10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks

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Students carry a heavy burden. They need to move books, tech and food from class to class. In many ways, a backpack is their most important organizational tool. However, not all of them 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 needs. If you’re looking for the best options on the market, we’ve got your back.

JanSport Right Pack Backpack

This iconic JanSport backpack comes in more colors than Skittles, plus it holds almost anything. There is a front stash pocket for school supplies, tech accessories and important documents along with a utility pocket for keeping organized. The suede leather bottom adds some visual flair while padded shoulder straps will make sure your arms don't fall off carrying heavy books. 

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack

Another classic, the Herschel Supply Co. Heritage backpack has a timeless, refined design. It's also practical, featuring a slot big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop and another front pocket for smaller items, like keys, supplies or electronics.  If you're not a fan the traditional black-and-brown color scheme, there are dozens of other options that are sure to fit your personality. 

Kaukko 22.4L Rucksack

This Kaukko rucksack is a classy party up front and a sturdy carrying-aid around the back. Its top-down leather straps, which loop into silver buckles, gives it a deft sense of style that’s similar to the more expensive (and popular) Herschel bags. But the Kaukko focuses on comfort: a big, soft pad and comfortable shoulder straps reside on the back. The Kaukko rucksack’s available in 20 different color and material combinations, some of which include a free pencil case that matches the shade and cloth of the bag.

Kopack Slim Backpack

The $31 Kopack Slim has a clean, simple appearance on the outside, but peel back its layers and you'll find a feature-rich business backpack that is functional and stylish. With an included USB cable and enough space to accommodate a 17-inch laptop, the Kopack is perfect for tech enthusiasts. Other features that are useful to any student include a front pocket with multiple organizers, puncture- and water-resistant fabric, and a unique anti-theft design. 

Modoker Vintage Laptop Backpack

For fashionistas of academia, we chose the Modoker Vintage backpack. The bag's fabric is a smart look of denim and brown leather accents, and it mixes practical features (roomy interior pockets, dedicated laptop pouch, exterior slots for beverages and umbrellas) with comfortable add-ons like honey-comb cushions on the straps and an out-facing USB port to charge a smartphone as you walk. No power device included, but you can find excellent portable chargers at our partner site, Tom's Guide. 

Timbuk2 Especial Tres Backpack

If you need a supersimple bag, Timbuk2's Especial Tres is what you want. You get one big water-resistant main compartment with a roll-top opening and a separate divider for your 15-inch laptop. Made of ripstop nylon and featuring a flexible cooling panel, the Especial Tres was design for cyclists who ride to class.

North Face Surge Transit Backpack

This stylish, contemporary backpack is a traveler's best friend. It comes with a TSA-approved fleece-lined laptop compartment, which means you don't have to take your 15-inch laptop out when you go through security. The North Face Surge Transit features molded shoulder straps to help distribute heavy loads evenly, and sternum and waist straps so that the bag doesn't shift around when you're walking around. The Surge is also available in men's (38-liter capacity) and women's (35-liter capacity) sizes.

HP Powerup Backpack

HP's Powerup Backpack lets you charge your gear while you carry it. The laptop has a built-in 22400 mAh battery for charging up to three devices. Two of those can be USB-powered, like phones and and tablets, but the third uses a barrel-shaped connector for laptops. HP's website suggests it works with most HP notebooks, so it may not be compatible with other laptops. 

Alienware 17-inch Vindicator Backpack

Getting a 17-inch gaming laptop, along with a pair of headphones and a full keyboard, into one bag is a pretty tall order. However, the 17-inch Alienware Vindicator 2.0 Backpack is one of the few backpacks that's up to the challenge. In addition to an armored back panel that helps protect your gear, the Vindicator comes with a weather-resistant reinforced base, multiple padded sections and even a separate bag for holding all your power adapters. Oh, and if you prefer a backpack that's not quite as big, the vindicator is available in 13 and 15-inch sizes too.

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

Nobody wants a massive backpack in school, but what should you do if you need to haul a bunch of stuff around? The eBags Professional Slim Laptop bag is the solution to this predicament. It's a slim, stylish backpack with a wide range of compartments for all of your gadgets and school supplies. Highlights include a crush-proof AC adapter "garage" and a loaded front panel organizer. Before you glance at the price and run away, consider that this bag comes with a lifetime warranty. 

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10 comments
  • Shubham Says:

    Very Good article.
    These are some great backpacks.
    But there should be economical category as well.

  • Martha Says:

    Please check your description of the Jansport Right Pack, as it's completely wrong. Perhaps you've mixed up packs and descriptions?

  • Kyle Burgess Says:

    @JCinCali there are professionals, like myself, who may wish to carry their things in a back or university students who value quality products who may be OK with paying $200 for a daily carrier.


    The article offered cheap middle school appropriate options, no need to slander the article.


    Thanks for posting the article.

  • JCinCali Says:

    Great suggestions. I'll be sure to get a $200 laptop bag for my middle schooler to carry his school laptop and books. Did you even think about what you were writing or is this just sponsored content?

  • tom gaines Says:

    Brenthaven brand has some really functional and nice looking backpacks for back to school and business types at agreeable pricing - inclusive of a lifetime guarantee. Worth a look.

  • nikedis Says:

    Nice Information, Every student have to buy affordable good quality backpack for their daily purpose.

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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.

  • Melvin Says:

    Goodmorning! I need an i5 dell laptop (black cover design, 15.6", 4GB ram, 2.0 processor...) in douala cameroon. How do i get it easily with your help. Thank you!!!

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