The 25 best laptop bags for everyone, from students to globetrotters

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Photography and travel

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack ($159+)

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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Kastel Bags DonJon Black ($134+)

If you’re looking for class and a laptop bag that’s meant for traveling, the leather-adorned DonJon is right up your alley. Although it features a traditional laptop compartment — one technically designed for MacBooks — it also comes with numerous pockets for housing phones, cables, chargers, notebooks, and an array of other pint-sized devices. This makes it well-suited for a variety of situations, from a cross-country train ride to a busy weekend in the city. The removable shoulder strap also provides plenty of options for carrying the bag, and the price here is lower than expected given quality of design and space you get in return.

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Kastel

Timbuk2 Command TSA-Friendly Messenger ($70+)

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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Amazon Zappos Timbuk2

Cocoon NoLita II Laptop Sleeve ($39+)

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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Kelly Moore Unisex Pilot Backpack ($300)

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 organization. The leather flap is secured with brass hardware and magnetic locks for basic protection

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Amazon

Update: Added JanSport Right Pack and Noreve Urban Backpack, updated pricing and removed a couple of discontinued bags. 

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