The Best Backpacks for Laptops and Other Gadgets – Wall Street Journal

From left: MightyPack, Challenger Briefcase/Backpack and Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack
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The Packrat: MightyPack

With a spacious, faux-fur-lined compartment up top (big enough to accommodate a pair of over-the-ear headphones) as well as interior pockets galore, many in a breathable mesh fabric that won’t insulate overheated devices, this backpack is a gadget-hoarder’s dream. A wide pass-through slot between compartments lets you run cables from a backup battery to any gizmos that might be on their last legs. And then there are the MightyPack’s ultra-protective details, like the triple-layered foam at the base of the bag, and the way the laptop sleeve is stitched a few inches from the bottom so your computer never hits the ground with a thud. $80, speckproducts.com

The Transformer: Challenger Briefcase/Backpack

Don’t be fooled by this minimalist bag’s seeming simplicity. By tucking its straps into a zip-up compartment, you can convert it from an ergonomic backpack into a sleek, double-handled briefcase that’s more appropriate for the workplace. This slim sack also sports a snug padded pocket for a laptop. $120, lexonusa.com

The Jetsetter: Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack

Tech-laden road warriors will appreciate this bag’s TSA-compliant design, which can give owners a free pass to leave laptops and other electronics inside when going through security. A thin, wide pocket with a soft tricot lining is perfect for items that are easily scratched, while a thickly padded back prevents gadgets from digging into you. Long-haul passengers take note: Not only is this bag amply padded to survive overhead compartments, it has a bottle opener built into one of the straps. $129, timbuk2.com​


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