25 awesome laptop bags for every owner, from students to globetrotters

Photography and travel

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack ($200)

While the Lowepro is a camera bag at its core, it has a great laptop compartment and enough features to warrant a look even if you don’t have a digital camera. The main compartment is broken up by a series of padded dividers, so you can have individual storage for all of your lenses and equipment, or whatever random stuff you’re carrying around with you. There are three access panels, one on each side so you can pull the bag under your arm, and one on top for larger items. The back is covered in attachment straps for all manner of extra packs, tripod mounts, and easy access storage. The ProTactic comes in two sizes, both capable of holding one or two DSLR bodies, plenty of lenses, and your laptop.

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Amazon LowePro B&H

Timbuk2 Command TSA-Friendly Messenger, 2015 ($83 – $260)

Timbuk2 is a mainstay when it comes to messenger bags, or at least it has been since the San Francisco-based company first entered the foray in the early ’90s. The Command Messenger is one of the most generic, sure, it’s also a brilliant ode to simplicity. A host of external pockets provide ample room for your power chords and gear, while a Tricot-lined pocket protects your sunglasses and smartphone from unwanted scratches. Additional touches, such as the durable aluminum hardware and the TSA-compliant sleeve, add to the appeal, the latter of which allows you to check through airport security without having to remove your devices. Said feature — and the equipped Vista loops — make the Command worth more than just a cursory glance.

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Amazon Timbuk2 Zappos REI

incase DSLR Pro Sling Pack ($130)

When great style and flawless functionality come together the results can be stunning. Such is the case with the Incase DSLR Pro Sling Pack, a bag that carries your laptop, your DSLR, some lenses, and whatever else you want to throw in, and does it all while looking great. It’s mostly designed for use with a lot of camera gear, with padded dividers throughout that can be moved into an optimal position for your lenses, bodies, and whatever else you need to bring with you. Its easy to access all the different storage areas because of the sling design, and has a couple nifty features like a tripod mount, and a rain cover that pulls out of one of the pockets if the weather decides not to behave.

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Amazon incase

Cocoon NoLita II Laptop Sleeve ($43)

The market for vertical laptop sleeves seems scarce, but Cocoon builds a solid neoprene one with a padded handle and form-fitting construction. The slender sleeve uses premium quality lycra fabric and provides lightweight protection and accommodation for laptops up to 13 inches without tacking on excess and surely unwanted bulk. The bundled Grid-It system is also an interesting method of organization that firmly holds your belongings in place using rubberized woven elastic bands and versatile construction. Though customization and features are limited beyond that, it’s available in three colors (racing red, gun gray, and black), so toss it in a backpack or suitcase for a bit of added protection on the move.

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Amazon Cocoon

TopCase Macbook Pro Sleeve Bag ($12)

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the affordable and utilitarian TopCase Sleeve. It isn’t rich in features or extra straps, it’s just a sleeve that’s designed to fit a Macbook Pro snugly, but if that’s all you need, look no further. The neoprene exterior is durable and comfortable, and available in an array of appealing colors. A smaller exterior pocket is perfect for your tablet, smartphone, charger and mouse, or whatever else you need a little extra space for. It isn’t fancy, but it gets the job done, and at a very appealing price point.

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Amazon TopCase

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