10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks

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Students carry a heavy burden. They need to move their books, their tech and their food from class to class. In many ways, it's their most important organizational tool. However, not all backpacks are equal. The best bags have water-resistant builds, adjustable straps, a ventilated back and plenty of compartments.  

But it can't be ignored that your backpack is as much a fashion statement as it is practical. It should reflect the tastes and interests of the student. Whether they are athletic, fashionable or intellectual, there is a bag that matches their personality and their needs. If you’re looking for the best options on the market, we’ve got your back.

Case Logic Prevailer Backpack

Basic black goes with everything, and this backpack holds almost anything. The dedicated laptop compartment of the Case Logic Prevalier holds a machine with up to a 17-inch display, plus there's a 10-inch tablet pocket. There's also space for water bottles, gym clothes, headphones, books and whatever else you need on campus.

Hex Brigade Origin Backpack

The fatigue woven cotton exterior of the Hex Brigade Origin Backpack is treated to be weather resistant. Dedicated pockets for a 10-inch tablet and a 15-inch laptop will protect against scratches and bumps. Plus, the large main compartment will hold all of your files and books, while the front zipper pocket is perfect for smaller gear and cables. 

High Sierra Tactic Backpack

Add a little color to your student's life with the High Sierra Tactic Backpack -- and not break the bank. It's available in blue, black, brown, gray, green, and pink, and comes with patterned panels. It can also store your 17-inch laptop and tablet. Plus, there are tons of other compartments for books, cords and more. 

Eagle Creek XTA Backpack

Perfect for the safety-conscious student, the Eagle Creek XTA Backpack features a sternum strap bucket with a built-in safety whistle. It also sports reflective accents and a loop for hooking a light. A dedicated pocket will keep your 16-inch laptop safe. Choose from black, blue or tan waterproof exteriors. 

Timbuk2 Sunset Backpack

The Timbuk2 Sunset backpack sports a 1920s-esque, retro style, thanks to its top, snapping straps. An internal slip pocket holds a 13-inch laptop. The side pockets offer magnetic closures, for quick grab-and-go access. The main compartment, while not enormous, is just right for a few books and files you'll need for your trip to the quad or library.

Hedgren Breeze Backpack

Available in blue, yellow, red, green and brown, the Hedgren Breeze Backpack shows off your colorful side. The lined interior features pockets for both a 16-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet. Plus, a side slip pocket offers easy access to smaller items. 

Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 Daypack

The Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 is the way to go for those who want a backpack that can do double-duty as a school bag and as hiking equipment. The laptop compartment fits a 14-inch PC, as well as a tablet. Airflow channels on the back, padded shoulder straps and a sternum strap will make trekking easier. And don't forget your water bottle.  


Booq Daypack

The sleek lines of the Booq Daypack exhibit true class. The main compartment is a cavernous space designed to carry all of the things you'll need on campus, including your gym clothes. The laptop sleeve fits a 15.6-inch laptop, and the two side pockets snap shut. The contoured shoulder straps make it easy to haul. 

Mobile Edge Razer Tactical Gaming Backpack

Your gaming-obsessed academic will thank you for the Razer Tactical Gaming Backpack. It's built to safely carry a 17.3-inch laptop in a padded compartment, with a separate space for a tablet. It's made from the same ballistic nylon that is used to make flak jackets, and it’s water-resistant. The Razer comes with a lifetime warranty.

Kensington SecureTrek 15-inch

The Kensington SecureTrek not only has dedicated pockets for a 15.6-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet, but it also features a lock loop to make it easy to stop thieves from walking off with your stuff. It also includes anti-puncture zippers with locks that keep sticky fingers out. 

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Anna Attkisson
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  • Samuel Says:

    Hi... how are you? Great backpacks btw..

  • Rashad Says:

    Really? Who the hell want to be seen around with those colorful and awkward pieces of #$%^?

    Please, if you are going to recommend back-bags, recommend elegant back-bags; not ostentatious ones. People don't want backpacks that stand out for any other reason than because they are sleek and simple.

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