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Most people take their laptops everywhere. Sitting at home, commuting to work, or relaxing on vacation, it doesn’t matter your laptop is likely always with you.

And if that’s going to be the case then you need to make sure you have a decent bag to transport your laptop in. There are 5 main options:

  1. Backpacks
  2. Briefcases
  3. Messenger bags
  4. Shoulder bags
  5. Laptop sleeves

We’ve gone through all the different types and compiled a top 10 list to make your decision easier. But, before we get to our best of the best list, let’s first talk about a few features and how exactly to make choose the best bag for you (and your laptop).

2 Main Features to Consider Before Buying

Laptop size. The last thing you want to do is buy a bag that’s too small or even way too big for your laptop. If you’re not sure what size laptop you have, simply open it up and measure the screen diagonally.

Common laptop sizes are:

  • 11.6”
  • 13.3”
  • 15.6”
  • 17.3”

While common tablet sizes are:

  • 7.0”
  • 8.1”
  • 9.7”
  • 10.1”

You’ll notice below we’ve listed the maximum size laptop that each bag carries in order to help you make the right decision.

(Note of caution: most bags have specifically sized laptop compartments made to protect your exact laptop. If you have a 13.3” laptop but think going with a bigger size may allow you to carry more, also consider that this could allow your laptop to be bounced around or jarred during any travel. Essentially what we’re saying is, pick the right bag for the right laptop.)

Use. What exactly will you be using the bag for?

Business? Maybe you want a more classic style bag.

Travel? Consider how you want to be carrying the bag through the airport, or maybe if you even need a feature like rolling wheels.

The occasional trip to Starbucks? Maybe a simple sleeve for your laptop is all you need then.

What you use the bag for will also help answer the most important question: What will you be carrying besides your laptop?

For most people, the list may include some (or all) of the following:

  • Tablet
  • Mouse and mouse pad
  • Pens, pencils, paper, etc.
  • Headphones
  • Cell phone
  • Jacket (or extra clothes)
  • Cords and cables (USB, HDMI, VGA, etc.)

Top 10 Laptop Bags for Guys

You may notice below the top 3 bags are actually by AmazonBasics, which is a private-label electronics brand created by Amazon in 2009. This really shouldn’t come as much surprise, as Amazon has tons of data to zero in on exactly what a consumer wants from the product.

Number 1 – AmazonBasics Laptop Bag and Tablet Bag

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Main Features: 3 external sections with multiple internal organizers, padded shoulder strap

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 2 – AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve

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Main Features: Form-fitting sleeve with precise fit for specific size laptops, ability to place inside a bag or backpack

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 3 – AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack

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Main Features: Padded interior laptop compartment, heavily padded shoulder straps, additional compartments for supplies or a tablet, mesh pockets on each side for water bottles

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 4 – Evecase Laptop Neoprene Messenger Case

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Main Features: Available in 3 different colors, scratch-free interior lining, removable shoulder strap, fold-away handles, 5 pockets including 2 large compartments, 2 accessory compartments, and 1 small pocket

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 5 – Case Logic Security Friendly Laptop Case

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Main Features: 2 protected compartments for both a laptop and tablet, designed in compliance with TSA (this means you don’t need to remove your laptop for airport security) making this a great travel bag, compatible attachment to most rolling luggage

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 6 – SwissGear ScanSmart Laptop Computer Backpack

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Main Features: 6 different color options, several storage specific compartments (i.e. eyeglass holder, water bottle holder, media pocket, organizer pocket), ergonomically contoured padded shoulder straps

Size: Up to 15.6”

Number 7 – High Sierra Freewheel Wheeled Laptop Backpack

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Main Features: Available in 5 different color options, “cushion zone” padded computer pocket, varied pocket styles (i.e. organizer, media pocket, zippered pockets, key fob, headphone port), telescoping handle and corner-mounted wheels, can be rolled or used as a backpack

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 8 – Samsonite Classic Two Gusset Toploader

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Main Features: High grade ballistic fabric, double gusset business briefcase layout featuring a fully padded laptop compartment, and easy access compartments

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 9 – Snugg Crossbody Shoulder Messenger Bag

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Main Features: 6 different color options (depending on size chosen), high quality leather exterior, 6 internal compartments, 4 external pockets

Size: Up to 17.3”

Number 10 – Brinch Soft Nylon Waterproof Laptop Computer Case

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Main Features: 4 color options, shock absorption polyester foam lined laptop pocket

Size: Up to 15.6”

Which Bag is Right for You?

If you’ve looked through the best packs above, but are still a little unsure of which one to go with here are our final thoughts….

The basics. If all you want is a well-built, simple bag then go with one of the AmazonBasics, Evecase, or Brinch bags. There aren’t any surprises or fancy features, but they get the job done.

All the bells and whistles. Case Logic, Swissgear, and High Sierra all offer a bit more in terms of storage space and gadget like pockets.

Higher class. The Samsonite and Snugg bags are made of a little higher quality material and perfect for a more upscale (or work) environment.

Hopefully those final thoughts helped a bit, and you find the perfect laptop bag to meet your needs!