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.

JanSport Right Pack Backpack

This JanSport bag comes in more colors than Skittles, plus it 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. 

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.

Luckysmile Nylon Girls Daypack

A great bag for the student who's classy but not too classy, the Luckysmile Nylon Girls Daypack mini-bag is a little smaller than most backpacks. Somehow, it still fits a 14-inch laptop with plenty of room to spare. Rose gold-colored, metal zippers stitch together the weather-proof black nylon exterior. Inside is a deceptively spacious main space with two slip-in pouches for laptops, tablets or pen-and-paper notebooks. Outside, button-clasp pockets that are great for water bottles hug the bag on both sides.

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 just need a supersimple bag design, Chrome's Cardiel O.R.P. (Operation Readiness Pack) Rolltop is what you want. All you get is one big water-resistant main compartment with a roll-top opening and a separate divider for your 13-inch laptop. But because it's made out of durable and lightweight ripstop nylon, the O.R.P. won't weigh you down like some of its competitors. 

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.

Kopack Slim Anti-theft Backpack

Maybe it’s not enough that your backpack can carry a 15.6-inch laptop, or that its out-facing USB port connects to a portable battery inside. It probably doesn’t matter that the cavernous storage section is fitted with 17 pockets, either. 

Sometimes, you need a bag that's secure, too. This Kopack backpack is just that: anti-puncture zippers lock and hide from wandering hands and knife-proof oxford fabric keep strangers from cutting in on you and your gear.

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  • 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.

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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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