Best Laptop Backpack 2019: Laptop Bags to Hold All Your Tech

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After spending your hard earned money on a laptop, you need a way to safely carry it around. There are plenty of laptop backpacks, but not all are created equal. After all, some of the best laptop backpacks have gotten quite a bit more complex with padded compartments for laptops, tablets, and cameras, plus built-in battery packs and many other features.

When looking for a bag to protect your investment you’ll also want something that’s comfortable to wear, has plenty of space, and can withstand some abuse. There’s a lot to consider when buying the perfect bag for your laptop and I’m here to help. Here are my top picks for the best laptop backpacks.

TL;DR – These are the Best Laptop Backpacks:

1. Incase Icon Lite Pack

Best Laptop Backpack

For a small, affordable backpack the Icon Lite Pack from Incase is my pick for the best laptop backpack. It has a high-quality construction, and is designed to carry a 15-inch laptop in a “faux-fur” pocket, along with a handful of extra items like a notebook or battery pack. There’s also a dedicated phone pocket at the top of the pack. The outside is fairly basic, but that’s part of the Icon Lite Pack’s appeal. This $75 backpack has six different color options, including black, red, and navy.

2. Mancro Laptop Backpack

Best Budget Laptop Backpack

The Mancro Laptop Backpack has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating. It might seem like one of the more expensive backpacks I’ve recommended, but can be purchased for less than $36 depending on the color you choose. There’s enough space for a 17-inch laptop, a tablet, and it features a USB port to get power from a battery pack inside the backpack. There are a total of three main pockets and nine pockets on the inside.

3. Neweex Backpack

Travel With a Laptop

For quick trips or those who need a little more room in a backpack, consider the $159 Neweex Backpack. There’s a dedicated spot for some clothes, all of your toiletries, in addition to space for a 15.6-inch laptop, a tablet, a portable battery pack and all of the cables and chargers you can carry. There’s even a hidden pocket for your ID and a credit card on one of the straps for quick access. It’s pretty slick.

4. Incase Camera Pro Pack

Pack a Camera With Your Laptop

Photogs who need space for lenses, DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, a tablet and a laptop, may I present to you the Incase Camera Pro Pack. It’s pricey at $219, but this pack has a customizable compartment with velcro separators for your camera gear, a place for a tripod, and enough room for a 15-inch laptop, tablet, phone, and a dedicated spot for your sunglasses up front. Users can also rearrange the Incase Camera Pro Pack’s inserts to also carry a DJI Mavic Pro, should you be into drones.

5. STM Drifter

Best 15-inch Laptop Bag

The STM Drifter backpack has a pretty cool look to it, with a charcoal base color and red highlights on the zippers and pockets. It’ll fit a 15-inch laptop in a pocket that’s doesn’t go to the bottom of the bag, meaning if you drop your backpack your laptop doesn’t hit the ground.

There are plenty of pockets for keys, wallets, battery packs, and the rest of your everyday carry items. There’s also a water bottle pocket on the outside of the bag, and padding where the bag rests on your back for added comfort. Oh, yeah, and it’s only $99.

6. Timbuk2 Authority Pack

Best 17-inch Laptop Backpack

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7. Peak Design Everyday Backpack

High-End Design Meets High-Capacity

Peak backpacks are some of the best looking backpacks out there. They have a premium look, and yes, they have a premium price tag. The $259 Everyday Backpack 20L is spacious enough for a 15-inch laptop, but its real party trick is its unique side access flaps that make it easy to access all of your extra gear. If more space is what you need, there’s a 30L model for $289 that can carry even more gear while maintaining space for your 16-inch laptop.

8. Solo Duane Hybrid Briefcase

Best Laptop Briefcase

The Solo Duane Hybrid Briefcase looks all business during the day, but turns into a more casual backpack at night. To be clear: You can use it like a briefcase in more formal settings, or connect two backpack straps to the rear of the bag to turn it into a true backpack. It’s a unique approach to what’s normally a straightforward device. The sub-$50 bag holds a laptop up to 15.6-inches, and has dedicated pockets for a tablet, phone, Kindle, wallet, and your keys.

What to Look For in a Laptop Backpack

While any backpack can carry a laptop, you’ll probably want one with a padded notebook compartment just so you can better protect your $1,000 (or multi-thousand dollar) machine.

Of course, buying a laptop sleeve is one easy way around this, but bags designed with a dedicated pocket to carry notebooks often offer extra protection by being raised slightly above the bottom of the bag. This padded pocket also usually comes with separate zipper access, so you don’t have to dig into the main compartment and mess with all the other stuff you’re toting around.

Boundary Supply Errant

With that out of the way, the first thing you should consider when buying a laptop backpack whether it can actually hold your notebook. For the most part, you should pick a bag that’s compatible with your 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, or 17-inch notebook without being any larger or smaller than it needs to be. Unless you’ve got a lot of additional electronics or you’re looking a travel pack to carry your clothes, there’s no need to carry around that extra bulk or weight.

Lastly, good organization is what breaks or makes the best laptop backpacks. Think quality over quantity when it comes to pockets. Sure a bag with over 20 pockets might sound good, but if they’re only big enough to store a thumb drive, they won’t do you much good.

Think of all the other pieces of tech you might want to carry with you while you taking a closer look at the interior layout and size of each pocket to see whether everything will fit.

Jason Cipriani has covered technology full-time for the past 8 years. During that time he has freelanced for the likes of CNET, Fortune, Time, ZDNet, Macworld, Wired, and TechRadar.

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