A case for large notebook computers

I’ve been trying out the Everki Atlas business backpack for a few weeks and have found it to be a good solution for those that need to carry a large notebook, a change of clothing, and lots of other stuff. It can hold a computer with up to a 17-inch screen, well cushioned and protected by an adjustable compartment whose side flaps fold in. The back of the case with notebook in pocket folds down to let you go through airport security without removing your computer from the bag.  While it can hold smaller computers as well, it doesn’t make as efficient use of the space.

The main compartment is deep enough to hold a change of clothing, books and papers. But its not ideal for carrying a camera outfit as everything will end up at the bottom of the bag. There are two more compartments that span the width of the bag, one with numerous organizer pockets that can hold cards, pens and small items, and a second that’s perfect for a headphone in its case, such as a Bose Quiet Comfort phones. There are two more zipper pockets, one on each side to hold phones or a water bottle. A couple more small pockets sit on top and in front, one that’s good for emptying contents of your pocket while going through security.

The case has a sleeve on the back to let you slip it on a handle of a wheeled bag, a grab handle, and has adjustable shoulder streps with cleverly adjustable cross straps. The case weighs almost 4 pounds, and I found it to be well-made of good materials. It’s attractive, well-organized, and reasonably priced at $169. While I wouldn’t use it as my regular work bag, because I carry a much smaller12-inch computer, it’s a good choice for those needing to lug a large computer with them wherever they go. It’s also available in a wheeled version with a handle for $275.



by Phil Baker