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Peak Design Everyday Messenger

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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.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Review: Perfection in a Bag

Product: Use Case: Rating:
Peak Design Everyday Messenger Best Overall 4.5 out of 5
Asus ROG Ranger BP3703 N/A
Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack N/A
Alienware M15/M17 Elite N/A
Timbuk2 Spire N/A
Sweetbriar Classic Messenger Bag N/A
Baosha BC-08 N/A
The Friendly Swede Waterproof Backpack N/A
Cool Bell Converitble Messenger Bag N/A
Targus CityLite Pro N/A
Samsonite Xenon 3.0 N/A
Kenneth Cole Reaction Brooklyn Commuter N/A
Overbrooke Classic Laptop Tote Bag N/A
Osprey Tropos N/A
Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag N/A
Case Logic DLBP-114 N/A
Metein Backpack N/A
LifeWit Leather Bag N/A
  • Asus ROG Ranger BP3703

    RGB lighting is an important part of every gamer's rig, but those beautiful cosmetics vanish once you stash your gear away. That's where the new Asus ROG Ranger BP3703 comes in. This backpack features a colorful Republic of Gamers mask that's illuminated by Asus' Aura lighting system. An accompanying smartphone app allows you to change lighting effects, colors and brightness. Apart from looking great, the light makes for a useful safety feature. With a large 20L capacity, a removable 17-inch laptop sleeve and water-repellant fabric, this RGB-lit backpack is no gimmick. The Ranger will be available later this year for around $170. 

  • Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack

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    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. 

  • Alienware M15/M17 Elite

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    Built for gaming on the go, the Alienware M15/M17 has a fleece-lined compartment that's big enough to protect even the biggest gaming rigs, like Alienware's own Area-51m. An upper accessory pocket has two divided spaces so you can put your sunglasses and electronics in one area and your cables and dongles in another. Multiple side and interior pockets round out this sleek, stylish grey-and-red 28L backpack. Oh, and if you're into eSports, the M15/M17 Elite has a valor patch panel so you can support your favorite teams.

  • Timbuk2 Spire

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    A laptop is a major investment, which is why you never want to carry it around in the rain. That is unless you have something waterproof to store it in. Enter the TimBuk2 Spire, a stylish canvas bag with a waterproof roll top. Available in two muted colors, the $99 Spire was designed to fit a 15.6-inch MacBook laptop, and it also has a separate iPad pocket. The Spire has both internal and external pockets for storing carry-on essentials and electronics.

  • Sweetbriar Classic Messenger Bag

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    Don't want to spend a fortune on a bag for the sole purpose of holding all of your other pricey items? We get it. For a basic messenger bag that looks great, can carry everything you need it to, and costs less than $40, look no further than the Sweetbriar Classic. This vintage canvas bag features a large main compartment, front and side pockets, and an interior zippered pocket for smaller items. 

  • Baosha BC-08

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    Why spend your money on one backpack if you could buy three for the same price? That's essentially what the Boasha BC-08 offers, giving you a backpack, messenger bag and briefcase all in one product. Decorated in leather trim, this backpack doesn't just look good, it is also loaded with pockets for all of your gadgets and accessories. The slim transporter comes with a padded laptop compartment and a lockable zipper for protecting your valuables when traveling. 

  • The Friendly Swede Waterproof Backpack

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    The Friendly Swede dry bag is meant for a very specific use case, but it fulfills that role brilliantly. Made of heavy duty 500D PVC Tarpaulin with double-stitched seams, the bag will protect your items whether you're floating down a river or walking in a rainstorm. Designed for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, the Friendly Swede bag features a padded pocket that can hold a 17-inch laptop. 

  • Cool Bell Converitble Messenger Bag

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    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.

  • Targus CityLite Pro

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    Targus makes a bunch of backpacks and laptop sleeves, but few are as stylish and practical as the CityLite Pro. Sporting a gray gradient with blue trim, this convertible bag has a handle on the side so you can carry it around like a briefcase. What makes the CityLite Pro one of the best laptop bags is its DOME protection system, which distributes shock to protect your valuable electronics. Also, a removable accessory holder makes it easy to organize your cables and peripherals.   

  • Samsonite Xenon 3.0

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    Travel products are kind of Samsonite's thing, so it's no surprise that one of its top backpacks, the Xenon 3.0, is a dream to take on long flights. First off, you don't have to worry about the Xenon 3.0 falling apart at the seams thanks to its rugged 1680 ballistics polymer material. The Xenon is also loaded with pockets, including a stash pocket for sunglasses, a large main compartment and a travel compartment that will protect your tablet. 

  • Kenneth Cole Reaction Brooklyn Commuter

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    There's nothing wrong with flaunting a designer brand every now and then. But just because this backpack has Kenneth Cole on the side doesn't mean its attributes are skin deep. The Kenneth Cole Reaction Brooklyn Commuter has RFID-blocking technology and its 17-inch laptop slot is TSA friendly. It offers all the compartments you could ask for, including a padded top pocket for sunglasses and a front slot with a mesh zipper pocket. The Brooklyn Commuter comes in three color options: blue, black and gray. No matter which option you choose, you'll be looking fresh carrying this stylish backpack around. 

  • Overbrooke Classic Laptop Tote Bag

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    This large tote handbag for women has a simple, sophisticated design that is sure to attract compliments but not garner too much attention. Premium materials like soft vegan leather, nylon and suede will keep your items protected while looking stylish. Note, this is a large tote, designed to accommodate a 15.6-inch laptop while storing purses, makeup, books, water bottles and tech accessories, along with anything else you stash in your bag. 

  • Osprey Tropos

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    Osprey is best known for its lightweight outdoor gear, but many of its products make for great school or work bags. The Tropos is a pricey backpack but it has a bunch of clever features that will make life a lot easier. For example, the integrated kickstand keeps your backpack upright when you set it on a flat surface so you don't have to lean it up against something or hold it in place. There is also a separate zippered pocket for up to a 15-inch laptop. As with all Osprey bags, the Tropos is very lightweight and comes in multiple color options. 

  • Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag

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    The Command may look like a standard messenger bag, but its secrets are revealed once you open it up. Inside is an oasis for all of your gadgets and supplies, where there's plenty of space and enough compartments to keep everything organized. Folks who prefer not to stand out will appreciate the Timbuk2 Command's understated design. It has a clean, industrial appearance that's professional but not snobbish. Other things we like about the Command are its zipper pocket for power bricks, smartphones, and other small gadgets, and a waterproof flap for rainy commutes to work. The Command is available in a dozen different colors, so you're bound to find something that fits your preferences.

  • Case Logic DLBP-114

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    The $34 Case Logic DLBP-114 looks like something you'd want to rest your head on after a long day at work. Trust us, it makes for a much better backpack than a pillow. The bag has a laptop compartment for your 14-inch Lenovo Yoga X1 Carbon. The quilted front isn't just for looks; it provides extra padding for the valuables you have stored in the front compartment. Though you might be better off storing your precious items in the scratch resistant top pocket. There is also a dedicated side pocket for your keys and other small things. The Case Logic DLBP-114 should stay cool on a hot day thanks to its breathable mesh shoulder straps. 

  • Metein Backpack

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    You'd be hard pressed to find a backpack at this price (around $30) with so many features. In fact, there are few backpacks in general that have USB charging ports on both the inside and outside so you can charge your phone while you walk. Along with all the pockets you need to house your tech, the Metein has a large enough space for a 15.6-inch laptop. Frequent travelers will get a lot of use out of the backpack's luggage strap, which allows you to secure the bag to a suitcase, and there is even an anti-theft back pocket to hide sensitive documents, like a passport. 

  • LifeWit Leather Bag

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    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.