Best Laptop Bags

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Buying the perfect laptop for work can cost you a lot of research time and hard-earned money. Show it the love it deserves by not using a questionable-quality bag you got for free at your last industry convention.

There are tons of cool laptop bags out there, but you want to invest in one that that will keep your technology protected and your items organized when you're on the go. It should be comfortable to carry around – even when it's fully loaded – and classy enough you'd want to bring it with you everywhere.

Below are five of our favorite business-friendly briefcases, totes and messenger bags that tick all the right boxes. Check them out below. And if a business-friendly laptop backpack is more your speed, we have some suggestions for you.

STM Goods Judge

STM Goods Judge
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Can a laptop bag be unassumingly chic? If it's the STM Judge bag, the answer is yes. Roomy with space to hold a 15-inch laptop, the Judge has pockets and pouches to store just about all your work items securely. The exterior of the $99 bag features handles, a removable strap and a large zippered pocket with two smaller compartments inside to hold your phone, cables or headphones.

The interior includes a padded sleeve to keep your laptop secure with a connected smaller sleeve for a tablet. There is a designated pocket to hold an external charger, so you can keep your devices powered. There's also a handy cable port built into the bag, which is a designated hole that allows you to run your cable from an external charger to any device located within the bag. The Judge comes with a matching removable zippered pouch to keep small items, like pens, keys and USBs, organized. The bag is available in botanical green, china blue, desert brown and tornado grey.

Moshi Urbana

Moshi Urbana
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Sometimes you want to carry only the essentials and nothing else. The slim, $189 Moshi Urbana is the perfect way to cut the bloat. The brief can hold a 15-inch laptop in a padded sleeve and has two additional padded sleeves to hold a tablet and smaller tech devices, such as an external charger.

The front of the case features a thin zippered pocket large enough to hold an iPhone 7 Plus. A larger, zippered pocket can store cables, headphones, pens and USBs. The Urbana comes with a padded, removable shoulder strap that, when attached, converts it to a lightweight messenger bag. The water-repellant Urbana is available in beige, black, pink, Bahama blue and grey.

United by Blue Sutters Mill Tool Bag

United by Blue Sutters Mill Tool Bag
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Going from the gym straight to the office can be a pain and usually requires carrying two separate bags. That's not the case – no pun interned – with the $158 United by Blue Sutters Mill Tool Bag. The interior is roomy and can accommodate workout gear alongside your work gear. It features a padded sleeve that fits up to a 13-inch laptop and has two pouches and a zippered pocket to hold small items, such as USB drives, pens or keys.

The exterior features a pouch large enough to hold a coffee canister or water bottle and a roomy zippered compartment for stashing noise-canceling headphones, your phone and your wallet. The water-repellant Mill Tool bag can be carried like a tote or over-the-shoulder with the included removable strap. It is available in navy, olive and tan.

Mission Workshop Waxed Canvas Transit Laptop Bag

Mission Workshop Waxed Canvas Transit Laptop Bag
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When you're commuting on two wheels, you need a laptop bag that can withstand more challenging terrain and environmental conditions. The Mission Workshop Transit bag is built to go from your bike to the boardroom without skipping a beat.

The all-weather bag features two interior pockets, a zippered, padded laptop sleeve and space to hold everything from a change of clothes to presentation printouts. The Transit bag attaches to front bike racks securely and includes four exterior pockets for quick access to your smartphone or office ID. Able to be carried as a tote or as a messenger with the removable shoulder strap, the Transit bag can go everywhere you need without looking out of place. It is $225 and available in gray, black, brown, orange, navy, burgundy and olive.

Bosca Flapover Brief

Bosca Flapover Brief
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Briefcases aren't known for being the most stylish way to transport your laptop, but there are always exceptions. The $650 Bosca Flapover Brief is simply smart, in every sense of the word. The lightweight, soft leather bag can accommodate up to a 13-inch laptop and a full-sized tablet. You can also stow a smartphone, your wallet and business card holder in two small side pouches. The padded interior also features a soft fabric lining, a zipped pocket for valuables, two small pen-sized pouches and interior lanyard to keep your keys from getting lost.

The bottom of the Flapover is padded for shock absorption, as is the removable shoulder strap. The bag exterior features a trolley strap to easily attach to your carry-on when you're on the move and a lockable clasp for keeping your work items secure. The Bosca Flapover Brief is available in black, dark brown and amber.