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The Best Laptop Backpacks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best backpacks for students and travelers, heard from working women on their favorite sensible work backpacks, and even mused about the best “adult backpack,” here, we’re exploring the best laptop backpacks on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best laptop backpacks for students

Herschel Pop Quiz Laptop Backpack (Fits 15” Laptop)

“This bag’s so thoughtfully designed. Super thick, sturdy exterior material. I haven’t had it long yet, but a friend of mine has and is a big fan of the bag … thus my purchasing it. This bag fits within the measurements given by Spirit Airlines & Frontier (should you travel their ‘bare’ fare). It will pass as a ‘personal item.’ My favorite part: the soft, velvety lined laptop compartment on the back. Brilliantly placed, as I have too often had my laptop flopping around, unsecure, in my bag. I’m excited about my new travel ‘buddy.’”

JanSport Right Pack Laptop Backpack, Navy (Fits 15” Laptop)

“We purchased one of these for my son when he was in grade school or middle school and it lasted him for years! Now that he is in college, he requested that we find another like it. A great, heavy-duty backpack for carrying a lot of heavy books. It also has a laptop pouch, which our old one didn’t have. I am so thrilled to find these still available. You get what you pay for and this is well worth the price!”

Best rucksack-style laptop backpack

Kaukko Outdoor Canvas Laptop Backpack, Green (Fits 15” Laptop)

“I bought this outdoor backpack for my girlfriend for its simple and modern style. The quality was beyond our expectation. The material is durable and solid, which is perfect for outdoor use. Also, the volume is large enough to hold all necessary items for a week of outdoor adventures, or books and a laptop for school. It’s waterproof and scratch-resistant, and when you fill it up, it still feels comfortable because the cushion pad on the back can help absorb any pressure. It has an amazing design, too: The suspensions are adjustable, so you can fine-tune torso length. All of this adds up to the best-in-class comfort and carrying control. The price is also reasonable for its high quality.”

Best laptop backpacks for commuting to work

Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack (Fits 15” Laptop)

“I have to carry my laptop to and from work every day, so a backpack is a must for me. This one is great because it’s stylish and professional enough to carry into the office while still being very functional with lots of pockets and compartments. It’s relatively compact and doesn’t stick out from my body too far (i.e. I’m not accidentally bumping into people on the metro) but still holds a ton of stuff. I can easily fit my 15” laptop, charger, notebooks, and a pair of heels into the main compartment alone. It’s certainly more than I ever planned to spend on a backpack, but it was worth the investment.”

Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack (Fits Up To 17” Laptop)

“Timbuktu bags are awesome in general. The best thing about this one is that it has a side handle, so you can wear it as a backpack during your commute, then take it off, tuck the straps, grab it by the side handle, and walk into the office carrying an appropriately professional-looking laptop bag / briefcase.”

Best heavy-duty laptop backpacks

LaPacker Durable XL Laptop Backpack (Fits 17” Laptop)

“I describe myself as a ‘laptop on backpack guy’ because I’m on the move most of the time and never leave my laptop behind. Having some experience carrying my 17.3-inch laptop, I went for the biggest one because the laptop fits comfortably in it with plenty of room remaining for clothes, bottles of water, and so on. Best of all is the feeling when you put it on your back full of stuff … Awesome!!! It’s so comfortable and strong and looks good, too; no matter how much you put in it, you don’t feel the weight. It protects your back and takes care of your laptop, but also your tablet and gadgets. I really love it, and I know others who have it and love it, too.”

AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack (Fits 17” Laptop)

“I must admit that I was skeptical about a backpack for under 30 bucks that would meet the rigorous demands of an IT technologist such as myself. Well, this is the best ‘IT crash bag’ I have ever owned. It was recently field-tested under rugged conditions, much of it in the rain, holding up quite well, and unexpectedly pulled through for me under some trying circumstances. It held all my tools I needed: multi-tool, screwdriver, crimps, diag-cutters, adapters, notepads, pens, markers, cables, 17-inch laptop and charger, iPad Air, work gloves, flashlight, spare parts, etc. I hope the picture speaks for itself. I highly recommend it for field and office.”

Best laptop backpack for business travel

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack, Black (Fits 17” Laptop)

I’ve had this bag for over a year now. I’m a professional working in manufacturing. I was very hesitant to move to a backpack because I thought too many of them simply didn’t look professional enough. Of course you can buy a Tumi or a high-end leather bag but I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on a bag that’s going to be under the seat in front of me on the plane with my feet on top! This bag is simply outstanding in every way. The orange color inside actually helps you to see the contents. I love that there’s a handle at the top “and” on the side, and that you can tuck the straps under the back panel so they’re completely hidden. And another great feature is how it has a handle pass through that works from top to bottom but also from side to side! Rides perfectly on my different roller bags. For the road warriors out there, you owe it to yourself to check this bag out. The “Slim” size is perfect for business travel!

Best anti-theft laptop backpacks for travel

Matein Travel Backpack with USB Charging, Blue (Fits 15” Laptop)

“This backpack is great, big enough to hold all my needs, yet not too big. I originally purchased to take on a trip because of the strap on the back to go over a suitcase handle, but it is also just right for every day. And, it does fit under an airline seat. The anti-theft pocket in the back relieves my mind. Several of my friends saw this backpack and ordered one each for themselves. Also, a great price for what you receive.”

LAPACKER Anti-Theft Water Resistant Laptop Backpack (Fits 15” Laptop)

“Great backpack, slim and lightweight, plenty of room for my laptop, nice anti-theft features. Would recommend.”

Best laptop backpack with USB adapter

Kopack Slim Business Laptop Bag with USB Adapter (Fits 15” Laptop)

“Everything was thought of for this bag I mean the pockets are endless for an organized bag beyond belief and the security features are a MUST especially at college. The USB port is a lifesaver because I can walk around and have my phone charging without having to carry my battery pack in my hand. Also as an added bonus it has a super sleek design that is just like the images depict it I feel like no matter how much stuff I put in it I never get the “turtle” bag look (you know what I mean). All in all it’s the best investment I made toward college thus far like you don’t think about how important a good bag is until you get this one trust and believe.”

Best leather laptop backpacks for women

Coofit Women’s Faux Leather Backpack, Black (Fits 12” Laptop)

“At first, I was unsure about buying this, but it’s great and even bigger than expected. It can hold my 12-inch MacBook and it may hold other light supplies if you are using this for school or if you wanna use it for every day. Don’t use textbooks in these, though, because it may become very heavy. The easy-to-reach pocket right in the back of it is useful. Overall, this is a very cute backpack, and I can’t wait to use it more and more!”

Heshe Women’s Vintage Leather Backpack (Fits 13” Laptop)

“Love. I needed a backpack that didn’t make me look like a kid and would look professional (I’m a college professor). This is it. Color and leather is beautiful, and yes, it fits my 13” MacBook Air no problem along with a legal pad, my wallet, sunglasses case, and other small necessities.”

Best leather laptop backpack for men

Polare Handcrafted Leather Laptop Backpack (Fits 17” Laptop)

“I was looking for a good quality leather backpack / laptop / travel bag to replace all the high school style backpacks. I wanted something with an older, and more rustic and rugged feel to it. This bag is just what I was looking for. Its a very manly bag in my opinion, something Indiana Jones would be proud to take on an expedition. There is plenty of room in the main compartment and it has two dedicated pockets to hold a standard size laptop, and a tablet. Plenty of additional room for a portfolio, headphones, chargers, or an set of clothing. The individual pockets on the outside are functional and can hold a variety of things, chargers, sunglasses in a case, or anything else you can fit in there. Its very sturdy leather and a little stiff though I expect it will loosen and age quite well with time.”

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The Best Laptop Backpacks on Amazon, According to Reviewers