I know a lot of people are very pro Targus XL, but just keep in mind there's a few of us who have been less than satisfied with the Targus. I'm rough on my backpacks, I'll be the first to admit it. I travel a good bit, overseas frequently, and am dragging and pulling the backpack through lots of tight situations. I'm used to professional and durable backpacks, the kind that you can only really get with hiking or backpacking backpacks. Anyway, I find the Targus to be extremely weak and ill designed. It's not threaded very well and my shoulder strap ripped slightly on my very first plane trip. Given, I had the laptop and about 15 more pounds of gear loaded in the backpack with it, but my impression is that it can't deal with heavy loads very well at all. So, if you have nothing but the laptop and accessories in your backpack and tend to carry it to school or work and be very gentle with it, I think it will last you awhile. However, if you want a backpack that you can have confidence in to load down a bit and not have to worry about things starting to rip off, this one is not for you. I now carry it in a Victorinox laptop case (shoulder strap) that I bought in the Miami airport after my Targus started tearing. It's worked great for me so far. Just my 2 cents. I'll never buy Targus again.