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Best laptop bags in July 2021

Best laptop bags in 2021
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The best laptop bags of the year are on sale right now. With back to school sales now in full swing, retailers are offering discounts on the best laptop bags for all of your needs. This includes brands like Adidas, JanSport, SwissGear, and more. 

So we're curating a list of the best laptop bags for all budgets and users. From courier bags to backpacks, these laptop bags are great for just about any scenario. (Looking for a new laptop? Make sure to check out our guide to the best laptop deals).

Best laptop bags under $50

Targus Octave: $29 @ Best Buy
Looking for a versatile laptop bag? Best Buy has the Targus Octave, which can secure up to a 15.6-inch laptop via its padded laptop pocket. Its padded back panel and contoured shoulder straps also ensure it remains comfortable to carry. View Deal

Mancro Laptop Backpack: $18 @ Amazon
The Mancro Laptop Backpack has more than 10 compartments, one of which can house a 15-inch laptop. It also has a combination zipper lock, which ensures no one will open your laptop bag and steal its contents when you're not looking. View Deal

Matein Laptop Backpack: $25 @ Amazon
Don't let its cheap price fool you. The Matein Laptop Backpack is one of the best laptop bags on the market. This 27-liter bag features a padded laptop sleeve that fits laptops up to 17 inches in size. It also has a USB-charging port, which connects to a battery backup in the bag that lets you charge your devices without having to open your backpack. (Battery not included). View Deal

Volher Laptop Backpack: $31 @ Amazon
The Volher Laptop Backpack is one of the best laptop bags you can get. The budget-friendly bag has a 30-liter capacity and is spacious enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop. We especially like the bag's built-in USB-charging port and cable, which provides a more convenient way to charge your devices as you travel. (Battery not included). View Deal

Under Armour Hustle Backpack: $40 @ Amazon
If you want a laptop bag with a sporty look, the Hustle Backpack is for you. Available in a wide assortment of colors, the this bag features a 15-inch laptop sleeve, water-repellant outer lining, and a zippered bottom compartment. It's one of the best laptop bags around. View Deal

Tibuk2 bags: 70% off select bags @ REI
For a limited time, REI is taking 70% off select Tibuk2 bags. After discount, deals start as low as $43. The sale includes some of the best laptop bags we've seen from Tibuk2, including totes, packs, messenger bags, briefcases, and more. View Deal

Best laptop bags under $100

SwissGear 1900 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack: $79 @ Amazon
The SwissGear 1900 is made with 1200D ballistic polyester to withstand heavy use and harsh environments. It's also a TSA-friendly laptop bag, which means it's designed to produce a clear and unobstructed image of your laptop when undergoing X-ray screening. The 31-liter bag can hold up to a 17-inch laptop. View Deal

Timbuk2 Spire Backpack: $99 @ Dell
The Timbuk2 Spire Backpack is a rugged canvas bag designed to keep your laptop safe and secure at all costs. The waterproof bag has a large main compartment that can house up to a 15-inch laptop as well as a tablet. It has a 30-liter capacity and comes with a lifetime warranty. View Deal

Recon Backpack: $98 @ Zappos
The 30-liter North Face Recon backpack is ultra-durable and boasts improved suspension for all-day comfort. It features plenty of compartments and pockets to stash away your gear. Large, but comfy, it's one of the best laptop bags for college. View Deal

Rains Backpack Mini: $71 @ Backcountry
The Backpack Mini is one of the most stylish laptop bags you'll find. This understated bag holds up to a 13-inch laptop in a dedicated laptop sleeve. The bag is water resistant and also features adjustable straps for a personalized fit.  Temporarily out of stock.View Deal

Best laptop bags over $100

Kaban Backpack: $129 @ The North Face
Made of ultra-durable, water resistant 900D polyester, the North Face Kaban backpack is virtually indestructible. It features a 26-liter capacity and has a dedicated sleeve to protect laptops up to 15 inches. View Deal

How to choose the best laptop bag 

How to choose the best laptop bag

Everyone has their own style, but there are a few things you should look for when shopping for the best laptop bags.

Size: First, you'll want to know what size laptop your bag can accommodate. Some can accommodate laptops as big as 17 inches, whereas others are limited to ultraportables no bigger than 13 inches. 

Compartments: You should also check if the bag has a dedicated laptop compartment and if there's space for other devices like a tablet or college books. The last thing you want is for all your devices to share one large compartment. 

Travel friendly: There are also various laptop bags that are TSA-compliant. These bags are designed so that they offer a clear and unobstructed image of your laptop/tablet when they're undergoing X-ray screening at an airport. The TSA doesn't endorse any bags or brands, but bag manufacturers will usually highlight if they're bags are TSA-friendly. 

Durability: If you live in a region with changing seasons, we also recommend you investigate what type of material your laptop bag is made of. Investing in a waterproof laptop bag can be extremely useful as it can protect your laptop — and other devices — from water damage. 

Versatility: Finally, with many gyms now reopened, you may want to invest in a laptop bag that can double as a gym bag. Some bags even feature special compartments for dirty clothes or sneakers, so that they can be stored away from your laptop or tablet.  

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.