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2 Laptop (work & personal) Setup

Old Apr 3, 18, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by TonyPlush View Post
Hey guys, looking for a laptop bag and I’m surprised how hard the search is coming.

I will be getting a second laptop soon and need a lightweight, personal item size bag capable of carrying:

• Two laptops and two laptop chargers. Laptops are 14” and 13”.
• 1 wireless mouse, 1 iphone charger.
• A few loose files… usually about 3-4 legal pads.
• Sometimes one thick novel
• Some miscellaneous loose items… receipts, pens, and earbud headphones usually, sometimes a sunglasses case.

Budget is around $100-150.

It seems that finding a bag designed for two laptops is difficult. I’m brainstorming here, but maybe I could put one laptop into a neoprene sleeve next to the other. Then I would just need a bag capable of holding two chargers and the rest of my list, and not necessarily two specific laptop pockets.

It’s an interesting set up because it’s a mix of work and personal stuff. The novel and one of the laptops is personal, while all I need for work is the other laptop, charger, legal pad, and a pen. So maybe I could just get two slim bags and put one inside the other or something. That way I’d be able to carry a smaller bag while working and leave the rest at the hotel.

Would be interested in hearing if anyone else has a similar situation or knows of any suggestions. Thanks!
I often travel with two laptops: I did force / align the laptops to the same charger. Or one can buy a universal with interchangeable plugs. Carrying two chargers is a pain
For books/entertainment: Never never take a book, spend a few bucks and get a used Kindle and you can load books from your local library even
I usually just put the two latpops screen to screen with the harder back shell out facing for just a little stress protection.

As to bags, I've managed with a 20 year old Hartman for a few months, but currently travel with a too heavy Tumi backpack. I'd just take all your stuff to a store and try what works. Just don't forget you will be lugging it on long walks thru airports, into cabs, subways, hotels. My secret, just slide my Tumi ( not light ) onto my roller board and pretty much the weight is no longer an issue.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by TonyPlush View Post
It seems that finding a bag designed for two laptops is difficult. I’m brainstorming here, but maybe I could put one laptop into a neoprene sleeve next to the other. Then I would just need a bag capable of holding two chargers and the rest of my list, and not necessarily two specific laptop pockets.
I've never had any problem just putting two laptops in the same pocket except when I had an absolutely massive one for work, and my most recent bag -- the Everki Atlas (eBags may have better images) -- was large enough that the "tablet pocket" opposite the laptop fit a slim-line 15" personal laptop, and would fit all but the fattest 13" or 14" models easily in the tablet pocket.

Two in one pocket probably won't be OK for the TSA in the checkpoint-friendly split bag sense, but it's worked fine with pre-check, and I've never had any damage to either a personal or work one.

The one issue for the Atlas is that a 14" + a 13" are going to be relatively small for a bag that big (and it's kind of large for checkpoint friendly), but they do make some smaller models, and a bag for 14" models might well still fit a 13" in the tablet pocket -- looking at the Suite and the Versa, I think it's quite likely that a smaller 13" laptop would fit. The smallest one, the Studio might even work.

Originally Posted by chx1975 View Post
Everki Atlas? http://the-gadgeteer.com/wp-content/...i-atlas_22.jpg this is the laptop compartment, easily eats two laptops IMO as the tablet sleeve is also full width and the main laptop pocket accepts up to a 17" laptop. Opens flat for the TSA. The main compartment will eat a novel or two. This review shows a Playstation there Everki Atlas Laptop Backpack Review - YouTube
I (heart) mine. It's a pretty big beast of a bag, though -- I've managed to jam in 5 days of casual clothes in there -- the Versa or Suite probably would work for him and be a bit less bulky. Then again, it's my day to day home-to-work bag as well as for travel, and it's not all THAT bulky.

Had been curious about going up to the Titan as a purely travel bag, but got an ebags weekender convertible instead; kind of a mistake -- it's hugely capacious but it doesn't have particularly comfortable straps for a long walk. The straps on the Atlas fit me very well and can carry a LOT more weight comfortably for an extended time.

Originally Posted by gobluetwo View Post
My Everki Versa Premium backpack has separate laptop and tablet compartments. The tablet compartment can actually fit my 14" HP EliteBook, so shouldn't be an issue to have 14" and 13" laptops in there.
I'd suspected that would be the case for their smaller bags; thanks for confirming.

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