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    Posted: 16 March 2020 at 19:00
This could well be asking for the impossible but I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a backpack (or sling-type bag) which is suitable for carrying a Surface Pro 4 or similar tablet/small laptop?

I'm hoping to find something that's water resistant at least, and also has a side pocket/mesh pocket that can hold a 500ml water bottle.

I have been looking around on Amazon, eBay and a few other websites which specialise in the "outdoor" clothing types, but it seems like most backpacks are huge things that you might need for trekking through a national park. The smaller ones seem to lack features like having an external water bottle pocket.

I guess this is about as easy as choosing a camera bag or a lens...

Incidentally, the dimensions for a Surface Pro 4 are; 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 (292.10mm x 201.42mm x 8.45mm) so I would need a pack of some description with a pocket big enough to hold a tablet/laptop of that size comfortably.

I don't yet have a price in mind, but this is a good start to seeing what's available and whittling down the available choices.

Any suggestions?

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The Surface Pro 4 is 12.3". I have a (HP) 13" laptop and I got a (Thinktank) Mindshift Ultralight Dual 25L. It has a side pocket that will fit a 500ml bottle. It is water resistant ("For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating."). I do not know how much gear you want to carry, but it fits my A6400 and several lenses. I think an A99m2 will fit with two lenses. You can remove the camera bit to have a normal 25L tracking backpack. You can reach the camera from a side pocket. It has a decent harness (the Fstop Kenti has a better one, but that does not have a side bottle pocket and is discontinued).

All the information on the Mindshift Ultralight 25L
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Thank you Addy for the detailed information and for suggesting the Mindshift Ultralight Dual 25L.

It certainly seems to be a backpack well worth considering although I must admit a little taller than I would have liked really.

My main requirements are the capability of carrying and protecting a Surface Pro 4 against most types of weather likely found in the UK (ie: rain) and the fact that it can also carry a 500ml water bottle (preferably on the outside) and a lunch box too. Yes there are certain situations where it can/might/will be used to carry camera gear as well. I'm hoping to eventually purchase some smaller e-mount primes like the Sigma "trio" to use with my a6600 so a large amount of space might not be as necessary as it would be with my a68 and Minolta 70-210mm F4 Beercan.

I'm going to keep on looking and hopefully I'll find something a little smaller but I'm already keeping the Ultralight Dual 25L on my possible purchase list.

Thanks.

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The Surface Pro 4 is 12.3". I have a (HP) 13" laptop and I got a (Thinktank) Mindshift Ultralight Dual 25L. It has a side pocket that will fit a 500ml bottle. It is water resistant ("For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating."). I do not know how much gear you want to carry, but it fits my A6400 and several lenses. I think an A99m2 will fit with two lenses. You can remove the camera bit to have a normal 25L tracking backpack. You can reach the camera from a side pocket. It has a decent harness (the Fstop Kenti has a better one, but that does not have a side bottle pocket and is discontinued).

All the information on the Mindshift Ultralight 25L
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I have a lowepro flipside 200 AW ( the new one ), I just measured the camera compartment, it probably can fix the surface pro. And the compartment is open from the inside so will be secured
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Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

I have a lowepro flipside 200 AW ( the new one ), I just measured the camera compartment, it probably can fix the surface pro. And the compartment is open from the inside so will be secured
Well that is easy to check, according to Lowepro the tablet compartment will fit a 7" tablet - that btw is really small, a normal iPad is 10".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2020 at 12:56
I've never understood what the point of a backpack having both a tablet or a laptop pouch would be.

That being said, I think the diagonal size of a surface pro 4 is around 11 3/4 inches so wouldn't fit sadly. However I've just received a deliver of a Kensington backpack from amazon. It's quite a simple design really but not only fits the surface Pro complete with its travel sleeve, but the charger and other accessories plus a lunch box and water bottle as well. Take the lunch box out and my a6600 with a medium sized lens would fit nicely. Not bad for £36 I thought.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

I have a lowepro flipside 200 AW ( the new one ), I just measured the camera compartment, it probably can fix the surface pro. And the compartment is open from the inside so will be secured
Well that is easy to check, according to Lowepro the tablet compartment will fit a 7" tablet - that btw is really small, a normal iPad is 10".


Well, I actually meant to put the surface pro inside the camera compartment ( or on top of the camera partitions). When I travel with camera, lens and ipad, I always put the ipad in the camera compartment in the flipside as it will be more secure

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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2020 at 15:46
It is a snug fit to be sure but it works.
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