Choose a Laptop Tote

The right laptop tote can keep your valuable electronic device safe and accessible while you travel or work. But there are many different styles to choose from, and deciding which one is right for you depends on a few factors. First, consider the dress code at your workplace. If it’s very formal, you might prefer a business-like briefcase or messenger bag instead of a backpack. Next, look at the overall style of the bag and how it fits your aesthetic. And finally, make sure the bag has a large enough laptop compartment, also known as a sleeve or pocket. This is where your actual laptop sits inside the bag, and it should be well-padded to protect your device from bumps or drops.

Some tote bags have more than one laptopĀ laptop bags pocket, but we’ve included in this guide only those that are big enough for our testers to carry with a 15-inch notebook computer. The pockets in these models are usually positioned so the laptop lies against the back of the bag, which helps reduce the likelihood that your device will slip around and get dented.

Another important feature is how easy the sleeve or pocket is to access. You’ll probably be opening it at least twice a day, so you want to find it quickly and without fuss. In our tests, we like when the sleeve or pocket is raised off of the bottom of the bag so it’s harder to accidentally plop the bag on the ground and dent your device.

We also like it when a laptop tote has more than one way to hold the bag, so you can decide how you prefer to carry it. For example, the Herschel Supply Co Everyday Tote offers a wide shoulder strap with a padded grip for comfort and a sturdy top handle for hands-free transport. The adjustable padded shoulder strap is designed to fit comfortably across the chest, and the two interior pockets are large enough for Field Notes books, a pair of sunglasses, or a wrapped USB cord.

On the back of this tote, you’ll find a zippered luggage trolley sleeve, so you can use it as a travel bag on your next airplane flight. This bag also has a padded, fleece-lined laptop section that fits any screen size up to 16 inches, plus a key clip and other handy pockets.

This tote is a good choice for work trips because it’s built more like a micro suitcase, so you can slide it over the handles of your rolling luggage when traveling. It has a designated laptop sleeve that’s accessible from the exterior, as well as lots of other features that make it practical for short trips, including a laundry bag and a TSA-approved combination lock. The main storage space can fit a change of clothes, too, and you can add an external rain cover to help protect your gear in rainy weather.