SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

DWYM Score

9.5

SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

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We looked at the top Backpacks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Backpack you should buy.

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Overall Take

The multiple storage compartments within the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack make it super versatile. Not only are there spacious sections for your laptop or tablet, but the bag also features pockets for your water bottle, notepad and pencils. The weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester fabric means you can use this backpack for everything from traveling back and forth to campus to hiking up a mountain.


In our analysis of 93 expert reviews, the SwissGear SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Pack all of your gear and then some in this extra-roomy, full featured laptop backpack. The SWISSGEAR 1900 Scansmart Laptop Backpack is made from durable 1200D ballistic polyester fabric and is equipped with a large opening main compartment with rugged oversize zippers, adjustable side compression straps, a heavily padded back panel with Airflow ventilation technology, padded contour shaped shoulder straps with mesh fabric and built-in suspension as well as ScanSmart lay-flat technology for the ultimate in laptop-in-case TSA scanning for most portable computers up to 17” in size. Other features built into the case include a highly protective floating TabletSafe tablet pocket, an accordion file holder, an organizer compartment, multiple internal accessory pockets, side accessory and water bottle pockets, a padded media pocket with headphone cord port, a molded top handle, a webbing daisy chain and carabiner to attach gear to when you’re on the go, a front quick-access pocket and reflective accent material built into the shoulder straps for added safety when out at night!

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
12 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
8,283 user reviews

What experts liked

These are popular Swiss Gear backpacks because it is durable and looks great. And it also appeals to different people beacause of the storage and functionality of the backpack.
- Travel Gear Zone
From our point of view, it’s just right. With that, the organizational ability of this backpack is excellent. The SwissGear Travel Gear Scansmart Backpack 1900 is renowned for being a great backpack for school, work, or travel while staying at an impressive price point.
- Trek Bible
August 31, 2018 | Full review
The shoulder straps are padded, adjustable and feature in-built suspension to help keep heavy loads off your shoulders and back.
- Best Backpack Lab
It is made of polyester fabric, which is strong, durable, and breathable. In addition, it has a water bottle pocket making it convenient and efficient.
- Our Great Products
July 8, 2019 | Full review
There are more than 7 pockets to store personal items, and they are all protected with durable zippers. These backpacks were truly created to pass the test of time.
- Idea Hacks
It includes a large front U-zip pocket that opens up for quick access to personal stuff. SwissGear Laptop Backpack has two, breathable, side compartments for an umbrella or a water bottle.
- 5 Product Reviews
July 31, 2019 | Full review
SwissGear 1900 Travel Laptops provide you with exactly this. They look great and are also very useful. Plus, it can carry up to laptops that fall under 17-inches. As a matter of fact, the ScanSmart technology ensures that you face no hassles during laptop bag scans.
- The Top Pro
This awesome laptop backpack is very highly recommended due to its great quality and features. The bag has a good number of compartments. Moreover, it has a detachable key ring in the outermost pocket, which some people look for. It is also comfortable on your back and well-made zippers and pockets.
- Best Brand Reviews
You will find the long-lasting weatherproof 1200D ballistic polyester handy, especially if you are economic-minded. This is because it enables the laptop backpack to stand up to harsh outdoor conditions and heavy use, thereby, lasting longer. Ideally, the manufacturer of this backpack has not forgotten the much-needed comfort.
- Ah Joo
The bag features something called ScanSmart lay-flat technology. In essence, this design feature allows quick access to the laptop, which will always come in handy on airports. Also, the laptop will be seen on the TSA scan, which also helps save time and energy.
- IDKMen
June 5, 2018 | Full review
For travelers with a lot of small items, the Scansmart 1900 might be a better backpack, because it’s designed not to be filled anywhere near capacity.
- foXnoMad
July 19, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Real Backpacks
April 1, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

There is one small critique a few users of the SwissGear Travel Gear Scansmart Backpack 1900 have. The zipper durability on a few of the color styles seems to not work as well as others. Whether they stop lining up or simply break off, a few long-time users of this backpack wish for a higher quality zipper.
- Trek Bible
August 31, 2018 | Full review
However, some customers have experienced ripped zippers, splitting seams and issues with water damage.
- Best Backpack Lab
Unfortunately this backpack can get very heavy if it is packed to its fullest capacity. If stuffed to full capacity, this backpack will not fit under the seat in an airplane.
- Idea Hacks
Zippers could be better
- Ah Joo
The only downsides I noticed are the zippers. They are a bit too clunky, and often very stubborn (hard to switch).
- IDKMen
June 5, 2018 | Full review
Then, there’s the biggest complaint I have about the 1900: the thick dividers between the laptop compartment, tablet compartment, and main compartments. Those dividers take up space, again, which is fine if you’re not going to really fill the main compartment.
- foXnoMad
July 19, 2018 | Full review
The downside to this is that the pockets of the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack might actually be too much for some people.
- Real Backpacks
April 1, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Kate Desmond 
Parenting Pro and Safe-Sleep Expert

Kate Desmond is a writer and infant safe-sleep expert. She has spent the last eight years working as the marketing director for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate families about SIDS and safe sleep. In that role, she travels around the country learning and educating caregivers and providers on the latest and greatest safe-sleep information to prevent infant death.

As mom to two elementary-aged daughters, she spends hours researching the best and safest products for her own kids. She is quick to get in the weeds with other mamas, and uses humor to cope with parenting woes from potty-training to teaching kids to read. She writes about the ups and downs of parenting on her blog.

An Overview On Backpacks

While bookbag, knapsack, rucksack and haversack are all names for a bag that can be carried on your back, backpack is the most commonly used term. These handy tools provide campers and hikers with a convenient way to carry their gear and schoolgoers a way to transport all of their books and school supplies. Parents also look to backpacks for easier lugging of all the gear needed for raising a child, from diapers to breast pumps.

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If you are in the market for a backpack, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before choosing the one that best meets your needs.

“A good pack has the right number of compartments,” Kate Desmond, our in-house parenting expert and working mom of two, says. “Too many and things can get lost, too few and things can become unorganized.”

Look over the size and number of compartments within the pack. Do you need to fit a laptop, cell phone, multiple textbooks or an extra set of clothes? Perhaps you’d also like a side pocket for a water bottle or a front pouch to hold your pens and pencils.

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“Make sure you have a place to store your phone and wallet and make sure that place is easily accessible,” Desmond advises. “Another feature that earns bonus points with me is the full zipper section for laptops, making TSA a breeze. A zipper compartment for tiny, important things and a side water bottle or sippy cup holder are also absolute musts.”

Check the bookbag’s shoulder straps to make sure they are both padded and adjustable. You don’t want the bag to be loose or the items within it will shift as you walk. You also don’t want it to be so snug that you can’t get it on and off.

“Make sure the backpack you choose is nicely padded in all the right places,” Desmond says, adding that “too-thin straps can leave a mark on aching shoulders.”

Review the material. If you plan to be out and about in harsh weather conditions, a weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester is a good choice. A 600D nylon fabric works fine for everyday use, as it is splash-resistant (although not completely waterproof) and not easily scratched or torn.

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Locate the bookbag’s dimensions. This will give you a better idea as to what size laptop will fit in the pack. Some bags can only handle smaller laptops, while others are able to accommodate laptops up to 17 inches. And don’t forget to pay attention to weight.

“If a backpack is too heavy without anything in it, imagine the weight when it is full!” Desmond says.

Check for any safety features. This is especially important if you do a great deal of traveling with your trusty pack. If the bag has a lockable zipper, review the product tag to see if the lock comes with the bag, or whether you are required to purchase it separately. It’s also important that the bag has an anti-puncture feature so that a knife or pair of scissors can’t be used to open the pack.

Search for any extras that make the pack more desirable. For example, if you visit the library often and need to charge your devices, you’ll want a bag with a USB charger and built-in charging cable.

Finally, choose a backpack that fits your sense of style. If you have an old soul, choose a vintage pattern. If you have a bubbly personality, you may be more suited to a multi-colored bag. There are plenty of colors and styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that matches your charm.

The Backpack Buying Guide

  • Some backpack models come with the option of a three or four-year protection plan. If you prefer to stick with one pack for the long haul and aren’t prone to upgrading yearly, this may be something you want to consider purchasing.
  • The American Chiropractic Association reports that 60% of children who carry a heavy backpack end up with back pain. As a result, the organization recommends that kids stick to wearing backpacks that contain no more than 5 to 10% of their body weight.
  • Carrying weighty backpacks isn’t just dangerous for children. Adults can suffer injuries as well. Researchers at Tel Aviv University found muscle and nerve damage are also possible, so it is especially important to monitor how much you’re carrying in your bookbag at any given time.
  • Always check the product label to see if the backpack is machine washable. Many are not and you don’t want to risk ruining the fabric and durability of the bag.
  • If the pack isn’t machine washable, you’ll need to clean it carefully by hand. Use a soft-bristled brush to dislodge any dirt or mud that may be dried on the bag. Toothbrushes work great for cleaning the zippers and hard-to-reach areas. Should there be loose sand and dirt, you can quickly clean that with the attachment on your vacuum. Next, wet a sponge with luke-warm water (use a mild dish soap if needed) and wipe down the surface of the bag. Move on to the zipper and inner compartments before finishing with the shoulder pads and straps. You may need to carefully scrub any spots that have stains. Hang dry the bookbag in a location that does not receive sunlight. Sunlight can cause the color of your pack to fade.
  • Backpacks have plenty of alternative uses. In addition to travel and commutes to school, you can use a bookbag as a purse or diaper bag for your baby. They also work well to carry your beach supplies or a picnic lunch at the park. You can even keep emergency supplies in them to prepare for a hurricane or other significant weather event.
  • When comparing backpack prices, you’ll need to take the product’s features into consideration. A bookbag with extra compartments, USB ports and anti-theft locks are going to cost a little more than packs that are more basic. The type of fabric used can also drive up the cost. For example, fabric that is tear-resistant and waterproof is more expensive than your traditional backpack material.