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Q Laptop Backpack

Style # 396-3-2001

Our top-selling TSA-friendly laptop backpack.

$59 $99

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81 Reviews

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Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty; we stand behind the legendary quality and craftsmanship of all our products. But we also embrace the wild, twisty ways of life. If there is a defect in the materials or workmanship of your Timbuk2 product (gasp!), you can file a claim by completing Timbuk2's warranty repair claim. If your product meets Timbuk2's warranty policy, we will repair your bag. If your Timbuk2 product is damaged during a normal or abnormal adventure, you will not qualify for a warranty replacement, but you will have epic stories to tell your friends. See if you qualify for a Timbuk2 warranty repair and contact warranty@timbuk2.com.

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Q Laptop Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of pockets and features (66)
  • Stylish (64)
  • Comfortable strap (58)
  • Good protection (50)
  • Rugged (34)

Cons

  • Not weatherproof (10)
  • Not enough pockets (4)
  • Insufficient padding (3)
  • Uncomfortable strap (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (65)
  • Travel (51)
  • School (38)
  • Light protection (12)
  • Heavy duty protection (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (64), Stylish (38), Budget shopper (15), High-end shopper (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (42), Business (35)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69), Yes (9)

Reviewed by 81 customers

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5.0

Perfect for a mobile office

By Brock

From PA

Pros

  • Good Protection
  • Lots Of Pockets And Features

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

      I'm a developer who works from different locations. This bag is great for keeping all my stuff with me and organized. Not too bulky, but lots of room for my laptop, cables and other gear.

       
      4.0

      Almost great, but has poorly designed zippers

      By RJ

      From San Jose, CA

      About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • A Pocket For Everything
      • Can Hold Two Laptops
      • Good Protection
      • Good Weight Distribution
      • Holds Shape
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Pretty Comfortable
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Can't Unzip One-handed
      • Not Weatherproof

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • School
      • Travel

      Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

      Use this for work. I travel on the train and often have to stand for long periods of time. I hold two laptops, a tablet, and other electronics so it is on the heavy side. The sternum strap distributes the weight perfectly and minimizes fatigue.

      Would be an easy recommendation if it weren't for the zippers. A lot of the time, they don't unzip smoothly. You have to use your other hand to hold the fabric to stop it from getting stuck/snagged. A thicker, more rigid zipper and zipper-lining would do wonders.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Surpassed expectations

      By Jerzin'

      From Jersey City, NJ

      About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Good Protection
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Rugged
      • Snazzy But Not Snooty
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Light Protection
        • Organization Of Gadgets
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

        This is a really well-made, well-designed bag. Somehow they got the proportions just right so that it has an impressive capacity, but never looks or feels bulky, even when full. Because the bag is slightly long, that main compartment is bigger than I'd expected. The laptop compartment is very well-padded, so I no longer need a separate protective sleeve. I have to bring an ipad and macbook to work so I really like the ease with which that compartment accommodates those things and the degree of protection they offer. I only use a 15" but I checked and it easily fits my wife's 17" work laptop, which is a pretty boxy item.

        At work my bag has to serve as a mobile desk - I'm always running around setting up my gadgets in different parts of the building or at different locations, so I've found the layout of the bag very helpful in terms of organization and easy-access to everything. I use the power brick compartment for the laptop's brick plus a pretty hefty ipad backup battery, my phone's and ipad's chargers and all the fun wires involved. Yes this cuts into the capacity of the main compartment, but its great having all that stuff in that easy-access pocket.

        There are lots of other nice details.
        The water bottle sleeve holds my 27 ounce bottle securely. The front zippered pocket (the slimmest pocket) actually has a great little mesh sleeve that is perfect for my phone. I'm pretty sure it would also be big enough for a larger "plus" size phone. Keeps the phone in place, and is very easy access. This also frees up the little "floating pocket" at the top for my sunglasses. The middle pocket is a little bigger than I expected and has a nice sewn-in organizer for pens, small tools, etc. This area has its own protective padding.

        The shoulder straps are great: besides the padding, they are shaped in a way that allows you to really tighten them without discomfort and without making it a pain to get the bag on/off (very important to me). That's a hard thing to explain in a review, sorry... In fact when I first got the bag I thought the straps were a little weird and slightly uncomfortable, but I figured "heck everything else is great, so I'll keep it." I decided to try really tightening the straps and was surprised at how well that worked - also hard to explain, but it evens out the pressure the straps put on you and it also causes the back to sit a little higher on your back. So, the comfort went from "okay" to "awesome." I can really pack the bag and it still feels balanced and secure as I'm hurrying around.

        I didn't say "heavy-duty protection" because for electronics, I feel like only a "case" can offer that. However as backpacks go the protection is certainly impressive and probably more than adequate for most of us. Also I haven't gotten it wet at all so its tough to judge its water-resistance. I don't expect it to keep out continuous heavy rain, but between the durable fabric and all the padding I think it will be fairly water-resistant.

        I haven't had the pleasure of dealing with TSA since getting this bag but Its nice how they made it so you can get your laptop out safely while only taking one strap off. Not sure I'm coordinated enough to do that but its a cool option. In any case the way the zipper is arranged for the laptop compartment is ideal - if your bag is sitting upright on the floor, you could have the zipper open for easy access but the laptop and ipad will not tumble out.

        So there you go, this is really great product. One last thing that I find amusing: For some reason this bag looks way better in-person than it does in the pics on the website. That was a bonus, in my opinion.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Survived 4 months of trekking!

        By Pauls the Walker

        From Syracuse, NY

        About Me: Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Insufficient Padding
        • Not Weatherproof

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

        I used this product while I was in Ghana for four months. Originally was going to use a normal backpack but I am so glad that I didn't! Don't let the name fool you! Although this is a "laptop" backpack, I mostly used it while hiking and walking through different fishing villages, the rainforest, and beaches. On days that I would keep my laptop in it, it was awesome and was very comfortable. I would not, however, say it's weatherproof. There was very heavy rainfall and although it did a better job at keeping things dry than a normal backpack, many of my possessions and the backpack itself was pretty damp-not a problem because my laptop is in a waterproof laptop case. However, it did start to smell after a while. But besides that, this a great backpack that will last you for a very long time!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Wonderful bag for students!

        By timbuk2 dad

        From Rockville, MD

        About Me: Practical

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

          Both of my kids(6th & 7th grade) use the Q laptop backpack. Excellent for school and travel. They will have this bag for a while.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Decent, not perfect

          By musictheory

          From los angeles, ca

          About Me: Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Stylish

          Cons

          • No Luggage Strap
          • Not Very Spacious
          • Uncomfortable Strap

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Travel

          Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

          I bought it to use as an everyday work bag: noise-canceling headphones, a couple of notebooks, my MacBook Air, chargers, an extra sweater, pens and index cards. That sort of thing. I feel like the volume of the bag is inefficiently divided. It's a long bag and not too wide and not too deep. Some of the pockets are so small as to be useless for me. The back straps don't sit very well on my shoulders. And the bag is a little too tall for my (admittedly shorter than usual) torso. The shape makes it difficult for me to pack my things in efficiently: lots of wasted space. And I hate the fact that there are no pockets in the main compartment.

          I do like the streamlined look of the bag. I like the little pocket right on top to throw in keys and cell phone. It's basically a well-made bag: the materials feel sturdy (though I don't think they're water-repellent).

          I wouldn't buy this bag again. I would buy another Timbuk2 bag, though. My partner has a Timbuk2 backpack that I like quite a lot; maybe I should just buy that one...

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Finally the right backpack

          By drtallgirl

          From Portland, OR

          About Me: Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Trip
            • Travel

            Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

            Since early 2016, I've been traveling for business every week and had a hard time finding the right bag. Something big enough but not too big. A good amount of pockets and compartments to keep organized. Easy to deal with in the airport and on the plane. And something I could wear comfortably all day. I finally found it in this bag.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Perfect for a City Commute

            By Becky

            From Chicago, IL

            About Me: Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • School

              Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

              I live in Chicago and am going to Grad School downtown. I use exclusively public transportation and needed a backpack that would protect my lap top, hold a few books, snacks and a sweater. This is that bag! I love the pockets, very convenient and efficient.
              I was concerned the bag wouldn't be large enough to hold a big sweater, but it definitely is. That being said if you need to take a full change of clothes with you this may not be the bag for you.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Any Commuters' must have

              By Hamza

              From Birmingham UK

              About Me: Practical, Stylish

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Good Protection
              • Lots Of Pockets And Features
              • Mostidealbackpack
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Heavy Duty Protection
                • Travel

                Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

                I use the bag daily to commute to work and on normal days out and it's simply perfect. It can fit a lot of stuff and it's comfortable to carry. The good number of pockets ensure that I can keep all my stuff organised and it's especially convenient why flying as you can easily pull out your laptop or iPad during those routine airport security checkpoints.

                All in all, it's a must try at an affordable price

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Almost perfect!

                By Persnickity

                From Dallas, TX

                About Me: Practical, Stylish

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Comfortable To Carry
                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Plenty Of Space For A Day
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Insufficient Padding
                • Poor Pocket Design

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • School

                Comments about Q Laptop Backpack:

                This is my first Timbuk2 non-messenger bag. I love the style and was surprised by the contrast stitching which wasn't visible in the photo online. The pack fits great and is comfortable to wear even when fully loaded. I only have 2 issues. Annoying: all the zippered interior pockets are tall and thin which make them useless for small things like nail clippers and USB drives. So, those all float together in the larger zippered interior pocket. Design fail: the bottom of the laptop pocket, which is nicely located, is NOT PADDED! Every time you set down the bag you can hear your laptop bounce off the floor. The tablet pocket is suspended, so I think I'll use that pocket instead even though it'll be a little more difficult to get the laptop in and out of the bag.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                Organization

                Front zip pocket for small bits

                Large main compartment for books, jacket, and other carry-on essentials

                Secure zip pocket for cables, earbuds, stylus, cards, cash, etc.

                Smart power brick pocket remembers where your cords are so you don't have to

                Tricot-lined floating pocket protects sunglasses or smartphone

                Fit

                Channeled airmesh ventilated back panel

                Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit

                TSA-friendly laptop access; grab your laptop without taking off your bag

                Clever Extras

                Elasticized external side pocket for water bottle or U-lock

                On-strap bottle opener for party tricks and quick refreshment

                Reinforced grab handles on all sides for and easy heave ho

                Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

                Materials

                Custom Timbuk2 print liner

                Origin

                Imported

                Laptop/Tablet

                Fully padded laptop compartment lined with quilted tricot fabric; soft yet secure (fits up to 17" Macbook)

                Padded front pocket offers protection for iPad mini or other small electronics

                What's this all about?

                Loved by students and office warriors, the Q is a mid-sized backpack with laptop & iPad protection and organization for all the gear that entails. The front panel unzips to reveal a command center - full of places for pens, cords, cards, and keys. A bottom zip pocket provides a perfect place to stash the dreaded power brick, and a roomy internal pocket provides ample room for a sweater, headphones, or change of shoes. Finally, the Q's legitimately comfortably straps and ventilated back panel will keep you looking fresh and ready to rock, even when you'd rather be retired.