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The 9 Best Laptop Backpacks to Comfortably—And Safely—Haul Your Stuff

Because carrying your computer in any old bag is a bad idea.

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A great everyday bag has room for everything—food, water, clothes, accessories, and more. But the best everyday bag needs a space specially made for your laptop. Without it, your laptop will be bouncing loose against your things, and is more likely to be damaged along the way.

Luckily, there’s a huge number of laptop backpack options on the market in a wide variety of sizes, weights, and styles. We’ve sussed out the best laptop backpacks to consider, so read on for our top recommendations, plus advice to take into account before you shop.

The Best Laptop Backpacks

What to Consider

Your first order of business is to make sure your laptop—or the one you plan to buy—will fit in the backpack. Most bags accommodate laptops ranging from 15 to 17 inches, with designated, padded sleeves to store them that are separate from the main compartment, and have varying degrees of water-resistance.

It’s also important to factor in how you’ll use it. If you bike, you’ll likely want a backpack that has sternum and waist straps for stability, is fairly lightweight and aerodynamic, and has reflective details for safety at night. Those who take public transportation may want top handles to carry their bag to make room for other passengers. If you’re a frequent traveler, having an RFID-blocking pocket for your passport and credit cards is smart, in addition to slipcases that slide out so your laptop will be protected while going through security. Also, if you tend to pack a lot into your bag in addition to a laptop, look for something lightweight.

Beyond that, it’s all about style and nice-to-have features. For example, some include built-in USB charging ports and cables, special compartments to protect glasses, and side pockets for water bottles.

How We Selected

Every laptop backpack we review has an average customer rating of 4.5 stars or higher. We dug into our own research and considered top-name brands to offer a range of bags in a range of styles, from sleek to sport, and across multiple price points, including budget-friendly options and high-end backpacks. We also weighed features against cost and made selections to include a wide variety to suit different buyers' needs and preferences.

For more great back-to-school—or work—accessories, check out our picks for the best backpacks for students, laptop bags, and commuter backpacks.

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