I've been using the Targus Elite backpack for my 8790 for a couple of months, which I'm now considering selling and getting a messenger-style bag instead. The Elite is a bit too small for the 8790. It sticks out of the laptop compartment by about 3", but it's in there and still well-protected. The reason I went with the Elite is because I felt that backpacks designed for 17" laptops were just too big: too long
. One reason I went with a backpack was to avoid unwanted attention, despite the Targus branding, and because it looks more casual. The other reason is that I have to carry more than the computer: power supply, mouse, networking cables, CD wallet, color test chart, adapters, PDA, wallet, etc. and a messenger bag would have to be a foot thick to hold all that stuff.
While the backpack has performed admirably I want to switch to a messenger bag because I've found that the backpack has become a bit too casual for the image I want to portray to clients. Additionally, I've realized that I typically wear it on only one shoulder anyway because I usually only carry it from the building to the car and vice versa, and it's easier to dismount with such a heavy load, but I fear that it's putting too much stress on a single strap. And finally, I already carry a second bag of accessories (the generic "business case" included with Sagers from PC Torque), so I've resigned to the two-bag system anyway. Now I'm researching messenger-style bags that will suit the 8790. As soon as I find one, my Targus Elite will be up for sale. Notebookforums members get first dibs.
Up late. Bored. Rambling. Thank you.