The Best Laptop Backpacks for Work (and Life)

The number of backpacks out there is endless, and they range in price from under $50 to several hundred dollars, but finding a life-changing bag isn’t easy. Whether you’re once again commuting to an office or school, working from coffee shops, or going on a weekend trip, a good backpack will carry and organize your stuff. It’s also easier on your neck and shoulders than an overstuffed purse, duffle, or briefcase. 

Whatever your needs, we have a fit and functional backpack for you. We inspect backpacks for a suspended, padded laptop sleeve; durable fabrics and water-resistant zippers; and versatile storage options. Don’t see anything you like here? Check out our other guides, including the Best Laptop Totes and Purses, Best Messenger Bags, Best Camera Bags, and the Best Travel Bags.

Updated April 2022: We’ve added the cheap Out of the Woods Paper Backpack, Patagonia’s Black Hole, the Monos Metro, and the Fjallraven Kånken Totepack as picks. We also added a few more bags to our honorable mentions: the Timbuk2 Division, United By Blue’s Transit Pack, and Troubadour’s Explorer Ridge.

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