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

The first purchase for any laptop owner should be protection. Whether it’s a chic messenger bag for around town or rough-and-tumble backpack that goes well beyond general commuting purposes, keeping your computer safe is essential and crucial to your machine’s lifespan. We’ve rounded up some of the most stylish, fashionable, and practical laptop bags for every man and women looking to add a bit of peace of mind to their daily travels. Some of the bags are costly, but quality doesn’t always come cheap, though there are some budget-friendly choices to pick from. Below are 25 laptop bags that we’ll keep you looking sharp from the moment you step outside.

Students

Asus ROG Nomad backpack ($160)

If you’ve got a massive 17″ gaming laptop, and you’ve just gotta bring all your stuff with you to the LAN party, the Asus ROG Nomad is a top pick. With a laptop compartment specifically designed for the Asus ROG G750 series of gaming laptops, you can carry any 17-inch laptop, along with your keyboard, mouse, peripherals, power supply, extra controllers, snacks, drinks, a tablet, a change of clothes, and a jacket. That might be an exaggeration, but only a slight one. It looks great too, boasting the same detail and aesthetic as the Asus ROG G750 series. With plenty of organizational pockets and lots of room, the Asus ROG Nomad is more of a weekend warrior than a work bag.

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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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Brenthaven Collins Backpack ($79+)

Everyone needs to keep a low-profile once in a while, especially when it comes to their morning commute. Brenthaven Collins Backpack provides exactly that, supplying the robust capacity and simple functionality of a backpack within a low-profile frame that sports quilted pocketing designed to protect tablets and laptops ranging up to 15 inches in size. Distinct, orange accents and vegan leather also contrast with pack’s dark exterior for added sophistication, while the chambray exterior ensures durability alongside the company’s lifetime guarantee. The limited edition pack even touts a slew interior pockets and a dedicated pouch for your smartphone, making it easier to quickly grab what you need while on the go.

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Ice Red AVA urban laptop backpack ($54+)

The AVA backpack-handbag hybrid for women is a real eye catcher. Crafted with stylish urban aesthetics in mind, it’s also built to last given its ripstop nylon construction and quality guarantee. The vertical bag, available in four colors (black, blue, red, and yellow), is equipped with a 10- to 15-inch laptop compartment and an assortment of different-sized pocket organizers for electronics and stationary alike. It’s as minimalist as you want to it be, yet roomy enough for any bulk you might want to add for your agonizing bike commute or romp around the city. Don’t let the bright, jubilant colors dissuade you – fluorescent is totally in this year, remember?

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AmazonBasics Laptop Bag – $17

The AmazonBasics Laptop bag is everything you’d expect from the Seattle-based shopping giant. It’s relatively comfortable and easy to carry, conveniently equipped with a padded interior that offers a separate space to hold your laptop without adding any unnecessary bulk. The minimalist shoulder bag’s multi-compartment design also provides all the necessary space for housing your cables and pens, and given the rock-bottom pricing, you could feasibly purchase a separate bag for each device in your arsenal. The bags accommodate laptops and tablets ranging between 7 and 17 inches and size, so you need not worry about finding the right size for you. Just don’t expect anything fit for a fashionista, or an indestructible build.

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Rugged and weatherproof

Filson Padded Computer Bag ($385)

The Filson Padded Computer Bag is proof that classic “originality” can go a long way when you outfit it with subtle touch of leather. The durable pack features a rugged twill that’s just as easy on the eyes as it is capable of repelling bad weather, and for those who seemingly bring their entire workspace with them on the go, the Original offers a massive interior compartment lined with dividers for laptop and accessory organization. Leather reinforcements and an adjustable shoulder strap round out the bag’s hallmarks, not to mention a zipper and storm flap closure designed to keep the contents in and weather out. It’s certainly not cheap given it retails for just under $400, but there’s much to be said for American-made aesthetics and premium build quality.

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North St. Bags Route Nine Convertible ($230)

Portland’s North St. Bags is a small-time operation, but that hasn’t stopped it from building bags with big aspirations. Take the Route Nine Convertible, for example, a bag that’s just as poised to become your go-to pannier as it is a your single-strap pack. The intuitive design lets you convert the bag in seconds, letting you make use of the waterproof drop liner and external pockets in either configuration. A slew of optional accessories — such as matching ankle stripes and interior sleeves — provide even more functionality, while a modular pocket system offers ample storage and organization, so you can stash any equipment inside that doesn’t fit in the side sleeve pockets. Now, if only the Route Nine wasn’t exclusively available in steel-grey!

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Mission Workshop R6 Arkiv Field Pack ($220+)

The Mission Workshop R6 Arkiv is built around a modular rail system that lets you easily move storage components around, customizing the bag to your own liking. Buying the different pieces will cost you a little more, but for professionals who never stop moving and working, it might be the perfect system for getting exactly what you need out of your bag. Inside the hybrid roll-top/flap-down closure system, you’ll find a bag well-suited for a lot of stuff on its own, with a 15-inch laptop compartment to use for your computer or other documents. If two straps isn’t really your thing, you can also buy a separate strap to convert the Arkiv Field Pack into a sling bag.

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Chrome Industries Excursion laptop backpack ($160)

Most laptop bags designed to resist the elements market themselves as “water resistant”, which means they’ll protect your gear from rain, but aren’t entirely immune to water. Chrome’s new Excursion is among the rare few that’s fully waterproof. It can keep your contents dry in anything save full immersion, and even that should be okay for a short while. Other important features include cargo loops for bike U-locks and other gear, an internal organizer with padded laptop section, and construction that makes this bag much lighter than most similar bags.

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incase Range Backpack ($118+)

Believe it or not, Incase does more than simply manufacturer iPhone cases on the cheap. The company offers an entire line of laptop-friendly backpacks, further highlighted by standout products such as the Range Backpack. It’s essentially a no-frills cycling pack, one outfitted with high-vis reflective details and padded shoulder straps for added comfort and ergonomic support. An adjustable sternum strap also comes standard for stability purposes, as does a padded compartment designed to cradle your notebook with a plush, fleece lining. The multiple organizer pockets — specifically the compartment used for housing your U-lock — make it even more suitable for the average bike commuter, especially when combined with the nylon construction.

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Business chic

Jack Spade Slim Supply Brief ($398)

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 ($119)

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 ($200)

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 ($150)

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 ($130)

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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Outdoor

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 ($151+)

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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Topo Designs Klettersack ($189)

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 ($68+)

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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Herschel Supply Company Retreat Backpack ($52+)

It’s hard to beat the unique style of a Herschel Supply Co bag, and the Retreat is no exception. Available in a variety of colors, this spacious pack is dressed in coated polyester, with a reinforced bottom so you don’t break anything when you set it down quickly. The laptop sleeve is perfect for keeping your computer steady, or holding onto anything you don’t want mixed with everything else in your pack. When you need to close everything up, the flap on the top provides adequate protection, with a pull cord inside, and metal clasps to really batten the hatches when the elements try to get the best of you. The Retreat comes in at an appealing price point, and there are sizes above and below it if your needs differ a little from the norm.

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Photography and travel

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack ($130+)

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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Timbuk2 Command TSA-Friendly Messenger, 2015 ($80+)

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. Prices for this older model tend to be more affordable, but if you can’t find it look for newer versions of the Command bag.

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incase DSLR Pro Sling Pack ($150)

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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Cocoon NoLita II Laptop Sleeve ($18+)

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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TopCase Macbook Pro Sleeve Bag ($9+)

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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