Your laptop is a major investment, and like your phone, is probably something you couldn’t live very long without. That’s why it pays to buy a sturdy (and cool!) backpack to protect your computer when you’re toting it to and from class or work.
All of the best backpacks for school have one thing in common: they distribute the weight evenly for a more comfortable commute — and the ones on this list that feature separate padded compartments to keep your tech safe are no exception. They’re also just as stylish as traditional purses and messenger bags, plus they can double as a carry-on if you’re traveling.
Whether you prefer brightly colored canvas for college or refined brown leather for the office (yes! they are professional), these are the cutest laptop backpacks on the market.
Our top picks:
Best overall laptop backpack: Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack
Best laptop backpack for travel: FJÄLLRÄVEN Kånken 15-Inch Laptop Backpack
Best laptop backpack for school: The MWL (Re)sourced Ripstop Nylon Backpack
Best budget pick: VANKEAN Laptop Backpack
Best water-resistant option: Lululemon Pack it Up Backpack 21L
Cutest laptop backpack with sleeve: Estarer PU Leather Backpack
Best small laptop backpack: Able Clothing Alem Backpack
Best lightweight laptop backpack: Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack
Best eco-friendly laptop backpack: TIMBUK2 Tuck Laptop Backpack
Best easy-access laptop backpack: Everlane The ReNew Transit Backpack
Best leather laptop backpack: Samsonite Classic Leather Slim Backpack
Best faux leather laptop backpack: Calpak Kaya Laptop Backpack
Best laptop backpack with charging port: Kroser Laptop Backpack
Best color variety: LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack for Women
Best classic laptop backpack: Modoker Vintage Laptop Backpack
Best overall laptop backpack
You may recognize this backpack. It’s a popular model for good reason: It has an attractive and roomy silhouette that’s available in a wide range of colors and patterns. The main compartment is water-resistant and triple lined and houses a smaller padded, fleece-lined compartment that’s perfect for laptops up to 15 inches.
Best laptop backpack for travel
If you want something particularly lightweight, try this stylish laptop backpack. Though a feather-weight fabric, it’s moisture-repellent to keep whatever you’re toting safe and secure. The full front zip opens to a roomy interior and a laptop sleeve for devices up to 15 inches, and for convenience the bag has both top carrying handles and a convertible shoulder strap, making it perfect for travel.
Best laptop backpack for school
This snap close commuter backpack comes in a very fun mustard and pink retro-inspired color that makes it easy to spot in a sea of your college classmate’s belongings. It’s made of recycled nylon that’s nice and light — even if the laptop pocket has a 17-inch laptop inside and the interior compartment is packed full.
Best budget laptop backpack
It may look a lot like leather, but this budget-friendly laptop backpack is actually made of an environmentally-friendly nylon that repels water to keep your gear safe even in wet weather. The large capacity bag makes it easy to stay organized, too. It has a total of four compartments and two side pockets, including a dedicated spot for your laptop.
Best water-resistant laptop backpack
Spend a lot of time at the gym or sports practice? This fabric backpack from lululemon is designed for the most active set. It’s roomy, water repellant, and has a zippered exterior for ventilation (great for sweat-soaked clothing and sneakers), but also has an exterior padded laptop sleeve for toting tech — it fits laptops up to 16 inches.
Cutest laptop backpack with sleeve
Like the structured backpacks you might see in an old movie, this faux leather commuter backpack looks great with any outfit you pair it with, from everyday jeans and a T-shirt to a dress suited for the office. And unlike truly vintage options, it’s full of modern conveniences, including a padded laptop sleeve, a padded iPad pocket, and a small security pocket for your wallet.
Best small laptop backpack
This real leather backpack may have a minimalist design, but it’s plenty functional for everyday use. It has two pockets — one larger front pocket, complete with a laptop sleeve for computers up to 15 inches, and one exterior pocket for smaller goods and gadgets. It patinas beautifully over time, but you can purchase leather conditioner for a slight upcharge to give the bag the TLC it deserves.
Best lightweight laptop backpack
This unique 100 percent vegan neoprene commuter backpack will keep your laptop and other essentials safe from the elements. It’s available in six rich shades and three sizes — the medium houses up to a 13-inch laptop, while the large accommodates most 16-inch devices.
Best eco-friendly laptop backpack
There’s more to love than the super cute contrasting neon pink and green colors on this navy commuter backpack. Though tapered to be more streamlined, this minimalistic bag, which is made of recycled polyester, has surprising capacity, including the space for a 15-inch laptop, side slip pockets, and an exterior zip.
Best easy-access laptop backpack
If school is an airplane ride away, you’ll love this travel bag, available in four sophisticated colors, for features designed with travel in mind. In addition to a pass-through strap that attaches to a rolling duffel, this cute laptop backpack has a front laptop pocket for easy access during TSA screenings.
Best leather laptop backpack
Despite its sleek silhouette, this true leather travel bag has two large interior compartments, one of which houses a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15.6-inch device. Additionally, it has a zippered front pocket for smaller essentials. Choose from two sophisticated shades — black or cognac — both with brushed silver hardware.
Best faux leather laptop backpack
It may be structured, but there’s nothing bulky about this faux leather laptop backpack. The rectangular pack has a 15-inch laptop pocket and an all-around zipper that allows you to make the most of the space you do have. Choose from eight classic colors and 10 limited edition seasonal shades.
Best laptop backpack with charging port
This sleek nylon commuter backpack looks more like your standard purse, thanks to the shape, attractive gold hardware, and top carry handles, but features the comfortable wide straps that make a backpack such an alluring choice. Inside, there’s multiple compartments, so you can corral more gadgets than just your laptop in an organized manner.
Best color variety
Because everyone’s personal style is unique, this structured laptop backpack comes in 20 different colors. It’s not all about aesthetics, though — the roomy bag has a host of interior pockets, including a sleeve for your laptop, as well as two front-zip pockets, two side pockets for a water bottle or two, and a USB charging port for your gadgets.
Best classic laptop backpack
Consider this a budget-friendly dupe of the Herschel bag. It’s got the same classic style — canvas fabric with contrasting buckles — and is just as functional, thanks to a total of six pockets, including a roomy main compartment for books, a laptop pocket, a front zipper pocket for smaller accessories and gadgets, a pencil case, and two side pockets for a water bottle.