Beyond just making a good impression when you walk in the door, a good bag is where you store the tools of the trade. You need a dedicated and protected slot for your laptop. But you'll also need room for a cable tester, mouse, anti-static strap, cable ties, portable hard drive, crimping tools, screwdrivers and, well, you get the idea. So make sure you've got the right bag for the job and check out our top 8 choices.
Brinch Unisex Oxford Universal Laptop Sleeve
The Brinch Unisex Oxford Universal Laptop Sleeve proves business isn't always synonymous with boring. It comes in brown, green, grey, pink, purple, red and basic black. Note that it will hold a 15.6-inch laptop, but not much else. At best, the Velcro front flap can hold a cord, some pens and some papers. Or you could just remove the shoulder strap and use this as a sleeve inside a non-laptop-friendly briefcase.
Kattee Handmade Leather Laptop Briefcase
For a more weathered, yet sophisticated, look, the Kattee Handmade Leather Laptop Briefcase offers a saddle bags design that will cost you. But that brown genuine cow leather might be just what the doctor ordered. Inside is room for a 15.7-inch laptop and a roomy separate compartment for equipment. Plus, two zipper pockets on the front are perfect for smaller items. It features a flat top handle and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap that goes up to 55 inches.
Everki Advance Laptop Bag
While you can hold an 18.4-inch laptop in the Everki Advance Laptop Bag, it features a slim profile that might keep you from over stuffing it. The bag exterior is classic and simple, and includes a padded, non-slip shoulder pad. Best of all, the bright interior means smaller items won't get lost in the depths.
Case Logic PNC-218
You can practically stuff a whole workstation into this black shoulder bag; it fits laptops up to 18 inches in a quilted laptop compartment. Inside the Case Logic PNC-218 briefcase there are plenty of extra pockets for gear and cords, including a quick access zippered slot on the front. The back houses a quick slip strap for attaching your briefcase to your roller bag.
Condor 153 Tactical Brief Case
If you need to take your full arsenal on the road, you'll want the grey Condor 153 Tactical Brief Case. It fits a 17-inch laptop, and has two internal zipper mesh pockets. The main compartment is 16 x 12 x 3 inches. You can open the whole thing up and lay it flat as well. It's even got a water bottle pocket.
Bugatti Itala Aluminum Attache Case
With the Bugatti Itala Aluminum Attache Case you can protect your 17-inch laptop while also feeling a bit like a secret agent. The gun metal finish on the aluminum exterior calls to mind nearly ever spy thriller ever made. The inside features polyethylene foam and adjustable dividers. It even features a combination lock for extra security.
SwissGear Earth Messenger Computer Laptop
The blue, high density canvas and nylon exterior of the SwissGear Earth Messenger Computer Laptop gives it a more sporty look than your average briefcase. It will hold a 14.1-inch laptop, and the wide interior can hold a ton of other gear. The front flap, which features two buckle closures, offers an easy-access zipper pocket.
Solo Classic 17.3-inch Laptop Rolling Case
Sometimes you just can't face carrying all the stuff you need, and with the black Solo Classic 17.3-inch Laptop Rolling Case you don't have to. The front zippered pocket features a zip-down organizer section, but all the tools you could ever want, or a change of clothes will fit into the back pocket. The push-button telescoping handle makes it easier to pull around behind you.