The Usual Tech Ramblings

Review: Lowepro CompuRover AW

I don’t usually do reviews, I generally end up rambling, but thought I’d give it a shot with my camera/laptop back. I’ve had the Lowepro CompuRover AW for about 3 years now. I got it when I decided I wanted to start carrying my Nikon D70s around with me, as well as my Dell Inspiron 9300. I originally had 2 shoulder bags, quite cumbersome if you realize that the laptop alone is nearly 8lbs of laptop, not hugely heavy, but quite a beast if you’re carrying it all the time.

I had a bit of a challenge with this laptop, because it’s a 17” wide screen laptop, and most bags target smaller laptops. So I dropped by a local camera store, and took a look around. I found the CompuRover to be the right size for the laptop, and even better, handled my largest lens too. So I purchased it. When I got home, I moved all my laptop equipment, cables, card readers, power cables, etc, and then all my camera equipment. This made the bag pretty heavy, but when loaded on my back, I couldn’t feel a thing, the straps lifted the bag up nicely, and shifted the weight from the lower back to the shoulders, and made it feel good.

Jump forward 3 years, and it’s still going strong, I’ve got more camera equipment, and changed out my laptop, but it still going strong. The bag has been on multiple tours of the Dallas zoo, as well as various walks around the local parks, and the trips to and from work, getting thrown about, and onto my shoulder, several flights to and from various parts of the country, as well as back home to the UK. The stitching has held, the plastics are still very solid and no breaks. The elastics are still quite springy1. The bag could easily be passed as “like new” if it wasn’t for the fact I had a cat and a dog, and their various off-sheds due to it coming up to summer.

So if you’re looking for a strong, sturdy laptop/camera back, with plenty of room for equipment, this bag certainly fits the bill.

  1. I discovered this the other day by accidentally getting a toggle stuck in my chair, and walking off, followed by a PTWANG followed by a searing pain in the thigh