Laptop backpacks are great for work, as daypacks, and even on travel, which is why I’m such a huge fan of them. Another laptop backpack that caught my eye recently is the Incase Icon Backpack, and it has some very impressive features that I’m excited to talk about. And while there are some shortcomings to this backpack, people still find a way to love it. It’s well designed, functional, and durable, which is what one looks for in a professional laptop backpack. Let’s take a closer look at this backpack and all it has to offer.

Incase Icon Backpack Dimensions and Materials Worth Noting

Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 17.25″ x 10.75″ x 1″

Exterior Dimensions: 19.3″ x 12.8″ x 8.7″

Weight: 2 lbs, 9 oz

Price: $199

Materials

The Icon backpack exterior is made with 840D Nylon fabric, which is water resistant but not waterproof. I have had experience with this type of fabric in the past and I haven’t had any problems with leakages. Although, the backpacks I’ve used in the past also use YKK zippers, which work great to defend against rain. This backpack heavy duty zippers and pulls from an unknown manufacturer, but hopefully it holds up just as well.

Incase Icon Backpack: Taking a Look at the Small Pockets and Compartments

Front Easy Access Pocket

This hand deep pocket comes with two smaller pockets inside. This is a great space for keeping a granola bar, lotion, chapstick, and other small miscellaneous things.

Organization Pocket

The next pocket has an organization panel to help keep your pens and other office supplies like a calculator, organized. On the other side of that panel is an open pocket, where you can keep your keys if you decide to clip them onto the key clip.

Towards the bottom are two more pockets that can hold your laptop charger, a magic mouse, and the like. Aside from the pockets, the space itself is pretty deep and you can keep a separate pencil case or tech case towards the bottom of this compartment.

Top Pocket

At the top is a small zip pocket that can fit your phone, headphones, and it you’re flying, even your boarding pass.

Side Pockets

Both side pockets on the backpack are zipped and can carry more tech-gear if you need it. One pocket has a little hole in it and it’s meant to allow a power charger through, incase you want to charge your phone while you’re on the move. In here, you can pack a power cord, external hard drive, backup batteries, whatever you need. The other side pocket, although it’s a bit smaller, can still carry a few things you may need. Some people put their wallets here, others fill it with more tech-gear.

Incase Icon Backpack: Next, Let’s Discuss the Big Compartments

Main Compartment

You have a lot of packing space in this compartment. At the front of the main compartment, there’s a mid sized pocket for personal items. You can pack a few books, one to two binders, a few notebooks, folders, clothing, accessories and more tech. Towards the back are two flat pockets, one big enough so that you can slide in a folder, and a small zippered one for a personal planner.

Hidden Tablet Compartment

Behind the main compartment is an almost hidden zipper, which is where you can keep your iPad, Android tablet, or Kindle. It’s well padded all around and is separate from the laptop compartment, which I’ll discuss next.

Laptop Compartment

Finally, we’re moving onto the separate laptop compartment, which is located at the back of the backpack. This pocket has an L-Zip style opening, which simply means that it zips open in an L-shape.

The inside of the laptop compartment is lined with a faux-fur lining and is well padded. You can fit up to a 15” MacBook Pro in here, though some people say that they can fit up to a 15.6” laptop too.

Features of the Incase Icon Laptop Backpack That I Like and Don’t Like

Features of the Incase Backpack That I Enjoyed

There were a lot of great things about this bag that I enjoyed. I’ll start with the amount of pockets provided. If you tend to travel with a lot of electronics and technology, then you know how frustrating it is when you don’t have room for everything that you carry. The Icon backpack solves this problem, and also gives you sufficient amounts of pockets for ultimate organization.

Another feature that I found myself drawn to was the faux-fur lining in the laptop compartment and the top pocket. I don’t know what it is, but it just feels relaxing to swipe your hand over the lining.

Speaking of feeling nice, the sturdy grab handle at the top is another detail that Incase paid attention to. While it’s not as padded as other backpacks, it feels smooth and looks minimalist to me.

And finally, I like the padded shoulder straps that adjust from the top and bottom. Some big backpacks don’t allow you to adjust from the top, which can get uncomfortable with heavier loads.

Very Nitpicky Problems With the Incase Icon Backpack

Even though this backpack delivers, for the most part, there are a few things I had a problem with that I wish were executed differently. For example, the side pockets, although they can fit smaller items, cannot fit a regular water bottle. It’s annoying to have to open the entire backpack in order to get my water bottle. I would be okay with a normal water bottle pocket, and I think most people would agree with me.

Another issue I have is that the sternum strap is not removable, which can get annoying if you’re not using it. I sometimes have to squeeze through a crowded bus or train, and it’d be easier if I didn’t have many straps getting in my way.

Here’s a heads up for anyone who does have a cover on their laptop. The laptop compartment zipper sometimes comes into contact with my laptop when I drag it out. That’s because I pull my laptop up and then sideways out, so naturally, the zipper hits the edge of my laptop. If you don’t have a cover, I advise that you use one when you use this bag. But you should have a laptop cover, regardless.

Lastly, I have to talk about the back panel of this backpack. If you’re a person who sweats a lot and frequently, be warned. Although the back panel of this backpack has a “ventilation system,” the foam gets very hot because on sunny days. If you bike, you may experience regular back sweat with this, though it’s hard for that not to happen with any backpack. But I still think it’s better to warn you beforehand.  

Final Words on the Incase Icon

You can be the judge for yourself as to whether this backpack is worth $199. Personally, it’s too much of money to spend on something if you don’t love it completely. If you like everything mentioned, have any more questions, or just want to say hi, send me a message!