Sometimes less is more, and backpack design is no exception. Try finding one for your laptop that holds plenty of gear while not looking like part of an intergalactic space suit with enough straps and pockets to confuse Stephen Hawking. Introducing the new Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack ($100). It’s a bit more budget-conscious than the Booq Mamba Shift but just as intelligently designed. The Q has a padded laptop compartment that holds laptops up to 17” and can easily be accessed by swinging your Q to one side, while keeping one strap firmly on your shoulder. The rest of the pack is also designed this way, so you can access every compartment with one hand. The laptop compartment is right behind the straps so the majority of the weight in the pack remains closest to your back making the load easier on your spine. It also has one large main compartment with room enough to hold your two-volume architecture books and two smaller compartments for keys, pens, wallet, electronics and other necessary urban survival gear. There’s also a smaller hidden pocket on the backside, perfect for concealing IDs and other classified information and an angled bottom power brick compartment to house your multiple cords. Made of their lightweight and rugged Mission6 nylon, the Q is extremely durable and just like Q’s gadgets from the Bond movies, it’s minimalist on the surface but full of surprises when opened.

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