SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

Are you probably scared of spending your money on a backpack that isn’t durable, isn’t large enough, doesn’t have enough pockets or probably scared of getting one that would make your back sweaty? If yes, then allow me to show you how SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack easily solves these issues and even offers more features that can be of great assistance in your everyday life.

I came across this bag a few days ago, read the reviews left by those that have made use of it and I was instantly captivated as to what they said about the bag which made me really interested and because of this I researched more on it to know what exactly it had to offer.

In this SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack review, I would discuss how well it works, how durable it is, why it would make your back not to be sweaty when you put it on, how large the bag is, the laptop size that can fit into it and so much more. I would even reveal to you some minor drawbacks you might experience when making use of this backpack.

By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether this SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack is right for you.

Product Name: SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

Price: $$$

A Cheap Place To Buy: Amazon

Warranty: Limited warranty for 3 years from the date of purchase…free from defects in materials and workmanship.

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Prefer watching the video? No problem. Here’s the in-depth review of the backpack showing you everything you need to know about the bag.

Overview of SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

Swissgear are used to producing really good backpacks and from the research I performed it sure seems the swissgear 1900 is another top-notch product from their collection. It boasts a very high rating which is a good start in making me know I have picked a good backpack to review.

The material used in producing the bag is a material used in producing really good backpacks and also it has lots of pockets where items can be stored. The backpack is able to open flat making it easier during airport checkpoints and also the material used in designing the back of the bag and its shoulders encourage for better airflow.

Personally, I think the pockets might be too much but hey, maybe you might like it. The bag is pretty big and should be able to comfortably take two laptops although it is very unlikely that the two laptops would fit into the mesh laptop compartment.

If you wish to find out all the information I was able to pull up during my research of this bag then please keep reading.

My Research

When making a review about a product I have not personally made use of, if I am to provide the best review for my readers to make sure they have all the information they need to make an informed decision on whether to go for a particular product or not then I do deep thorough research on the product.

I read customer reviews, I visit forums about the product, I watch videos to see it firsthand, I read other blog reviews about it and so much more.

I collect all these information from around the net for my readers just to make sure no stone is left unturned and my readers have all the information they need before they make their decision on any product reviewed in this blog.

While performing my research about the Swissgear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack, I came across some interesting information about this bag and I intend to reveal them in this post.

Designed With Durable Water-Resistant Ballistic Polyester

The Swissgear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack was made with a durable, water-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester. What does this actually mean? It means that the bag was designed to last long while also having a high rate of resisting water.

Ballistic nylons are thick and tough and the higher their numbers, the thicker and tougher they are. To prove what I mean by this, I came across an interesting comment by an actual user of the bag which I would reveal to you. He has made use of this backbag for quite some time and he was really impressed with the water-resistant power of the bag.

He was to take a train ride and before getting to the train station he was drenched by rain. The train ride was about 30minutes and he actually noticed some of the rainwater sitting on the fabric of the bag before the train moved. Surprisingly, after the train ride, he looked at the fabric of the backpack and noticed that the water that sat on the fabric had still not been absorbed by the bag after the 30minutes ride.

When I read this, I was truly amazed and was impressed that the fabric of Swissgear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack was supposedly able to withstand the water that sat on it for about 30minutes.

If this was actually true then it means this was possible because of the 1200D ballistic polyester used in making the bag. It seems this type of polyester was actually used so the backpack could withstand heavy use and harsh conditions.

This type of fabric is actually a type used in very good backpacks although it kind of looks like cotton canvas in the pics provided. A lot of people describe it as semi-water-resistant but from what I have found out due to my research, the pack holds up to rain to a very reasonable extent.

Easy Access Laptop Compartment

If you own a laptop and you intend to buy a bag without a laptop compartment then you might be making a mistake that might cost you in the future. The swissgear 1900 scansmart laptop backpack comes with a laptop compartment able to fit up to a 17inch laptop.

Like I said earlier on, I always like to perform thorough research on every product reviewed on this page and while researching on this particular feature of the backpack I noticed that there were some contradicting opinions in regards to the laptop compartment of this swissgear 1900 scansmart laptop backpack.

I mentioned that this laptop is supposed to be able to fit a 17inch laptop but some customers complained that it did not fit their 17inch laptops while some others said it comfortably fit their 17inch laptops. These are contradicting opinions and I have an opinion on why this is happening.

Now my personal understanding of this according is that it depends on the manufacturer of your laptop. The specs of some laptops actually say that they are 17inch when in actuality that might just be the diagonal measurement of the screen. The device itself can be 0.5 – 1.5 inches longer with the bezel.

This might be the reason why it does not fit or properly fit into the laptop compartment of the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack thus the contradicting opinions. If you know the laptop size of your laptop is 17inches including the bezel of the laptop then it should be able to fit.

The only issue I have with the laptop compartment is that it does not come with a padded sleeve. The one I came across had mesh protection to protect your laptop. While this is still good, I feel bags that come with a padded laptop sleeve compartment adds an additional layer of protection for your laptop.

The bag is big enough to be able to contain more than one laptop no matter its size. The only problem you would face when it comes to a laptop size is actually when you decide to make use of the mesh compartment specifically designed for holding and protecting a laptop.

ScanSmart Lay-flat Technology

This feature of the bag is best suited for airport security checkpoints. The backpack is able to open up to 180degree thereby allowing for a hassle-free laptop in bag TSA scan. A really useful feature if you don’t intend on taking out your laptop whenever you plan on passing through airport security.

As awesome as this feature is I did find some users that said it wasn’t really a necessary feature to include in the bag because it actually took about the same effort to open and layout the bag as much as it was to pull out their laptop sleeve out of other bags that were not TSA friendly or could not open up to 180degrees.

The choice is up to you if you feel you need a backpack that is able to open up to 180degrees which makes it TSA friendly.

IPad Compartment And Organizational zip pockets

When it comes down to having enough pockets to keep your items then trust me when I tell you that this bag does not fall short. It has enough pockets to be able to organize and store your items. They were so much that I was not even able to count them.

It has an Ipad compartment meant to store and safeguard your Ipad. The other pockets can be used to store your gadgets and items like your pocket notebooks, keys, writing utensils and so much more.

The front pockets can be used to store items that you need quick access to and there are also two side compartments that can be used to store items like your umbrella, water bottles, or even a change of clothes.

While I love a backpack with a lot of pockets, you have to know that there is a downside to this. The downside to this is that the pockets of the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack might actually be too much for some people.

Making use of a backpack with a lot of pockets might have a disadvantage of an owner forgetting where some items are placed inside the bag.

Also, if you are a type of person that packs a lot of gadgets that takes up almost all the pockets and compartment of the bag then the bag might end up having an irregular shape.

My advice to you is that if you decide to go for this backpack then try and make sure you don’t always make use of all the pockets and compartments unless absolutely necessary. Because of the number of pockets, you can also try to strategically arrange your items so it doesn’t give the backpack an irregular shape when over packed.

Well Constructed for Better Airflow Ventilation

One issue some people might have when making use of a backpack is having a sweaty back caused by the bag. I would not say it is a common problem but what I would say is that it is a problem that occurs if you don’t know how to wear your backpack or the type of backpack to buy.

A lot of packs now being produced are beginning to tackle this problem and one of the ways Swissgear went about this was making the back of the swissgear 1900 scansmart backpack with a heavily padded mesh back panel. This allows for better airflow and added support and comfort making your back remain dry while making use of it.

Also, the shoulder straps are contoured and were made with mesh fabric and adjustable side compression straps to adjust the backbag to your taste.

The shoulder straps have two vertical loop straps on them. The issue with this is that a lot of people don’t actually know what this is used for and after searching through the internet it seems several people have come up with a different use for this feature.

I guess you can call it improvising as some people said they make use of it for hanging their sunglasses while I found some that said it was probably designed to slip into the loops outside of a luggage handle.

So I guess the way to go about this is that you might have to be creative when making use of features like this which is why I would have really liked it if this backpack comes with a user guide to explain all the features of the bag.

I did not find anywhere online that says it does. Maybe by the time you read this post they might have started adding a user guide to the bag whenever anyone makes a purchase.

FAQs of the Swissgear 1900 Scansmart Backpack

1. Question: What is the Dimension of the bag?

Answer: The dimension of the bag is 18.5 x 13.5 x 9 inch

2. Question: Is the bag able to fit all laptop sizes?

Answer: Outside the laptop compartment, the backpack is able to fit more than one laptop no matter what the size is but if you decide to make use of the laptop compartment then it would be able to fit a laptop and it has to be at most 17inches in size. Please note that this size would need to be a combination of the measurement of the screen of your laptop and the bezel of the laptop.

3. Question: Can it easily fit under the seat in an airplane?

Answer: Yes it can easily fit under the seat in an airplane but this might depend on how much you stuff the backpack.

4. Question: Is it completely waterproof?

Answer: The SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack is not a waterproof backpack but it is water-resistant which means if you get caught in a light rain then the items inside your bag should be safe from being wet.

5. Question: What is a limited warranty

Answer: A limited warranty is limited to some specifics. It might be a specific type of defect or condition or it might be to some specified parts of the backpack depending on what is specified by the company or retailer.

In the case of the swissgear 1900 scansmart tsa laptop backpack, If defects in material occurs then swissgear would at their own discretion repair or replace your product upon presentation of the original sales receipt, which serves as proof of purchase to validate your warranty and this warranty lasts for 3 years after the day of purchase.

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The SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack is not a perfect backpack but its high rating shows that it is a really good backpack. It has been used by a lot of people that were happy with their purchase and it is a backpack I highly recommend for students, travelers, professionals and anyone looking to carry quite a lot on a regular basis in their backpack.

It comes with…

  • A mesh laptop compartment to keep and store your laptop
  • A scansmart lay flat technology feature
  • Organizer compartment with removable key/fob clip and multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card, and memory stick
  • Heavily padded back panel for better airflow ventilation to prevent a sweaty back and also contoured shoulder straps for better air ventilation around the shoulders.
  • Padded media pocket with built-in headphone cord port
  • Durable, water-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester material
  • Accordion file holder
  • Reflective accent material built into shoulder straps for added safety
  • and much more

Although it might have one too many pockets which can make the backpack look awkward if over packed but if you don’t have too many gadgets you would not use up all the space in the bag which means it would be an excellent choice when traveling, going to class or for your daily activities involving a backpack.


13 comments on “SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

  1. Personally, I would not put more than one laptop in back packs like this even if we can. The reason is, I am afraid the contoured shoulder straps with built-in suspension might wear off after a prolonged use and break. I’ve seen it happen in my previous laptop back packs before. This SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA might be different from the ones I have tried before, but since I like prolonging the lives of my belongings, it’s a “NO” for me to put in more than one laptop. This is just my opinion though, and we have our own preferences.

    1. It is all about what you want Gomer. Experience has shown you that putting two laptops in a backpack might not be good for the bag. I would say that putting two laptops in this bag should not be something that should be done on a regular basis as it can probably lead to your claims. 

  2. Owing a backpack could be easy as people would want to go for a cost effective and nice backpack. But I just believe in taste and exquisite design. Moreover, the review on this backpack is really cool and awesome, I am highly overwhelmed by the features it posses. This review is wonderful and informative, I’ll make sure to try and save up some cash to purchase it. Thanks

  3. Firstly, I would like to commend you for this wonderful review about the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack. For me this review about this laptop backpack just makes me wanna go dump what am using right now. One of the things I love about the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack is the extra space I get when I put my laptop into it. I don’t have to squeeze things in or worry how my books would fit into the backpack. Thanks for this review.

  4. Thanks for writing this review on Swiss gear 1900 scansmart TSA laptop backpack. I must say I am pretty impressed with its size and number of pockets. It is just the kind of bag I will like to have due to the nature of my work but I would like to ask if it is availble only in black or are there other colors like lets say brown.

  5. Hi Manuel

    Amazing review. Loved the fact that you put so much of time and energy into researching every aspect of the bag to make sure that customers are satisfied. I must say that the laptop bags given by the laptop manufacturer are worthless. The fabric is cheap and non-durable. The Swissgear 1900 seems to be a sweet buy.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. I enjoyed this review. Based on your review which I know is always unbiased, the Swissgear 1900 scansmart TSA laptop backpack has all the attributes I need in a backpack for my lifestyle. My laptop is 15 inches, so it would conveniently fit in. I have checked the review on Amazon and I’m impressed with the quality of this backpack. It is large enough to hold some of my clothes when out of town and I’m sure of getting a backpack that can last for the next three years. 

  7. Hello Manuel

    I’m happy to read this lovely post about Swiss gear 1900 scansmart backpacks. I would say it is an eye-opener. I also love the way you highlighted your points. I have been following your blog posts for a long time because your posts are always educative and I must tell you this is not an exception. Thank for the review. Best regards 

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