If you're a remote worker, student, or designer on the go, then you'll know how important it is to safely carry your laptop with you. We'll always need a safe way to transport our belongings including our technology from there to there.
We've researched and tested many laptop backpacks on the market, whether you want something weatherproof, adjustable, slim, or business-attire approved. We've spent countless hours walking city streets, commuting, and with these backpacks to see how they hold up and how beneficial their individual features are for everyday backpack use. We'll keep testing new bags and update this list with the finest we find.
If you want one backpack that will be used on your daily commute, a day trip, or as an airplane carry-on, this is your case. Despite the fact that most bags have a short one inside a pocket, but can't be removed completely. Nomatic also features a zipper that expands the size to provide enough room for shoes and clothes for a day or two.
The front compartment of the bag includes everything you need for cables, a mouse, power adapters, and other accessories. It also has a RFID pocket to keep your credit cards, ID, and other items secure. A separate zippered lined pocket above the front compartment is perfect for your phone and there are cable passes from the pocket to the front compartment so you may place a power bank in the latter and charge your phone on the go.
The backpack features grab handles on the sides of the backpack so you can easily carry it when it's off your back. A separate laptop compartment at the back can be unzipped and laid flat to avoid throwing your laptop completely out.
The Nomatic Travel Backpack is not exactly a bargain, but given its versatility, the quality of materials, and thoughtful design, it's worth every penny.
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The Commuter Pack is a popular with its great organization and a good execution. For example, the zippered pockets on each side can be used to hold a water bottle or umbrella, but they can also be used to secure smaller items. It's also a great option to charge your phone on the go. And when they're not in use, there are no messy pockets to look at.
The main compartment has plenty of room for lunch, headphones, or whatever, and a large slip pocket for files as well. A separate laptop-and-tablet compartment with a weather-sealed zipper keeps them protected and easy to access. The MacBook Pro comes with faux fur to prevent scratches (it feels amazing).
My favorite feature is the hidden faux-fur-lined pocket on the top. It's a quick-and-easy spot to drop your phone or sunglasses, and it has a magnetic closure so everything will not fall out. However, the pocket is also accessible even if the pack is on your back.
Leather is typically the mainstay of business shoes, especially with backpacks built on recycled materials, but its lightweight fabric and lining reduce weight loss without sacrificing style. Depending on whether your belongings are soggy or damaging, the Slipstream will accommodate a large laptop.
There are no inside side pockets for a water bottle or umbrella, but two slip pockets inside the main compartment can easily hold both. The shoulder straps are padded with memory foam and covered with a soft, smooth fabric to ensure maximum comfort.
The main compartment is medium enough to hold a bike helmet, a change of clothes, or any other necessities you may need to get through your workday. A small compartment on the front is perfect for your phone, sunglasses, and keys. However, it provides a sturdy structure to it that allows it to stay upright when you put it down, if you like the look, but want it to be smaller. The Slipstream is available in five colour options and if you want.
The Jumper is fantastic because it works as a daypack as it uses a camera bag. On the back, there's a zippered compartment for cables, batteries, and other valuables, too. A water bottle pocket on the right, a hidden zippered pocket in the back, and a separate laptop compartment at the back with a weatherproof zipper, all give you enough space for your daily commute.
The inside of the backpack's zipper is another zipper that opens the entire bottom half of the backpack to the inside. With the compartment open, you can use the included four padded dividers to organize and protect your camera equipment in the bottom half. This allows you to keep away from extra clothes. Straps on the bottom may hold a large tripod (or a jacket).
Finally, there's a zippered opening on the left side to give you quick access to your camera without having to lay the bag down and open the front section. It's a really clever, versatile compact design. That's just for hauling your stuff.
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If you prefer clean, flexible, or flexible bags that can shrink or expand depending on your needs on any given day, there's something for you to consider. Peak Design has launched its camera accessory, which shows in the bags design, as well as its origami removable dividers, but the stylish backpack is fantastic even if you are not a photographer.
Large zippered side panels give you easy access to everything from your bag, regardless of where it is in the bag. Each side panel includes separate zippered storage areas for accessories, and a slim padded laptop compartment is accessible via a zipper at the top. It will easily transport an iPad or snugly hold up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro.
All zippers are weather-sealed and the fabric is water-repellent, and a magnetic latch system allows you to expand or shrink the top of the bag, so you can fill it to the bottom and keep everything inside. External side pockets and hidden straps give you extra storage on the outside.
While a smaller 20L bag I tested cost $260, a larger 30L version costs $290.
Is there a choice between a shoulder laptop bag and a backpack? The Duane's designs are unique. Detachable backpack straps stash in a pocket on the back when you want to attach its removable shoulder strap. There's also room for books, lunch, and anything else you need to do during the day, including a dedicated laptop compartment for up to a 15.6-inch laptop. Plus, despite a price as low as $42, Solo NY has a five-year warranty.
Rolltops are great because if you want more space in your backpack, you can easily deroll the top and create a chimney for your belongings. However, rolling over the top keeps rain out. It can be a pain to get to stuff at the bottom of your bag.
The Up Seoul solves this access problem with a zipper on the top of the bag that moves across and then down the right side, giving it a wider opening. On the inside, there's a padded laptop sleeve, a couple of slip pockets, a deep zippered pocket with a key leash, and an elastic water bottle pocket. On the outside, there's a slip pocket on the left for a water bottle or umbrella, and a concealed zippered pocket on the
Soft padding on the shoulder straps and back panel help keep this bag comfortable even when it's packed full. Deuter Up Seoul is and is made entirely from recycled materials.
This $210 satchel is made from vegan leather that is ridiculously soft to the touch. It can be used as a shoulder bag, a messenger, and as a backpack if desired.
Inside there's a sleeve for up to a 13-inch laptop, plus room for all your necessities. If you need a bit more space, the top reverses to increase your storage. The top flap closes with magnets, but there's also a compartment closure to keep everything more secure.
A hidden slip pocket on the back allows you to quickly stash your phone or sunglasses, although there's also a zippered Napoleon pocket back there for anything else you want to keep close at hand. The external pocket on the front is actually a removable clutch and can be used with the shoulder strap when you don't want to lug a bigger bag.
The Belmont is a simple backpack with a zippered front pocket, two slip pockets for a water bottle or umbrella, and a drawstring top with a zipper to keep the weather warm. It's on the inside where things get more interesting.
Along with a built-in 15-inch laptop sleeve there are two rails of soft Velcro. Using those rails you may customize the internal storage with. When the bag is really full, you can just remove the pockets to get to your items without ending the backpack first.
The Belmont, which is similar to all of the company's bags, is now available in a dozen colors, which are made from Cordura, a water-, tear-, and abrasion resistant fiber.
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The Pro Executive is a stylish laptop case and office-friendly adult backpack, which can still make you look like a 12-year-old at work.
Four external pockets keep your everyday essentials organized while two large main compartment sections give you room for everything from a clothes change to a 15-inch laptop (though a newer slim 17-inch laptop will fit). The golden interior acts as a light to help you locate what you're looking for fast. And the backpack stays upright when you put it down.
Waterfield Design is able to make all of its bags in San Francisco, but while they are a little lower than others, it's worthwhile to pay extra for the high-quality results.