10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks
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.
Kroser Laptop Backpack
Fashionable, functional and made for techies, the Kroser laptop bags has everything you could ask for. Stylish (artificial) leather accents add sophistication to a gray, water-resistant fabric. On the left side of the backpack is a nifty USB port that lets you charge your smartphone by connecting a power bank. The Kroser has a massive main compartment and its dedicated padded laptop pocket can fit up to a 17.3-inch machine.
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 Spire Backpack
If the Timbuk2 Spire doesn't look like a traditional backpack, that's because it isn't. The bag's unique waterproof roll-top design will keep your precious electronics safe in harsh weather conditions. Unclipping the buckle and rolling back the flaps opens up a large, 32-liter main compartment with a dedicated space for a 15-inch laptop, like the MacBook Pro. A front zipper pocket and incognito interior space provide ample room for the rest of your tech accessories while those elastic straps on the front are great for holding water bottles and other larger items.
Osprey Nebula Daypack
Osprey is best known for its outdoor gear — primarily hiking backpacks — but the Colorado-based company also offers a popular lineup of everyday packs. The Nebula daypack is the perfect choice for students who need a large capacity main compartment to carry heavy books and notebooks. This lightweight pack has a ventilated back panel, a small heat embossed top pocket, and dedicated, padded laptop and tablet sleeves. The 34L backpack comes in five color variants: Nordic (dark) Green, Komodo (brown) Green, Black, Anchor Grey and Cardinal Blue.
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.
This monstrous backpack can fit a 17-inch workstation with room to spare. In fact, with a capacity of 40 liters, you can stuff clothes, books or whatever else you need to carry around into its main compartment. Fortunately, there is a pocket for everything else, including a felt-lined slot for your tablet. The Titan is both rugged and smart. It comes with a water-resistant weather cover and its collapsable design is TSA checkpoint friendly, so don't worry about taking out your laptop.
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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