Best laptop bags 2019: carry your laptop in style

Whether you're looking for a backpack, sleeve, or briefcase, we've got the best laptop bags

Best laptop bags 2019: carry your laptop in style

If you rely on your laptop for work and play, it makes sense to invest in a protective case for it, and what better way to carry your computer and any bits and pieces than the best laptop bag available? If you attend plenty of high-powered meetings, you may want a bag that impresses, by flaunting luxury materials or a converted label, while if you have a busy commute, a comfortable and protective backpack may be just the ticket.

When choosing your case, you might like to consider the size of the laptop compartment itself, as well as any additional pockets that could house other hardware, including a trusty charger. 

Then, of course, there are the handles, which are a personal thing. Then last but not least, it’s best to choose a material that suits your lifestyle, whether that’s practical and rugged nylon, or luxurious leather. After all, a leather briefcase isn’t great when it's raining on you're on a bicycle.

Whatever your needs or budget, we’ve rounded up the best laptop bags to keep your computers safe, in style.

1. Eastpak Provider 15" laptop backpack

Practical backpack from a trusted brand

Reasons to buy
+Practical and comfortable+Padded pocket for your laptop
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most luxe option

Laptops are expensive and their contents are precious, so if you carry yours on your back, you better trust the bag you put it in. Eastpak is a trusted brand when it comes to making tough and durable bags, and its Provider backpack contains a padded laptop compartment for a 15-inch machine, as well as plenty of space for the rest of your clutter. It also has side compression straps, two large zipped compartments, and a padded back panel and shoulder straps for a comfortable fit, which really matter if you frequently lug your laptop and a load of paperwork home every day. It’s great value and is built to last.

2. Montblanc grained document case

Old school bag that could become an heirloom

Reasons to buy
+Resilient grained leather+Classic style from luxury brand+Great brand
Reasons to avoid
-Not as practical as a rucksack

If you love a bit of office romance and long for the days when workers carried elegant cases full of hand-written documents, Montblanc’s grained document case could make your dreams come true. Crafted from grained leather, it has two top carry handles with a removable shoulder strap and is finished with writing instrument pockets to the inner. This means it’s more suited to an office worker who likes to travel light, but you could squeeze an iPad or small MacBook inside. While you don’t get padding or roomy compartments, you may just gain a future heirloom. 

3. Want Les Essentiels Kastrup backpack

All-black bag with interesting textures

Reasons to buy
+Stylish but practical+Exclusive to Mr Porter, so not too common+Minimal design

Want Les Essentiels’ Kastrup backpack is ideal if you want something business-like but still favour a backpack. Designed for Mr Porter, contrasting textures of cotton-canvas and leather make the black bag interesting. There’s a dedicated sleeve for your laptop inside, plus multiple pockets for bits and pieces. Minimalist in design, it’s unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon and thanks to its careful construction and use of quality material, it will see you through your next promotion and beyond. It’s not the cheapest, but will seem great value if you consider cost per wear.

4. Prada Saffiano leather briefcase

A bag that says you mean business

Reasons to buy
+Timeless style+Amazing materials+Premium
Reasons to avoid
-Not expandable

If clothes maketh the man, you better make sure you have a nice laptop bag. This Saffiano leather briefcase will certainly impress if you flash it at your next meeting. Crafted in Italy from high quality leather, it's designed in a streamlined, understated profile and is simply detailed with the house's logo plaque. There are card slots and a zipped pocket to help keep your belongings organised. There’s no dedicated pocket for you laptop itself, but the structured bag will hold it well and it gives you some extra versatility. The only real drawback is the price, as this briefcase is quite a big investment.

5. FAGUO Fratelli computer bag

A laptop bag with a heart

Reasons to buy
+Versatile with a choice of handles and pockets+Does a tiny bit of good+Attractive design

Faguo Fratelli Computer Bag is for cool customers. With top carry handles and a detachable shoulder strap you’ll always find a comfortable way to carry your laptop, while two YKK nylon zip closure main compartments with a twill cotton lining, one of which contains a padded pocket for a 15-inch laptop, will help you stay organised. The bag itself is distinctive in its navy/marsala colour combination and as it’s exclusive to John Lewis, you probably won’t see too many around. It’s not the cheapest option, but it is stylish with good attention to detail including with leather detailing and a stitch-embossed brand label. The coconut button on it symbolises the fact that the brand plants a tree for every product it makes, so you can pat yourself on the back for your choice too.

6. Kenzo tiger laptop pouch

Super stylish case to impress

Reasons to buy
+Big logo for fashion points+Simple zip closure
Reasons to avoid
-No handles

Kenzo is one of those cool labels that’s super covetable. This canvas tiger laptop pouch keeps things simple. It has a zip closure but no handle, so would work best if you drive to meetings or plan on stashing your laptop in a larger backpack or bag. But if it’s fashionable cache you’re after, this case should do the trick. It boasts the iconic Kenzo tiger embroidered on the front and its logo on the back, so if you pop it on a desk, it’s sure to be a talking point.

7. John Lewis & Partners leather felt laptop case

A small, sleek option

Reasons to buy
+Very neat+Easy to carry or pop in a bigger bag
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for long journeys

If you need a bag for your laptop, but it never have to travel far, John Lewis’ leather and felt case may be for you. Made from contrasting smooth leather and soft felt in a zip-up design, it’s a simple and sleek option. With a handle on the side, you can carry it like a clutch bag, or slip it inside a larger bag for good protection. It’s good value for such a smart-looking bag, but if you need something super or that you’re able to carry hands-free, a backpack may be a better bet.

8. Targus CityLite shoulder bag

Simple, businesslike case

Reasons to buy
+Slim and lightweight+Really good value
Reasons to avoid
-Not very fashionable

CityLite shoulder bag is slim and lightweight, featuring a spacious main compartment with room for additional notebooks or paperwork, and a front accessory pocket to save you fumbling for a pen or mouse during a meeting. It’s got soft feel handles and a padded shoulder strap or comfort, which isn’t bad for its diminutive price tag. The only drawback is that it doesn’t look very fashionable. But if you’re after a simple bag that looks business-like without making a big investment, this case is a winner.

9. Knomo Reykjavik tote backpack

Hardwearing, fashionable backpack

Reasons to buy
+Loads of pockets+Unique ID no. in case it gets lost
Reasons to avoid
-Not much

The Knomo Reykjavik tote backpack is stylish while providing plenty of storage space for your portable devices. Crafted from lightweight, splash-resistant polyester and hard-wearing leather trim for protection and strength, it’s built to last. There’s a padded section to protect any laptop up to 15 inches, as well as a main compartment with a contrasting lining and two mesh pockets for wires and small accessories. If that’s not enough space to stash USB pens (and emergency snacks) there are also two pockets with zip fastenings, although these may be handier for keeping your smartphone, cards, headphones and house keys safe. The Keykjavik has a unique myKnomo 'if lost' ID number that can be registered with the company and will help reunite you with your bag if lost, although of course your computer may be too big a lure for most thieves.