A laptop computer is an indispensable tool for students, executives and everyday commuters alike. Carrying that notebook around doesn't have to be a boring experience, as there is no shortage of unique laptop bags to be found, including several in the comfortable backpack configuration.
Seven Fashionable and Functional Laptop Backpacks
In shopping for a unique laptop backpack, it is important not only to pay attention to the styling and appearance, but also how useful the bag is with suitable protection for the laptop, as well as adequate storage compartments for accessories like a mouse, flash drives, pens and other essentials. There are great laptop bags to fit nearly any personality and lifestyle.
1. Hard Graft 2Unfold
When is a single bag more than just one bag? In the case of the Hard Graft 2Unfold (?495, approximately $768), you effectively get six different laptop bags all in one. As its name implies, the 2Unfold is a bag for stylish professionals that can be refolded and re-configured to suit your particular needs at that moment.
Made from full grain leather in Tuscany, the 2Unfold can be used as a small messenger bag, a compact clutch, an urban briefcase, a full length folio, a secure clutch or a slim rucksack, fitting up to a 17-inch laptop depending on how it's folded.
2. Sabotino Sling Laptop Bag
Made from oil pull-up leather, it features an across-the-shoulder sling design with a single flap-over vertical pocket influenced by European sensibility. The main compartment will fit up to 15.4-inch laptops, along with an interior organizer for small items.
3. Vera Bradley Tech Backpack
Offered in about 12 different bold and colorful patterns, the Vera Bradley Campus Backpack ($115) is a definite head-turner. From Regal Rosette to Gramercy Paisley and Holland Garden to Cozy Plaid, these designs offer appeal to colorful personalities.
The actual backpack itself is well-configured too, providing a separate padded laptop compartment for notebooks up to 15-inches in size. The zip-down front section has an ID window, card slot, zippered pockets, slip pockets and pen holders.
4. Mobile Edge Alienware Orion M17x Backpack
The Alienware Orion M17x Backpack from Mobile Edge (around $100) is unique for at least two reasons. First, it boasts great Alienware branding for users who are proud of their Alienware gaming laptops. Second, it is a TSA-compliant, checkpoint-friendly bag. What this means is that the laptop does not need to be removed from the bag when going through airport security.
With "loads of interior pockets" and space for up to a 17.3-inch widescreen laptop, this is a very functional bag.
5. Timbuk2 Custom Swig Laptop Backpack
Part of being unique is allowing your personality to come shining through in everything you do and everything you wear. With the Custom Swig Laptop Backpack from Timbuk2 ($124), you have the ability to custom-select the pattern for several parts of the bag.
There are three vertical swaths on the main flap, as well as the body of the bag, including the binding color and the logo color. The "fully padded laptop sleeve with Swing Around" provides easy access to up to a 15-inch MacBook or other similarly-slim sized laptop. The on-strap bottle opener is a unique feature as well.
6. Tom Bihn Brain Bag
For the ultimate in customization, the Tom Bihn Brain Bag ($210) is an exceptional option. After choosing between eight different color combinations, you have the option of adding several extra organizational pockets and accessories, like the Horizontal Brain Cell ($65), Camera I-O ($110), Snake Charmer ($30) or Freudian Slip ($50).
It can hold up to 17-inch laptops on its own or with added protection via accessories; check the laptop fit guide for more information. The bag itself has two main compartments and four external pockets. People who desire a custom solution may like the Brain Bag.
7. Targus Rolling Laptop Backpack
A backpack can allow for better weight distribution, but it can still wreak havoc on your back and posture. A wheeled laptop backpack is a great option for traveling professionals and students alike.
When the load gets a little too heavy, the Targus Rolling Laptop Backpack ($74.99) may look like a regular backpack for laptops up to 15.4-inches in size, including a removable slip case, but it also comes with an integrated two-tier telescoping locking handle and in-line skate wheels.
Protection for the Daily Commuter
Bringing a laptop around town or on a trip does not necessitate the need for a boring black bag. There are many options for unique backpacks that are perfect for carrying a laptop, as well as some original messenger bags too. Let your personality come shining through with a laptop bag that comes equipped with lots of nifty compartments, fun features and inspired designs too.