Thanks to a zipper on top, stowing your device and retrieving it from the Brinch Oxford is a smooth and painless process. Its Velcro-secured front pocket is good for business cards, headphones, and other items you need to get to quickly.
- Padded layer for shock absorption
- Good budget option
- Stitching isn't terribly durable
KomalC Buffalo Hunter
For those who need to lug around their computer but don’t want to look like a tech geek in the process, there’s the KomalC Buffalo Hunter . Made of handcrafted leather, this is what a modern cowboy would use to carry his laptop while out on the range.
- Zippered rear pouch for papers
- Concealed snap closures
- Hardware can't take a lot of abuse
The EaseGave Tote looks very much like a large purse, but with a padded foam section to keep your laptop safe while you’re commuting or running errands. Sleek and attractive, it is available in a veritable rainbow of colors and isn’t too pricey, to boot.
- Can be carried two ways
- All straps are adjustable
- Zipper could be sturdier
Case Logic Attaché
It’s not particularly heavy-duty, but the Case Logic Attaché provides adequate protection for a typical traveler. If you’re a bike commuter, this model is slim and light enough to make the trip easily while still being durable enough to withstand the daily grind.
- Dedicated space for 10-inch tablet
- Anti-slip shoulder pad
- Too small for large devices
Mobile Edge Eco
With various clips and pockets on the front for organizing small items, like phones, and convenient slots for pens, as well, the Mobile Edge Eco is a versatile model that is capable of accommodating laptops up to 16 inches in size
- Removable id holder
- All-natural cotton canvas
- Handle is awkwardly placed
The durable Pelican Deluxe isn’t going to be spotted on a fashion runway, but it would look right at home on a construction site. It comes with a sturdy shock-absorbing tray, so no need to panic if you accidentally drop it.
- Latches are easy to open
- Plush computer sleeve
- Too heavy to carry around all day
eBags Professional Slim
If you tend to overpack, the eBags Professional Slim may be a smart choice, as it can house an impressive amount of gear without losing its shape. The mesh back provides enough airflow to ensure you don’t overheat if you have to carry it all day long.
- Many organizational features
- Expensive but relatively robust
- Water bottle holder is awkward
Unlike some messenger-style choices, the Timbuk2 Command is designed so that you can quickly grab it by the top handle without worrying that the contents will wind up on the floor, whether it is zipped up or not. It comes in several attractive color combinations.
- Offered in three sizes
- Aluminum hooks for a secure closure
- Side entry pocket for quick access
The Everki Titan opens up 180°, so frequent travelers will be able to get through checkpoints quickly. It also has a weather-resistant cover, so you won’t have any issues if you have to wander into the elements after leaving the airport.
- Easy to find items inside
- Large zippers glide smoothly
- Distributes weight evenly
If all you want is to get your laptop from point A to point B, there aren’t many better options than the Thule Subterra . It has a padded shoulder strap, room for a 15-inch computer, and a front pocket for holding your phone, mouse, cables, and other accessories.
- Slip pocket for documents
- Handy pen loops
- Lightweight at under 2 pounds