The 8 Best Rolling Laptop Bags of 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Solo Bryant


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.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Perry Ellis

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.

Best Splurge: Travelpro Executive Choice

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.

Best Design: Solo Walker

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.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics

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.

Best Water-Resistant: Racini Nylon Rolling Laptop Bag

This Racini bag is so much more than just a waterproof laptop bag on wheels (though it is that). There’s a shockproof laptop pocket, perfect for notebooks up to 16 inches in size. You can also stash 17-inch notebooks into the larger, non-dedicated pocket with other things. There are two side mesh pockets, plus an array of other internal pockets for pens, keys, wallets and more. The 18-inch, rugged aluminum, telescoping roller handles can adjust to any length under its that 18-inch mark.

The four wheels are durable enough to withstand a variety of surfaces while supplying a smooth ride. The shell is made of super strong nylon that is water-resistant to basically all the elements that the world will throw at you. And, at 12 x 8.67 x 20.87 inches, this backpack has a huge capacity for everything you need to carry. The best part? Once you push those handles in, it becomes a backpack with breathable straps (it's carry-on compliant), so you can bring it on trips, wheel it through the airport and then throw it on as a backpack for any application.

Best Backpack: High Sierra

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 an audio device or smartphone stowed inside the bag and still be able to 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.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best laptop backpacks.

Best Storage: Alpine Swiss

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.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 20 hours testing one of the most popular rolling laptop bags available. To really get the full experience, we asked them to consider the most important features when using this laptop bag — from portability to amount of storage space — and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Rolling Laptop Bag

Size - How big is your laptop? And how much stuff do you need to carry with you? This is a major concern when it comes to buying a rolling laptop bag. After all, if you have a 17-inch laptop, but the bag you want only holds a 13-inch, that’s a problem. Or if you need room to carry a large assortment of cords and devices, but the bag itself is too slim, that’s not going to work. Figure out what you need to carry and pick a bag that fits the bill.

Material - When it comes to laptop bags, you can find one made out of all kinds of different materials. The question is, what will you be using the bag for? If this is mostly a business travel bag you’ll be taking with you to meetings, leather might be a good option. However, if durability matters more than style, the nylon or polyester varieties might be the way to go.

Straps - It may seem like a rolling laptop bag doesn’t need to have additional straps for carrying, but you’d be surprised at how often these can come in handy. Do you need a handle on top? What about straps to attach it to the handle of a larger rolling bag? Do you want to be able to carry it messenger or backpack-style if necessary? These are important things to think about before purchasing a rolling laptop bag.

Test Results: Solo Bryant (Best Overall)


What We Like

  • Durable

  • Spacious interior

  • Comfortable grip

What We Don't Like

  • Top latch doesn’t lock consistently

  • Wheels could roll more easily

Solo Bryant
Solo Bryant
Solo Bryant

Our testers loved that the interior of this bag was very spacious: “I was even able to fit my travel pillow and a change of clothes,” said one reviewer. One of our testers also thought that this bag held up well after a week of consistent use. On the flip side, our reviewers wished that this bag rolled more easily: “The only way to pull the bag is behind you,” one person wrote. “I wish it had the wheels that turn and glide more effortlessly.”