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Old 07-09-2014, 03:15 PM
 
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I recently lost my trusty laptop case and so am looking to replace. I am looking for a backpack that will hold a 17 inch laptop that I can use as my "personal item" when travelling in addition to my carry-on suitcase. Any suggestions for under $50?

Check on Amazon, they have backpacks that have a specific area for a laptop.
I don't know if you can get one for the price you want to pay but you may get close.
I just purchase a Samsonite backpack and I love it but it was more than your price.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Oregon - Pahoa
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I love my Dakine backpack with its laptop sleeve. Very user friendly, in fact I use it almost daily for work, as well as travel. I snagged mine on clearance from Discount & Clearance Clothing, Shoes, Accessories and More | 6pm.com for $15.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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Timbuk2. Best ever, and I have tried a lot of them from all ends of the price spectrum.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Timbuk2. Best ever, and I have tried a lot of them from all ends of the price spectrum.
Not surprisingly, the Timbuk2 is above the OP's price point.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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Not surprisingly, the Timbuk2 is above the OP's price point.
Sorry, missed the price point.

I will say that sometimes spending a bit more is well worth it.

My husband used to buy cheap backpacks for his laptop. He'd spend ~$35, six months later he'd have to replace it. After about two years of that, I bought him a Tumi messenger bag. $225. He's had it for over 10 years. Had he continued to buy cheap back packs, he would have spent double that by now.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Sorry, missed the price point.

I will say that sometimes spending a bit more is well worth it.
I TOTALLY agree with you, but I doubt we would agree on when those "sometimes" are appropriate and what is "a bit more".
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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If you don't need it right away and are okay with last year's model or color, flash sale sites like Left Lane Sports and The Cylmb will get old stock/discontinued Timbuk2, Eagle Creek, Pacsafe, etc and sell it for 30-65% off original list. All of our recent luggage and bag purchases have come that way. (I'm actually supposed to be getting a Timbuk2 purse in the mail today from LLS) Left Lane Sports will also give you $10 off your first purchase if you sign up using a referral code- just google for it, and a lot of people will have links in their blogs because they also get $10 if you sign up with their link.

You can also sometimes find deals in the bags & luggage section of TJ Maxx.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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^ the REI online outlet is also a good source for higher quality bags at reduced prices. It helps if you aren't picky about color. REI offers free shipping if you pick up in store.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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I picked up Targus Ascend at Best Buy for under $30. Follow-up question, has anybody ever had a problem carrying on a roller and a backpack? I would argue discrimination, as this bag is smaller than some purses I see.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:25 PM
 
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You should have no problem with a roller and a backpack. The roller will likely go in the overhead bin (unless you're on a small regional plane, in which case it will gate tagged to go in cargo) and the backpack should fit under the seat in front of you.
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