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13 of the best laptop backpacks based on Amazon reviews

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Although it may not seem like such a daunting task at first, finding the right laptop backpack can be really overwhelming. There are tons of different factors to consider, like what you'll be using it for (work? school? travel?), the size of the laptop sleeve, how functional or comfortable it is, and how much stuff you'll be able to cram inside. And let's not forget about price. Because let's be honest, some of us aren't willing to drop more than $100 on a backpack. 

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops for students heading back to school

Choosing a backpack is a really personal task — it depends entirely on your specific needs. To make your life easier, we scoured through dozens of reviews from real customers in order to put together a list of top-runners, then outlined the things you need to know in order to make the best decision. Read more...

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OUR TOP PICK

SwissGear Ibex Laptop Backpack

Super spacious, stylish, and comfortable with plenty of compartments for organization.

  • Laptop size capacity: 17 inches
  • Features: Quik pocket with headset port for iPod/MP3 player, shock absorbing shoulder straps, trolley strap, air-flow back padding, quik-access phone pocket on shoulder strap, computer pocket and 3 main compartments, limited lifetime warranty
$78.60 from Walmart

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BEST FOR WEEKEND TRIPS

Osprey Packs Nebula Daypack

Compact and comfortable yet expandable, making it the perfect pack for a short trips or weekend getaways.

  • Laptop size capacity:: 17 inches (though some reviews say that is a tight fit)
  • Features: Heat embossed slash pocket, side stretch mesh pockets, front panel organization pocket, blinder light attachment, padded, TSA security-approved laptop and tablet sleeve, front panel stretch mesh pocket, padded harness with waist strap
$107.99 from Osprey

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BEST FOR GAMERS

Everki Titan Backpack

The Everki Titan backpack is top-notch for organization and easy access, and especially useful for gamers with large laptops.

  • Laptop size capacity: 18.4 inches
  • Features: Extra large laptop sleeve, 180-degree foldout design, water resistant weather cover, media player compartment, 5-point balance strap system, security strap to keep your device in place, soft felt lining inside tablet sleeve
$174.92 from Amazon

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BEST FOR DURABILITY

The North Face Borealis Backpack

Great for heavy-duty use, whether you're planning a rugged excursion or just lugging around textbooks and a laptop.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15 inches
  • Features: FlexVent suspension system, injection-molded straps, padded mesh back panel, protective laptop compartment, extra padded tablet sleeve, pendolier, secure-zip pockets, two extended mesh water bottle pockets, external fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses/keys etc., removable waist belt, front elastic bungee system for external storage, reflective bike-light loop
$70 from Amazon

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BEST FOR STUDENTS

Jansport Cool Student Backpack

The Cool Student Backpack by Jansport is a classic, safe bet for anyone headed back to school.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15 inches
  • Features: Made of polyester with synthetic leather trim, web haul handle, side water bottle pocket, laptop sleeve, pleated front stash pocket, ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps
$62.09 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BASIC USE

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack

Herschel is all about quality, so If you don't mind a simplistic design, the Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack is definitely a great choice.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15 inches
  • Features: One main large compartment, 15 inch laptop sleeve, front zip compartment with key clip, internal media pocket with headphone port
$59 from Amazon

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BEST FOR COMBINING FASHION WITH FUNCTIONALITY

Lil & Drew Daypack Backpack

The Lil & Drew Daypack provides you with all the necessary functions of a good laptop backpack without sacrificing style.

  • Laptop size capacity: 14 inches
  • Features: Water-resistant polyester exterior, gold zipper detailing, adjustable padded shoulder straps, convenient trolley sleeve, padded foam back and bottom, two slip pockets for laptop/tablet, several smaller zippered pockets, two external side pockets
$36.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR COMMUTERS AND THOSE WITH A BUDGET

MATEIN Slim Travel Backpack

This thin, lightweight backpack comes complete with a theft-proof lock and USB charging cord, making it the perfect laptop backpack for commuters.

  • Laptop size capacity: up to 15.6 inches
  • Features: Water Resistant Fabric, USB Charging Port, Theft-proof Combination Lock,Multiple compartments (including laptop compartment, side pockets for water bottles)
$27.99 from Amazon

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BEST POCKETS FOR FRAGILE ITEMS

Case Logic DLBP

The Case Logic DLBP backpack has a ton of compartment options —including a handy scratch-resistant pocket for fragile items — and can fit a 16-inch laptop.

  • Laptop size capacity: up to 16 inches
  • Features: Smartphone pocket, strap management system, scratch-resistant pocket, quilted padding, PVC-free materials
$49.94 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS AND REMOTE WORKERS

Targus Vertical Laptop Backpack

A lightweight backpack with a breathable construction, this bag is perfect for professionals who are constantly moving from one place to another.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15.6 inches
  • Features: Dedicated laptop and tablet pockets, air mesh construction, side pockets for water bottles and umbrellas, high protection
$36.10 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ORGANIZATION

High Sierra Riprap Padded Backpack

A padded laptop sleeve, compression straps, headphone port, and more make the High Sierra a worthy option.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15 inches
  • Features: Padded interior laptop sleeve, headphone access port, deluxe organizer, key fob, compression straps, beverage pocket
$39.88 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BIKERS

Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack

This Timbuk2 bag has plenty of room for your laptop *and* biking gear thanks to the included u-lock pocket and reflective light vista loop.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15 inches
  • Features: Internal and external slips, water bottle and u-lock holder, vista loop, on-strap bottle opener, ventilated back panel
$55.95 from Amazon

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BEST HIGH END BACKPACK

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street Flapover Expandable Backpack

Come for the style, stay for the streamlined design, RFID pocket, and expandable interior.

  • Laptop size capacity: 15.6-inches
  • Features: Moisture-resistant fabric, RFID privacy pocket, expandable interior, leather accents, flapover design
$218.49 from Amazon

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