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Twenty-five awesome laptop bags for everyone, from students to globetrotters

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Waterfield Designs Cargo Bag ($349)

Are you looking for the protection and professionalism of a briefcase, but the convenience and weather resistance of a messenger bag? Waterfield’s plainly-named Cargo Bag is a good option. Designed with genuine leather, the Cargo Bag provides waterproof zippers and a padded compartment, so it’ll handle a surprise rainshower. It also offers a segmented interior with lots of pockets. The protective laptop compartment fits thin 15-inch laptops, and all 13-inch laptops. Additionally, there’s a tablet pocket that can fit basically any tablet, or a 13-inch laptop. The Cargo Bag is a great choice if you want a large and versatile bag for everyday carry, but also need something that won’t clash with your suit.

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Jack Spade Slim Supply Brief ($388+)

It’s pricey, but if you can afford it, Jack Spade produces some of the finest bags and cases on the market, with high quality materials and sleek, professional design. The exterior of the bag is covered in tech grey textured nylon, for a lightweight, modern feel. Inside, you’ll find a padded tech pocket for your laptop or other computing necessities, and a spacious main compartment for your notebooks, reference materials, and whatever else you need to bring to the meeting. There’s also an outside pocket for storing anything you need to access quickly and easily.

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Hedgren Goal Tote Bag ($89)

It may be labeled as a general laptop tote bag, but this Canadian bag is definitely aimed toward the ladies. If you want to stay as stylish as possible but find that a laptop bag really doesn’t complement your professional look, this could be the hybrid pack that you’re looking for. In addition to the almost purse-like lines, it can hold a 14-inch laptop, a tablet, a variety of paper documents, your phone, and various pens/other office supplies. Also, like many things made in Canada, it’s water repellent for any unexpected rainstorms.

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Rickshaw Commuter 3.0 laptop messenger bag ($199)

Customization is key when it comes to Rickshaw’s standard commuter bag. The manufacturer provides more than 100 customizable appearance options, from the exterior material and color to the bindings and logo, adding a high level of personalization to suit whatever desire you might have. Regardless of the customization options, the waterproof bag features a 15-inch removable laptop sleeve, quick-adjust shoulder straps, and front and rear pockets for stashing your wallet, phone, journal, or anything else you might want to take with you. The pack can be as basic or out there as you want it to be given all the assorted design choices available at your fingertips, so don’t hesitate to fiddle around on the the website before making your purchase.

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Moshi Urbana Briefcase ($140)

Blending stylish design and comfortable fit, the Moshi Urbana is fit to carry a laptop of up to 15 inches, with a padded compartment that also has room for your tablet or smartphone. The strap has an adjustable cushion, and you can have it fitted just the way you like. With a wide variety of interior and exterior pockets, as well as a water-resistant outer coating, you’ll keep all of your valuables safe and dry, and won’t have to dig through a huge bag to find your charger. The Urbana is available in three colors that range from exciting and trendy to professional and subdued, for a look that matches you and what you get up to every day.

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MooseAndPine MacBook Pro Messenger Bag ($128)

Nothing says “artsy” quite like Etsy. Aside from the usual offerings of handmade beard beanies and vintage Danish lights, the up-and-coming craft site also boasts a number of laptop bags for those who truly want something that’s one of a kind, right down to the stitching and color wash. Each of Etsy store MooseandPine’s small, dark denim messenger bags features an off-white cotton canvas compartment suitable for 13-inch ultra books and other similarly sized laptops. Although two outer rivet-reinforced pockets provide just enough space for your cell phone or charger, the three additional inside pockets allow ample room for bulkier items, making the bag versatile whether you want to cram in a few classic novels or keep it light with no more than your laptop. While not all Etsy products are dependable, MooseandPine keeps reliable stock so this bag should be available – and occasionally on sale.

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Tom Bihn Synapse 19 ($190)

The Synapse 19 is a more traditional backpack done very, very well: The materials used by the Seattle-based Tom Bihn include nylon ripstop for fabric lining and exterior components, closed-cell foam for support, and a option for 400d – 1000d denier Cordua. The result is a water-resistant backpack with not only a compartment for notebooks or laptops (including a removable pouch), but also room for cameras, flashlights, sunglasses, first aid kits, and a little of everything else. The Synapse has a dedicated focus on internal pouches and compartments so that the outside remains free of mesh bags and confusing straps, creating a clean, stylish pack suitable for outdoor use in all types of weather. Laptop pouches can be customized according to size, and if you find the 19 too small, you can try the Synapse 25 instead!

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Arc’teryx Granville Backpack ($132+)

Not only is Arc’teryx considered to be one of the most premiere outdoor brands of all time in most circles, but it’s also oft considered one of the most expensive. The high price tag associated with the Granville Backpack is warranted, though, considering the taped seams and weather-resistant construction. The 20L pack also features a zippered back panel for quickly accessing your laptop or tablet from the padded 15-inch sleeve, as well as a reflective logo for increased viability, a key clip, and a convenient pocket for securing smaller items. The peppering of the color choices — Bengal Copper, Black, Marine, and Biome — make it even more accessible, whether you want to go with something subtle or a bit more flashy.

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Ogio Renegade RSS Laptop Backpack ($125)

If you carry everything you own with you on your back, the Ogio Rengade RSS is an awesome choice, not just for its storage space, but for its features. The laptop compartment holds even the most sizable 15″ laptops, with a special suspension system so you can drop it right in, and then drop the bag, and your computer won’t even notice it happened. There’s also a wealth of available pockets in myriad sizes and locations, some with microfiber cloth so you can toss in a tablet or e-reader without having to worry about it, and a sunglasses pouch with tough walls so you won’t end up with scratched lenses. It’s a little on the pricey side, but it holds everything, and keeps it all protected from bumps and bruises: Look for sales for this pack (spotted on sites like Best Buy), which can lower the price to more reasonable levels.

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Topo Designs Klettersack ($169)

Colorado-based Topo Designs prides itself in manufacturing packs that are as suitable for hiking in the hills as your daily commute to the office. The Kleteersack 15L is a prime example of why that’s the case, too, providing a healthy 15 liters of space within a classic design built for the traveler on the go. The compact hauler utilizes 1000d Cordura for durability and protection from the elements, along with a coated pack cloth to create an inner compartment that’s completely lined. The natural leather lash tabs also render the pack ideal for stowing a bike light or other equipment, while side pockets and padded sleeve provide extra space for stowing a water bottle, hydration bladder, or even a 15-inch laptop. The resounding color options are just a plus. It’s worth noting that it’s easy to find this model for prices lower than the $170 MSRP.

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Osprey Cyber Port Daypack ($54+)

In recent year’s, Osprey’s name has become as synonymous with outdoor packs as Tide is with detergent — and rightly so. However, the aptly-titled Cyber Port was designed more so for the tech aficionado than the one heading into the back-country on a seven-day trek. Available in a bevy of attractive colors that tie retro style with modern sensibility, the panel-style daypack features a melange of storage compartments, each of which is intended for a different purpose. A padded sleeve provides adequate space for 15-inch laptops, while the main compartment houses important documents and a front pocket supplies a scratch-resistant space for your shades. Best of all, a zippered sleeve located in the front panel allows you to use utilize your tablet without ever taking it out of the pack. And did we mention the lifetime guarantee?

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