It was a casual banter with a friend over coffee which quickly diverted towards laptop briefcases. His old leather warhorse had just bitten dust and I had just rewarded myself with the best laptop briefcase for men that money can buy. Quite naturally, eyeballs were drawn to my swanky new man bag and a little jealousy ensued.
Never weary of doling out advice, we discussed style, practicality, features and durability. The caveat was that we don’t exactly share the same workplace. He happens to be an attorney and I am a software engineer. Would our definitions of the ideal laptop briefcase ever match?
To that end, we at the backpack guys decided to pick for you, a list of the best laptop briefcases for men in the market.
Irrespective of whether you are a student who’s looking for a protean carryall or an accountant looking for a slim and utilitarian design, this list will give you the best options you have. Take your time and you will definitely find the best laptop briefcase for men in this.
Kattee Men’s Leather Satchel Briefcase
There is a reason why the satchel or the messenger bag continues to remain the most popular choice among men. It is easy on your shoulders, looks uber-cool when worn cross body and it remains perfectly stable even if you are zipping through bottleneck traffic on a road bike.
The #1 pick in our list is the Kattee Men’s Leather Satchel Briefcase that is crafted from full grain cow-leather which gives it a natural softness and incomparable sheen. The classic messenger design clubbed with multiple compartments to store your sundry details, makes this laptop briefcase perfect for men of all ages.
Thick and Durable Leather
Good quality leather satchels usually cost in the mid hundreds. The lower price range is dominated by cheap faux leather imitations. The Kattee Men’s Leather Satchel is a refreshing change to this norm. It is made from thick and durable cow leather that is a steal at the price point. With some minimal maintenance, it should obtain a beautiful patina that will make the bag look even better.
The stitching is top notch. Irrespective of everyday wear and tear, this one is going to hold up well. The accessories, including the buckle and the hardware are equally good and have an antique brass matte finish which is a perfect complement to the rugged finish that the bag has.
And not to forget that it looks stunning. The front flat design and the twin decorative buckles extend the rustic appeal that the bag has.
Spacious compartment for a 16” Laptop
It does not have too many internal compartments. Instead, it has one large and spacious laptop sleeve, along with an internal slot which can hold your pens and other essentials.
If you are not carrying your laptop, then there is enough room for at least three textbooks. To store your frequently accessed items, there is an exterior zippered pocket. This is large enough to hold your iPad.
Verdict: Unbeatable value for money! If it’s a vintage looking leather satchel bag that you are looking for, this is hands down the best choice.
Kenneth Cole Reaction “The I Rest My Case” Leather Briefcase
The ‘Kennet Cole Reaction’ comes to our list of best laptop briefcases with an amazing track record. The bag has been around forever and has largely been a businessman’s favorite with its classy and sophisticated design.
This, however is the redesigned version that comes with a dedicated laptop sleeve, other compartments for easy organization and an under $100 price tag which makes it a very worthy contender for the best men’s laptop briefcase. From leisure travelers to businessmen, this is one versatile bag that is perfect for just about anyone.
Top grain Napa Leather
There are two varieties of leather that are used for making laptop briefcases. The first one is a harder and thicker variety of leather which is very rigid and hence, is more prone to cracks with time. This bag however, is made from very soft and pliable rich top grain Napa leather that makes it perfect for everyday use. The all-black matte finish also makes it a low-maintenance choice.
With two sturdy top handles and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, you have multiple options to carry the bag.
Plethora of storage space
You will never fall short of storage space in this Kenneth and Cole laptop bag. It features a double gusset construction with specially lined and padded interiors. There is a front compartment which features a padded computer sleeve. You can store laptops that are up to 15.4 inches and secure it with a Velcro strap.
An organizer in the front gusset pocket allows you to easily organize your sundry details.
The rear compartment is divided into two file storage portions. Additionally, it features quick access pockets on the front and on the rear. You can just throw your things and grab it when you are in a hurry and neatly organize it when you are out for an important day at work.
The Kenneth Cole Reaction bag is TSA approved for security checkpoint compatibility as well making it a traveler’s delight.
Verdict: The only minor niggle that we found with the Kenneth Cole Reaction Laptop bag is that it does not stand upright. For people who are specifically looking for top loading bags that can be set upright, this may be a deal breaker. But otherwise, this is one of the most perfectly designed laptop briefcases for men. It comes at a great price too.
Clean Vintage Laptop Backpack Messenger
This Laptop Backpack Messenger bag from Clean Vintage takes an ode from the original, authentic messenger bags which were made of canvas. It has a rustic appearance with many external zippered pockets, belts and buckles in a contrasting color tone. Also, there are a bunch of internal storage compartments for easy organization as well as the occasional secretive item that deserves a hidden pocket.
With a rugged external appearance, durable construction and ample storage space, this messenger laptop briefcase for men can easily pass off for a much higher priced bag. Instead, it surprises you with an under $40 price tag, that makes it a complete value-for-money proposition.
Classy and Stylish
The blue canvas with the contrasting brown leather straps and hardware makes this Clean Vintage Laptop bag a classy addition to our list. The contemporary coloring with the vintage satchel design makes this perfect for casual as well as business use. You can easily club it with a variety of attire.
The canvas is dense and durable. It can easily withstand everyday wear and tear. Further, the double stitching ensures that it will hold up well even to rough use.
The inner compartments have a cotton lining that protects your electronics from scruffs and scratches.
Ample Storage space and organization choices
This laptop briefcase from Clean Vintage is hands down the best choice for organization-sticklers. It has all the compartments and pockets that you’d ever need. At the forefront is a padded laptop compartment, a second main large compartment for storing books and files, two large pockets which have smaller pockets on them and two other pockets on the front face. From organizing everyday essentials to special items, this laptop briefcase makes it easy.
If you do not want to use the carry handles, then those can be slipped into a special pocket that comes with a push button magnetic closure. You can use the adjustable shoulder straps which ensure even weight distribution irrespective of your height.
Verdict: At under $40, this bag offers tremendous value. It is no wonder that it has a 97% positive customer rating on Amazon. Hard to go wrong with this one!
Polare Real Leather 17”Laptop Business Briefcase
A lot of cross body messenger bags are limited by the length of the adjustable shoulder strap. If you are 6 feet or more in height, this can make the bag a tad uncomfortable to wear across your shoulders as it will be positioned near your abdomen instead of your waist.
With a 62 inch shoulder drop, the Polare Real Leather business briefcase is just what you need. Crafted from high quality cowhide leather, this stunningly designed business laptop briefcase for men is perfect for business use as well as for overnight travel. It is roomy, comfortable and easy to wear.
Classic Italian Design
The classic Italian design is reminiscent of the vintage bags of yore which lacked fancy paraphernalia. Instead, it features limited but large pockets that are positioned intuitively for easy access and secure storage.
The Polare Real Leather Business briefcase bag is large and spacious. It has a main 17.5″ compartment which can easily accommodate your textbooks or legal files. It can also be used to store a large sized laptop which cannot be accommodated in the conventional padded laptop compartment.
There is a zippered front face compartment for quick-access storage and two smaller zippered pockets for storing electronic accessories like your headset and smartphone charger.
You can easily accommodate your laptop, another larger laptop, an iPad, other electronics, your wallet and sundry details. The bag retains its slim profile and does not look bloated when full.
Soft pliable leather
The soft cowhide leather and the all-black matte finish give it a professional appearance. You can carry it everywhere from the boardroom to the beach. The silver bronze hardware complements the black leather perfectly.
Further, it has double stitched seams with a contrasting brown stitching that ensures that it holds up perfectly even with rugged everyday use.
Verdict: The Polare Real leather business bag is also available in dark brown, if that catches your fancy. It comes with a 1 year warranty too. If you are looking for a durable leather bag for long term use, this is one of the best options you have.
QualityArt 16″ Twin Pocket Leather Messenger Bag
Last but not the least; we have a full leather messenger bag especially for the spendthrifts. It comes with an under $60 price tag and features a durable leather construction with a classy naturally-stained finish. Zero chemical processing, makes this an eco-friendly choice. Also, it is perfect for anyone who has allergic outbreaks to chemically processed leather.
QualityArt chooses to retain the classic and vintage design that refuses to go out of style. This is designed more like a satchel than an actual messenger. Clubbed with the distressed leather finish in natural stain, it looks straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
It is crafted from Genuine Goat Leather which is known to acquire a patina faster than cow leather. So, in a few weeks time, the bag should look beautifully aged and soft.
There are two leather straps on the front face with brass buckles for authentic vintage styling. A large adjustable shoulder strap allows easy carrying. The soft leather ensures that the strap does not bite into your skin even with the bag full. And for the true blue businessman, there’s a durable carry handle.
Perfect for everyday essentials
Despite the ordinary exterior appearance, there is ample storage space for storing everyday essentials. There are two pockets on the front for quick access, three large internal compartments that are lined with a durable canvas and two zippered pockets.
It can easily accommodate a 15.6” laptop (diagonal screen measurement) and still leaves enough room for storing your snacks, books, mobile phones, iPad and accessories.
Verdict: A full-leather satchel with multiple storage compartments and a vintage distressed look is hard to find at $200. This Laptop briefcase from Qualityart comes at under $60. The only slaw that we found with this is that it has a slight pungent smell when you unpack it. But that’s because it is non-chemically stained. It is nothing that cannot be handled with some airing and a bottle of Febreze.