As much as we hate eavesdropping, anything remotely connected to backpacks tends to magically draw our attention towards it. And as strange as it may seem, people discuss backpacks in the most unlikely places. The most recent example was a conversation that we overheard in the men’s room in a hospital. The tête-à-tête was between a podgy middle aged man and a younger guy. The topic of discussion? the best laptop backpacks for college students.
The older guy was all for buying a chic upscale messenger cause it looked trendier. The other guy though, was rooting for a more rugged backpack that could sustain the abuse that laptop backpacks for college are supposed to undergo.
We completely agree. That’s one of the toughest decisions on the planet to make. Certainly tougher than deciding whom to vote for. And we figured that with college about to begin soon, putting our two cents over here could make things easier for our readers.
If you are struggling to select a laptop backpack for college for the upcoming year, here are some factors to consider and our pick of the best five backpacks in the market which makes the best laptop backpacks for college students.
What defines a good laptop backpack for college?
We spoke to hundreds of students in varying age groups about their preferences when it comes to laptop backpacks for college. We also spent a good amount of time digging through user forums and student communities on the subject. Surprisingly enough, most of them opined that spaciousness and security supersede style and appearance.
Laptop backpacks for college students will contain a lot more than just the laptop and notebooks. That’s like an unsaid truth. The last thing you want is a bag that only has limited room and looks like an overstuffed knapsack or wears you down making you look like a turtle.
Also, it should keep your emergency cash, your card, your cell phone, your iPod and other expensive items secure. So a padlock or a secret compartment is a definite plus.
Did we forget to mention weather resistance? We believe that you don’t fancy walking through rain with a bag that is not water resistant.
And it goes without saying that a utilitarian design need not be mundane. Especially, for a college laptop backpack.
Thankfully, the market is teeming with options that offer a perfect mélange of both. That’s precisely what makes selection daunting. Get out there to shop and your head will spin at the many options you have at hand.
As always, it’s time for the backpack guys to step in with our pick of the best options in the market that will make you drool.
Here you go.
Bolang Water Resistant Nylon College Backpack
A lot of people were surprised to see the Bolang Water Resistant Nylon laptop backpack as our #1 pick. We agree that with an unassuming appearance and a pocket friendly price tag, it does tend to get hidden under fancier and pricier options. But, with lots of storage room, a waterproof exterior and a lightweight construction, we are super impressed with the performance of this backpack as are a lot of other people.
It is no wonder that the Bolang grabs the spot for our top rated laptop backpack for college.
Lightweight and stylish
Weighing just above 0.5 kg, the Bolang Laptop backpack is one of the lightest options in the market. So, if you are just using it to carry a couple of notebooks or just your laptop, it will be easy on your shoulders.
It is not flimsy or cheaply made though. Instead, the nylon is tough and durable making it perfect for everyday use. Everything from the stitches to the buckles and other hardware are designed for long term use.
The backpack is available in an amazing 13 different color options and features contrasting zippers on some of the colors and matching ones on the rest.
Ample storage space
From school essentials to college books, laptops, snacks, gym gear, sunglasses and electronics, the Bolang has ample room to store it all. Don’t let the compact form factor (18.5″x12″x6″) fool you. This one can accommodate everything that you throw at it.
There is a main zippered compartment with a padded laptop sleeve which accommodates a 16 inch laptop and your large sized notebooks. This also features three pockets for frequently accessed items like your pens, keys, mobile phone and iPod. These pockets are designed perfectly for easy access and you will never struggle to get your things out of it.
There are two other zippered compartments which can be used to store your sundry details. All the compartments have polyester lining which keeps the electronics free from scratches.
The Bolang laptop backpack for college students also has two water bottle pockets on the side which makes it an equally good choice for hiking.
Whoever said that laptop backpacks for college needed to be sophisticated? The Bolang backpack is a refreshing and welcome change. It is simple, affordable and does what it is supposed to do.
Uoobag KT-01 College Laptop Bag
With most students emphasizing on the importance of security, we analyzed some of the best backpacks for antitheft features and found the KT-01 from Uoobag to be a surprisingly good match. At under $40, the KT-01 brings unbeatable value to the table. It is waterproof, lightweight, antitheft and roomy enough to accommodate a 15.6 inch laptop among other things.
We have been reviewing backpacks for a while now and we have seen a lot of backpacks that ‘seem’ spacious at first glance. But you’d be surprised at how limited the storage space is once you open the main compartments. And then you have bags like the Uoobag KT-01 which are the opposite. It seems small and compact at first glance. But when you start storing things in it, you will be awed at the number of things you can store without it looking overloaded.
The main zippered compartment can easily store two large sized notebooks, a hard drive, your wallet, some smaller books and a 15.6 inch laptop. The only drawback that we could find is that it couldn’t accommodate a 15.6 inch gaming laptop. So, if you have a gaming laptop, you’d want to take a look at our #1 pick instead.
The front zippered compartment also has lots of storage space for books, your gym wear, snacks, makeup kit and other essentials. The quick access pockets for pens are in the front zippered compartment which is thoughtful, because it prevents the need to open the main secure compartment repeatedly.
Durable and guaranteed quality
The college backpack from Uoobag is one of the few options in the market that comes with a quality assurance and guarantee. Any problems with the stitching or the hardware and you can contact the company directly. We tried getting in touch with them and received a prompt response from the customer service team.
The backpack has an 88 lbs load bearing capacity which is more than sufficient for school and college use. This also allows you to lug it around for small hiking trips. It is constructed from water resistant nylon too.
Complete value for money. This is durable, safe and secure. It is available in three color choices, is water resistant and more spacious than our #1 pick. Hard to beat it.
Frabicon Xplorer Men Laptop Backpack
Our number #3 pick is for the budget friendly shopper looking for a laptop backpack that doesn’t cut corners and is not hard on the pocket either. The Xplorer from Frabicon is hands down the best option at this price point. It costs less than $20 and offers all the essential features that one would expect from a college backpack.
It features some of the most perfectly designed storage compartments making it easy to organize your stuff. Also, it has a 20L capacity making it roomy enough for everyday carry.
The Xplorer features a large main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve for 15 inch laptops. The sleeve also has a Velcro strap to protect the laptop and prevent it from accidentally falling out. This is flanked by a tablet pocket that accommodates a 9.7 inch iPad Pro or any similar sized tablet and the main storage section which has enough room for large sized books, clothes or other important details. Frequently accessed items can be stored in the mesh pocket.
If you run out of space in this main compartment, you can also store your tablet and your pens, keys and mobile phones in the front zippered compartment. The Xplorer also has a secured mesh side pocket for water bottles.
In all, there are 9 large and small sized compartments for easy organization.
Comfortable to carry
One of the standout features of the Xplorer is the functional design that makes it immensely easy to carry even when it is packed to the brim. The shoulder straps are padded and plush which is gentle and does not bite into your skin. Further, the bag has an ergonomic design with an airflow system that gives breathable cushioning to your back.
The Xplorer from Frabicon is a steal at the price. Spendthrift or not, if you like a good quality laptop backpack for college at a throwaway price, you just found it.
Bolang 8474 Nylon Backpack
The next one in our list of best laptop backpacks for college students is the Bolang 8474. This is almost identical to our #1 pick, the Bolang 8459. The only difference is a slightly curvy design which makes this a favorite with the ladies. Like most backpacks from Bolang, it is available in seven color choices.
Three large storage compartments
The 8474 with its three large and roomy storage compartments will let you store just about everything you’d need in a day in college. From a large 16 inch laptop to books, clothes, lunch, snacks, calculator, mobile phone, iPod and just about anything else that you consider an everyday essential.
All the storage compartments have a polyester lining to protect the contents and also have multiple smaller pockets for easy organization and quick access when you need instant access to your things without struggling to find it.
The side mesh bag is a neat addition and gives you easy access to your water bottle.
Ideal for long term use
As is apparent from the user comments and reviews that this backpack has received, it is designed for maintenance free long term use. There are students who have used this for months without even a single sign of wear and tear. The stitches, the hardware, the zippers and the material, everything is top notch.
Hard to go wrong with a Bolang product. The flawless customer ratings are only testimony to what we already know. If you are looking for something that can last you for years without any problem, go for the Bolang 8474.
Lapacker Black Shockproof Laptop Backpack
Last but not the least; we have the shockproof laptop backpack from Lapacker which manages to stand out with its urban styling and spacious design. Make no mistake, this is one of the best laptop backpacks for college. But the contemporary styling gives it an air of sophistication which also makes it ideal for business use. At under $40, it easily rivals backpacks that are priced above $200.
Antitheft design with hidden pockets
Going one step further from the twin zippers which make it possible to secure the backpack with a padlock, the Lapacker Black laptop backpack features an antitheft and explosion proof zipper which cannot be slit open by a blade. You can be rest assured that the contents of the backpack will remain safe even if you leave it unattended for a while.
Further, there are hidden compartments both on the front face of the bag, as well as on the outside on the bottom of the bag which can be used to store emergency cash or your card. The pockets are so well concealed that the contents will be virtually undetectable.
Spacious with excellent padding
The Lapacker features one of the thickest padded sleeves for storing a 15.6 inch laptop. This shock absorbent padding keeps the laptop well protected from accidental bumps or even if the bag slips out of your hand. Further, there is a Velcro strap to ensure that the laptop doesn’t fall out of the sleeve.
Did we forget to mention that the main compartment accommodates two laptops at a time? Oh and there’s still ample room to store your books.
You will be amazed at the number of smaller pockets and sleeves that the bag has in the multiple storage compartments. If you are a stickler for organized backpacks, then you are going to love this one.
Despite the tons of storage space, it is so comfortable to carry thanks to the airflow backing system which provides excellent support to the back.
The Lacpacker is a surprise package in our list of best laptop backpacks for college students. If you fancy something that looks professional rather than young and trendy, then this is one of the best options that you have.
That’s it folks. Have your own favorite college backpack to add to this list? Drop us a line or mention it in the comments. Stay tuned for more updates from the backpack guys.