The absolute most important purchase after getting your brand new laptop is some kind of protection for it. After spending a decent part of your savings on your new computer, it’s only logical that you would want it to be protected for as long as possible. That’s why it’s essential to find the right laptop backpack for your purposes.
While online recommendations for travel backpacks and the like can be found with ease, it’s a bit harder to find the ideal backpack for the place you spend most of your time: the city.
Our list is focused on meeting the needs and demands of urban professionals, which means that these backpacks will not only be handy for carrying around your laptop and other belongings, they will also look completely appropriate for your professional meetings.
Features of a Professional Laptop Backpack
A good laptop backpack for business will replace your briefcase so you can carry your laptop and other documents while taking public transportation or riding a bike to work. Some features may be more useful for certain types of professional needs, but there are a couple of things we can agree should always be included in your standard pack.
They should be:
- Able to store a 15-inch laptop at minimum
- Comfortable to wear after a long day
- Water-resistant enough so your laptop does not get drenched in a downpour
- Sufficiently spacious for holding other important contents, e.g. documents and pens
Certain backpacks have extra features that are helpful, like having a locking mechanism so your belongings are completely safe during your travels. After evaluating the main features, you may decide that some of these extras are also useful to your purposes.
Lastly, and technically not a feature, is that a laptop backpack needs to fit in an office environment. Of course, your benchmark may differ depending on whether you work at a design firm or an investment bank. The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter how comfortable your backpack is or how many features it has; if it makes you stick out like a sore thumb, you will appear unprofessional or unprepared to your peers.
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Before You Start
After you know that the bag is large enough hold your device and ticks all of the boxes that a laptop bag should, comfort and style come next on the priority list.
There’s some subjectivity here, but everything on this list is a backpack that’s had proven success for countless other owners.
With that said, let’s begin the list.