Targus Drifter 16 Inch Laptop Backpack

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The Targus Drifter Laptop Backpack is designed to fit laptops up to 16” screens. This backpack features two large compartments for storage including a padded laptop compartment that keeps the device secure and separate from other items carried in the case.

The extremely thick padding on the back panel includes a large hidden zippered compartment and is strategically placed to provide lumbar support for your back. The heavily padded shoulder straps provide comfort for travel and include a removable mobile phone pocket large enough to hold an iPhone or BlackBerry as well as an elastic loop specifically designed to hold sunglasses on the shoulder strap.

The main front compartment includes pockets for business cards, a mesh accessory pocket and key clip. A convenient soft, lined pocket is scratch-resistant to store fragile accessories such as glasses, and more. To keep files in order, the interior divider provides a safe place to store documents.

Focusing on durability, the Drifter backpack features a weather-resistant bottom, thick industrial zipper pulls and a sturdy molded plastic handle supported by metal grommets and cabling. The Drifter Backpack offers a rugged case full of storage options and protective compartments for important devices.

Interior: H26.67 x W4.19 x D38.73cm
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  • Click & collect

    Click & collect from John Lewis and Waitrose shops tomorrow from 2pm
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    Collect + from a local shop from Thursday, postcode exclusions apply
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  • UK delivery

    Standard delivery within 5 working days
    Named or Saturday UK delivery
    Named day UK delivery pre-10.30am
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  • International delivery not available


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great size Really like this product. Lots of spaces and all good sizes. Use for laptop and staying away with business through the week. 04 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Targus Drifter 16 Inch Laptop Backpack Solid bag, with numerous pockets to hold just about everything you could wish for. An excellent purchase at a good price. This is my 2nd Targus purchase And would recommend . 30 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of pockets Seems sturdy enough and protects my laptop better than my old bag. You need to be organised with the pockets. Amazing how quickly I worked out what I would keep in each of them. Remembering though and finding which zip opens the pocket you are after can be a challenge. I recall choosing this bag over a number of alternatives. I wanted it to be comfortable to wear on my back, with good padding etc. And it was excellent value. Very happy with my purchase. 19 November 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Practical, but not as sturdy as it looks I bought this backpack at the end of 2011, and was very please with it initially. The "lifetime warranty" was of particular interest to me, as I tend to go through a backpack every 18 months or so. There are lots of compartments for storage, and the bottom of the backpack is rubberised so it does not rot or weaken if it gets damp (problems I have had with other backpacks). There is very good protection for laptop and other electronics inside, and it appears to be showerproof - all good points. However, after 6 months of daily use, the stitching on the top of the shoulder straps started to come undone, and the backpack was replaced with an identical unit 11 months later. Unfortunately the replacement backpack suffered from the same issue at exactly the same place, and after a further 7 months of daily use, I have just returned it to John Lewis and ordered a different backpack as a replacement. The rest of the backpack showed very few signs of wear - and I was very happy with its carrying capabilities, but the stitching on the shoulder straps is a serious flaw in the design. 10 May 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sturdy quality, many compartments This is my second Targus backpack - the previous one only lasted about a year so I was a bit reluctant to buy another one of the same brand. However this one feels very sturdy and has many useful compartments and side pockets. I travel with my laptop every day and am always worried about things like sufficient padding and wet weather. The laptop compartment is in the middle of the bag rather than in the back panel, which I think protects my computer better against accidental bumps. It would be nice if there were better concealed inner pockets for small valuables though. 26 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1st class item perfect for your computer and all the bits and things that you need for the office,also 1st class when traverling as not heavy even with computer in side easy to get to everything. Padding is 1st class when you carry for some time. Just a 1st class item for the price 14 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent. excellent backpack, very well made, numerous compartments, perfect for keeping things organised 12 July 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Too many zips This is a sturdy and well made product. However we have had a problem because there are so many pockets you cannot find what you want very quickly. 11 April 2012
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