6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2009 12:54 PM by bobslee
KTompkins Level 1 (0 points)

I recently purchased a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and I am wondering what are the best and most reliable backpack brands for transporting my computer.

I will be a college student next year, so I will be carrying books and other materials in my backpack as well.

Thanks for your advice.

MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Brand New!
  • ArnsteinK Level 1 (10 points)
    I have the Oakley Flak Pack, and I love it! It's really made for the 15", but if you use Incase or any other protectors for your Macbook, then it will fit perfectly! Unfortunately, when I use my Incase, it just about doesn't fit.
  • Cbenton1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Get the incase Neoprene sleeve for your computer, and then any mid-range, durable backpack will do!
  • 1grandidle1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I use both an Incase sleeve and nylon sling backpack. Be careful advertising around campus that you have an expensive notebook inside a nice backpack!
  • Cbenton1 Level 1 (15 points)
    1grandidle1 is right -- which is why a neoprene incase sleeve with a NORMAL looking, (still quality/durable) backpack is the way to go!
  • a brody Level 9 (65,405 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!
    Whichever backpack you get make sure:

    1. The computer is padded with at least an inch of foam padding on all 6 sides.
    2. The straps are set so that not matter what you put in your bag, your back does not hurt lifting it up.
    3. Test your bag with some books of a typical weight to see if it might get too heavy.
    4. Make sure the books and power adapter are OUTSIDE the foam protection.
    5. Make sure that the screen has no chance of jamming into the keyboard.
    6. Shut down your Mac before transporting it. There have been reports of closed lids still resulting in a Mac waking from sleep, and overheating the Mac. Also the potential exist that a jarring action if it is awake unknowingly to cause a hard drive head crash. While normally it shouldn't happen since the sudden motion sensor can prevent such things, it isn't a perfect means of preventive medicine.
    7. Don't let any loose filaments or pencil lead, or other small particles get inside the foam cover. Clear it carefully of all debris when removing the notebook.
    8. Always lay the backpack so that the computer is on top of any books, and not underneath them, as the pressure might be enough to get through the foam, and hurt the computer.
    9. Make sure the bag is never left unattended for even a second, unless you are in a secure place that only you have access to. Same with the notebook.
    10. Don't make it obvious that it is a computer bag. Black bags are especially obvious.

    Good luck!
  • bobslee Level 1 (0 points)
    My 2 cents:
    "Best backpack for 13-inch MacBook (not 15 or 17-inch)" <http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2113091&tstart=15>