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Posted: 6/19/2014 8:32:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 8:42:13 AM EST by godzillamax]
I'm a desk jockey (analyst) and spend the better part of my day on a laptop doing my work. I attend a few meetings each week and usually bring my laptop with me for presentations or access to documents. For over a decade I've carried my laptop and working files with me in a laptop-type bag with a single shoulder strap. Fewer and fewer of the professionals I encounter these days use a briefcase (more common with the attorneys I work with). But what I notice is gaining in popularity are professionals carrying their stuff in a school-style backpacks. It just seems out of place to me so see people in suits or office attire with a backpack on. For those of you who work in an office setting, and carry a laptop with you, what type of tote do you use?

Laptop bag (with shoulder strap)
Laptop bag (wheel-based that gets pulled)
Trendy leather murse

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Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:33:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 8:34:05 AM EST by Peally23]
Laptop bag or just carry it in the open. That being said I'm always on site so I don't need to cart crap around all over town. Backpack may work but depending on the field it might seem a little 'tarded looking.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:34:46 AM EST
I have a nice satchel from Tumi I use. Looks professional and Indiana Jones carried one.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:34:59 AM EST
IBTP! I use a single strap laptop bag
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:35:19 AM EST

Messenger bag FTW.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:37:04 AM EST
I use a backpack. utility over looks
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:37:07 AM EST
Laptop bag with single shoulder strap.

Backpacks are for walking or school kids.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:37:20 AM EST
Laptop backpack
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:38:40 AM EST
I use a backpack, but no one in my field wears suits, so there's that.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:39:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By maddmatt:
Laptop backpack
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yup same here
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:39:21 AM EST
i dont use use a tote, i keep extra chargers at strategic locations.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:40:02 AM EST
Backpack. Mine is a TNF Surge.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:40:13 AM EST
School type backpack.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:40:39 AM EST
laptop backpack
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:41:32 AM EST
I use one of these neoprene covered things, I don't have to carry a charger or anything so it works for me.

It has something like a cafeteria tray built in so it does offer protection if dropped.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:42:11 AM EST
Been pulling a laptop around for 13 years...fuck carrying a 6 pound laptop on my shoulder.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:43:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 8:44:21 AM EST by Torf]
Laptop bag with wheels. It doubles as my carry-on for trips not exceeding 3 days.

I don't take my laptop off the docking station often though. That is why God invented RDP.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:43:41 AM EST

Or use the handle.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:43:57 AM EST
I used to go through a laptop case or bag every two or three years until I bought one of these:

Timbuk2. They tend towards some serious carnival barker, double soy mochalattachino, I'm-so-secure-in-my-manhood-that-I-wear-a-tutu colors, but they also make fairly plain ones.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:46:06 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Deadeye675:
I use a backpack. utility over looks
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I traded a traditional laptop case with a shoulder strap for a backpack about a year ago and never looked back.

Function before form every time.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:46:28 AM EST
Leather two pocket briefcase / laptop bag. Smaller pockets in front for cards, cords, etc. Lots of room and sturdy as hell for getting beat up on airplanes every week, but nice enough to carry into meetings with execs.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:50:28 AM EST
Just a standard laptop bag with a shoulder strap. Large enough to fit a few file folders, note books, etc., but small enough to fit under the seat in front of me.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:52:27 AM EST
I suppose my laptop bag is technically a "murse" by the definitions laid out in the poll.

I have a macbook air that I put in one of those neoprene sleeves then put it in a green canvas messenger bag with all my other rocketman day trip travel shit.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:53:29 AM EST
Mine's a combo laptop bag/briefcase with shoulder strap. Zips open down the middle to separate the laptop compartment from the rest for airport xrays.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:54:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 8:57:32 AM EST by Python00]
No so pretty anymore, but has been the warhorse for 10+years, watertight, will float, I have not sat on it but I would say 200lb will not hurt it.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:55:52 AM EST
I use a cheap book bag. It works.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:56:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 8:56:51 AM EST by HardShell]
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:58:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 9:01:36 AM EST by Tzuriz]
I currently use a backpack-style laptop bag. While it has functioned just fine, I don't particularly like it because I don't think it looks "profeshnul enough" (not that anybody where I work cares, but that is beside the point). I'll eventually replace it with a leather bag or some other messenger-style laptop bag.

ETA: I don't travel for work, so my usage is just from the car to my office building and back. If I had to lug it around much further than that, then I'd consider keeping the backpack...it is fairly comfortable.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:00:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 9:01:36 AM EST by notrega]
I use a Targus Drifter II Backpack. I am in a shirt & tie environment.

Amazon Link - $68

I got mine at WalMart for $49

It holds all my crap and then some. I carry
- Work laptop (17" Widescreen Dell)
- Chromebook
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Chargers for both
- Wireless mouse
- Extra phone charger
- Sweatshirt
- Pullover rain jacket
- Snacks
- Small first aid kit
- Pocket knife
- Flashlight
- Extra medication

It has room to spare to drop a pistol in with spare magazines. It doesn't scream tactical, I got a gun in here.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:00:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 9:01:21 AM EST by notrega]
Double tap
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:04:47 AM EST
School ype backpack with laptop pocket/section. I also carry my lunch or whatever else I need to carry that day. Much better than a one-dimensional laptop bag.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:05:16 AM EST
I use this one, but it doesn't have the NRA logo on it and I took the 3 external bags off:

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:12:33 AM EST

Eagle Industries Courier bag.

Lap top + other stuff. And a few spare mags normally.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:12:44 AM EST
I use a laptop bag, and I'm going to switch to a backpack.

The laptop bag gets tight with peripherals and an electric screwdriver.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:13:07 AM EST
Uncle Mike's briefcase with shoulder strap.
Also holds M92 PAP and a couple 30-round mags.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:15:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 9:16:34 AM EST by ziegenbock]
I'm old fashion..I carry it in my hand, with pc (power cord) rolled up.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:21:33 AM EST
I just got a new Dell Precision laptop that weighs a ton. I had to move to a backpack, and find it's a lot more functional.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:22:53 AM EST
I use a Filson padded laptop bag.

Had it for 14 years, been all around the US & overseas, and it still looks new.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:24:09 AM EST
you need an option for "laptop style backpack". you know.. one with a laptop sleeve and a million pockets?
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:25:22 AM EST
Backpack made for a laptop (padded, with an inner sleeve, etc) or sometimes just a simple neoprene sleeve case.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:25:27 AM EST

Was $40 at Sam's Club 4 years ago. Has a bunch of other work related gear in it too and has held up VERY well.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:29:41 AM EST
Work in business casual atmosphere(ie. data centers) daily. Have been through 2 laptop bags and am currently eyeing this. I would stick w/ the laptop bag if I were in a strictly professional atmosphere though. All depends on where you're going.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:30:41 AM EST
Company issued a targus backpack with out laptop.

Free, so I use it.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:34:35 AM EST
I carry it in the open mostly. I do have a laptop bag in case I travel, Brown leather with a shoulder strap. If someone yanks it out of my hands and runs off, they won't make it through the hard drive password, the windows password, the desktop password, the VPN password, or the server password to get any good information.

I carry a laptop or tablet so I don't need 5,000 papers and binders. A bag is pointless unless you need a place for your gum, reports, personal water supply, backup food, moisturizer, power chord, iPad power chord, iPhone power chord, etc.

I keep it simple and don't carry all of that shit around.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:34:51 AM EST
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Originally Posted By notwen:
Work in business casual atmosphere(ie. data centers) daily. Have been through 2 laptop bags and am currently eyeing this. I would stick w/ the laptop bag if I were in a strictly professional atmosphere though. All depends on where you're going.

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For what it's worth, my North Face backpack has been all over the country with me in trucks, work trucks, airports, and planes. Still going strong.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:36:12 AM EST
DaKine backpack. The solid color ones are pretty professional looking, and it is a good backpack. I often use it as my carry on, and I always have to travel with a laptop. I just to just have a laptop bag, but the single sling got annoying.

As long as I am not wearing a suit it doesn't look unprofessional. With a suit, I have a leather zip up case with a strap and handle.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:36:52 AM EST
I use a Maxpedition briefcase/attache' case things. Great case and it's easy to slip an extra gun into.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:36:56 AM EST
It is either in a 5.11 backpack or my trendy Timbuk2 messenger bag when I used to ride my bike.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:38:12 AM EST
Backpack, with a 45 and a 380 stashed inside, along with spare ammo, IFAK, and various other stuff. Just in case.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:38:41 AM EST
Just get a leather/canvas messenger bag. Its classy enough, will fit a laptop among other things, and it won't look out of place with a suit.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:38:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 9:48:54 AM EST by godzillamax]
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Originally Posted By Bassgasm:
I use a laptop bag, and I'm going to switch to a backpack.

The laptop bag gets tight with peripherals and an electric screwdriver.
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Same thinking I'm having. I carry my laptop, power cord, cordless mouse, digital audio recorder, extension cord, 5-subject spiral notebook, a 1" 3-ring binder with documents I want on hand for quick reference, pens, some other miscellaneous small stuff (keys, sunglasses, flash drives, etc.), and my water bottle. Frequently I will also have handout/presentation packets for 10-15 people, and those never fit in my laptop bag (or barely fit and make it really bulky and uncomfortable). While my laptop bag is nice, and looks professional, it (or really any single strap type bag) really sucks for carry this stuff comfortably, especially here when its raining or snowing and your trying to hold an umbrella and maybe another bag (projector, lunch etc.).

I'm not in management, but I do spend a good deal of my time meeting with people high enough up the food chain that looks/presentation/etc. are important (though I don't have to wear a suit, just business casual). I have noticed many of the physicians/medical directors I routinely meet with are now carrying their stuff in backpacks, but most the administrators, CEOs, and mucky-mucks still are toting a laptop shoulder bag or briefcase. I don't think the backpack looks terribly professional, but I recently used my backpack (a tan Kelty I use for day hiking trips) to carry extra stuff I had for a meeting and man, it was so far superior and functional than my laptop shoulder bag.
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