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Samsonite Xenon 2 Backpack

Samsonite Xenon 2 backpack - exterior

Samsonite Xenon 2 backpack – exterior


My favorite computer bag is the Samsonite Xenon 2 backpack. My wife found this for me when we were stuck in Fort Lauderdale after all outgoing flights got cancelled.

What I love about it:

  • Travel friendly – the computer section unzips to lay flat for airport X-ray machines
  • Five compartments – this bag has two bottle pockets (I use these for an umbrella and my coffee mug) on the exterior and 5 zippered compartments (2 tiny compartments, 1 iPad-sized compartment, and 2 large compartments)
  • Huge – I have squeezed a Lenovo T430, a Lenovo x220, and an HP Stream 11 in this bag at the same time along with all the other stuff I normally carry
  • Nooks and crannys – the interior sections are split to keep things organized
  • Carry handle – there is a comfortable handle at the top of the bag for times when you don’t want to sling it over your shoulder
  • Sits upright – more than any other bag, this one can sit upright pretty well as long as the laptop section zippers are not completely unzipped
  • Easy access – it is very easy to get stuff into and out of this bag using only one hand
  • Stackable – this bag has a loop that will fit over your rolling bag’s handles
  • Padding – there is thick padding on the side that comes in contact with your body
  • Lining – the two tiny pockets and the computer sleeve have a very soft lining

What could be better:

  • Zippers open on their own – I have had zippers on the 2 largest compartments slowly unzip many times. I remedied this by hooking the two zipperheads on each compartment together with mini-caribiners
  • Key hook – there is nothing to hang your keys on – weird since even cheap backpacks come with a key hook these days
  • Computer padding – although there is padding around the laptop section, it could be thicker – especially at the bottom of the bag

This bag has been my daily carry bag since the beginning of 2014. I have taken it on every trip that I have taken. It continues to serve me well. If you are looking for a well-made and well-designed computer backpack, consider this Samsonite Xenon 2 backpack.