Collins Bag

Laptops are delicate machines that require care during transport. While a normal bag can certainly hold a portable PC, it isn't perfect, which is where more stylish premium alternatives come into play.

Such options offer security and protection. Here are a few examples to give you some ideas. And each one of them makes a great gift.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Laptop Bag

We've covered the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag a few times already and for good reason. It's an excellent courier for your precious laptop. It's actually a camera bag but this makes it possible to store a bunch of devices and accessories inside, thanks to the generous amounts of space. There's even a zipped, padded sleeve for the laptop, which can hold 13- or 15-inch portable PCs, so be sure to select the right size.

Laptop Mag rated the bag quite favorably:

After using the Everyday Messenger daily for four months and covering numerous events in multiple countries, I can safely say it's the best bag I've ever owned.

However, it's rather pricey, coming in at around $250, depending on where you shop.

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Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger

Collins Bag

When you don't require a bag to take on a long journey or aboard a flight, the Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger may be a better option. It's a compact laptop bag with a few handy extras like a pen holder and dedicated mouse pouch, specifically designed for Surface devices. But don't let that put you off if you don't own a Microsoft PC, as this bag will also cater to 13- and 15-inch laptops.

Daniel Rubino, Windows Central executive editor, said the following in his review:

Overall, I love the design, the quality, the pricing, and it's exactly what I was looking for in a bag.

For around $50, it won't destroy your budget for the holiday season.

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GT Omega Racing Backpack

GT Omega Racing Backpack

For the gamer in your life, nothing would make them happier than lugging around their portable gaming rig in a GT Omega-branded bag. As an added bonus, it's also a seriously good laptop backpack. Better known for making chairs and other gaming peripherals, GT Omega launched its first backpack. It'll cost around $70 in the U.S. (though it's currently on sale) and you can get it in one of three designs.

The bag can handle up to 17.3-inch laptops, and the padded compartment is shock-proof. Overall, it's an excellent package that enables you to not only carry around a giant gaming notebook but also a clean pair of underwear and deodorant for the LAN event.

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Tom Bihn Synapse 19

Tom Bihn Synapse 19

Perhaps you're the outdoors type and need a bag that can also house your laptop just in case work calls. This is where the Synapse 19 by Tom Bihn enters the arena. Made of rugged and resistant materials, with ample amounts of internal storage, this backpack is ideal for those who enjoy going out for walks after work or favor taking a portable device along for media consumption at a pit stop.

RMK Outdoors praised the Synapse 19 for its build quality:

The first thing I noticed about this pack was that it is built from the same tough, abrasion resistant, badass 1000D Cordura as most of the Goruck packs. I had almost no experience with this fabric before my first Goruck pack and I am now addicted.

As well as the rugged design and build quality, the internal structure makes it easy to slide in and out up to 13-inch laptops. It's about $190, so it's also not the most affordable option on the market.

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Timbuk 2 Commute Messenger

The Commute Messenger bag by Timbuk2 takes commuting to a whole new level with a waterproof interior, reflective tags and a pocket on the outside for water bottles. It's clearly designed for those who cycle to and from work. Highly rated on Amazon, it can be used by anyone to stash away a laptop, a few accessories, and some packed lunch.

And when you need to go on trips in the new year, the bag itself is labeled TSA-friendly, meaning the pouch on this bag folds out so you don't have to pull the laptop and other devices all the way out of the protective container. Starting at a little over $80, it's possible to pick up and strap to your back a comfortable messenger bag with your laptop in tow.

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Andersen Slim Commuter

Tumi Alpha Bravo Andersen Slim Commuter

Starting at around $314, the Tumi Alpha Bravo Andersen commands a premium price but for good reason. Should you have the budget available to cover the cost, it's a stunning purchase using ballistic nylon and leather accents to create an attractive, yet durable design. The padded laptop sleeve keeps a laptop safe and secure, while two zippered compartments can house books, accessories and smaller devices.

It's an expensive laptop bag that doubles as more of a breifcase. But with the Tumi brand and materials used, you know you're investing in good quality.

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Waterfield Staad Attaché

Waterfield Staad Attaché

The Staad Attaché is a premium-looking and feeling laptop bag, mainly down to the fact Waterfield handmakes its products in San Francisco. This bag, in particular, is an offspring of a breifcase and messenger, sporting padded compartments and pockets for devices and accessories, respectively. We're talking leather, waxed canvas, and ballistic nylon. It's built to last and look good in the process.

iMore's Serenity Caldwell had the following to say on the Staad Attaché:

All the rugged charm of Indiana Jones, but flying business class.

Becuase it's handmade and makes use of premium materials, you'll need to fork out around $229.

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Razer Rogue

Razer Rogue

Our second gamer-focused backpack in this guide is the Razer Rogue. Being from the reputable brand that is responsible for some of the best PC accessories on the market, let alone best gaming PCs, this Rogue backpack has everything you need to keep the PC safe. Not only is the bag tear-proof, it's also water resistant and an overall badass. It also looks the part.

The Rogue can hold up to 15-inch laptops and comes rocking a dark design and green accents, which we've come to know and love from Razer. At around $100, it's not cheap but not ridiculously expensive either.

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InCase Icon

InCase Icon

The Icon by InCase is a mid-priced Jack-of-all-trades backpack that looks good and packs a punch in ergonomics. Multiple compartments are available, allowing the seperation of different devices and accessories. Store a laptop in the rear and a tablet in the middle, covering all bases. The front-most compartment makes it possible to have a battery pack inside, suppling juice to your phone even when fully zipped up.

Wirecutter selected the InCase Icon as one of its all-time favorites, concluding:

The Incase Icon manages to pack an almost absurd amount of organization and storage into a backpack that maintains the clean lines that are a must in a more refined backpack.

This ergonomic laptop backpack is ideal for both work and play. Available in three colors, the InCase Icon starts around $130.

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AmazonBasics

AmazonBasics

The AmazonBasics Backpack for laptops is as barebones as you can get without sacrificing protection and capacity. The bag itself is positively reviewed on Amazon with more than 3,000 reviews and can handle up to 17-inch laptops. From the outside, you get numerous zipped compartments, making it ideal for packing other things aside the laptop, like accessories or even a change of clothes.

On the inside of the main compartment are more zipped areas for stashing accessories. As the name implies, it's basic but gets the job done. It won't win any awards for design, but it's also not the ugly new kid on the block. And at just $30, you really cannot complain.

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