… socks and underwear and toiletries on the outside, yes, plus power cord and friends..

    http://www.cravedweasel.com/catalogs/catalog.asp?prodid=3683659
    .-= Sean´s last blog ..Doing well by Doing good =-.

  • http://www.dollsbags.com/ Louise

    There are some really nice floral laptop bags for women here: http://www.dollsbags.com/index-categoryID-DollsBags-Laptop-Brief-Bags-218.htm?categoryID=218 I got the Alkanet Blooms floral bag for my macbook.

  • http://www.dollsbags.com Louise

    There are some really nice floral laptop bags for women here: http://www.dollsbags.com/index-categoryID-DollsBags-Laptop-Brief-Bags-218.htm?categoryID=218 I got the Alkanet Blooms floral bag for my macbook.

  • http://www.thelisteningblog.com/ AJ Harbison

    Thanks for this post! I’m going to be buying a 17-inch MacBook Pro as soon as Snow Leopard comes standard, and I’m looking for a bag to get along with it. The STM large convertible looks really good, so I think I may order it, and I don’t know that I would have found it without reading this article. So thank you!

    Sincerely,
    AJ Harbison
    .-= AJ Harbison´s last blog ..“Rhapsody and Rapture”: Pacific Symphony Concert =-.

  • http://www.thelisteningblog.com AJ Harbison

    Thanks for this post! I’m going to be buying a 17-inch MacBook Pro as soon as Snow Leopard comes standard, and I’m looking for a bag to get along with it. The STM large convertible looks really good, so I think I may order it, and I don’t know that I would have found it without reading this article. So thank you!

    Sincerely,
    AJ Harbison
    .-= AJ Harbison´s last blog ..“Rhapsody and Rapture”: Pacific Symphony Concert =-.

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Glad to hear it, AJ :) I still use my STM Convertible every single day and I love it just as much now as when I first got it. Its a great choice for a low-profile bag :)

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Glad to hear it, AJ :) I still use my STM Convertible every single day and I love it just as much now as when I first got it. Its a great choice for a low-profile bag :)

  • J Wyatt

    This post was a treasure to find. After spending about a month roving the internet looking for the perfect MBP 17″ bag, It came down to two companies for me – Spire and STM. I ended up going with the Spire Mojo messenger bag, because it was on clearance direct from the Spire website (www.spireusa.com). These guys have shown me amazing customer service, and even better the bag fits a 17″ MBP PERFECTLY. No adjustment needed, my 17″ MBP slipped right into the laptop compartment with a perfect snug fit. There is extra padding in the bottom of the laptop compartment, more than the amount of padding found on most other bags – especially the ones you would find in Staples or some other office supply store (ex. Swiss, Ogio, Northface, etc). The bag is slightly larger than most messengers because it has to hold the 17″ laptop of course, has room for several books/binders as well as all the computer accessories you could want. It has a mesh exterior pocket for a water bottle, which you can actually fit 2 standard size water bottles in if you want. No velcro (yay!) it has buckles instead which feel very durable and are fairly large. It has the “third leg” waist strap. If you want a bookbag they also have 3 different styles to choose from, and based on my experience with the Mojo the bookbags should also provide a perfect fit for the MBP 17″. All of the straps, buckles and outer material feel extremely durable and the material is very lightweight. The Spire Mojo is not a low profile bag, it is more for someone that has a lot of knick-knacks. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that only wants to carry their laptop and a few papers or just one notebook and a pen.
    Heads up for anyone that takes a look at their bookbags – the bookbags require the use of a sort of heavyweight sleeve to put your laptop in which then slips into the bookbag itself. The messenger bags do not require the additional sleeve.
    The only downside is that each of their bags only comes in one or two color combinations.

  • J Wyatt

    This post was a treasure to find. After spending about a month roving the internet looking for the perfect MBP 17″ bag, It came down to two companies for me – Spire and STM. I ended up going with the Spire Mojo messenger bag, because it was on clearance direct from the Spire website (www.spireusa.com). These guys have shown me amazing customer service, and even better the bag fits a 17″ MBP PERFECTLY. No adjustment needed, my 17″ MBP slipped right into the laptop compartment with a perfect snug fit. There is extra padding in the bottom of the laptop compartment, more than the amount of padding found on most other bags – especially the ones you would find in Staples or some other office supply store (ex. Swiss, Ogio, Northface, etc). The bag is slightly larger than most messengers because it has to hold the 17″ laptop of course, has room for several books/binders as well as all the computer accessories you could want. It has a mesh exterior pocket for a water bottle, which you can actually fit 2 standard size water bottles in if you want. No velcro (yay!) it has buckles instead which feel very durable and are fairly large. It has the “third leg” waist strap. If you want a bookbag they also have 3 different styles to choose from, and based on my experience with the Mojo the bookbags should also provide a perfect fit for the MBP 17″. All of the straps, buckles and outer material feel extremely durable and the material is very lightweight. The Spire Mojo is not a low profile bag, it is more for someone that has a lot of knick-knacks. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that only wants to carry their laptop and a few papers or just one notebook and a pen.
    Heads up for anyone that takes a look at their bookbags – the bookbags require the use of a sort of heavyweight sleeve to put your laptop in which then slips into the bookbag itself. The messenger bags do not require the additional sleeve.
    The only downside is that each of their bags only comes in one or two color combinations.

  • Brian Lewis

    Awesome post. Thanks. Another laptop bag fanatic and now I’m a huge fan of STM. I just picked up the 17 backpack “Rogue” (http://www.stmbags.com.au/products.php?id=21&name=large_rogue_17&category=backpacks) from Ebags and I just love it. The protection for the laptop is unique because of the stealthy way the pocket is designed. You can open the pack in public and no one would ever know there is a laptop in there. It carries very comfortably and the organizational pockets are perfect for day to day carry. Not a huge fan of the color but I do get a lot of compliments on the bag.

  • Brian Lewis

    Awesome post. Thanks. Another laptop bag fanatic and now I’m a huge fan of STM. I just picked up the 17 backpack “Rogue” (http://www.stmbags.com.au/products.php?id=21&name=large_rogue_17&category=backpacks) from Ebags and I just love it. The protection for the laptop is unique because of the stealthy way the pocket is designed. You can open the pack in public and no one would ever know there is a laptop in there. It carries very comfortably and the organizational pockets are perfect for day to day carry. Not a huge fan of the color but I do get a lot of compliments on the bag.

  • http://www.mywebbags.com ckfeng

    I looked at some of the options you linked to, and I agree is a Chanel A01112 great site. They even have a “find which bags fit my laptop” search feature… nicely programmed. Anyway, I went to my local Staples office supply store, and they have a new set of backpacks from SwissGear. I brought the MacBook in with me, and the only one that fit was the model called Pegasus. It fit the 17″ easily (in fact, with probably another inch to spare), and the rest of it is organized well, and it looks decent, too. (Some of the models look very busy — I'm not an outdoorsman and I'm 20 years out of college, so perhaps I need some maturity?) Good fabric choices, excellent zippers (I hate sticky zippers), good pockets. The only thing I didn't care for was the strap and clasp to clip the two shoulder straps together across the chest. I'm not going on a 5-mile hike, just walking from car to office or client. But I can always rip out the stiches, cut that off, and stick it in a drawer. Their Web site…

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Excellent – thanks so much for sharing your experience with us :) I never really expected so many people to read this post, but I still get emails from people thanking me. It's a shame that finding a good laptop bag for a MBP is still such an act of congress. Maybe I should create a website…. hmmm…. :D

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Excellent – thanks so much for sharing your experience with us :) I never really expected so many people to read this post, but I still get emails from people thanking me. It's a shame that finding a good laptop bag for a MBP is still such an act of congress. Maybe I should create a website…. hmmm…. :D

  • dshuang

    Great article. I'm planning to purchase that STM 17″ bag now and give it a try.

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  • Al Kealoha

    I especially liked the style of your article! I too am looking for the perfect 17″ Macbook Pro case but not in a backpack. I'll take all your suggestions like the macrumors forum..wish me luck!

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Keep in mind that the one I picked ALSO functions as a shoulder-strap bag. The ability to switch back and forth was one of the things I liked best about it.

  • Alfred

    Thanks for the thoughtful post. Just ordered one.

  • http://www.snipe.net snipe

    Let me know how you like it :)

  • Wizard1399

    Dude. You must not read so well. I check the link for the OGIO and under the laptop compartment dimensions spec it states that the dimensions are 16.5″ x 11″ x 2″. Definitely won’t fit a 17″ Mac book pro. Always check the specs people, you will save yourself a lot of heartache and headache by doing so.

    • http://www.snipe.net snipe

      “Dude”, it was specifically labeled as a 17″ laptop case. I was in the store, and didn’t have specs handy. How silly of me to assume that a 17″ laptop case would actually be, you know, 17″.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.mcguire Megan McGuire

    Thanks for sharing all of your research!

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