What are the best laptop backpacks in 2022?

How do you carry a laptop to college? What is the best backpack for a MacBook Air? How about a 15-inch computer for a business trip? What are the backpacks that best combine elegance and comfort? Numerama’s editorial staff has prepared a careful and up-to-date selection to meet all needs.

In the world of accessories, there are few investments as important as a good backpack. It’s a bit like with shoes: you can very well be satisfied with a first price, but you will quickly have pain in your extremities, or you risk simply seeing the sole come off after a few months of use.

The job of journalist requires us to transport heavy equipment in all circumstances. Computer, camera, batteries, chargers, drones… everything goes there and often for long periods of time. Well in spite of us, on Frandroid and Numerama, so we became sacs-nerds who try many models in order to find perfection: the bag that will rest the back and that does not look like a military package.

If this holy grail does not really exist, because concessions are the essence of these choices, several models approach it. You will find them in this guide, highlighting mixed models and which has been crowd sourced by the editorial staff and external consultants. And if you’re looking for the best laptop for back to school, we’ve got an editorial pick too.

The best value for money: the Xiaomi commuter backpack

The Xiaomi Bag // Source: Mi

A backpack at 19.99 euros is surely a scam! Think again: the handbag back Xiaomi is a great deal, that the editorial staff of Numerama tried, and immediately adopted. In addition to being rather elegant with its “Ikea sofa” style fabric, it has several compartments to clearly delimit your belongings. The one dedicated to the computer is even padded to absorb any shocks.

Bonus: the new model even has a pocket for the water bottle on the side, and a strap to attach to suitcases.

The most comfortable backpack: the Eastpak Out of Office

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The Out of Office is spacious // Source: Eastern suit

Did you know ? Eastpak is not just its iconic backpack worn by 98.7% of teenagers and decked out in blanco tags or personalized with metal band patches. When we dive into the giant’s collection, we find models, always inspired by the culture sk8ter, but which adapt to other stages of life. The Out of Office keeps exactly the simplistic look that we associate with the brand but offers much more space, and enough to store a large computer (normal, it is still 27 L!)

There is only one quick access but several pockets and computer compartments, and it is available in many colors. Some are even less than 50% on Amazon.

The unexpected surprise backpack: the Elops

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The Elops backpack // Source: decathlon

There are backpacks that impose themselves: the Elops sold at Decathlon is part of this category. In a mystifying black, it immediately catches the eye, tastefully oscillating between matte and gloss. The bag was originally designed for cycling — moreover, Elops also sells very practical two-wheeler bags — but it will adapt to the needs of any city dweller looking for style, but who wouldn’t have a hundred euros to spend for the start of the school year. It’s waterproof, reflective, and can easily hold your laptop. Be careful, it is better to order it online, because there are not many left in the shop.

Style first: Rains

Rains’ backpack is waterproof // Source: Rains

Always edgy on important topics, Numerama’s editorial staff wore Rains long before the whole of Paris decided it was cool. The collections offered by the Danes of Rains combine elegance and versatility. All backpacks are equipped with a sewn-in back pocket that will allow you to house a computer — 13 and 15 inches pass without problem in the most common version. A zipped pocket inside helps keep sensitive items warm, and a pocket in the back provides access to documents to keep on hand — that’s where we put our removable batteries.

The colors are up to you — the shades are all tasteful, the darker ones go well with suits and the lighter ones with any outfit. Bonus: as the name suggests, Rains specializes in waterproof clothing – the bags are therefore completely suitable for use in the northern half of France. And you can easily combine them with other products in the range, of good quality.

For 17-inch laptops: the iTiwit backpack

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The ITIWIT is notably sold at Decathlon

ITIWIT is a water sports brand, and it shows: its backpacks are all perfectly waterproof, which is often much more practical than you think! In France, Decathlon has made them flagship products this year 2022: well highlighted on the shelves at the entrance to stores, ITIWIT backpacks have sold like hotcakes. Blame it on their adventurous-friendly look which remains elegant (they also look better in real life than in photos) and their pleasant to look at colors (we find them in black, navy blue, gray and orange), not without a hint madness.

The 20-litre ITIWIT, which we use in the Numerama editorial office, is a concentrate of simplicity: a large pocket in which you can slip a lot of objects, a practical pocket to put your computer, and another compartment that the you can close with a zip. It’s so big that you can put a 17-inch computer in it without worry.

The bag being as well made for the city as for the mountains, it allows you to keep your back straight even when you have loaded it well, thanks to reinforced and multiple straps (you can also tie it on the front for more support ). For 35 euros, it is very good value for money.

Fjällräven: the colorful must-have

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Un sac Kanken // Source : fjallraven

We know that the countries of northern Europe have been producing for years, if not decades, some of the most elegant and practical objects in the world, from furniture to backpacks (hello Ikea). We can feel all their know-how in terms of object design, never yielding to aesthetics for aesthetics’ sake, nor to tasteless utilitarianism. Le petit renard de Fjällräven is exactly in this philosophy.

The brand offers ultra-robust fabric bags that for a few generations have had a padded pocket on the back to house a computer. Yes, even in the small Kånken it is possible to accommodate one of the latest MacBooks. The double handle will allow you to rest your back whenever you want and the very large side pockets can carry water et a backup battery. In addition, you have a huge range of choices at your disposal.

The Herschel alternative: the classic but effective backpack

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A blue Herschel bag // Source: Herschel

Overall, the Herschel backpack is the equivalent of the green Stan Smiths. A basic that has become a bit very (too?) popular, but which retains its qualities: a vintage style, expected but effective, with practical little pockets. The Canadian draws its lines from backpacks hikers, to which he adds a refined urban side. Front pocket with hidden zip, player pocket, computer compartment, inside pockets, key ring… the Herschel range, whose largest representative is the Little America, lacks nothing.

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Paperwhite Signature Edition // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

How do I know the size in inches of my laptop?

It’s perfectly normal to doubt the size of your laptop’s screen: not only are the dimensions in inches, but you can get lost between the numbers. The dimension given by default corresponds to the length of the diagonal of the screen.

To find out what size your device is, you can look in your computer’s settings (on Mac, just go to “About this mac”), or measure the diagonal and refer to this table:

Size in inchesDiagonal one cm
13 »33 cm
15 »35,6 cm
16 »40,6 cm
17 »43 cm

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