The 9 Best Laptop Backpacks to Buy in 2017

Keep your laptop safe and secure with these great backpacks

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Whether you’re on the road, running to class or just in and out of the office, it's important to protect your laptop when toting it around. And one of the best ways to keep your laptop protected is with a backpack. Backpacks have ample storage for all your laptop accessories and they're super convenient to carry, with your shoulders and back supporting the weight equally. There are plenty of laptop-ready backpacks on the market, so we've narrowed down the options to include only the best ones available today.

Of all the backpacks on the market, online reviews almost unanimously agree that any backpack from Incase should be at the top of your list. The Icon Pack is one of the brand’s flagship models and is a made out of durable 840D nylon. It's geared for laptops 15 inches and smaller. The main compartment is designed specifically for your large ticket items, as well as any documents, books or small accessories. A secondary compartment offers added storage for tech accessories or other smaller items. The dedicated iPad or tablet pocket offers quick and easy side access without going into either of the bag’s two main compartments. A hip-side power pocket adds an integrated cable allowing access to any portable power unit or audio device. Beyond storage, the adjustable shoulder pads pair with a sternum strap for added security and comfort.

Stylish and modern looking, the Booq Cobra Squeeze laptop backpack is a uniquely designed option that offers a superb combination of both form and function. Offering weatherproof protection courtesy of its water-repellent fabric, the Squeeze doesn’t skimp on comfort, thanks to a contoured shoulder-strap design and air mesh back padding for keeping cool during lengthy wearing sessions.

Capable of holding a laptop up to 15.4 inches, the top pocket provides instant access directly to a laptop, while the dual side compartments add extra storage for accessories. Inside the main compartment, you’ll find the laptop sleeve, two pockets and a pen slot. Weighing just 2.2 pounds, adding a laptop, accessories and even a book or two won’t weigh the Squeeze down. Booq adds an extra level of security with its Terralinq lost-and-found system designed to help recover a bag if lost or stolen.

Timbuk2 is one of the best known names in laptop bags and for good reason. The combination of style, reliability and storage all make for something commuters will love. The Authority Pack is designed specifically for those on the go with enough storage for a 15-inch laptop. There are two more main compartments that are designed for carrying clothes (including even one that can carry a pair of shoes), tablets, pens and pencils, chargers and other accessories. There's also a stretchy side compartment that's designed solely for carrying water or other liquids. The top handle for carrying in tight situations is paired with adjustable shoulder pads and compression straps with reflective tape to alert drivers or other commuters of your presence at night. It weighs 2.4 pounds.

For those buyers looking for a premium laptop backpack solution, the Tumi name needs little introduction. The higher-end Alpha Bravo Knox backpack offers a roomy main compartment with space for up to a 15-inch laptop, a dedicated iPad pocket, two business card slots and two media pockets for smaller accessories. Beyond its storage, the 100 percent ballistic nylon construction offers a top-notch build that’s as eye-turning as it is durable. Weighing 3.4 pounds, the Knox backpack weighs a little more than its average competition, but that’s to be expected from a premium design that can cost at least twice as much. For the price, however, you’ll receive increased padding on the shoulder straps, which makes for a comfortable wear. The straps add one last perk with D-rings for gadgets such as flashlights or other accessories that require quick access.

One look is all it takes to see why the Herschel Retreat Mid-Volume handily takes the prize of most stylish laptop backpack. With its mountaineering style, drawcord cinch closure and strap-detailed top flap, the Herschel quickly sets itself apart from the utilitarian style that’s permeated the laptop backpack field for years. With room for up to a 13-inch laptop in its padded main compartment, it has ample room for accessories, including chargers and mice. The magnetic strap closure and metal pin clips add to the mountaineering look, but provide extra security for keeping all your gear safe inside the main compartment. The front storage sleeve is fairly small and allows just enough space for quick access to a smartphone.

When it comes to durability, the 32-liter Thule Crossover backpack is hard to beat. With an elevated laptop compartment that can store up to a 17-inch laptop (plus a dedicated sleeve for your iPad), there’s more than enough room in this bag for clothes, books and even a pair of shoes. While there’s plenty of storage available, the real highlight of the Thule is its protection against the elements and even drops, thanks to a heat-molded and crush-proof compartment that safeguards small ticket items such as smartphones or even your favorite pair of sunglasses.

The water-resistant fabrics and zippers work together to form a protective seal against weather elements that seek to do your favorite tech harm. Add in two side mesh pockets for water bottles, grab-and-go handles alongside EVA shoulder straps for easy transportation and a "shove-it" pocket for quickly storing a light jacket and you’ve got a backpack that’s both laptop-ready and good for an overnight trip. It weights 2.2 pounds.

Combining budget pricing with excellent style and storage, the Mancro laptop backpack includes enough space in its laptop compartment to safely secure up to 17-inch laptops. There are three main storage compartments, nine inner smaller pockets, plus two sealed side pockets for items such keys, a wallet or a water bottle. Manufactured out of eco-friendly nylon fabric, the curved shoulder padding makes for a lightweight bag that's just 1.5 pounds.

An included combination lock adds an extra level of security. Beyond security, the nylon design includes a water-resistant exterior that protects against splashes and rain. Added to the exterior of the bag is a USB portable charging port that pairs with a separately purchased portable battery for quick charging on the go.

With 27 liters of total storage, the North Face Pivoter backpack includes plenty of storage, a durable design and comes in a variety of color choices. Designed to fit up to a 15-inch laptop, the padded compartment adds enough protection even when the bag is packed to the brim. Alongside laptop storage, the main compartment offers room for books and notepads. There are even zipper, velcro and pen pockets for added storage and organization. The Pivoter backpack ensures spine support with specialized compression molded shoulder straps for maintaining proper posture and has a padded haul handle at the top. For staying safe on the go, the reflective bike-light loop and shoulder strap webbing create 360 degrees of reflectivity for staying safe at night. It weighs two pounds.

When charging on the go is a must, the Tylt Powerbag laptop computer bag is a must-own for both professionals and students. The included USB charging hub can power phones, tablets or other electronics (up to three at a time) with the built-in and rechargeable 10,400mAh battery. The bag works with nearly any type of USB cable (adapter required for charging Apple devices) with two one-Amp ports and a lone 2.1-Amp port.

Aside from charging devices, the water-resistant build quality offers a total of 1,450 cubic inches of total storage split between 13 pockets. The inclusion of TSA certification allows laptop owners to leave their laptops in the bag while going through airport security, making it an ultra-convenient solution for frequent travelers. It can support up to a 15-inch laptop.

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