Ah! Backpacks, these Ubiquitous little (or not so little) things have been making our lives easier since forever. More so now, when the number of things we carry has been increasing day by day. With an abundant luxury of choice, selecting a backpack that suits your needs can be quite overwhelming. Fret not! read along and get some help with the best picks sorted out for you to carry your laptops, tablets, and smartphones wherever you go.
Whether you bought a bargain laptop or an expansive one, your next purchase should definitely be a case to carry it in. Regardless of it being a chic messenger bag or a rough n tough backpack. If you are anything like me, you would hold your bag to the same standards as you do your laptop. It is impossible to find a single backpack that fits most of your needs, so I have rounded up some of the internet’s most favorite models that can bring peace to your mind and safety to your laptops. While some may be the budget-friendly choice, others may be inclined more to the expensive side regardless, there would be something for everyone.
1. Incase Icon Pack
Our Rating: 9.8/10
- Variety of compartments for storage
- Long-lasting Durable material
- Gender Neutral Colors
- Shoulder strap does not contain enough padding
- Not waterproof
Dimensions: 19inches x 13inches x 9inches (L x W x H) | Weight: 2.8 lbs | Material: 840D ballistic nylon | Colors: Black,Red,Navy Blue, Gray, Bronze, Anthracite, Deep Red
Incase has always been known for offering amazing versatility and organizational capacity in its backpacks and that is the reason I am including this one at Number 1. The incase Icon is packed with compartments including two protective and side-access partitions that will easily fit a 15inch Laptop and a tablet respectively. The backpack, featuring over 14 different pockets can store all your tech-toys including cameras, hard drives, cables and then some. It also allows fitting in a pair of gym shoes or clothes. The main compartment is capable of storing full folders or any flat objects for added convenience.
While the backpack looks and feels absolutely durable, it is not waterproof so don’t forget to keep its insides while it is pouring outside. The padding along the rear can/should have been a bit burlier (just saying), but it’s adjustable for better ergonomic support.
The small zip-up pocket up top comes with soft material inside, ideal to put in your smartphones or watch with the fear of any scratches. The medium sized pocket on the side is perfectly suitable for a small to medium sized tablets, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch though may be a bit too tall.
So, if you want an allrounder backpack that’s neither funky nor a style statement and is good for average commuters on a day to day basis. This is an ideal bet for you. Get ready to spend 100+ dollars though.
2. Herschel Supply Company Retreat
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- Coated Polyester material
- Adequate padding at the bottom
- Metal clasps ensure secure locks
- No small pockets or compartments
- Not weather resistant for the price point
Dimensions: 17inches(H) x 12inches(W) x 5.75 inches(D) | Weight: 1 lb 11 oz | Material: 100% polyester | Colors: N/A
Herschel has always been known for its unique style and chic factor in its accessories. The Retreat is no exception to their unique design language and did not have to work hard to impress me. Being an avid user of Herschel Supply Co products, I was immediately taken aback by its minimalistic design and top-quality coated polyester. The bag is spacious enough to carry your laptop as well as some other goodies alongside. It may not be heavy on the number of compartments or pockets, but it does the job of storing your laptop Pc well. Available in different color variety makes it ideal for more people who are always in search of colors other than black or grey or white.
The bottom of the backpack is adequately padded so the stuff inside does not get damaged when you set your bag down unknowingly quickly.
The Laptop sleeve is huge and holds the laptop snuggly keeping it separate from the other stuff you are carrying in your backpack. The big flap on top provides adequate protection to your stuff and if that isn’t enough, the metal clasps ensure a tight fit by fastening the hatches to keep your stuff safe from outside elements.
The Retreat, just like its design, stands at a unique price point where it has sizes above and below offering more or lesser features but it all comes down to your needs. Go for this one if you need a minimalistic design and if you are not a heavy carrier.
3. ASUS ROG NOMAD V2 Backpack
Our Rating: 9.2/10
- Huge size means plenty of compartments
- Quality materials
- Built to keep your laptop safe for a long time
- Huge Size means heavier to carry for longer periods of time
- No charging or power ports even at this price point
Dimensions: 37.5(L) x 20 (W) x 54 (H) cm | Weight: 3.53 lbs | Material: 1680D Ballistic nylon, rubber | Colors: Black
While some of us like to carry our small 13-inch laptops everywhere we go about, there are people with 17-inch gaming laptops who want to take it where ever they go. And as promised that there would be something for everyone here, I bring you the ASUS ROG Nomad that is one hunk of a backpack designed to carry a giant laptop and plenty of stuff along with it.
The ROG Nomad is specifically designed for the ASUS G750 series and everyone knows how big and bulky those are, hence the Nomad is the one to do justice for its safe and secure transport anywhere. The sturdy build quality and giant size allow it to hold laptops of up to 17 inches, keyboard, mouse, controllers, tablet, a pair of extra clothing and a few munchies perhaps. That is a lot for a backpack, and so is its price.
Although you can get a similar backpack with a lesser price than this, it is more for the Brand name you are paying for and quite rightly so.
The Nomad offers plenty of storage with a variety of organizational pockets to keep all your big and small items right at your fingertips. With all of that storage options, it wouldn’t be termed as a work bag rather a weekend trip companion or a gaming night party.
With its sturdy form factor and solid build quality it can take much more than a bump and a hit, it is ideal to take it on a hiking trip or long travel.
In all, it’s a costly pick, yet one that can see you through many needy times, times where you want to bring more stuff to the party
4. Solo Duane Laptop Hybrid Case
Our Rating: 9/10
- Dual purpose Part briefcase
- Comfortable hand grips and padded shoulder straps
- Warranty of 5 years
- Lacks water resistance
- Comes in only grey color
Dimensions: 12.5inches x 17inches x 5inches | Weight: 2.1 lbs | Material: Polyester | Colors: Grey
Is it a backpack or is it a messenger bag? That is the first dilemma you will face when you first lay your eyes on the Solo Laptop Hybrid case. Well, let me clear your confusion straight away. IT IS BOTH. This briefcase can double into a backpack or from a backpack to a briefcase in seconds owing to the presence of both, shoulder straps as well as dual straps. Regardless of how you use it, you do not lose any functionality, neither do you lose your style.
It may not be the toughest out there but it doesn’t skimp on protection either. It offers extra padding for 360-degree protection of any laptop of up to 15.6” in size. A secondary compartment can hold your tablet of up to 10 inches, this section also comes with a zipper pocket to accompany your tablet with any charging cables plugs or other small accessories you may want to take.
The Solo packs enough storage to get you through your day or even a long weekend countryside trip. Convert from backpack to briefcase seamlessly without losing any functionality an especially those quick-gesture, easily accessible small pockets that hold your most frequent accessories. The dual shoulder straps can be hidden at will to give it a seamless briefcase appearance and taken out from the hideaway to be used as a backpack. Regardless of how you use, the extra padding on all the straps ensure extra comfort and keep away the strain which you would otherwise get from long periods of carrying the bag. The carry handles contain magnets to be snapped in one place for a convenient grip.
The Solo has been placed at number 4 in my list due to its price tag and the fact that this dual shift may or may not be a necessary requirement, in a bag, for every single person who carries a laptop around.
None the less, you can take this backpack anywhere, even to the places where you don’t need a backpack
5. The Booq Cobra Squeeze
Our Rating: 8.8/10
- Plenty of Storage options despite a smaller form factor
- Dedicated Terralinq serial Number for lost bag recovery
- Waterproof exterior keeps any vapors from going inside
- The price tag may not be as pretty as the bag itself
- Curvy design may be a trade-off for storage
- Can't be placed vertically on ground
Dimensions: 16.9 inches x 11.8 inches x 6.3 inches (430mm x 300mm x 160mm) | Weight: 2.4 lbs | Material: Cotton/PET blend (exterior), Polyester (Interior) | Colors: Grey,Graphite
I must admit I never thought I would say this for a backpack but man this backpack has got some curves. The curved design requires a little tradeoff when it comes to storage but more than makes up for it with its stylish unique look, (if looks are important for you).
The storage might not be as much as you would like it to have, but it adds a bunch of extra features that make up for that lost space, (just looking at the bright side). The Booq Cobra offers water resistance so your laptop is safe to carry when it’s pouring. It features YKK zippers that offer long-lasting durability so you do not break or lose them after a few weeks use only.
One nifty little feature that the shoulder straps sport are the inward padding that hugs the shoulders as compared to the straight straps that just lay there.
The side compartments on either side are large as compared to other bags. I would say it closely resembles our first contender, the Incase Icon. If you are turned off by the bulkiness of the Icon, Booq Cobra can be your next choice that contains pockets galore and a shape to die for.
Additionally, the laptop compartment contains an elastic strap to keep the laptop in place and a small clip-in dongle to safely secure your key ring.
Just as much you cannot rest it on a flat surface, it rests more comfortably on the shoulders without digging into the neck. Lack of a waist belt might be a put off to carry heavier loads. None the less the Cobra packs too many of these nifty little tricks up its sleeves, more than I would care to list here, but keep in mind, that higher price tag, is all worth it.
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