Last Updated: June 10, 2022
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Best SwissGear Backpacks Review: Find The Right One Fast

SwissGear makes some great backpacks, but figuring out which one is best for your situation can be time-consuming.

That is why in this review I am going to show you which is the best one for specific situations and why.

After all, not every pack is meant for everyone, and in every kind of situation. Seems obvious, but it’s worth mentioning.

At A Glance: Our 2 Top Picks for SwissGear Backpacks

You can use the Quick Navigation links below to jump to the backpack that interests you or read the whole review. It’s worth it!​

Best SwissGear Backpacks

Best for Travelers

SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA 17 Laptop Backpack, Black, 19-Inch

SwissGear has added some great features to this backpack to make it super-useful to travelers.

The one that really stands out for me is the “SmartScan lay-flat” system they use to enable you to open up and lay the pack down for TSA X-ray security scanning.

You will almost always NEVER need to remove your laptop at security again!

One side is for the laptop (up to 17 inches) the smaller side is a “floating” tablet holder. Both are padded.

What an invention!

There are quite a few other great features on this pack so I am just going to list them below. You can also see the organizers in the images here, to help you get an idea of how well designed this pack is.

  • Ergonomic padded shoulder straps with sunglasses loop/holder (never know where to put your glasses?)
  • Padded airflow back panels for comfy carrying
  • Padded media pocket with headphones hole for easy access/listening on the go
  • Accordion-style pockets in the main organizer pocket on the front
  • Roomy side stretch mesh pockets for water bottles such as your trusty Nalgene bottle
  • Side zippered accessories pockets

This pack has a home for almost everything.

The smart laptop security TSA system combined with the other smart features make this a super-handy pack for frequent travelers who carry up to a 17″ laptop or other media devices.

It is also made by the makers of the Swiss Army knife, so what more could you want for quality?


SwissGear SA1908 ScanSmart Laptop Computer Backpack

Swiss Gear SA1908 Black TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Backpack - Fits Most 17 Inch Laptops and Tablets

A very similar model is the SA1908 from Swiss Gear which also features the SmartScan lay-flat system to help you speed through security!

  • Adjustable padded laptop holder fits up to 17″ laptop
  • SmartScan lay flat design to avoid removing laptop for security (in most cases)
  • Also has side-access to laptop from back (should you need to remove it)
  • Padded airflow back panels for comfy carrying
  • Padded media pocket with headphones hole for easy access/listening on the go
  • 2 Front pocket for organization
  • 2 side pockets for water bottles

This is a slightly simpler design to the 1900 model above, but has quite similar and useful features like the SmartScan which is really a godsend for travelers!

And, there are enough other pockets and specific features (like the media holder for your phone) that make it a great backpack for most people.


Best Daily Pack

SwissGear SA9769 Laptop Computer Backpack

SwissGear SA9769 Black with Light Grey Laptop Computer Backpack - Fits Most 15 Inch Laptops and Tablets

If you just want a laptop backpack for day-to-day use, then this one is going to tick all the boxes.

Unlike those above with the more complicated (but handy for travel) SmartScan, this bag keeps the laptop inside the main compartment at the back (where it is protected and balances the load best).

  • Adjustable padded laptop holder fits up to 17″ laptop at the back of the pack
  • Laptop section also has pockets and space for further items
  • Second main compartment fits up to 3 binders
  • Dedicated media pocket at the top with headphones hole for easy access
  • Padded airflow back panels for comfy carrying
  • Front organization pocket with lots of smaller zippered pockets for gear
  • 2 side pockets for water bottles

This SwissGear laptop backpack is well designed to keep things separated and in the perfect spot, while still giving you plenty of space to carry your bigger items in the main compartment.

What I like about this pack over the SmartScan packs above is that it is simpler and has fewer pockets or complexity. You know where your stuff is, and there is a spot for everything.