How To Find The Best Laptop Bags for Women and Men

As you shop for a new bag or backpack for carrying your laptop, you will come across a seemingly endless supply of brands, styles, colors, designs and prices. Navigating through all of the available options can be an overwhelming endeavor. Before jumping in head first, it is a good idea to determine the specific type of notebook computer bag that will best meet your individual needs. Knowing this in advance will help you easily identify the types of bags that are best suited for your day-to-day routine and individual personality.

There are really three main types or designs when it comes to bags for carrying a laptop. They are: messenger or sling bags, backpacks and briefcases. They differ from a simple laptop case in that they offer room to carry other items at the same time. Due to the differences in these three types, there is no single best bag for a laptop. Instead, you should be searching for the best one to serve your purposes.

My Favorite Top 10 Laptop Bags for 2017

PhotoProductLaptop SizeOur Rating
Kenneth Cole Reaction Kenneth Cole Reaction "The Show Business" Colombian Leather Flapover Computer Case Messenger Bag/Briefcaseup to 15.4-inch (4.9 / 5)
Mosiso - Felt 13-13.3 Inch Laptop BagMosiso - Felt 13-13.3 Inch Laptop Bagup to 13.3-inch (other sizes available) (4.8 / 5)
Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop BackpackTimbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpackup to 16.5-inch (4.7 / 5)
Samsonite Classic Two Gusset 17Samsonite Classic Two Gusset 17" Toploaderup to 17.3-inch (4.6 / 5)
Timbuk2 Commute TSA-Friendly Messenger BagTimbuk2 Commute TSA-Friendly Messenger Bagup to 17.3-inch (4.6 / 5)
OGIO Newt 15 Day PackOGIO Newt 15 Day Packup to 15.6-inch (4.6 / 5)
Everki Advance Laptop Bag - Briefcase, Fits up to 16-Inch (EKB407NCH)Everki Advance Laptop Bag - Briefcase (EKB407NCH)up to 16-inch (4.6 / 5)
Kattee Mens Top Layer Real Cow Leather Shoulder Briefcase Attache 16 Inch Laptop Bag ToteKattee Mens Top Layer Real Cow Leather Shoulder Briefcase Attache 16 Inch Laptop Bag Toteup to 16-inch (4.5 / 5)
Ogio Renegade RSS Laptop/Tablet BackpackOgio Renegade RSS Laptop/Tablet Backpackup to 15.6-inch (4.5 / 5)
Targus CityLite Top-Loading CaseTargus CityLite Top-Loading Case (TBT050US)up to 16-inch (4.4 / 5)
Samsonite Luggage Vizair Laptop BackpackSamsonite Luggage Vizair Laptop Backpackup to 16-inch (4.4 / 5)
Solo Classic Collection Leather CheckFast Rolling Case Solo Classic Collection Leather CheckFast Rolling Case up to 15.6-inch (4.4 / 5)
Snugg Crossbody Shoulder Messenger BagSnugg Crossbody Shoulder Messenger Bag15.6-inch and 17-inch models (4.2 / 5)
last updated May 2017


A messenger or sling bag is the most common and most popular type of bag for laptops. What makes them so attractive is that they are generally inexpensive, they can be both casual and professional, they easily go over the shoulder and they are incredibly versatile. You can use one of these bags to carry the computer to a college class, a business meeting or on a country-country plane trip. The disadvantage for this type of bag is that they are generally low on space for other items and they can result in a bit of back or shoulder pain since they sit on one side or sling across the body.

A favorite among college students and travelers, laptop backpacks offer room for all your other gear and lower your back pain since you carry a balanced load. You can even get your backpack with wheels if you want to roll it behind you, which can be handy in an airport concourse. Prices for this type of bag range from under $20 to well over $100, depending on the features you want for the bag. Sizes also vary from small and compact to large enough for some clothes, sneakers, books and other items.

Laptop briefcases are primarily favored by business professionals who do not really need to carry much else but prefer the more chic look of the briefcase over the messenger bag. This type of bag also usually has a carrying handle in addition to a possible shoulder strap. For those who have to travel for business, you can get a large laptop briefcase with extra compartments and room for all your travel necessities.

The easiest way to find the perfect bag for your laptop is to first decide on which of the three bag types you want to buy for yourself. The three are very different, so you should be able to quickly narrow down to your preferred design type.

Once you have a bag type in mind, you can start to narrow down your choices even more by determining how you will be using the bag. For instance, will you be using it to carry textbooks and notebooks to class? Or, will you be using it to carry some changes of clothes and toiletries for a long weekend trip? Or, will you be going in and out of meetings all day with the bag? Answering these types of questions will give you a firm idea of what exactly you need from the bag.

When you are ready to start shopping, you can browse the product categories here to familiarize yourself with the best bags in each category. We try to only list bags that are both high quality and well-reviewed by customers. Some of the most popular laptop backpack brands that you will find here at Modern Laptop Bags include JanSport, High Sierra, Swiss Gear, Targus and Thule.

And if you have any questions about a specific bag that we have listed, feel free to contact us. We try to respond to questions and concerns within 48 hours. You can also let us know if you need any help selecting the best bag for you needs as we want to ensure that you are getting the very best laptop bag for the money.

Thule Crossover TCMB-115 15.4-Inch Macbook/Pro/Air or PC Messenger BagTargus Drifter II Backpack Designed for 17-Inch Laptop TSB239USSamsonite Genuine Leather Flapover Briefcase
TSA checkpoint friendly cross-body bag.Large backpack with multiple compartments.Stylish leather briefcase with laptop pocket.