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              Product of the Month
October 2004

by Linda A. Epstein

            tablet pc backpack

Targus Rolling Notebook Backpack

Wheeled and non wheeled, backpacks, briefcases, bump cases, hard cases, soft cases, black cases, colored cases, From the plethora of free cases from various events to the $295.00 Tumi Wheel-A-Way Computer Brief, I have at least 15 or 20 computer cases in varying designs, colors and styles. 

Besides the fact that this is the first case I have seen labeled  "Tablet PC Compatible"  what makes this one stand out from the pack........... Just about everything. 

I've been known to carry my Tablet PC in a large Chanel Handbag, so its safe to say that I am about as far from being backpack person as it gets.  There are always exceptions to the rules and the Targus Rolling Notebook Backpack is mine.   It's light, easy to maneuver and has a place for everything from my sunglasses to my water bottle and everything in between and it slips easily under the seat in front of you on a plane.  

tablet backpack at microsoftFor this trip I removed the padded slip case and used the file compartments to carry two tablet PC's and all of the necessary accessories: Wacom pens, Ziplinq Mouse, cables, digital camera, extra batteries, power cords for both Tablets.  Business cards, regular pens, multiple usb keys,  Marathon bars, bottled water. On the way home it had additional t-shirts, baseball caps, makeup, and the Chanel Bag

The compartmental design of this rolling wonder means there is a place for everything and everything is easy to find when you need it.  

The file section in the main compartment held the two Tablets, the pocket on the flap from the main compartment has a zippered mesh pocket that's perfect for all of my Ziplinq accessories. 

There was ample space in front of the file section for power cords, my camera and my makeup bag.

 The top front pocket held my bulky sunglass case, hair brush and assorted other necessities with ease.

Bottom front pocket:  has compartments for pens, business cards, a hook for usb key chains, and it large enough to hold a book and all the travel documents you may need at the airport as well.

Mesh pockets on both sides held bottled water, The back compartment was perfect for notebooks, t-shirts and hats picked up along the way.   Its absolutely amazing how much this backpack cane hold!


From home to hotel to Microsoft and back, it was with me everywhere I went during a week long trip to Microsoft's Redmond Campus.   It traveled by car, plane taxi and bus, bounced up and down stairs, rode in elevators, was used as a door jamb in the hotel, went from the 106 degree weather in sunny California to the rain and drizzle of Seattle and back to California and it still looks brand new even after being over stuffed and dragged around for an entire week.   Now that's my idea of a perfect bag.

Not only is the Targus Rolling Notebook Backpack now my favorite computer bag,  at the moment its my favorite weekend travel bag as well,  which earns it a place on "The List" and the Tablet PC2 Favorite designation.   I wonder how my ski boots will fit.....

tablet pc 2 favorite  

From the Targus web site:  Targus’ first Rolling Notebook Backpack combines the best of both worlds. At first glace you can see that it is a stylish, durable backpack with plenty of features but look a bit closer and you can see that it is also a roller. The TSB700 glides on in-line skate wheels and includes a 2-tier telescoping locking handle for easy navigation. A protective rear flap holds the shoulder straps in place when using it as a roller, then lower the flap to cover the wheels for greater comfort when in backpack mode. For additional convenience it has a handle grip on the bottom of the case that allows for easy lifting into your car or an airline overheard compartment. Other features include a padded, removable slip case for notebooks with up to 15.4” screens, top front pocket with protective lining for iPod/MP3 players, PDA or sunglasses, bottom front pocket with business card holder, pen loops and key clip, a main compartment with plenty of file and accessory storage, a large side pocket, even a side mesh water bottle holder. Stylish, practical and ready to go, this case has it all.


  • Storage options throughout the backpack

  • Rear protective flap holds shoulder straps in place so straps are secure when the case is used in roller mode

  • Removable slip case fits notebooks with screen sizes up to 15.4”

  • Padded handle and shoulder straps for ease of transport

  • Handle grip on the bottom of the case allows for easier lifting into the car or airline overhead compartment

  • Protective PVC material on bottom of case repels water

I first saw this case at my local "Best Buy" store where it sells for $89.99,  which for the record is  $20.00 above MSRP.  That said I recommend you purchase your's directly from Targus.

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Please visit the links below for past products of the month, or take a look at the reviews accessories and software pages.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below

Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro, SecuriKey Pro,  GoBinder 2005

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