Best Overall Laptop Backpack
Good laptop protection
Doesn't sit upright on Its own
The Osprey Flapjack
was the highest scoring product in our review, and although it was followed closely by some of its competitors, it was the clear winner of our Editors' Choice Award. With an incredible amount of compartments, pockets, and even an external zippered side pocket, it was our favorite bag for both storage and versatility. This is a bag that can comfortably carry anything you need and is not limited to being an electronics carrier. We loved its overall design, which gives you a plethora of options for staying organized. It also had pockets for carrying more than one size of laptop and was one of the most water resistant bag in our tests. If you want a great combination of laptop protection, comfort, organization, and great features, this is an excellent bag that will help you handle whatever gets thrown your way.
Best Bang for the Buck
The North Face Borealis
Great organization pockets
Versatile as a laptop carrier or daypack
Lots of storage room
The The North Face Borealis
will only set you back $89, making it one of the least expensive bags in our review, and a fantastic overall value. We loved this bag for its simple design and the ability to protect our laptop while keeping an outdoorsy feel. It is burly and durable. It also has a simple and sleek design, while still including necessary organizational features, such as an external water bottle pocket and organizational pockets on the inside and out. The Borealis is a bag that we highly recommend. Large, versatile, with tons of features and pockets for organization of all of your various accessories, it is a fantastic pack for work, school or running errands. We found it to be one of the highest performing in every metric that we measured, as it can carry what you need wherever you would like to go; it will do a good job of protecting your laptop as you jaunt about your busy tasks in life. Perhaps the best feature that differentiates it from the rest is the ability to adjust for the load you are carrying, via the side adjustment straps.
Top Pick for Style
No water bottle holders
Organization not great
We know you are crazy for the outdoors. And for those who want only the very best gear for their outdoor adventures, functionality should always be the first consideration. But let's be honest here, laptop backpacks are primarily for use in the city, for going to work or school, for our everyday lives, not our spectacular weekend adventures. And in the city, for most people anyway, style matters. That's why we gave the Burton Tinder
our Top Pick Award for Style. Designed to look like a bare-bones, old-school 80's rucksack, the Tinder is urban and hip in a way that these other bags only wish they could be. The Tinder looks great mostly because of all the stuff that it doesn't
have. While it underperforms in organizational ability and laptop protection, its single top-loading compartment with double drawstring closure will do one thing for you very well: hold lots of stuff. And if that's all you need and want to look good doing it, then give Burton a try.