Personal computers have become a necessity for business and entertainment. I don’t know anyone anymore that travels without a laptop computer (and that includes my baby-boomer mother). Despite their pervasiveness, laptops are still pricey and somewhat delicate. If you are going to take one with you on the road, you need a good laptop case to put it in. Below are the best laptop cases organized by protectiveness, style, and capacity.
Best Laptop Cases To Protect Your Computer
Whether it is a super important piece of work equipment, or a particularly pricey personal investment, protecting a laptop is a top priority for many. The choices listed below are padded and reinforced, ensuring the safety of your device.
The unique texture of this laptop case serves an important protective purpose. It provides extra foam and shock-absorbing qualities, ensuring that bumps and drops won’t affect your computer. The water-resistant neoprene also means it is protected from spills and splashes.
Its outer dimensions are 400mm x 300mm x 30mm (15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inches), and its inner dimension are 385mm x 280mm x 25mm (15.2 x 11 x 1 inches). It is a great fit for 15 inch computers, regardless of brand.
This case features a hard outer shell and soft, padded inner shell. A drop or bump really won’t affect your computer. It is also water-resistant, and the wrap around zipper keeps the inner material securely in place.
It is ideal for 13-inch computers and has several interior pockets to store notebooks and maybe even a tablet if your computer is particularly slim. Its dimensions are 14 x 10 x 1.4 inches, and it weighs 1.3 lbs.
This is another hardshell case. It is a bit bulkier than the option listed above, but it does come with a convenient shoulder strap. There is a hard outer shell and a soft and a padded inner shell. It bills itself as “ultimate protection”, and even features interior air flow filters to prevent your device from overheating.
There are interior pockets for a mouse, cords, and/or additional tablet. The dimensions of this particular case are 15x13x2, making it ideal for 13-inch computers.
Best Stylist Laptop Cases
Sometimes carrying a laptop around is less about protecting the device, and more about leaving an impression on whomever you are meeting with. Whether you want to look modern, fancy, or sleek, these cases are sure to turn some heads.
If you are going for a classic look, you really can’t go wrong with this leather portfolio. Designed like a mailing envelope, this case is sleek and sturdy looking. It still features some padding, but won’t be protecting your laptop from any hard falls.
While it is also water resistant, I wouldn’t try spilling your coffee on it. There is a velcro close but no interior pockets. The dimensions are 3.46 x 10.24 x 1.18 inches, great for 13inch tablets and slim computers, like the MacBook Air.
If you are looking for a luxe, eye-catching laptop sleeve then look no further than this option from Kate Spade. With rose gold as trendy as it is, you are guaranteed to be in style. The gold zipper and Kate Spade emblem just add to the appeal. Its dimensions are 14.2 x 1.7 x 10.4 inches, which makes it ideal for 13-inch computers.
Another classic pick, this laptop sleeve is sleek and minimal. In fact, it doesn’t even close completely; you just slide your computer in and out of it through an opening on one of the short ends. It is lined with microfiber felt, which offers some protection, but there are no buckles, zippers, or closures of any kind.
It comes in a beautiful chocolate brown synthetic leather and will fit right in with your book collection. Its dimensions are 11.6 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches, which really only makes it viable for small computers or tablets.
Best Laptop Cases With a Large Capacity
With the growing popularity of budget airlines, making the most of your luggage is more important than ever. The laptop cases below offer some extra storage options for the accessories you don’t have room for in your airline approved personal item.
This laptop sleeve is actually two sleeves. The main compartment can hold your computer, and the additional pocket can store a tablet, chargers, a mouse, and even paper notepads. It also features a convenient hand strap and comes in five colors. Its dimensions are 15.2 x 10.4 x 1.4 inches, which makes it a great fit for 15 inch laptops.
This laptop case features two additional zipper compartments, which is great for chargers, accessories, and maybe even a phone and a mouse. It also has a hand strap and is made of water-proof neoprene material. Its exterior dimensions are 15″ x 11″ x 1″, and its interior dimensions are 14.2″ x 9.8″ x 0.9″.
This laptop case comes with an exterior pocket that is segmented into smaller pockets and even has pen sleeves. It comes with an over the shoulder strap and six color options. There is cushion provided with foam padding for minor protection. This is a great fit for 15-inch laptops.
Happy and safe travels!