The 8 Best Rolling Laptop Bags to Buy in 2017

Traveling through the airport has never been easier

Solo Bryant 17.3 Inch Rolling Laptop Case
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Whether you’re a frequent business traveler or just hate the idea of carrying something heavy on your back, a rolling laptop bag can be a lifesaver. From classy and elegant, to convenient and lightweight, a rolling laptop bag will help make your life easier by reducing back pain and eliminating the need for over-the-shoulder bags. For travelers who want to take a literal load off, choosing one of these travel-friendly options allows you to have a hand free for carrying that must-have coffee before takeoff. 

The Solo Bryant 17.3-inch rolling laptop case is ideal for travelers who appreciate both room and value. The hidden push-button telescoping handle system is complemented by padded handles when the wheels aren’t ideal for moving up and down the galley way of an aircraft. The wheels are compact and durable and are seamlessly integrated into the case of the bag, so you can bank on a smooth glide without adding additional bulk. The polyester body feels both durable and long lasting, measuring 14.75H x 17L x 8.75W inches (read: it's appropriately sized for sitting underneath an airplane seat). The padded laptop compartment can hold up to a 17.3-inch laptop, while the front zippered pocket and organizer section allow for a bevy of papers, books, pens and other travel knickknacks.

Made from 50 percent nylon and 50 percent polypropylene, the Perry Ellis eight-wheel spinner mobile office tote is an exceptional bag for travelers on the go. Its spinner/rolling system allows for quick and easy turning and its retractable handle means easy maneuverability. The hardshell polypropylene frame ensures that the main compartment is well protected and can hold up to a 15-inch laptop (plus some room for change of clothes if you have an overnight stay). The front organizer pocket holds many accessories, including pens, business cards, power cords, headphones and more. The 16 x 15.5 x 9.5-inch body is carry-on size, so it’s ready to fit underneath a seat for easy access when you're in the air. Finally, it weighs just four pounds, so it's light enough to carry by hand up and down the aisle of an airplane.

Amazon’s well-regarded product line continues to shine across the spectrum and its rolling laptop case is no exception. Budget-priced, the bag weight 5.1 pounds and is designed to protect laptops up to 15.6 inches. The easy-access front pocket can hold pens, notepads and business cards, while the telescoping handle offers a push-button lock for secure movement while rolling in and out of airports. The interior of the bag offers added storage inside the main zippered compartment for bulkier files or books (and there is even enough storage for a change of clothing for overnight trips). The dedicated laptop compartment can store up to 17-inch devices, although it’s a tight fit (laptops 15.6 inches and smaller are recommended for complete protection). Once inside the laptop compartment, a velcro strap adds an extra layer of security to prevent the laptop from moving during transit.

Made of espresso-colored Colombian leather, the Solo Walker rolling laptop case is a beautifully designed bag. Offering both front and rear pockets, the 15.2 x 10.4 x 1.7-inch padded laptop compartment protects models up to 15.6 inches. The full-grain leather body offers a telescoping padded handle system that easy locks back into the bag when not in use. Weighing just 6.3 pounds, the 17 x 13 x 6.2-inch bag is compact enough to easily fit in overhead compartments or stow underneath a seat on either an airplane or a train. The main compartment offers a zip-down organizer for dividing files, as well as other materials such as notebooks, pens and business cards. An added bonus: It's backed by a five-year warranty.

Manufactured out of high quality ballistic nylon with Duraguard coating, the Travelpro Executive Choice 17-inch laptop bag is well worth the price of admission. The patented power scoping extension handle works to minimize any wobbling while in use. Also working to maximize durability are the high-performance, sealed ball-bearing inline skate wheels that guarantee a smooth roll. Another major benefit is the inclusion of an exterior USB port that connects to a separately purchased power bank which is held via a dedicated interior pocket (the cord will be able to run to the outside of the bag). The 7.5-pound bag also has RFID protection, which helps secure credit cards and passports against identity theft.

If you don't like look and feel of a rolling briefcase, the High Sierra rolling laptop backpack might be a better choice. The well-regarded brand offers a durable and tough fabric that can comfortably fit 15-inch laptops (High Sierra says it will also fit 17-inch models, but it's probably a tight squeeze. The 20.5 x 13.5 x 8-inch bag has high-durability wheels for smooth rolling and has the superb ability to remain upright no matter how you package the interior. The large main compartment holds everything from books and papers and even has enough storage for overnight clothing. The built-in media pocket adds a headphone port, so you can have a audio device or smartphone stowed inside the bag and still be able listen to music via a corded headphone. The hideaway telescoping handle securely locks when pulled out and is just as easily tucked away when not in use. In the event you want to go full-on backpack mode, the padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry just in case you're running to catch your flight.

If you're looking for extra storage, spring for the Alpine Swiss rolling briefcase. The ballistic poly exterior measures an overall 18.75 x 15.5 x 8.5 inches and the padded laptop sleeve securely fits up to 17-inch screens. The back section of the Alpine offers dual function with a divided file section for holding papers and notebooks, but it can also be removed to function as an overnight packer for a limited supply of clothing. The inline skate wheels move effortlessly on nearly any smooth surface and pair with a retractable hidden handle that has two height levels for users of any height. The addition of a dedicated tablet sleeve adds to the storage value while still meeting FAA regulations for carry-on sizing. Ultimately, the overall size of the Alpine likely means it won’t comfortably fit underneath a seat, but it still offers an ideal combination of storage and value.

The Targus Metro Roller is designed to protect up to 16-inch laptops in a closed cell foam padding compartment. However, the highlight isn’t the padding. Instead, it’s the durable and water-resistant 1200D polyester material that keeps the interior of the bag dry in case you’re caught in the rain or snow. The 16.75 x 15.5 x 9-inch bag offers a lifetime warranty and includes all the essentials you’d expect from a protective laptop case. The telescoping handle retracts into a zippered compartment to completely seal the bag off (but there's also a carrying handle for added convenience and quick transportation on the go). The large zippered compartment stores basic office essentials and can even double as an overnight bag). The zip-down front pocket adds space for business-related essentials, including pens, business cards, a cell phone, as well as added accessories such as a laptop power cord.

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