Best Laptop Backpack: TLS Professional Slim Review

Like all products in the favored TLS series, there are a number of popular uses for those traveling frequently with laptop computers. What I appreciate most is the standard of solid padding, but beyond that, I had never tested one of their gear items.

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack
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eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

  • Fabric/Polyester.
  • Guaranteed for life under the eBags Lifetime Warranty.
  • Uber organized with fully padded laptop and tablet compartments.
  • Crush-proof AC adaptor garage and zippered water bottle pocket.
  • Easily converts from backpack to briefcase.

The fully padded and lockable laptop compartment of the TLS Professional Slim Backpack became a great way to protect my computer from eager thieves’ fingers. Positioned at the bottom for better load balancing, the compartment is protected and well-placed.

There are contoured backpack straps for those that like to wear it as a backpack. While I am the last person to use them (yes, I am looking at you traveler with the big backpack that swings it around knocking people over unknowingly in the process), it is certainly an option.

I found it easy to simply swing this bag over my rollaboard bag, which looks more professional and businesslike, in my opinion. The side handle (in addition to a top handle) make this easily possible, and since the zipper opens from the side and the top, it is easy to access the latpop in a jiffy.

Surprisingly, there is limited storage space for other items when a laptop is carried. Perhaps, just enough for a few magazines, charging cables, and some books. But, for many, that is the highlight of this bag, as it is not bulky.

Another great feature is the mesh padding on the back that allows the skin to “breathe” even when the bag is flush against you. No sweaty backs here when running through the airport.

Those with smaller laptops may find that the compartment is too large to secure a computer without it moving around. However, my ThinkPad is just over 15 inches and fits well.

For me, this bag complements my normal carry-on rolling bag well. It is available from Ebags for just over $100 or on Amazon.

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