As with any tech accessory, when it comes to laptop bags, one is largely spoiled for choice: From colored Cordura backpacks and canvas messengers to leather briefcases, there is a plethora of options when it comes to style, size and features.
Try to filter through just laptop backpacks and you’ll still need to select a capacity, material, style and color and pick from features like solar power and RFID blocking. But the bag you carry your devices in should be a tool and a resource: essential, vital and yet largely works without your having to think about it or tinker much with it.
And, much the same as with shopping for a laptop, in order to find the best bag for your buck, one of the first things to determine is what specs you’re looking for.
What is your budget?
One of the first, and most obvious, details that will guide your decision is price. At a minimum, you should expect to pay $70 to $80 for a solidly constructed bag with a laptop section and some back padding; $150 to $200 will get you significantly more options with regard to styles, colors and additional features like sternum straps and external water bottle pockets.
If you’re ready to make an investment, need a particular feature or have a high-end brand in mind, expect to land somewhere in the $250-to-$325 range.