Gone are the days when the business or home computer was destined to remain in one place. New technology, together with slim and lightweight laptops, has made mobile computing more practical than ever before.
It does't matter whether you are taking your laptop to college to study, to surf the Internet in a local coffee shop or using it remotely for business. This expensive and essential machine requires safe transportation.
Traditionally, bags or briefcases made specifically for laptops were the carrying method of choice. While practical, they were large, bulky and had little room for other items. This meant that a backpack or an additional bag was necessary.
With laptop backpacks, the problem is solved. Specific compartments for the computer prevent damage from pens, keys or other items. What’s more, these backpacks are now designed with the laptop user in mind, and have useful features you wouldn’t find in a normal bag.
Below are our top five laptop backpacks picks, suitable for every budget. Furthermore, at the end of the article we have included tips on what to look for in your backpack.
The Mancro laptop backpack is a highly-adaptable product that comes in at less than $30.00. With its stylish looks, unisex design and additional features, it is a backpack that can cater to children and adults alike.
The main reason that this backpack made the number one spot is its universality. It’s not the most avant-garde product on the market, and is unlikely to turn heads.
However, its minimalist approach means that it is appropriate for many uses. It is great as a college bag, everyday backpack or for the business professional.
The Mancro backpack has a built-in USB charging port on the exterior. This means your cell will always have access to charge during time away from the home or office.
What’s more, security is taken seriously with the inclusion of a combination lock. This keeps unwanted hands away and provides increased peace of mind. Finally, all these features are provided in a rugged backpack that is available at a bargain price.
Unfortunately, this laptop backpack will not hold computers that are 17 inches in size. This may make it unattractive to the mobile gamer or business person who owns one of these larger size laptops.
For some, the plain design is a selling point. For others who wish to make a statement, social or fashion-wise, they may find this bag lacking.
As a basic laptop backpack, it is not revolutionary. However, it is great to see it includes:
This backpack has general all-round appeal, clean, slim styling and an external USB port. All for a very reasonable price. However, pass on this backpack if you'll be carry a larger sized laptop.
The name AmazonBasics may not sound like the most exciting in the world, but this laptop backpack is a high-quality product that will not break the bank.
Firstly, it’s great to see that this budget laptop backpack can fit larger computers up to 17 inches in size. Many of the lower-priced products are for the smaller computers only.
Design wise, it looks like a traditional backpack. With its soft polyester exterior and black coloring with orange trim, it does not shout “laptop”. This may be useful if you are concerned about security - and do not want to declare to the world you are carrying over $500.00 worth of tech on your back.
While externally it may not look like a laptop backpack, inside it is certainly designed as such. It has a specific, padded, laptop compartment, together with other pockets, for tablets and your cells. An external, quick-access phone holder means no rummaging around in your backpack to read that all-important message.
For people who will be doing a lot of walking, the heavy-duty padding on the carrying straps provides additional comfort.
As mentioned, this does not look like a laptop backpack. Although a positive for some, for anyone wishing to make a statement it could prove a little reserved.
The manufacturers have paid attention to the serious tech-geeks here - with laptop, tablet and cell phone pockets. But surprisingly, they have failed to include any USB cables or sockets.
There are sufficient compartments inside to hold a power bank. However, accessing your electronic devices could prove difficult.
Despite the lack of USB port, this laptop backpack does have some great user-friendly conveniences, such as:
To be honest, we very nearly placed the AmazonBasics backpack in first place. Its numerous compartments made it a very close runner. However, it slipped into second place for its lack of a USB port.
Over the last couple of years, Yorepek has been creating some buzz in the backpack market. Unlike many other manufacturers, their production is solely based around backpacks. Their recent line includes one made specifically for laptops.
If there was a laptop backpack created with the busy international businessperson in mind, then this is it.
Appearance wise, it looks remarkably like an airline-cabin case, but with more rounded edges - showing that it is indeed a laptop backpack. Its aesthetics are classy, tech-looking but fashionable. It features textured, black polyester with non-obtrusive red trim.
Inside, it is a case which does not hold back on space. It can easily hold a 17-inch laptop, but in addition possesses over 20 further compartments. Ideal for folders, pens, tablets and cables. However, if you are not carrying that much equipment, adjustable straps allow the size of the backpack to be reduced.
An external USB socket, with charging cable, allows your tablet to remain charged throughout business trips. In addition, for those people who like to hear their tunes while on-the-move, the backpack contains a headphone socket (⅛ inch). This allows your MP3 player or cell to remain within your bag.
One of the most distinguishing features about this backpack is that it can unfold to 180 degrees. This has allowed it to be approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
In essence, this means that when going through airport security, the laptop does not have to be removed from the bag for the x-ray machine. Instead, a quick-release zip is pulled allowing it to open fully into two halves. This exposes the laptop - saving time and limiting dropped items in the airport.
One negative about this backpack appears to be its stitching finish. Many customer testimonials have indicated that the shoulder straps began to fray after a couple of months’ use.
This has not affected the strength or safety of the straps, just that it looks untidy - which you would not expect from a backpack at this price.
Furthermore, it appears that some 17-inch laptop owners (mainly Dell) have found the backpack slightly too small. This is despite being designed for computers of this size.
Angled at the business traveler, this large and sturdy backpack has everything one requires. It did not reach the top spot as it is a little pricey, and does not have the all-round appeal of the top two.
SwissGear is well-known for their sturdy luggage and travel equipment. They have produced a backpack which includes its trademarked Scansmart and Tabletsafe features.