Cool Laptop Bags and Cases
by Jessica Howell
Trying to get a wee bit of business done while you're on vacation with the family? Don't lug around that black leather laptop carrier… it's so 1995. Spruce up your luggage with one of these hip and practical laptop-toting finds.
Welcome back to the 21st century.
Luxe and Loaded
Too pretty for business? Not at all. You’d never guess that within its ultra-stylish, supple leather exterior, practicality blossoms. Zipped within a matching padded sleeve, my laptop is properly concealed and protected within Gina B’s bella bag, and is still easy enough to whip out when I pass through airport security checkpoints. In addition, I’ve got plenty of space for file folders, cell phone, chocolate stash and more. Best of all, I can stow the laptop in my hotel room to sashay with an even roomier carryall during travels.
($280 at Gina B International)
Frequent travelers with laptops in tow will tell you that in the end, there’s no better way to trek airports than with a rolling business case. This one, by SOLO, is the best option we’ve seen, offering more than ample stuffing space and loads of handy features. Among them: A padded laptop case easily slides in and out, push-button telescoping handle, Velcro pockets, accordion fan file, “overnighter” section with shoe pockets and smooth gliding, in-line skate wheels for optimum ease.
($210 at SOLO)
Built with rugged nylon, heavy-duty stitching, a waterproof liner and reflector tails, this bright messenger bag is made for those who move. Grab it by the carrying handle, quick-adjust shoulder strap or removable cross strap (great for bicyclers) and you’re off. An interior organizer and key ring tether keeps necessities on hand, and a built-in padded computer compartment makes for super simple stowing of your 17” and under laptop.
($110 at Timbuk2)
Accomplish the impossible with this Baseline carry-on rolling beside you. Sleek and simple, it’s ideal for a quick trip and conveniently stores your laptop, files and clothing in ultra-organized fashion. A high-quality look and feel fits professional lifestyles and leisurely getaways alike… and a durable ballistic nylon exterior keeps your bag looking fresh long after others fade and scuff. With this smart combo luggage, you’ll be breezing through airports.
($325 at Briggs & Riley)
I was sitting next to a savvy traveler on a recent flight when I noticed her sophisticated backpack-style laptop case. “It makes running through the airport so easy,” she mused, adding that she was the fourth woman in her office to buy one of Targus’ Solitaire carriers. With plenty of pockets, a handy file folder section and space for all your accessories, I can’t think of a better choice for day-trip convenience. Pair that with the fact that the padded backpack straps zip into a hide-away compartment for use of a removable shoulder strap, and you’ve got yourself a win-win product that’s sure to impress.
($70 at Targus)
Rough and Ready
This is the laptop case that James Bond would carry. Rough, rugged and ready for action, this handsome, waterproof OtterBox carrier holds laptops with a screen size of up to 15 inches. Whether you’re working on the water or lounging dockside, its resilient exterior is sure to allow that the job gets done. In fact, you can plug in your computer without even removing it from the case. Talk about easy. When you’re not lugging your PC, use it to protectively house your Slate, Tablet, Ultra Mobile and Convertible Tablet PC.
($170 at OtterBox)