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Your life is on your laptop; school assignments, work projects, even personal data, and it doesn’t make sense to not protect one of the most expensive pieces of tech you own, especially for commuters or travelers subjecting their laptops to the hassle of travel. Whether you’re looking for something with a flat-scan bag for easy trips through airport security, something with theft-deterrent features for traveling, or just all around durability for the rough and tumble realities of life, you can find the perfect backpack that fits your needs and budget.
Sized right to fit 17″ laptops, SwissGear’s ScanSmart design means you can avoid the laptop in/laptop out dance at airport security. With separate internal pockets for a laptop, tablet, and phone, as well as right sized pockets for pens, pencils, and notebooks, you’ll always be ready when inspiration strikes.
- More than seven thousand reviews
- Zip mesh pockets; easy to see where everything is
- Keep cool mesh back panel
A versatile everyday bag with all the features we’ve come to expect, AmazonBasics makes an affordable, attractive everyday backpack that holds up to regular use. It has a detachable key clip, mesh water bottle pockets, and good secure straps for the laptop pocket, but lacks the lay-flat scan option of some higher end bags. If you tend to fill every nook and cranny of your bag, take some of the stress of that weight off your shoulders by adding a little extra padding.
- Padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry heavy loads
For those who live their lives out of their bags, this oversized pack holds all your travel necessities, and then some. A headphone plug makes it easy to listen to music on the go, without the risk of dropping your devices. Bring along your external power pack and charge on the go with USB ports. The water-resistant fabric helps keep all your essentials safe, even in a sudden downpour. Highly rated, over a thousand reviewers have something to say about this extra large backpack: “LOVE this backpack! I bought this for a cross-country trip and wanted to use it as my carry-on. I have used it every day since as my new “briefcase.” This is such a great backpack, it fits my laptop & charging cord, files, makeup, gym clothes and shoes with tons of room to spare.”
- External charging and headphone ports
- Lay flat scan option for airport security
- Great for weekend travel
It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of this bag, and the thoughtful touches make for a better user experience. A hidden card pocket on the strap makes commuting easier, with quick access to a credit or metro card, or tickets. The opening design helps keep contents sheltered if the bag must be opened in the rain; say, to retrieve an umbrella. The hidden zippers are a theft resistant bonus, and an appreciated feature.
- Stylish and well made
- Reviewers say; straps not adjustable enough for the very tall/short
- Internal dividers help keep items secure when bag is opened
Great for small laptops or chromebooks that don’t fit securely in larger bags, this one-shoulder backpack fits 13″ laptops and secures them in place; no more drastic, dangerous weight shifts while you’re on the go. It’s also one of the least expensive backpacks with room for an external power pack and charge on the go capacity.
- Reversible one shoulder; choose based on your comfort
- Banded, secure phone holder
- Hidden pockets for security
Everyday use bags don’t have to blend into the sea of matte black backpacks; there’s plenty of functional, attractive bags that stand out in a crowd. This rucksack style bag has tons of divided space and mesh pockets for your everyday necessities, as well as upgraded features like external charging.
- Ergonomic design
- Key ring
- Internal and external pockets so it’s easy to stay organized
If you need a bag that can withstand some serious abuse, looking for one that’s tailored to hikers, campers, and athletes, instead of commuters, may be the right way to go. With reinforced bottom panels built to withstand daily use and padded shoulder straps to ease the load, the Storm II helps you get the most out of your bag; load it up and stay out all day, or all weekend, it will keep up. Two thousand reviewers had a lot to say;
“I needed a new book bag for work and had a rough time picking one for commuting because I wanted something that was compact, comfortable, and fits all my things. In addition to providing all this, the book bag is also water resistant”
- Padded straps
- Lots of adjustability; great for tall frames
- Abrasion resistant
“Don’t let the size fool you! This bag holds a lot. It is absolutely adorable and sturdy. The fabric is smooth to the touch. I was able to fit a 13″ MacBook, 2″ binder, and books and it still zipped up.”
Reviewers rave about this lightweight little bag, with a roomy interior and adorable patterns. Perfectly sized for petite frames, but with plenty of room to adjust for height, you’ll avoid muscle strains and back pain with a bag that fits correctly.
- Cute patterns
- Medium or Large sizes available
- External pockets for keys, umbrella, or water bottle
If you commute with delicate electronics or expensive parts and pieces, a combination camera/laptop bag may be the right choice for you. Great for professional or hobbyist photographers, the adjustable padding also makes it a nice choice for RC enthusiasts or drone pilots, or gamers looking to protect expensive peripherals. Its nondescript appearance is a bonus for many reviewers; a bag full of expensive equipment shouldn’t draw any attention, ideally.
“This backpack is a tremendous value. I couldn’t find anything else that was close to this price for this feature set, size, and quality.”
- Adjustable padding
- Holds 2 DSLR bodies
Simple, effective, and inexpensive, a luggage strap and external charging make this a great traveler’s bag. Pick up a power bank for recharging devices on the go. Reviewers note the comfortable padding and adjustable straps, with one saying; “I’m only 5’2 and most backpacks ride low and make my shoulders slouch forward when it’s heavy but this backpack sits perfectly on my spine and I don’t slouch.”
- Thousands of positive reviews