In 2019, everyone’s bag has a VIP passenger: their laptop. We use our laptops every day, carrying it to and from work or class, but because it’s one of our most expensive belongings we need to take good care of it.
This necessity to protect our computers while in transit has created a huge new market for laptop bags. The options range from backpacks to briefcases, come in nearly every style and cater to any price point. In short, there are many laptop bags out there. That’s where we come in.
To help you make the important decision of which laptop bag to purchase, we combed through all the options to find the best bags for everyone’s needs. We found options for budget shoppers, designer lovers, minimalists and even vegans. But before browsing, consider what you’ll be using the bag for — a long commute, quick storage, work travel — and also what other necessities you want to fit in the bag.
1. Samsonite Laptop Case
You can’t go wrong with a Samsonite bag no matter what, but we think this laptop case is exceptionally well crafted. Stylistically, the bag showcases a blend of vintage and modern elements with a flap over design, antique brass buckles and a high-quality Colombian leather. It also delivers on the usability front with an organizer pocket under the flap, plus a dedicated padded laptop sleeve. It’s just the right size for daily essentials including gadgets, chargers, a few books and a laptop, making it perfect for daily commutes or college classes. Plus, at $90 for a genuine leather bag from a trustworthy brand, it’s a great deal too.
2. Kenneth Cole Laptop Bag
Buying a laptop bag on a budget? This Kenneth Cole bag is your best bet. Sure, there are cheaper bags, but those will fall apart in no time and require replacement. Plus, we don’t think cheap bags should be trusted with your laptop. This Kenneth Cole bag on the other hand offers high quality for the price. It has a low-key all-black design that works with any office attire (no matter how dressy or casual) and a padded, well-organized interior for a laptop, a tablet and other necessities.
3. FYY Laptop Sleeve
BEST SLEEVE BAG
If you don’t need a full bag, and only need a way to carry and protect your laptop, pick up one of these simple laptop sleeves from FYY. It’s great as an everyday carry with a sleek black PU leather construction and padding to protect your laptop, but it also makes a good addition to your travel ensemble with a strap for attaching to your roller bag for ease. Inside you’ll find a surprising amount of space divided into a laptop pocket, a spot for documents and two mesh pockets for pens, notebooks, a mouse or other essentials. The bag also features a handy outside pocket for quick access to your phone, keys or subway pass.
4. KomalC Leather Laptop Bag
BEST VINTAGE STYLE
Vintage-inspired messenger bags have become a go to for stylish guys looking to upgrade their everyday carry. If this is more your style, pick up one of these highly-rated leather laptop bags from KomalC. The bag is crafted from a buffalo leather with light distressing for added throwback character, but features a minimal flapover style with two quick-snap buckles on the front. The medium-to-small size of the bag and a removable shoulder strap allows you to use it as a briefcase on light days, or a messenger bag when you need to go hands free while traveling.
5. Cuero Leather Messenger Bag
If you need a spacious laptop bag, this messenger bag from Cuero has you covered. The largest option boasts an 18-inch width that’s big enough for nearly any laptop, plus an extra zippered pocket inside the flap and two quick-access pockets on the outside. The laptop pocket is oversized in-depth as well, making it a good place to store textbooks, chargers or anything else you carry on the daily. The versatile size makes it especially good for students with extra books, or travelers looking to maximize that one personal item limit on the plane.
6. Ben Sherman Laptop Case
Thanks to the sustainable fashion movement, faux leather has moved up in the world and been re-named ‘vegan leather.’ It’s no longer a second-rate fabric used by cheap brands; it’s a legitimate, durable material used by premium brands. Case-in-point: this laptop case from designer Ben Sherman. It showcases a super sleek design with Ben Sherman’s signature stripe accents, as well as a detachable shoulder strap. Inside, the bag offers a 15” padded laptop sleeve, as well as an organized front compartment for gadgets, pencils, books and other necessities.
7. Kenneth Cole Leather Backpack
Backpacks have recently graduated from elementary school and gotten a stylish office job. They’re now acceptable in professional environments, making them a great way to carry your heavy laptop to and from work or on business trips. We recommend this full leather backpack from Kenneth Cole because it has a high-quality, grown-up look that will actually upgrade your outfit while providing an efficient means of carrying your stuff. The sizing is great too because it doesn’t look bulky on your back, but fits almost any laptop up to 15.6.” It works as an everyday work or school bag, but it also makes a good backup for traveling or days when you have to carry extra stuff.
8. Boconi Leather Laptop Briefcase
THE BUSINESSMAN’S PICK
Leather briefcases (or any leather products, for that matter) are worth investing in. Good leather doesn’t just look great when it’s brand new. High-quality leather gets stylishly worn-in with age, giving the bag character without breaking (like cheaper materials do). If you’re going to spend a little extra on a nice leather laptop bag, this Boconi is a great option. It features a minimal look that’s sure to make a good impression in any office, but it’s also well-designed with a padded laptop pocket, an interior organizer and two quick-access pockets on the back. It also has an interior pocket that’s equipped with RFID-blocking technology, which keeps your credit card and phone safe from scanner pickpockets.
9. Coach Kennedy Brief
This slim laptop bag from Coach offers a designer upgrade for added style points. With low-key yet recognizable branding in the form of the repeating Coach C, the bag is right in-line with recent street style trends. Although it is a designer piece, we think it actually makes a cool accessory to pair with casual office wear (think slacks and a tee or jeans and a button-up), adding some sleek professionalism. The bag is smaller than some of the others on the list, offering enough room for your laptop (up to 13”), notebooks or documents and a few gadgets. This makes it ideal for a light commute, or as a companion to a duffel bag on weekend trips.
10. TUMI Alpha 3 Laptop Pack
Simply calling this TUMI backpack a ‘laptop pack’ doesn’t really do it justice. Yes, the bag has a 15” padded laptop sleeve, but it also boasts 11 other pockets (including a water-resistant pocket for your bathing suit) and an eye-catching all-leather construction. Plus, it comes with Tumi Tracer, a special code that allows TUMI to find the bag if it goes missing or gets stolen. It’s really everything you could ask for in a go-to travel bag: versatile style-wise, large enough for all your stuff, highly functional and head-turning in a sea of normal bags.
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