Best Laptop Cases for Fashion-Conscious Students in 2022
If you're into fashion and always want to look your best, there's absolutely no reason why you can't make your laptop protector part of that. It's easy to assume all laptop cases and bags are dreary black goliaths that office workers use to carry ancient 17-inch notebooks around, but that's not the case anymore. If you want something with a bit of style, here's what you should get.
King of bags
While this is technically aimed at photographers, it's one of the best ways to keep your laptop (and all your other gear) safe and sound. It's available in a few different colors, is incredibly well made and won't look out place wherever you go. It's waterproof, so your stuff won't get wet, absurdly spacious, has anti-theft zippers and a great warranty. It's still a king among bags.
Waterfield products are all made in San Francisco, and the build quality is truly exceptional. Available in horizontal and vertical orientations, as well as a couple of different finishes, you're sure to find something you like. The black ballistic finish looks more rugged and will no doubt stand up well to abuse, and the waxed canvas with leather option is more of a premium look that will fit in no matter where you go and is perfect for a 13-inch laptop.
The Lymmax Laptop Sleeve offers shockproof padding and water-resistant materials, plenty of smaller pockets on the inside, and a sleek vertical design, ultimately making it a balanced, high-quality choice for a 15-inch laptop. You don't always want or need a dedicated bag, and this sleeve looks so good on its own you might not even want to hide it away.
For the ladies
If you're looking for a laptop bag that's chic and doesn't look like a laptop bag, then this Kate Spade tote is the one for you. On the outside, it looks just like a regular bag from the famous label, but inside it's got a dedicated laptop pocket for up to a 15-inch notebook along with a pair of padded slide pockets. For easy carrying during your commute or going between classes, there's also a crossbody strap that can be detached at any time.
For the gents
This briefcase may be slim, but it still has a padded laptop pocket for up to a 15-inch notebook, as well as having a custom-designed strap that's there to help relieve the pressure on your shoulders. This alone makes it perfect for student use, but it's also durable, with a water-resistant coating to keep your stuff safe while inside this incredibly stylish looking bag.
If you're a gamer, your carry is probably a little larger than the average laptop user. The Razer Rogue is put together with plenty of high-quality damage-resistant materials, with thick, heavy padding inside. There's also a good amount of compartments for extra items, too, and for the fashion-conscious, Razer's designs are the best you can get in the gaming space.
Looking good at college
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Whether at college or elsewhere, there's one bag we're always quick to recommend, and that's the Peak Design Everyday Messenger (opens in new tab). It's a little pricey, but it truly is a king of bags. Peak Design is one of the best product design companies out there, delivering a product that people actually want. The Everyday Messenger looks fantastic, but above all, it's a great bag, packed with clever dividers to maximize storage, a waterproof exterior, and space for your laptop, phone, tablet, and even a sizeable camera.
While that may be a top bag for everyone, if you're specifically looking for something super stylish for either ladies or gents, then the Kate Spade Tote (opens in new tab) and the Moshi Urbana briefcase (opens in new tab) are both excellent choices.
Kate Spade needs little introduction, and this laptop bag just looks like a regular Kate Spade bag. Can't get better than that. For the gents, the Moshi briefcase oozes class, while having enough storage and protection for your laptop and other bits of your everyday carry.
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