We live in a digital age and for many of us, having a laptop has become an integral part of our work, study and play. Whether for travel, college, professional use or the daily commute, it's a wise idea to seek out an easy-to-carry, practical and stylish bag that keeps your laptop protected. However, computers aren't cheap, and slinging yours in any old bag leaves it at risk of knocks and scrapes, not to mention potential downpours!
That's why we've put together a guide to help you select a good-looking, durable and waterproof laptop backpack to keep your electronics safe and sound. Best of all, we've compared bags from quality brands such as Eastpak, Fjällräven Känken and Samsonite to bring you the top 10 best from Amazon, eBay and John Lewis, including those with anti-theft security, water bottle holders, and options for men's and women's designs. We've got your back!
There are dozens of styles of laptop bag on the market, from shoulder bag, to messenger, to tote. However, when shopping for your new accessory, your final decision needs to be based on more than just style!
Many of us in the UK suffer from back pain, and, although this is caused by a number of factors, the bag you carry does impact your long-term spinal health. Even if your laptop is lightweight, it's likely you're carrying other personal items such as books or paperwork, which can end up being heavier than you'd think.
Shoulder bags distribute weight only on one side of the body, causing our back muscles to compensate. This leads to bad posture, which can in turn result in neck and back issues. Backpacks, on the other hand, evenly distribute the weight of the bag across the shoulders, back and hips, reducing the overall stress on your back.
When it comes to finding the perfect backpack for your laptop, not just any one will do! Here are a few things you should take into consideration before making your final decision.
Firstly, make sure to measure your laptop, and compare it to the dimensions of the bag you're interested in. While this may seem obvious, it’s an easy thing to forget when browsing the myriad of bags online! If the backpack is too small, your laptop simply won’t fit; equally, opt for one that’s too big and your laptop won't be snug and secure, leaving it susceptible to damage.
When comparing sizes, you should also consider if there are any other items alongside your laptop you need to be able to fit in the bag. For example, if you need to carry a lot with you, or carry sizeable items like textbooks or folders, look for a larger bag with a separate laptop pocket.
Seeing as many of you will be looking for a backpack for work, school or travelling, you’ll likely be bringing along more than just your laptop. Bags that come with extra pockets and compartments allow you to organise, and quickly access, other personal and practical items, such as your wallet, phone, pens, and lunch.
They also provide a bit of extra padding to protect your belongings from being damaged by, or damaging to, your laptop. The amount will vary from bag to bag, as well as the size and shape of each, so make sure to choose as many as you think you'll need – but we'd say the more the better!
Let’s face it, here in the UK, it rains a lot! You never know when you're going to get caught in a shower, and you're especially at risk if you tend to walk or cycle. Water damage can completely destroy your laptop, and many manufacturers won’t cover it under the warranty.
You'll find laptop backpacks in a number of different fabrics, but regardless of whether you go for faux-leather, polyester, or canvas, it's a sensible idea to look for those that are waterproof or water-resistant. Not only will this protect your laptop from the elements, but it can help to shield it from accidental spills when carrying a drinks bottle or food container in your bag.
When choosing a laptop backpack, many of us will want something fashionable as well as functional. The great thing about the abundance of options online means that you’ll surely be able to find something to suit both your tastes and the level of professionalism you require.
Whilst making sure it fits with your other specifications, if you see a backpack you like it's worth finding out if there are any other colour variations available – you're more likely to use one you're happy to wear every day!
Looking for some inspiration to get you started? In ranking order, here are our picks for the top 10 best laptop backpacks to buy online in the UK, all as great-looking as they are practical and durable.
|Size||46 x 32 x 15 cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment with laptop sleeve, side pockets, internal and external zip pocket|
|Size||38 x 33 x 11 cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment, zipped back pocket, double front pocket|
|Colours||Natural brown paper|
|Size||35 x 16.6 x 47.6 cm|
|Compartments||2 x main compartments, laptop and tablet sleeves, internal pockets and organisation, front zip pocket|
|Size||48 x 31 x 12.5 cm|
|Compartments||3 x main compartments, laptop and tablet sleeves, multiple internal compartments and pockets|
|Water Resistance||Water-resistant outer, waterproof bottom panel|
|Size||16 x 25 x 35 cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment with laptop pocket, 2 x side pockets, front zipper pocket|
|Colours||Spring Landscape, Summer Landscape|
|Size||42 x 29.5 x 10 cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment with multiple pockets and organiser, laptop sleeve, 2 x front pocket|
|Colours||Black, Dark Navy, Deep Pine|
|Size||36 x 14 x 52 cm (rolled) 36 x14 x 65 cm (unrolled)|
|Compartments||Main compartment with laptop sleeve, 2 x slip pockets, mesh pocket, internal and external side pockets, back zipper pocket|
|Colours||Black, grey, khaki, red, green, blue, orange, dark red|
|Size||15 x 44 x 31.5 cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment with organiser pockets, front pocket, side pocket, back panel with laptop sleeve|
|Water Resistance||Water-resistant, waterproof cover|
|Size||46 x 20.5 x 34.4cm|
|Compartments||Main compartment with multiple pockets and laptop sleeve, side pockets, hidden pockets on back panel|
|Size||44 x 31 x 25 cm|
|Compartments||2 x main compartments, laptop sleeve, front pocket with organiser|
|Water Resistance||Water-resistant inner and outer|
|Colours||Black, Black Denim, Cloud Navy, Green, Crafty Moss, Grey, Muliticolor, Sunday Grey|
CityLite Security Backpack
Envy Urban Laptop Backpack
Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Känken Art Laptop Casual Daypack
Convertible Laptop Bag
Zalia Laptop Backpack
Vintage Canvas Backpack
Best All-Purpose Laptop Bag
An Inconspicuous Anti-Theft Backpack to Protect Your Tech
Best Choice for Frequent Fliers
An Expanding Backpack for When You Require Extra Space
An Understated, Sleek and Stylish Option
The Iconic Känken Backpack, Redesigned for Your Laptop
A 3-In-1 Multi-Purpose Backpack for Your Laptop
Best Choice Laptop Bag for the Modern Businesswoman
An Eco-Friendly Backpack Made from Reinforced Paper
Vintage-Style Canvas and Faux Leather
|Size||44 x 31 x 25 cm||46 x 20.5 x 34.4cm||15 x 44 x 31.5 cm||36 x 14 x 52 cm (rolled) 36 x14 x 65 cm (unrolled)||42 x 29.5 x 10 cm||16 x 25 x 35 cm||48 x 31 x 12.5 cm||35 x 16.6 x 47.6 cm||38 x 33 x 11 cm||46 x 32 x 15 cm|
|Compartments||2 x main compartments, laptop sleeve, front pocket with organiser||Main compartment with multiple pockets and laptop sleeve, side pockets, hidden pockets on back panel||Main compartment with organiser pockets, front pocket, side pocket, back panel with laptop sleeve||Main compartment with laptop sleeve, 2 x slip pockets, mesh pocket, internal and external side pockets, back zipper pocket||Main compartment with multiple pockets and organiser, laptop sleeve, 2 x front pocket||Main compartment with laptop pocket, 2 x side pockets, front zipper pocket||3 x main compartments, laptop and tablet sleeves, multiple internal compartments and pockets||2 x main compartments, laptop and tablet sleeves, internal pockets and organisation, front zip pocket||Main compartment, zipped back pocket, double front pocket||Main compartment with laptop sleeve, side pockets, internal and external zip pocket|
|Water Resistance||Water-resistant inner and outer||Water-resistant||Water-resistant, waterproof cover||Water-resistant||Water-resistant||Water-resistant||Water-resistant outer, waterproof bottom panel||Water-resistant||Waterproof||Water-resistant|
|Colours||Black, Black Denim, Cloud Navy, Green, Crafty Moss, Grey, Muliticolor, Sunday Grey||Grey||Dark grey||Black, grey, khaki, red, green, blue, orange, dark red||Black, Dark Navy, Deep Pine||Spring Landscape, Summer Landscape||Grey, black||Beige||Natural brown paper||Black|
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Buying a laptop backpack is safer and more convenient than only using a laptop case or sleeve. Not only does it allow you to carry your computer and personal items in one place, but it can help prevent you from developing back problems by evenly distributing the bag's weight. Hopefully our guide has helped you to narrow down your search!
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