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The Best Commuter 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item ​here​.)

Matein Travel Laptop Backpack
$25

“If I could give this backpack ten stars, I would. It completely exceeded my expectations in quality, design, color, and price. The amount of pockets and space that this backpack gives me is amazing!! I needed a new one that would hold my laptop, textbooks, binders, etc. for nursing school and this is beyond perfect! There is so much padding on the straps, back, and inside for the laptops that I feel comfortable and my laptop is properly supported. The side pockets fit my huge water bottles and they don’t fall out of the pockets like they did with my last backpack (HUGE PLUS). I can even fit my 40 oz. Hydro Flask in the side pockets! The phone charger connection works and I was charging my phone on the backpack while taking photos. Although I got this backpack for school I will definitely be utilizing it for travel this summer as well! I still can’t believe I only paid $29 for this!! Best purchase I’ve ever made on Amazon so far!”

“This backpack is really the perfect one, especially for commuting on the busy and always super packed subways of New York. It’s slim yet has so many compartments, and having two side pockets makes it even more perfect. A Hydro Flask and a Starbucks coffee tumbler fit perfectly in them. I haven’t used it for my laptop yet (I’ve used that pocket for my wallet and other valuables), but I know it will work great with one since it’s well made with sturdy materials, and well padded. The USB port for charging is also a great convenience when you are on the go.”

Uoobag Tigernu Series Business Laptop Backpack
$25

“I’ve been carrying half my office with me when I commute between my one-day-a-week office and my home office. I decided to slim down and got this great bag from Uoobag. It has forced me to go on a diet — a carrying diet. I could not possibly fit all the crap I used to carry into this new slim bag, but that was the point. I found a way to eliminate 60 to 70 percent of the stuff and yet, I still have room for my laptop, all the cords and chargers I need, plus a few personal items. The bag itself is quality, through and through. The zippers are high-quality and the pockets are well sewn. There are nine zippered pockets — some inside of others. Plenty of ways to organize what you carry. The backstraps are very sturdy. They also easily invert to the front when you want to reach into one of the two zippered pockets on the back of the bag. This bag is easily worth double what Amazon charges for it. I wish I had bought it years ago.”

“I was really impressed by the quality and look of this backpack! It’s professional, durable, comfortable, and very functional. This bag can easily be mistaken for a $100+ item, so at $40 I think it’s a great value. I ordered the medium size and it has as much space as you would expect from a ‘normal’ size backpack. Compartments are very well placed and the bag is secure. Would highly recommend for the business-person commuter!”

Mancro High Capacity Laptop Travel Backpack
$20

“I wanted a backpack that would hold a large assortment of office supplies and paperwork for me, and that I could keep in my van for fieldwork I do. I wanted it to be durable, roomy, and have a lot of compartments. When I received this backpack and started checking it out, I was blown away by how many pockets and compartments it has, large and small. It’s been perfect for me and I love it. The fabric is light enough but certainly not flimsy and seems to be durable and the zippers all work exactly like they’re supposed to. I got lucky and made a great choice for myself. At least for how I’m using it, I highly recommend this backpack.”

Yorepek Large Travel Laptop Backpack
$27

“This is an amazing backpack that has everything I ever could have wanted and more. It’s huge, and it allows me to travel without having to check a bag at the airport. The external headphone port and USB charging port are really cool. I wish they had included some sort of velcro strap or some way to secure your charger in the pouch they designed for it, as mine tends to fall out. If you want a huge backpack with a ton of options, this is the one for you.”

KROSER Travel Laptop Backpack
$32

“I LOVE IT! It has several pockets and a LOT of space for storing multiple items neatly. In fact, even though I bought the size that would accommodate the laptop I now have, it ended up being much larger than I needed. At first I was disappointed with that, but we were leaving on a seven-day cruise and I didn’t have much time to pack, so I decided to keep it and use it, and I am so glad I did! It was a perfect carry-on for the plane. Since there are several compartments, I was able to keep my laptop separate from the other electronics, cords, and iPhone chargers, with snacks in another compartment. The front zipper compartment was perfect for my flight tickets while I was processing — and I still had room to tuck in some work folders, my light jacket, AND my giant book.”

eBags Professional Slim Junior Laptop Backpack
$90