Back in January there was a thread about laptop bags, but unfortunately the OP in that thread wasn’t interested in the backpack sort. I, on the other hand, am *very *interested in getting the laptop sort. I am going on holiday and do not have *any *interest in carrying around a laptop on a single shoulder strap. Nuh-uh. No way, no how, never, nope. I have very good reasons for this:
I have a Dell Inspiron 1720. This is an evil laptop (although I love it so). See, it looks fairly light - but it apparently has some kind of gravity-enhancing technology built in because if you have to lug it around for more than a couple of minutes it goes from weighing about as much as my cat … to about as much as a toddler … to about as much as a compact car.
It’s also got a 17" screen, which seems to be having a major impact on my options. So far, no store I’ve visited is possessed of laptop backpacks, and the cases they *do *have are only for 15" screens anyway. Admittedly, I’ve only checked the stores within about 15 minutes of home, because there was no way in hell I was going to travel to the city during School Holiday period, being as I am not yet certifiably insane.
All links, feedback, recommendations etc relating to backpacks - preferably strong, secure, well-padded and otherwise geared towards protecting my machine from my klutziness - will be much appreciated.
I don’t really envisage spending more than AU$200, and would prefer to get out of it cheaper. But on the other hand, 'twas a damned expensive piece of machinery (for us, anyway) and not looking after it properly would be really, really stupid. So uh, consider me open to reasonable suggestions, but bear in mind I’m a part-time secretary married to a factory worker, and therefore the 24k gold-plated luxury case might be just a leetle bit out of our budget. Not that I won’t like looking at it and all, but I can guarantee it won’t make the final cut.