Best Laptop Bags

If you have a laptop there's a strong chance you'll want a good bag to carry it around in.

Laptop computers are made to be portable, and that means you might need some protection while you're on the go. Whether you're spending a little on a cheap machine or throwing all your cash at a premium device, you want to look after it. After all, you're probably going to keep it for a fair amount of time, longer than you might a smartphone. Let's jump right in and take a look at some of the best laptop bags on the market.

Best laptop bags for $50 or less

AmazonBasics

AmazonBasics

Amazon's own line of products is quite beloved by many shoppers, thanks to low prices and quality products. This backpack, which can fit a laptop up to 17 inches in size, costs about $30 but has a 4.3-star rating with more than 3,150 reviews.

Multiple large, zippered compartments make it easy to store books, binders, and accessories, and the dedicated laptop slot holds your device in place. On the outside are a few more zippered pockets, and a sleeve for your water bottle. If you need a big, no-frills backpack with a lot of storage space, check this one out.

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JanSport Right Pack

JanSport Right Pack

JanSport has been making quality bags for a long time, and their Right Pack (starting at about $38) is designed to protect your laptop while it rides around with you. It's primarily made from Cordura, with a suede leather bottom for a bit of extra durability; these bags last, and their 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,450 reviews are proof.

A laptop sleeve inside the bag holds your device in place, and the large main compartment has plenty of room for accessories. Two pockets on the outside are also available for your smaller gadgets that need to be quickly accessed. Choose from three sizes and over 40 colors to ensure you find the perfect bag.

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Targus Seoul

Targus Seoul

The Targus Seoul (starting at about $40) is a big bag, but thanks to its nylon construction, it weighs only 1.38 pounds (0.63kg). This isn't the most durable bag due to the nylon, but it will shrug off rain and will carry a lot. The main compartment has a laptop sleeve to keep your device from moving around, and outer straps can be used to cinch everything down once the bag is packed.

For easy access, there are two side pockets (great for a water bottle), plus a zippered front pocket with elastic sleeves to keep accessories safe. We reviewed this bag, noting that it "works well for a modern-day professional" and that it "stands out in a crowd."

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Handbag of Holding

Handbag of Holding

Laptop bags don't all have to resemble messengers of backpacks; iMore Editor Lory Gil's favorite is the Handbag of Holding (starting at about $50), thanks to its inconspicuous purse appearance while containing a ton of pockets.

A padded sleeve inside holds a laptop or tablet, and the two compartments around it have plenty of room for books, notes, and accessories. Pretty much everywhere you look, inside and out, is lined with slip pockets, allowing you to keep all of your stuff organized when you head out into the wild.

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Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger

Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger

Those of you using a Surface product might want something designed specifically for it, which is where the Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger (starting at about $50) comes into play. Recommended by Windows Central Executive Editor Daniel Rubino, this bag has a main compartment for your laptop, a rear sleeve, a front pocket, and a small, zippered pocket on the flap.

There's also a dedicated Surface Pen holder to keep it from getting lost or falling out, and a dedicated Arc Mouse pocket. The bag is primarily made from chambray, and there are PU leather accents on the bottom and around the pockets. For something light and thin that's made for Surface, this is your best bet.

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Best laptop bags between $50 and $100

Timbuk2 Commute Messenger

Timbuk2 Commute Messenger

Timbuk2 is known for its quality craftsmanship and durable products; the Commute Messenger (starting at about $70) is a perfect example. This bag is made from polyethylene, and it has a TPU liner to keep out water. All in all, it has 10 interior pockets and four exterior pockets, meaning you should be able to easily fit everything in while keeping it all organized.

The Commute has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with nearly 400 reviews, and it's available in nine colors and three different sizes depending on what type of laptop you're bringing with you. Check this option out if you'd like a commuter bag with lots of space and a relatively cheap price tag.

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Timbuk2 Command

Timbuk2 Command

Traveling by air comes with a few inconveniences, including the shuffle through airport security. The Command bag from Timbuk2 (starting at about $70) is designed as TSA-friendly, meaning you don't have to pull your laptop out of the bag when you pass through the checkpoint. This bag is made from polyester and is lined with TPU for weatherproofing, and it is available in 13 different colors and styles.

The large inner compartment is lined with pockets and sleeves, including one with padding for your laptop. A few external pockets make your accessories easy to reach, and the removable, adjustable strap lets you carry the bag a few different ways. This bag sits at a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with nearly 700 reviews, so you can be sure you're getting a quality product.

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Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

Chosen as the best bag over at The Wirecutter for anyone toting a small laptop, the Daylight Briefcase from Tom Bihn (starting at about $80) has a certain minimalist style that will no doubt appeal to a lot of people.

These bags are made in Seattle and come with a lifetime guarantee, and you can choose at checkout what size of a laptop sleeve you'd like inside. On the outside of the bag is a zippered pocket designed for a small tablet, plus there are two other zippered pockets on the front to hold your accessories. The inner compartment has pockets on one side, and the other has loops specially designed for the Cache laptop sleeve.

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eBags Professional Slim

eBags Professional Slim

Backpacks that zip up into a discrete, slim profile are always fun, especially when you start pulling stuff out and people ask how it can hold that much. The Professional Slim from eBags (starting at about $100) can be used as backpack or briefcase thanks to customizable handles, plus it has luggage pass-through handles going both ways for easy transportation through an airport.

The bag is made from twisted poly for a durable shell, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty that covers any defects in the construction. Well-reviewed at PCMag, this bag has a large main compartment complete with laptop sleeve, and the front compartment has a plethora of sleeves and zippered pockets for all your accessories.

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Best laptop bags more than $100

Osprey Flapjack

Osprey Flapjack

The Osprey Flapjack (starting at about $110) is the top-rated laptop backpack over at Outdoor Gear Lab, thanks to "a winning combination of durability, a modern chic look, and plenty of features to help you navigate everyday life with serenity."

The large main compartment has a padded pocket for your laptop, and outer zippered pockets will hold your accessories. If you often commute at night, there are reflective strips built into the back of the bag. To keep everything secure, a sizeable flap clips down over the top of the bag.

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Tylt Energi Pro Power

Tylt Energi Pro Power

Those on the go often don't have time to sit still long enough to charge a device, which is why Tylt makes its Energi backpacks. The Pro Power (starting at about $150) features a portable, 21,100mAh battery pack that can charge three devices simultaneously, with smart cable management throughout the compartments.

Windows Central Video Editor Mark Guim reviewed this bag, saying that it "exceeds your needs" thanks to plenty of storage space and multiple pockets (including a dedicated laptop sleeve) that keep your stuff organized.

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Waterfield Field Muzetto

Waterfield Field Muzetto

The Waterfield Field Muzetto (starting at about $170) is handmade in San Francisco; it costs more than your usual bag, but is sure is worth it. Windows Central Executive Editor Daniel Rubino has been using the Field Muzetto for a few years, saying that it gives him "an Indiana Jones look for the 21st Century" and that "the quality of the materials and utility are top notch from one of the best bag companies around."

The bag is made from waxed, cotton canvas that repels water, a padded inner compartment holds your laptop, and another front pouch can be used for accessories. If you like the vertical, flip style that can be slung over your shoulder, check out the Field Muzetto.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Highly-rated just about everywhere you look, the Everyday Messenger from Peak Design (starting at about $220) is used by several people over here at Windows Central, including Editor (and bag connoisseur) Derek Kessler. He claims he's stopped "looking over the horizon for the next great blogger bag" now that this one has come into his possession.

The main compartment has multiple, adjustable sections with plenty of padding, plus there's a zippered sleeve for your laptop. A quick-adjust strap is perfect for cyclists, and an outside pocket can be used for your smaller accessories. To keep everything enclosed, the top flap uses a latch that stays in place until you want it open.

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox

Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox

If you're currently carrying around an enormous bag for all your stuff, you might want to check out the Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox (starting at about $365). Despite its deceptively small size, it can hold a lot of stuff, as witnessed by Mobile Nations Editorial Director Rene Ritchie:

The Knox really does feel like a bag of holding. It seems tiny, but … I managed to stuff more boxes, cases, and gear inside than nature or physics should allow.

The Knox is primarily made from ballistic nylon, and it has a leather bottom to protect the contents when you set it down. On the inside is a slot for your laptop, and on the outside are plenty of extra zippered pockets for quick access. It's on the pricey side, but this bag takes its job seriously.

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Andersen Slim Commuter

Tumi Alpha Bravo Andersen Slim Commuter

For equal parts style mixed with equal parts functionality, the Alpha Bravo Andersen from Tumi (starting at about $400) is an excellent option. It is made from ballistic nylon for a durable build, and the leather accents give it a beautiful look. Two large zippered compartments have plenty of room to hold your books, binders, and documents, and a padded laptop sleeve keeps your device safe.

The outside has three more zippered compartments for easy access to your accessories, and a pass-through channel lets you easily attach the bag to your other luggage. If you'd like to go for a briefcase look, you can remove the shoulder strap and exclusively use the two leather handles. This premium bag is pricey, but a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and the Tumi name means you're investing in something that will last.

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Updated October 10, 2017: We've refreshed this list with a bunch of new, great laptop bags to ensure you're still getting the absolute best.