If you're something of a digital nomad--you know, someone who leads a travel-centric lifestyle--your laptop bag isn't just a logistical accessory; it's a statement about you.
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And as the number of people who routinely turn hotels, cafes, and occasional park benches into ad-hoc cubicles grows, so do the number of bags catering to them. The good news is that even if you're not part of digital nomadism, you can enjoy the benefits. You'll never misplace a laptop, smartphone, charger, mouse, wireless hotspot, or headphone again. These bags will get you ultra-organized and make you look darned good doing it.
Beautiful on the outside. Organized on the inside. That's the most succinct way to sum up the bags, backpacks, and totes from London-based Knomo.
Knomo's bags are in fact the work of two minds. The company has one designer focused on the exterior and another on the interior. It's a system that appears to work.
One thing you notice about Knomo's laptop bags is that they don't look like laptop bags. The company learned that mobile pros often run from work to play, and they don't want to appear to be lugging their work around with them when they're at a club enjoying drinks with friends. So their bags look like fashion statements, not remote-office anchors.
Knomo produces a wide variety of bags, all with tech in mind. Their products are available in bright colors. I particularly like how they use contrasting colors between the interior and exterior, matching muted browns with bright blues, yellows, and greens.
KILLSPENCER might win for sexiest laptop bag, especially as they're now in the middle of a new Love campaign with a distinctly Fifty Shades Darker vibe. They even sell a flogger. Because this is a family site, I can't in good conscience recommend watching the trailer on their home page connected with the campaign. (Psst, it's hot.)
The Los Angeles-based company doesn't skimp on quality, giving their bags a rich, luxurious look. A KILLSPENCER bag is definitely something to boast about. One in particular to look at is the Attache Briefcase.
It's made of premium full grain leather and can fit up to a 15" MacBook Pro. It features a Swiss-made antique silver zipper, a fully padded faux fur interior, three exterior accessory pockets and a detachable leather shoulder strap. It retails for $425.
Another bag I like from KILLSPENCER is its Special Ops Backpack. It's made of charcoal gray canvas and although it doesn't sport a traditional special ops look -- no heavy duty 'battle buckles' or dual-compression straps here -- it's so minimalist it looks dangerous. People will assume you're dangerous, too. It retails for $275.
Tired of pulling your laptop out of your bag every time you go through airport security? Tumi has you covered. Its Alpha 2 T-Pass Medium Screen Laptop Slim Brief is ideal for travel. Its split-opening lets you get past TSA without going through that annoying laptop-removal ceremony.
With removable foam blocks, it accommodates different size laptops, from small to medium. It also has plenty of pockets for organizing, including a water bottle/umbrella pocket. The Alpha 2 T-Pass Medium Screen Laptop Slim Brief is made from ballistic nylon with leather trim. It retails for $395.
For women, there's Tumi's Sinclair Small Camila Tote. Its made of coated canvas with a padded laptop compartment and plenty of pockets.
It has a hidden cellphone pocket, a velvet-lined jewelry pocket, and a gusseted front pocket for expansion. It comes in five different colors and retails for $395.
If you're a student, or just someone more partial to backpacks than messenger bags and totes, then Incase Backpacks might be just the thing. The company has a close relationship with Apple, but there's no reason Microsoft users can't enjoy its products as well.
Incase Backpacks are hard to beat for organizational prowess. Its Icon Backpack features a host of pockets for just about everything. In the following video, you can see just how much you can stuff in.
The Icon Backpack is made of nylon and will fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. It retails for $200.
Gunas bills itself as the "world's first 100% vegan handbag brand." That's quite a lot to take in and I'm not quite sure what it means, except that I'm pretty sure it doesn't involve leather. So if you're an animal lover who loves fashion, Gunas serves up a clear conscience along with their cute bags.
Its Perch Backpack is PETA approved and made of 100 percent vegan textured eco polyurethane, recycled plastic bottle lining, and nylon. It fits a 15-inch laptop and an iPad in its front pocket.
The Perch Backpack comes in five colors and retails for $125. Alas, Gunas says its currently sold out--so if you really want one, you may have to wait till Fall.
Booq Bags has a solid reputation. Its Superslim 13 Black-Tan and Superslim 15 black-tan are reasonably priced, both retailing for $60. If you were to walk in to a store blind and buy a laptop bag off the shelf, that's what you would pay for it. But what you buy in your local store or online without research will likely not be as good.
Booq's Superslim bags are lightweight and durable. They're made of polyester with leather zipper pullers and enough room to fit your accessories. A nice touch is the padded lip inside the laptop compartment to protect the laptop from the zipper.
These laptop bags even include a Terralinq serial number to help you find them in case they're lost. The Superslim bags from Booq are definitely worth a look. These are well-priced bags from a notable bag maker.