10 awesome laptop sleeves for toting your computer around campus

What should I use to keep my laptop safe when I head back to school?

The back to school season is here, and many students headed back are excited to use their new laptop. The campus is a busy, hectic place, so your laptop needs some protection from everyday bumps and bruises. These awesome sleeves should do the trick.

Cocoon Innovations sleeve

Cocoon Innovations sleeve

Featuring their ingenious GRID-IT system that effectively organizes all your gadgets, small devices, and tools that would normally all be thrown together in a pocket to scuff and scratch, this sleeve from Cocoon Innovations (about $40) is designed to fit 15-inch laptops.

The interior is lined with faux fur to keep your laptop from scratching, and the outside is made of a ballistic nylon material that's water resistant. If you have a bunch of stuff you like to carry around with you and can (coincidentally) never find any of it, this is your sleeve.

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Mozo Saffiano sleeve

Mozo Saffiano sleeve

Mozo has been making quality products for Microsoft's Surface line for awhile now, and the Saffiano sleeve (about $56 is no different. In his review), executive editor Daniel Rubino says:

The look, feel, and uniqueness makes these sleeves a perfect match for Surface, so much that you might think Microsoft made them.

The sleeve is made from a high-quality, textured leather that stands up to wear, and the inside is lined with suede to protect your laptop. If you like a slim, luxury sleeve, have a closer look at this one.

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Tomtoc 360° protective sleeve

Tomtoc 360° protective sleeve

Laptops get dropped — often — and Tomtoc understands. This sleeve (about $26) has a sturdy handle at the top and has 360-degrees of foam padding to protect the corners of your device if you happen to drop it. This is a big change from the usual sleeves that have plenty of padding on the front and back but not much around the zipper and corners.

Two sizeable, zippered pockets on the front of the sleeve have plenty of room for your mouse, phone, and other small accessories, and the main pocket can be had in 13-, 14-, or 15-inch configurations. Drop prone? Have a look at this sleeve.

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Waterfield Design sleevecase

Waterfield Design sleevecase

Waterfield bags are all hand-made in San Francisco, and the quality really shows through. These sleevecases (about $69) are available in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and you can grab either a ballistic nylon or waxed canvas exterior based on your preference.

These sleeves are custom-fitted for your Surface Pro, Laptop, or Book, but you can also grab them specifically for other PC laptops for a perfect fit. If you prefer a quality sleeve made in the US, this is the one.

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Booq Viper hardcase

Booq Viper hardcase

Whereas most other sleeves have soft, padded sides, this Booq Viper sleeve (about $55) has a rigid, ballistic nylon exterior that can really take a beating. Inside the sleeve, one side has a large pocket for a 13-inch laptop, while the other side has multiple smaller pockets for your peripherals.

Everything is lined with a soft finish to keep your device from getting scratched, and a durable zipper keeps everything closed. Want the protection a hard-shell sleeve offers? This might be the one.

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STM Blazer

STM Blazer

Blurring the line between sleeve and bag, the STM Blazer (about $40) has a bit of a retro feel while also delivering ample protection for your laptop. A foam and Nylex interior keeps your laptops from getting banged up, and the exterior fabric is water resistant. The main zippered pocket is available in 11-, 13-, and 15-inch options, and there's a secondary zippered pocket on the front for slim accessories.

A detachable strap allows you to sling this sleeve over your shoulder, and there are four colors to choose from, including Moroccan blue, black, frost gray, and steel. Don't want to carry your sleeve around inside another bag? The Blazer is a strong option.

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Tom Bihn vertical sleeve

Tom Bihn vertical sleeve

Many laptop sleeves come in a horizontal configuration, and for some — especially those who want to keep their sleeve in a vertical backpack — this simply won't do. Enter this vertical sleeve from Tom Bihn (about $40).

Available in plenty of sizes to fit whatever device you're using, this sleeve has quarter-inch foam padding, a large flap that tucks in to keep everything in place, and the exterior is made from a durable polyester knit. This sleeve comes with a lifetime guarantee and is loved by many. Need a no-frills, vertical sleeve? Have a look at this one.

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Evecase diamond foam sleeve

Evecase diamond foam sleeve

Not everyone has a laptop sized at 15 inches or smaller, and that's where the Evecase diamond foam sleeve (about $20) comes in. This sleeve has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,850 reviews, so you're sure to be getting a quality product.

The diamond-pattern padded exterior is covered in water-resistant neoprene, the inside is lined with soft material to keep your laptop from getting scratched, and a zipper holds everything in place. Need a large sleeve with plenty of padding? Consider this one from Evecase.

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Maroo Woodland sleeve

Maroo Woodland sleeve

If you're using a Surface Pro and would like a bit of a luxury look, this Maroo Woodland sleeve (about $20) might be what you're looking for. The sleeve is made primarily from a durable woolen felt, but the back and front flap are accented with faux leather.

A magnet keeps the flap in place when you're on the go, and a dedicated Surface Pen holder means you won't easily misplace it. To protect your device from scratches, the interior is lined with a soft microfiber. If you have a Surface Pro, definitely consider this sleeve.

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ProCase sleeve

ProCase sleeve

This sleeve from ProCase (about $19) is essentially the option for anyone who's not quite sure what they want. It's relatively cheap, it has a handle, a strong zipper, plenty of padding, and an exterior pocket for a few of your accessories.

It's available in sizes from 12 to 15.6 inches, and there are five colors to choose from, including black, dark gray, light gray, teal, and turquoise. Whether you're carrying this sleeve around on its own or stuffing it into a backpack, you'll love it. With a 4.7-star rating with more than 6,200 reviews on Amazon, you're sure to get a quality product.

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