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Best laptop bags 2022

Waterfield Designs Tuck Backpack
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There are countless laptop bags on the market in various styles and price points. We've selected a few of our favorites and listed them below. These bags are great for travel, going back and forth between classes, business meetings, and much more. Take a look around and come back often as we often add new ones to the list. 

The best laptop bags for fun, business, and everything else in between

WaterField Designs Tuck Backpack

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Best overall

Reasons to buy

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Sophisticated look, well designed
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Dedicated pockets for different devices
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Good for travel

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Is a rucksack style for you?

WaterField continues to amaze the world by producing incredible bags and other high-quality accessories from San Francisco, California. The wonderfully reviewed Tuck Backpack is one of its newest offerings. It arrived just before Apple introduced the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro and second-gen 16-inch MacBook Pro. It works with all of the best MacBooks. The bag has been designed as an updated version of a European military rucksack, made with full-grain black or chocolate leather and your choice of 1050 Denier black ballistic nylon or durable waxed canvas.

With features such as self-finding magnetic buckles to keep your contents secure, the streamlined backpack can collapse and expand quickly depending on what's inside. Besides the main compartment, the Tuck Backpack offers two compartments towards the back that can hold your favorite MacBook or iPad. It can fit every MacBook on the market, including the latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Both compartments are protected with a plush padded liner. A zipper pocket for holding small accessories and cables is on the opposite side. In addition, the pouch includes a key ring attachment. Finally, the Tuck Backpack has mesh side pockets, each with a magnetic closure.

Price is probably the only thing holding this bag back for some would-be buyers. Despite this, it's worth every penny for those who can afford it.

Harber London Bag

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Best for business

Reasons to buy

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Handcrafted from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather
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Plenty of room for your laptop and much more
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Pockets for accessories
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Carry three ways

Reasons to avoid

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Very pricey
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Not a lot of padding around the laptop 

As you can see in our Harber London Laptop Briefcase review, we really love this next bag even though it's pricey. The briefcase is gorgeous to look at and feels fantastic with its buttery soft full-grain vegetable-tanned cowhide leather exterior. Handmade in Spain by expert artisans, the case offers two large microfiber-lined compartments to accommodate your MacBook and iPad easily. There are plenty of other compartments that will house all of your other necessities.

You can carry this bag in three different ways. First, use the carry handles to bring it briefcase-style. Attach the included shoulder strap to carry it like a messenger bag. Or slide it onto your extended suitcase handle using the belt on the back of the bag.

You can purchase the Harber London Laptop Briefcase exclusively on Harber London's website in two sizes. The medium model (14.17-by-10.23-by-2.75 inches) fits your 13-inch laptop, while the larger one  (15.74-by-11.02-by-3.93 inches) will work with laptops up to 16-inches. 

The prices can vary due to currency conversion rates. In addition, there are three color options: tan, black, and deep brown. 

Bellroy Classic Backpack 2nd Edition

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Best for short travels

Reasons to buy

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Streamlined and lightweight
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Includes a padded laptop pocket
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Also has an iPad sleeve pocket
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Additional small interior and exterior pockets
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Professional-looking

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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No water bottle pocket

Bellroy's iconic Classic Backpack offers well-padded straps and back designed to hug the body. As a result, it's one of the most comfortable backpacks you will find. Constructed of water-resistant nylon and highlighted with environmentally certified premium top-grain leather, the Bellroy Classic Backpack comes in various colors. However, not everyone is aren't always in stock through retailers like Amazon. 

The backpack is ideally suited for the MacBook Air (2022) and 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) but doesn't support the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021). 

Some might be concerned by its price point, although our Classic Backpack reviewer felt it was worth it. One complaint is there's no exterior water bottle pocket. Nevertheless, this is an excellent laptop backpack with plenty of features, style, quality, and comfort. With room for a 15-inch laptop, iPad, and much more, it's the perfect size for a day trip or airplane carry-on.

OGIO backpack

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Best mid-sized option

Reasons to buy

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Happy medium 20-liter size
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High-quality durable bag
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Well-padded compartments for laptop and tablet
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Tons of organizational pockets
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Limited lifetime warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

Many of the tech backpacks on the market are too small or too big. The well-received OGIO PACE 20 Backpack is a just-right medium 20-liter size. Better still, It doesn't weigh too much and can hold a MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and more in its many pockets.

The OGIO PACE 20 Backpack comprises luggage-grade 1680D (the base) and 600D (the body) ballistic nylon. The laptop compartment is well-padded and large enough to house up to a 17-inch laptop. The bottom of the compartment ends before reaching the bottom of the backpack (which is also padded.) So if you set the bag down, your laptop is nowhere near the ground. The tablet sleeve is even farther from the ground and large enough for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Both of these compartments are secured with a velcro tab. Also, inside the bag's main compartment, you'll find two simple slide pockets for carrying magazines, files, and the like. There are also four pen-holders.

The OGIO PACE 20 Backpack comes in four colors: black, Heather Gray, khaki, and navy. All of the colorways have black trim. The OGIO logo is printed in gray on one of the front pockets. If the OGIO PACE 20 isn't quite large enough for you, check out the similar but slightly larger "big sibling" backpack, the OGIO PACE 25 (opens in new tab).

Check out our OGIO PACE 20 Backpack review for more details.

Incase EO Travel Pack

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Best crossover bag

Reasons to buy

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Made from recycled materials
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Plush laptop sleeve
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Tons of compartments
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Flexible carry methods
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RFID-blocking
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Inhibits bacterial growth

Reasons to avoid

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Style may not appeal to all

Are you looking for a great laptop bag that holds up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro, particularly for travel? Incase's ARC collection includes this nicely-sized travel bag that protects and carries your MacBook. "ARC" stands for "A Responsible Carry," as the entire lineup is crafted from recycled polyester. In addition, the ARC collection uses RFID-blocking material and fights bacterial growth.

The highly rated Incase Travel Pack has a ton of compartments, including a plush laptop compartment and iPad sleeve. It can be carried horizontally (briefcase-style) or vertically. In addition, it can be carried as a backpack with memory foam padded straps. The bag can also be slipped onto your suitcase handle with a strap on the back.

The Incase Travel Pack is excellent if you're in the market for a bag like this. It can be carried four ways: horizontally by the handle at the top, vertically by the handle on the size (briefcase-style), as a backpack, or slipped onto your extended suitcase handle. There is a compartment for just about everything you'd need, including an exceptionally plush one for your 16-inch MacBook Pro or smaller laptop. In addition, it's made from sustainable recycled polyester and has RFID-blocking and bacteria-inhibiting properties. While the price and style won't necessarily appeal to everyone, this bag is an excellent investment.

MOSISO Laptop Sleeve

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Best budget

Reasons to buy

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Attractive, simple design
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Slim and lightweight
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Water-resistant
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Lots of colors

Reasons to avoid

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Needs extra cushion around the corners
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It's hard to straighten out if crushed or creased

The low-cost MOSISO is made from a thin, lightweight material that's easy to slip under your arm. According to our reviewer, it easily slides into bags, big purses, and any backpack with a laptop pocket. It's more convenient to tote around than a bulky laptop bag. Also, the water resistance is a nice touch. 

It's also streamlined and simple, with an attractive design that fits into professional and casual settings. And since there are so many colors available, you can choose the one that best reflects your style. 

One issue with the MOSISO Laptop Sleeve is that it lacks an extra barrier of protection in the corners. Another: the sleeve does not like to be crushed or creased. If something like that happens, it tends to stay that way. This doesn't affect the usability of the sleeve, but I'm not too fond of the look of it.

Lots of choices at different price points

Some of these laptop bags are expensive, so you'll want to consider your decision carefully. Think about how you plan to use the bag and what kind of wear and tear it's likely to have in daily use. For example, if you don't like the feel of a shoulder strap, a backpack might be your cup of tea.

Our choice would have to be that fine-looking Tuck Backpack from WaterField Designs. There's just something about the look and feel of genuine leather that gives your bag a luxurious, vintage appearance. Leather also doubles as a good protector and shock absorber for your laptop. This one is our favorite, but look at all the best laptop bags and decide what's best for you. You're sure to find one best for your situation.