4 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Laptop Bag - Our Guide

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Laptop Bag - Our Guide

Not many people will find a reason to invest some money into purchasing a good laptop bag. If you're one of them, we implore you to think of it like this: your laptop bag is your computer's insurance. When you think like that, you'll soon find out that it is your bag that keeps the computer safe from the weather, water, impacts, and so on. This means that you want a bag that is sturdy, protective, and durable, right?

Considering all these factors and the fact that there are just so many laptop bags in the market, you might be struggling to figure out which one is the perfect laptop bag for you. Struggle no more! Here are four factors you need to consider when choosing the right laptop bag:

1. Bag Style

If you've rummaged through our website looking for laptop bags, you'll notice that we offer many different types—backpacks, messengers, sleeves, hybrids, and so on.

All these bags have unique features that set them apart from the rest. For example, the messenger bag, such as our Sullivan Briefcase Messenger, comes with a shoulder strap. This means that when you wear it, the bag is going to rest on your side, allowing easy access to stored items, not to mention the myriad of storage compartments to pack in plenty of different things.

Sullivan Briefcase Messenger Bag - Solo New York

Other options, such as hybrids, are a cross between a messenger bag or briefcase and a backpack, transforming into either of the two, depending on your needs.

Hybrids - Solo New York

That said, you need to consider which bag style you want. Each design has its features designed for different situations. Consider how you're going to use the bag most often and make your pick.

2. Bag Size

The last thing you want to deal with is an overly large bag, making you look bulky, or a bag that's too small, not providing enough space to store different items.

When you're choosing a laptop bag, the easiest way to go about it is to base the bag on the size of your laptop. If your computer is around the 15-inch category, look for bags that are specially made for laptops that size. It will ensure the right fit and protection for your laptop.

3. Zippers 

While it might not be the most obvious thing to be looking out for, we highly recommend that you pay attention to the zippers. You want to be working with quality zippers. Otherwise, bad zippers will break easily, rendering the backpack completely useless.

Additionally, durable zippers will also ensure that your laptop, and whatever else is stored in the bag, has no chance of slipping out of the bag even if you toss it around.

4. Straps 

Straps become more and more important, the longer you wear the laptop bag. Remember, it is the part of the bag that'll help you carry the weight, and so you'd want it to be the most comfortable aspect out there.

Look for laptop bags with adjustable straps, and perhaps one with plenty of cushions as well. That way, you can adjust the straps until you find maximum comfort wearing the bag. The cushion will also help in relieving any pressure points on your shoulders, distributing it as much as possible to reduce any risk of aches in the long run.

In Conclusion

While deciding on which laptop bag may not be the easiest thing to do, it certainly is doable if you keep these factors in mind. That said, once you figure out what style of laptop bag you want, whether they have quality zippers, adjustable straps, and what size you need, there is possibly one last thing you might want to consider—looks. After all, you aren't carrying a laptop bag if the bag doesn't look good on you, right? Remember, while “function” is vital, “form” is just as important!


If you’re looking for a backpack or briefcase for your laptop, we have a wide variety of laptop bags you can choose from.

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