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- Padded laptop compartment with zippered pocket for small accessories
- Three additional large compartments for everyday gear and accessories
- Padded, contoured shoulder straps
- Soft-lined pocket on top for sunglasses
- Hidden zippered pocket on the back
- Rugged carry handle
- 2 water bottle pockets
- Durable, water-resistant base plus metal accents and zipper pulls
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Targus Drifter II Laptop Backpack
Focusing on durability, the Drifter backpack features a weather-resistant bottom, thick industrial zipper pulls and a sturdy molded plastic handle supported by metal grommets and cabling. The Drifter Backpack offers a rugged case full of storage options and protective compartments for important devices.
- Compatible with laptops 17" and under
- Multiple zippered compartments
- Water-resistant case bottom
- Water bottle pockets
Spacious Main Compartments
Featuring two large compartments for storage including a padded laptop compartment that keeps the device secure and separate from other items carried in the case.
The extremely thick padding on the back panel includes a large hidden zippered compartment and is strategically placed to provide lumbar support for your back.
The main front compartment includes pockets for business cards, a mesh accessory pocket, key clip and a soft, lined pocket that is scratch-resistant to store fragile accessories such as glasses.
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|Compatible With||16" Laptops and under||16" Laptops and under||16" Laptops and under||16" Laptops and under||16" Laptops and under||16" Laptops and under|
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You work hard and we know it. At Targus, we spend hundreds of hours a year learning about how people work, where they work, and what they need to perform at their best.
With a heritage rooted in the mobility of on-the-go-professionals, we strive to advance the mobile accessories category with cutting-edge, quality-made, productivity-boosting solutions - carrying cases, tech accessories, and peripherals - that enable an ever-changing workforce to perform at their best anytime, anywhere.
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|Item Dimensions||16.00 x 5.00 x 21.50 inches||12.00 x 17.00 x 4.60 inches||18.60 x 13.50 x 10.80 inches||4.00 x 18.50 x 13.00 inches||4.00 x 15.00 x 19.00 inches||13.39 x 7.00 x 19.29 inches|
|Item Weight||2.80 lbs||—||1.76 lbs||—||2.03 lbs||1.98 lbs|
|Size||17 inch||—||Fits up to 17.3" laptop||19"||16 inches||17-Inch|
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The Targus Drifter II Laptop Backpack is designed to fit laptops with up to 17; screens. This backpack features two large compartments for storage including a padded laptop compartment that keeps the device secure and separate from other items carried in the case. The extremely thick padding on the back panel includes a large hidden zippered compartment and is strategically placed to provide lumbar support for your back. The heavily padded shoulder straps provide comfort for travel and include a removable mobile phone pocket large enough to hold an iPhone or BlackBerry as well as an elastic loop specifically designed to hold sunglasses on the shoulder strap. The main front compartment includes pockets for business cards, a mesh accessory pocket and key clip. A convenient soft, lined pocket is scratch-resistant to store fragile accessories such as glasses, and more. To keep files in order, the interior divider provides a safe place to store documents. Focusing on durability, the Drifter backpack features a weather-resistant bottom, thick industrial zipper pulls and a sturdy molded plastic handle supported by metal grommets and cabling. The Drifter Backpack offers a rugged case full of storage options and protective compartments for important devices.
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#1 Large freaking bag. Tons of usable space. Great use of mini inner pockets (usually at the top of main pockets) to take advantage of those wasted upper areas that usually just holds air. Best combination of laptop compartment, main compartment, front compartments that I’ve found in any bag thus far.
#2 Comfortable to carry. Good straps (although that’s where the ‘tear’ eventually took place). The elastic actually really helps to keep them from ‘digging’ into your shoulders. The handle is tough and well anchored. I have used the handle to move my bag around, fully loaded, and for over a year it’s held nicely, just a little cracking in the plastic. For future improvements on this I’d suggest going to a more malleable rubber with cable reinforcement or a sturdier metal handle.
#3 It looks good. At the least it is not an ugly bag.
#4 My only con is the middle pocket. The pocket between the main compartment and the front ‘pen’ pocket. I’ve found this pocket to be fairly worthless since it directly competes for the space used by the main compartment. It would almost serve better to cut the material out between the two pockets and use the zipper as a smaller access for the main compartment…or just do what I have and not use it. Either way.
I guess if you want to add to the con pile I’ll talk about the wear and tear. So, on my bag the stitching on the shoulder straps is giving up the goose. The fabric is fine and if I can find someone that knows how to do it I’ll see if they’ll stitch this bad boy up again. One of the metal eye hole grommets has popped out, big deal. The picture of the circle of melt is due to a stovetop accident….don’t ask. It didn’t go all the way through and that was about 2 months after I got the back so it’s still plenty sturdy.
All that said, I took some pictures to try and give a good idea of all the freaking pockets this bag has and some idea of where the wear and tear is likely to occur over time. Oh, and one picture to the Drifter II next to the Oakley Kitchen Sink and all the stuff I put in each to compare. I ultimately sent the Oakley back and ordered another Drifter II. Enjoy!
My previous backpack is the SwissGear Computer Backpack, which I love, since I'm an IT guy and I travel a lot for work. I need storage for the laptop, it's charger, mouse, Nexus 7 and it's charger, a backup power battery for the nexus and my phone, medicines (vitamins, ibuprofen, peptobismol, etc), pens, usb 2.5" hard drive, flash drives,
The reason I bought the Targus Drifter II was to find a similar backpack, with the same amount of pockets but that doesn't make me look like a turtle. The Drifter is considerately slimmer in profile (See my side by side comparison, in the customer images).
The Targus Drifter II Backpack is an almost identical copy of the SwissGear Computer Backpack. It has exactly the same pockets (minor difference in organizational layout in 2nd zippered compartment from the front), and does have 1 additional pocket, almost hidden in the lumbar region that touches your back when you wear the pack.
Pocket 1 - small zipper in the very front, good for small items, like earbuds, flash drives, business cards, gum
Pocket 2 - 2nd Zipper from the front, small pocket with organizing pockets and pouches inside
Pocket 3 - 3rd zipper from front, thin pocket, good for a tablet, or a small notepad.
Pocket 4 - 4th zipper from the front, the work horse of the pockets, it is divided into 2 section and has a zippered mesh pocket that lives here (I keep meds here), this is where I keep my spare hat, water bottles, bandana. If I had a larger laptop power supply (brick) it would also go here. You could stuff a couple days worth of rolled up clothing in here if needed.
Pocket 5 - 5th zipper from front. My quick stash pocket. This is a great spot for items you need to stow or grab quickly. I use this in the TSA security line to stash my wallet, phone and watch before going through the metal detector, so I can grab them quickly after I make it through.
Pocket 6 - 6th zipper from front. Laptop sleeve and small zippered mesh (this zippered mesh is great for Macbook air power supply and a wireless mouse, plus a few other smaller items.
Pocket 7 - lumbar pocket. Haven't figure this one out yet, but will find it out next time I'm at airport.
Side pockets (2) - spacious, I keep chargers and usb cables here for phone and nexus 7 tablet. Also battery backup for phone and tablet, mifi router, playing cards
outer mesh side pockets (2), corporate badge, sunscreen / umbrella, harmonica
This is a great bag and I hope that my concerns about ruggedness and quality prove to be unfounded. I will update if any issues or cool findings develop!
I received the new bag last week and it has ripped again in the exact same spot!!!! This is ridiculous. I wasted $45 for the bag, and the $8 I paid to ship the first bag back to Targus.
Within a few weeks of receiving the new Targus backpack the fabric around the zipper frayed resulting in two holes. I have never seen anything so poorly made. I am especially disappointed because my last Targus Backpack lasted 11 years!!! AND, you only have a limited time to return for a refund (which I missed). I should have returned this backpack right away - when I first laid eyes on it - knowing that it would 'probably' fall apart.
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There is also a small slide in pocket between compartments at the top soft lined for glasses etc, I use it for my kindle. In the padding at the small of your back there is an additional thin pocket for keeping high value/important documents safe when wearing the rucksack.
This is very much a worthwhile purchase, if it lasts anywhere near as long as their previous bags I will be more than happy, I have previous bags which are still in use after 5 years of use, travelling to Africa and back so have been used quite harshly, they always seem to out last the wenger options I have had in the past. So if you need a spacious rucksack for Laptop/notebooks this will be a good safe option.
One thing I would have liked on it would be lockable zips, the zips fitted do not offer that option simply, so enough to knock a half star but not enough to knock down to 4 stars.
It's a big bag obviously designed for a 15 to 17-inch laptop (I use a mac book pro), I carry an iPad, several cables, the odd battery, headphones, sometimes some clothes for a day trip and often a water bottle in the side pocket. Heavy? yes, it's not a light load but it's not so much that the bag should break after a month of usage. The number of pockets is what I really like, I can separate my gadgets and "stuff" into different pockets.
All that said, I'm just about to order yet another because the one I have has a broken strap again and I'm fed up with it, I just can't find anything like it though.
It has an enormous capacity, but is quite light in itself and comfortable to carry to work and back. I have used it on one or two occasions at full capacity, when it almost becomes too unwieldy to carry.
There are a multitude of compartments and pockets of varying sizes. One of the most useful pockets is at the top of a large compartment which means that if you open the zipper on the compartment, the whole front of the case flops down and the thing can overbalance unless you have something heavy in another compartment.
This flopping may be why the stitching alongside the compartment has come adrift (see first picture). Unfortunately, this is a bit of a problem, as it is slowly becoming worse and eventually the whole front of the bag will be open to view. The zip on the aforementioned useful pocket has come off the rails, too - the stitching at one end has unravelled allowing the zipper to fall off (see the second picture).
Since I paid about £65 for this, I expected it to last for eighteen months or so before anything like this occurred, so I give the item three stars because it is useful and nice to look at, but not either of the top grades because I feel there's a question mark over its longevity when used regularly at median capacity.
The build so far is great, and would probably report back here in the future after a month or two more of use. I've read a few reports about the zips not holding up and all, but I haven't had any problems so far (I probably haven't been using it as much as some other people).
It's good for a day to day work commute (especially if you need the space), but there are better looking "work" backpacks.