A solid laptop bag is important when you're traveling with a portable PC. We like the Dell Tek backpack for its affordability, style and capacity.

A laptop bag is a worthy investment and one you should definitely look into if you happen to be traveling and a messenger bag simply will not do. Perhaps you have some battery packs to bring with for charging up handsets, or are only going for a day or two and wish to keep luggage low by packing clothes with the laptop itself, a backpack will come in handy.

There are a variety of choices available from numerous manufacturers and companies. We'll be taking a look at some of the best available on the market and looking into why each choice is worth considering.

Best overall

Dell Tek backpack

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Not only is Dell's backpack offering here affordable at under $50, but the bag itself can carry a 15- or 17-inch laptop (depending on the version you purchase), as well as clothing for short trips and other technological must-haves. It's not as lavish as other offerings, but for the price you'll be able to comfortably take your laptop anywhere.

Bottom-line: Dell's backpacks offer secure and protected methods of transport for any laptop seeking luxury on travels.

One more thing: The Dell Tek backpack comes in two variants, one for 15- and a second for 17-inch laptops.

Why the Dell Tek backpack is our best overall choice

Not only has Dell created a solid backpack for any 15- or 17-inch laptop, but the company has also made it incredibly affordable.

We could easily have gone for the most expensive option here and called it a day, but for the average consumer and those who happen to be on a tighter budget, that simply wouldn't do. Thus we've chosen the DellTek Backpack as our best overall choice when it comes to bags for your laptop.

Dell's backpack is affordable, but offers rigid support for any 15- or 17-inch portable PC, keeping the unit secured within, while offering multiple compartments for storing all manner of items, be it overnight clothing, other technological hardware or even lunch for the packed day ahead.

It's by no means the premium option in the backpack category, but we feel Dell has struck a solid balance between price, protection and durability.

Affordable backpack

AmazonBasics Backpack

AmazonBasics Backpack

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You don't always have to go for the most expensive option to enjoy a premium experience. Amazon's own offering has a lot going for it before you even get to its $29.99 price tag. You can comfortably fit in a 15-inch laptop and even some slimmer 17-inch models, and there are multiple compartments for storing different objects. It's your no-thrills bag with a few tricks up its sleeve. The retailer also sells the backpack with an AmazonBasics portable wireless mouse for $41.48.

Bottom-line: If you require a backpack but are on a budget, Amazon may have the perfect solution for you.

One more thing: Stay hydrated with the large mesh bottle holder on the side, perfect for stashing water.

Workhorse backpack

Incase Icon Backpack

Incase Icon

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The Icon by Incase is considered by many owners to be a real workhorse when it comes to backpacks. Priced at just over $100, it's a bag that requires investment but provides much in terms of storage and portability. There are tons of compartments to secure all manner of objects, and the adjustable straps combined with the lightweight build helps keep comfort levels high.

Bottom-line: While a more pricey option, the Icon will keep your laptop safe and secure and should be durable enough to last.

One more thing: It's a bag that supports 15-inch laptops.

Rugged backpack

Booq Cobra Squeeze

Booq Cobra Squeeze

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The Cobra Squeeze by Booq may not look much on the outside, but it hides a surprising amount of storage inside. Not only is it rugged, but there's even a Terraling serial number that makes it possible to recover the bag should it be misplaced and someone contacts the service operated by Booq. It's a neat touch. For those technology enthusiasts, the Squeeze also offers a dedicated phone pocket with soft lining for quick access.

Bottom-line: It's pricey, stylish and rugged enough to keep your laptop protected and looking like a million dollars.

One more thing: The old-school look and feel of the exterior is actually waterproof.

Gaming backpack

Razer Tactical Backpack

Razer Tactical Backpack

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You might already be the owner of a peripheral or two from Razer, or perhaps you're looking for a bag for the Razer Blade gaming laptop. Whatever may be the case, if you're a gamer and you like the brand, the Razer Tactical backpack could be a match made in heaven. Not only does it follow similar styling with other products, the backpack itself sports a water resistant exterior, pockets dedicated for SD cards and USB sticks, and can even accommodate 17-inch laptops.

Bottom-line: It's Razer, it's a quality backpack, and is ideal for any gamer seeking to look the part.

One more thing: There's a lifetime warranty on the Tactical Backpack.

Upcoming backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

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Now this backpack isn't exactly available for purchase just yet, but we thought it was worth including. Peak Design managed to raise $6.5 million on Kickstarter for its upcoming family of backpacks, the most expensive option being suitable for taking your laptop on your travels. What makes this backpack interesting is just how much detail the design team has gone into when it comes to accessibility and storage. It's certainly not cheap, but it's well worth checking out.

Bottom-line: This could well become the one backpack to rule them all.

One more thing: This backpack isn't yet available and the initial Kickstarter campaign has ended, but you can still pre-order one on Indiegogo.

Best overall backpack

Dell Tek backpack

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Not only is Dell's backpack offering here affordable at under $50, but the bag itself can carry a 15- or 17-inch laptop (depending on the version you purchase), as well as clothing for short trips and other technological must-haves. It's not as lavish as other offerings, but for the price you'll be able to comfortably take your laptop anywhere.

Bottom-line: Dell's backpacks offer secure and protected methods of transport for any laptop seeking luxury on travels.

One more thing: The Dell Tek backpack comes in two variants, one for 15- and a second for 17-inch laptops.