SwissGear Insight: A Laptop Computer Bag Review

As I wake up from my deep sleep, I go through my usual routine. I sit up at the edge of my bed for a few minutes before going to the bathroom. When I came back, a SwissGear Insight laptop bag was taking my seat at my computer station. It was a gift! My girlfriend got me a laptop computer bag for my birthday. I told her not to get me anything but she couldn't help it. After thanking her and reading my gift card, I proceeded to check out the laptop bag. My Swiss Gear laptop bag was designed to fit laptop up to 15.6 inches but I owned a small 10 inch netbook. Let's just say, I had more than enough space to fit everything I need. Time for a product review.


Everyone who owns a laptop or a netbook needs a case or a bag. This is especially necessary if you plan to do any sort of traveling with your laptop. It was a welcomed gift.


Impressions

My first impressions of the SwissGear laptop bag was positive. It is black all around and the materials are durable. The handle is very ergonomic and the zippers are very nice. When you buy bags, usually they will come with generic zippers. These are all custom made with their swiss logo stamped on them. The handle is made of a soft touch rubber and the grip is positive. The shoulder strap is excellent. It is also made of rubber and it is actually curved so that it will sit more comfortably onto your shoulders. These little details give this bag lots of value. This laptop computer bag is advertised as being “checkpoint friendly”. This means it is ideal for people that frequently travel. There's also a velcro strap in the back which makes it easy to mount to your wheeled luggage.


Look And Feel

There are 3 compartments on this bag. The main compartment holds the area for the laptop/netbook while offering adequate protection. The other 2 are smaller and are ideal for office files, notes, and other small items. The side walls of the laptop bag are pretty stiff and the bag itself has decent padding. This gives the bag good protection from crushes and dings. Although I wouldn't consider this bag crushproof, if this bag was somehow stacked under some luggage, I would be confident that my expensive electronics will be protected. This bag is not made of leather but the materials are durable and it doesn't feel cheap. The combination of synthetic fabrics and rubber gives it a tactical, somewhat urban feel. Overall the bag looks nice. It is discreet enough for me to bring anywhere without drawing attention. It also has that “plain” look. A nice(expensive) looking leather bag would be a good target for thieves. This bag looks fairly “normal”. In my opinion, this is a good thing. You don't want to advertise to the public that you are carrying a 2 thousand dollar Macbook Pro.


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Checkpoint Friendly

On the inside of the main compartment, there is a velcro strap that helps hold the laptop/netbook in place when you are putting it through airport security scanners. You can pass through customs without security touching your laptop. This strap can also be used as added security so your laptop doesn't fall out if somehow the bag is accidentally opened. This inside fabric is designed with their subtle Swiss cross tiled in a nice pattern. The large compartment has 3 additional pockets. All 3 are big and deep. I keep my Bluetooth stereo headset in one of them.


Security In Mind

The zippers of the main compartment come together and form a circle at the tips when closed. With this security loop, you can place a small lock through it and keep your main compartment locked. This can prevent valuable electronics from being stolen. Very handy while traveling. Laptop bags and cases can be an easy target for thieves. If a thief sees your laptop bag locked, he is less likely target you as a potential victim. Of course, a lock isn't fool-proof. Don't leave your bag laying around unattended. A thief can easily steal the whole bag and everything in it. There's also an ID card inside the second compartment. Be sure to fill it out. You may figure, if someone steals your bag, they wouldn't return it but if you lose it, a good citizen might return it to you. One time, I lost my wallet in the city bus and the buss driver found it. He called me from my contact card and returned it to me. I had my whole life in that wallet. Driver's license, social security card, money, etc. It was a huge relief when I got it back. I was really lucky I had my phone number in that wallet. Do the same for your computer bag.


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Security Loop
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Middle compartment
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Main compartment pockets

Final Thoughts

There is plenty of room inside for everything I need. I can easily fit my charging cables, some USB drives, a mouse, a tablet, and even an eReader. For what I'm doing, I like to just carry my netbook and leave the charger at home. I'm going to get a small USB mouse and keep it in my SwissGear Insight. The main compartment has a deep pocket that is perfect for a magazine or 2. I have an old messenger bag that I used to carry around. This SwissGear Insight is going to replace that. It is much sturdier and focused for my needs. I would be worried if I used my old canvas messenger bag to carry an expensive laptop. It almost feels like this laptop bag is a briefcase. I can imagine the Insight being perfect for students in high school and college even though it is designed for travelers. I suppose that is another great thing about this bag. It was aimed at a niche market but it can fulfill the needs of nearly all laptop users. One thing to note. I carry a small netbook. I've fitted a larger laptop into the bag fine but you will have less space depending on the size of your laptop. This bag was gifted to me but it retails for about $50. If I didn't get it for free, I would still pay that much for it. The SwissGear Insight is a good, durable, super sturdy laptop bag. Swiss products (Wenger, Victorinox, etc) have built a reputation for quality and this bag does not disappoint. A great product!


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