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The best laptop bags for 2020

A protective laptop bag is a must-have accessory for school and work. Transporting your laptop without a bag increases your risks of accidentally damaging it or losing it. Besides, laptop bags are a convenient way of carrying a few textbooks, workout gear, and other essentials.

From heavy-duty protective laptop bags to stylish messenger bags, you will find a laptop bag for everyone in our selection. Keep scrolling to see our favorite laptop bags for 2020!

Commuters and students

AmazonBasics Laptop Bag

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, so you don’t need to worry about finding the right size for you. Just don’t expect anything fit for a fashionista, or an indestructible build — pick a durable laptop to complement this bag.

JanSport Right Pack

This simple, durable backpack is an affordable choice that comes in a huge range of different colors, all with that distinctive brown suede bottom section. You’ll find a large main compartment which includes a sleeve for laptops that are 15 inches and smaller. There’s also a front pouch, with some organizing pockets for pens and accessories, and a handy clip.

You’ll find a quick stash pocket on the front of it. The padded shoulder straps are comfortable, it’s not too bulky, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. The laptop pocket isn’t padded, so you might want to combine this with a laptop sleeve.

Herschel Supply Company Retreat Backpack

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 to be 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 down 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.

Asus ROG Nomad V2 backpack

If you’ve got a massive 17-inch 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.

Aer Fit Pack 2

Aer Fit Pack 2 Backpack

The Fit Pack is specifically designed for fitness lovers and gym-goers who want an effective pack to store their electronics as well as their gym/workout gear. It includes a main compartment for gym stuff and a padded laptop side pocket that fits laptops up to 15.6 inches. There’s also a ventilated shoe compartment on the bottom and a top pocket for smaller devices, along with numerous internal pockets. Even if you don’t go to the gym, consider this pack if you have to change your outfit on the go.

Mancro Business and School Backpack

Mancro Laptop Backpack with Charging Port

The immensely popular Mancro backpack does a little of everything. It comes with a waterproof laptop compartment that can hold up to a 15.6-inch laptop, a separate compartment for your tablet, and plenty of other spaces for books, clothes, wallets, phones, water bottles, and other items. It also includes a built-in lock for greater safety and reduced chance of theft, and a USB charger and cable built-in for easier charging via the backpack. All of this is encased in a water-resistant nylon fabric. It’s a backpack that pretty much everyone can appreciate at an affordable price.

Rugged and weatherproof

Incase Range Backpack

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 in 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.

Mission Workshop R6 Arkiv Field Pack

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 aren’t really your thing, you can also buy a separate strap to convert the Arkiv Field Pack into a sling bag.

Filson Padded Computer Bag

The Filson Padded Computer Bag is proof that classic “originality” can go a long way when you outfit it with a 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. Prices for this American-made bag can rise above $400, but you can find this bag for much cheaper if you choose the right color. Just make sure you pick a high-quality laptop to match!

Business chic

Noreve Urban Backpack

If you’re after some serious style, then look no further, because the Urban Backpack from Noreve is genuine full-grain leather perfection. With an elegant, business look this backpack sports a large main compartment that can house a 15-inch laptop. There’s a compartment at the back with an elasticated Velcro strap, a couple of pockets for smartphones, and some smaller pen or stylus holders.

There’s also a zipper compartment on the other side. Back on the exterior, you’ll find two side pockets with invisible magnetic closures and a classic double-zipper front pouch. Adjustable shoulder straps and a strong leather handle round out this impossibly smart backpack. You can get it in beige, brown, or our favorite, black. The only drawback here is the hefty price tag.

Knack Medium Expandable Backpack v2

The goal behind Knack’s expandable backpack is simple enough: Use the compact form of the pack around town. Then unzip a portion of the pack, and you can expand the space that the middle compartments have access to, making it much easier to pack enough clothes and supplies for a weekend trip (in our experience, there’s plenty of room in the compact version as well, so give that a try before expanding). In both versions, there’s plenty of room in a large padded compartment for a 15-inch laptop–now updated with sturdy metal loops for security options. Other compartments hide the shoulder straps and trolley sleeve options for when you need them.

But it’s all the other features that Knack has included on this updated version of the backpack that really make it useful. There’s a large array of pockets and compartments, including a felt pocket for more sensitive tablets/electronics, a water bottle compartment, a compartment for cords at the base of the pack, an extra-padded top compartment for sunglasses, and more. We especially like the triangular front compartment: It opens to reveal a carrying space and multitude of little pockets that are great for access in the classroom or office, but can also be used to hold IDs, business cards, passports, and documents during travel (RFID blocking on some included).

The new version of the pack also includes an anti-microbial treatment to the lining, better thread count for more durability, and a key leash that can now be removed. All this and the pack is still more affordable than comparable models like the Nomatic bag.

Pad & Quill Messenger Bag

Pad & Quill has created an excellent tote for your favorite laptop — assuming it measures 15 inches or less. The company’s aptly named Messenger Bag includes plenty of internal pockets, an external pocket for your smartphone, and a stylish combination of bridle leather and waxed canvas for added protection.

Designed specifically for college students entering the professional world, this bag showcases a casual approach to style, and it’s hard to see a situation where it wouldn’t be useful. The downside is the high price tag, though the bag does come with a 25-year warranty.

Mobile Edge Eco Messenger Bag

Mobile Edge Bag

The rugged cotton canvas of Mobile Edge’s messenger bag is all-natural and eco-friendly, while the compact design makes the bag easy to handle. In fact, ease-of-use is a common theme here. There’s a removable ID holder that you can anchor into position wherever it is most convenient, and an integrated tablet pocket if you prefer to use two mobile devices at the same time and have a particularly great computer tablet.

Targus CityLite Briefcase

The CityLite is an efficient and affordable briefcase with room for up to a 15.6-inch laptop, along with dedicated pockets for business cards, pens, and other paraphernalia. There’s both a shoulder strap and a trolly strap for attaching to suitcase, too. Those who still deal with the hard copy world will also love the middle section which expands into a folder area perfect for storing your documents and pulling them back out at a moment’s notice.

Moshi Urbana Briefcase

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.

Outdoors

Tom Bihn Synapse 19

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 an 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.

Arc’teryx Granville Backpack

Not only is Arc’teryx considered to be one of the most premier outdoor brands of all time in most circles, but it’s also often 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.

Osprey Cyber Port Daypack

In recent years, Osprey’s name has become as synonymous with outdoor packs as Tide is with detergent — and rightly so. However, the 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 a 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?

Photography and travel

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack

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.

Nomatic Travel Pack

The Nomatic pack is a water-resistant travel backpack specifically designed as a carry-on for your laptop and related important supplies. The laptop bag is very useful for TSA checkpoints, and if you’ll be traveling for a few days you’ll like the expandable option to increase central storage space for more clothes, etc. There are also several quality-of-life features on this bag that we really appreciate, such as a magnetic snap-shut water bottle pocket, cord pass-through for charging devices, a hard shell for glasses protection, and a retractable key leash. It’s a bag designed for people who are always on the move.

Timbuk2 Authority Pack

The Authority is surprisingly compact for how much stuff it can hold, including room for up to a 17-inch MacBook or similar-sized laptop. There are numerous pockets big and small for everything you might need to keep with you, allowing the bag to serve almost any kind of purpose. This includes a side pocket for a water bottle or umbrella, and compression straps that can hold an exterior bulky item like a big jacket, yoga mat, blanket, etc. Both a central grab handle and shoulder straps are included. This bag is a great fit for those with busy lives or lots of parental responsibilities, who may need a broad combination of items to carry with them.

Cocoon NoLita II Laptop Sleeve

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.

Kelly Moore Unisex Pilot Backpack

Kelly Moore Bag

If you want a tough backpack that can hold a little bit of everything, including your DSLR camera (plus extra lens) and 15-inch laptop, this highly versatile Kelly Moore pack could be your ideal companion. It comes with everything from a removable padded basket to a credit card organizer. The leather flap is secured with brass hardware and magnetic locks for basic protection.

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