Yes, it's expensive, but Peak Design's $220 Everyday Messenger Bag is one of the most well thought out products on the market today. Its magnetic MagLatch closure works like magic and ensures your bag is secure but still easy to open, and its customizable flexfold dividers let you configure your storage to perfectly meet your needs. There's also a super comfortable adjustable shoulder strap, additional hip straps to help balance heavy loads, and a padded laptop sleeve that will fit all but the biggest 15-inch laptops. So even though it was designed with photographers in mind, it's also one of the best bags you can buy for regular Joes.
|Best Laptop Bags 2018|
|Peak Design Everyday Messenger||Best Overall||4.5 out of 5|
|Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack||N/A|
|Timbuk2 Ace Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag||N/A|
|Evecase Messenger Bag||N/A|
|CampLand Waterproof 30L Bag||N/A|
|Cool Bell Converitble Messenger Bag||N/A|
|Alienware Vindicator Messenger Bag||N/A|
|Tylt Energi Pro||N/A|
|Solo Executive Ultrabook Tote Bag||N/A|
|McKlein Chicago Roller Bag||N/A|
|High Sierra Freewheel Wheeled Backpack||N/A|
|Adidas Y-3 Qasa||N/A|
|Thule Subterra 23L Backpack||N/A|
|LifeWit Leather Bag||N/A|
For just $60, the Pop Quiz backpack from Herschel Supply Co. is the epitome of cheap chic. The bag's stylish main compartment features a fleece-lined laptop sleeve that can accommodate systems of up to 15 inches. And because this backpack is available in more than 25 different colors, you won't have to struggle to find your favorite.
Is it a messenger bag, or is it a backpack? Actually, it's both, and thanks to Timbuk2's hybrid design, the Ace Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag offers something fantastic: flexibility. Inside, there are multiple padded pockets, including one which has been designed to fit most 15-inch systems and is TSA-friendly, so you won't have remove your computer when going through security. The plentiful back padding is even ventilated to help keep you cool with its built-in luggage pass-through, it'll be the perfect companion for your rollaway luggage too.
With space for mouse pads, cords, phones, full-size tablets and up to 17-inch notebooks, Evecase's messenger bag could be exactly what you need to lug all your tech around. It even has a clever luggage strap, so you can tie it down to your roller bag without fear of it falling off. The bag also features a water-resistant canvas exterior to protect your gear during bad weather.
No sense limiting yourself to just one kind of bag. The Uniqlo 3-Way, that's its name, gives you a backpack, a messenger and a modern, casual briefcase -- all in one handy $40 design. While most bags with that kind of versatility are either bursting with too many pockets or are so slender you can't fit much inside, somehow, the 3-Way is both cavernous and slim. It's got pockets and pouches for days, includes a cushy sleeve for a laptop and roomy external pockets with enough space for spare clothes, books, gear -- basically whatever you need.
While it's not a "laptop bag" per se, this 100% waterproof pack from rugged gear maker CampLand keeps everything you carry safe and secure. It bunkers your stuff inside poreless nylon fabric, and the stitching is sealed tight with high-frequency welded seams. There's no dedicated pocket for a laptop but CampLand includes a 13-inch sleeve with the pack. And a lifetime warranty guarantees this bag will survive any camping, kayaking, or spelunking trip you dive into.
The simple black messenger bag, but better. Cool Bell riffs on the shoulder-bag shape by crafting in two outside pockets with enough storage to hold every tool in your daily carry arsenal. Cool Bell says the main pocket area can store 3 days of clothes, even with a 17.5-inch laptop in the interior sleeve. We like the canyon-colored shoulder and hand straps and the matching brown leather accents on the buckles, strap covers, zipper tags. But what do we love the most? The bag has a pair of backpack sleeves ported away ‘round back, letting the wearer choose between a cross-body shoulder bag or a regular backpack as needed.
Gaming on the go has never been this easy. Alienware's $79 messenger bag can comfortably accommodate up to a 17-inch laptop with enough room left over for your favorite accessories in its padded compartments. Made from high-density nylon with a weather-resistant flap, this bag will ensure your gaming laptop will arrive to the LAN party in one piece.
Featuring a massive 20,100 mAH built-in battery, the Energi Pro Power Backpack has a mountain of juice to keep your laptop, phone and ereader charged up even when you're away from an outlet for an extended period of time. The Energi Pro's battery has both standard USB and USB Type-C ports for compatibility with almost any device and hidden cable management so you can recharge your device no matter what pocket it's in. And with a weather-resistant 210D polyester exterior and included RFID shielding, the Energi Pro will protect your devices from both the elements and nefarious hackers too.
True adventurers embrace the same survival instinct that inspired the Ivation Backpack. A removable 7-watt, 6-volt solar panel with a scratch-resistant coating hangs on the outside and feeds juice to the 10,000-mAh power brick. The dual USB-out ports also mean it can charge your smartphone at the same time. Plus, the built-in, 1.8-liter bag inside is designed to carry drinking water, and is accessible via a tube in the shoulder strap.
Feminine, useful and budget-friendly, the Solo Executive Ultrabook Tote is a triple threat. The khaki polyester exterior with faux-leather accents will look at home in any boardroom, while the 15-inch laptop compartment and 10-inch tablet pockets will make sure you're properly equipped for your big meetings. The tapered top, zippered pocket keeps the overall look simple and elegant.
The Chicago might be the ultimate luxury laptop bag. The full grain cowhide leather roller bag features three enormous zipper pockets -- one for your 17-inch laptop and the other two for your other possessions. Ten millimeters (about 0.4 inches) of high-density memory foam keep your notebook safe from the world, and you can remove the wheels and handle when necessary.
Neat lines, perfect organization. That's the Kensington LM670 tote. This bag has a sharp, polished faux-leather exterior and a handy pass-thru strap for rolling luggage, two things that make it a dependable daily-carry for professionals on the commute. Its internals are equally practical, thanks to a padded compartment that fits a 15.6-inch laptop and a tablet up to 10 inches. Nooks for writing tools, business cards, smartphones and wallets abound, as do catch-all slots for spare gear like make-up bags, keys, headphones, or portable chargers. The buckled shoulder straps adjust for comfort, and there's a 90-day money-back guarantee, just in case comfort's elusive. Kensington also offers a two-year warranty.
For less than $60, High Sierra's Freewheel bag features a padded compartment for up to a 17-inch laptop along with a separate media pocket for your phone or small tablet. This pocket even has a pass-through port for headphones. The telescoping handle makes it easy to pull the Freewheel behind you, and with rollerblade-style wheels, you'll get a much smoother ride than with bags that have oversize, Hot-Wheel tires.
If you like your tech minimal and neat, with a touch of urban swag, you'll be very happy with the Y-3 Qasa. Designed by famed tailor Yojhi Yamamoto, the Qasa's trim lines and slick, soft materials are hugged by a bold elastic strap that performs two key tasks. It locks in gadgets beneath an elegant soft-touch panel, and it tightens up the bag's load to better balance the weight on your shoulders.
The interior is lined with mesh pockets with button clasps and padded pockets for laptops and tablets. Meanwhile the outside is built with adjustable shoulder straps, slick, polished leather accents, and a clean, bold sense of Japanese design that's as functional as it is fashionable.
This pretty little picture of convenience and mobility is the Thule Subterra 23-liter backpack. It's a thin, two-pound bag with smartly placed, quick-access pockets. Exhibit A is a dedicated PowerPocket for a portable charger. That particular pouch includes a cord pass-through system to juice tablets and phones stored in the bag's other pockets.
There are also two easy access exterior pockets for sunglasses, phones or other daily-carry items, in addition to two side-loaded, zipper-closable thermos holders. The 23-liter Subterra is a little narrow, so students with a heavy load will want the 30-liter option for its bigger main pocket. The Subterra also comes in a 34-liter roll-top. That version includes a pull-out storage bag for clothes, jackets, and shoes. In our book, it's the go-to option for day-trippers, business travelers, and weekend fun-seekers.
Thanks to its rustic look and sub-$60 cost, the LifeWit Leather Bag puts together old-school style and old-school prices. Topped with a cover of distressed cowhide and a body stitched with rugged canvas, it looks like a laptop bag for office-bound cowpokes.
Because farm life ain't easy, the main pocket protects 15.6-inch laptops with foam-lined sleeves, while smaller catch-alls reside inside the bag and on its front face. There's also an additional zippered pocket for wallets and passports on the interior, and a thin easy-access pocket for books, tablets or ereaders around back.