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Best Personalized Laptop Backpacks for 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 01-05-2023

best personalized laptop backpacks

A good laptop backpack is essential for commuters, students, and business travelers, but with so many options available, finding the perfect one is never easy.

Adding personalization to it helps the bag be unique to you.

In this post, we go over our top picks:

Best Personalized Laptop Backpacks

Here are our top picks for personalized laptop backpacks by type and style:

Best Small Custom Leather Backpack

liberty small leather laptop backpack

Winner: Liberty Leather Backpack

The Liberty backpack is ideal if you want a small leather backpack that's functional and fashionable. It's made from full grain leather, which is tremendously high quality, and feels very premium. It can be personalized with an engraving of initials, a message, or an image.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Large Custom Leather Laptop Backpack

prime large leather laptop backpack

Winner: Prime Leather Backpack

The Prime backpack is a large leather backpack that can easily handle a 14-inch laptop with a dedicated compartment. It's made from full grain leather, which is very high quality, and feels like a more expensive bag. It can be personalized with a monogram or engraving, ideal for yourself or a gift.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Custom Convertible Leather Backpack

10x leather laptop travel backpack

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

The 10X laptop backpack is a combination of a backpack and a messenger bag, as it has a detachable shoulder strap as well. It has a dedicated laptop compartment for a laptop up to 15.6 inches. It can be fully personalized with an engraving or monogram, as well as a choice of colors.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Top and side handles.
  • Backpack straps hide in zip compartments.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

Click here to check the price

Best Custom Backpack Purse for Tablets

minerva leather backpack

Winner: Minerva Leather Backpack Purse

The Minerva backpack is a wonderful bag that feels and looks high quality. Although not a laptop backpack, this backpack purse handles a 10-inch tablet, and it's traditional satchel style is very appealing. It's made from full grain leather, which is the highest quality you can buy.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Magnetic snap closures.
  • 10 inch tablet pocket.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in tan or black leather.

Click here to check the price

Best Alternatives

The best alternative to a laptop backpack is to choose a laptop bag, as it's stylish and holds a laptop well. You can browse custom laptop bags here.

Top Tips on Choosing a Laptop Backpack

Type “laptop backpack” into the Google search bar, and you’ll get over 125,000,000 (yes, million) results in less than a second. That’s a lot of backpacks! Here we’ll help you narrow down your options:

Laptop Compartment Size

Laptop backpacks come in various shapes and sizes, so before you look at aesthetics, measure your PC, notebook, or MacBook, so you know what size to buy. Smaller laptops have a screen size of 11-inches, standard models from 13-15-inches, and larger laptops can have screens of 17-inches or more, so check the product description of the backpack you like most to see if it can accommodate your PC.

Storage

Chances are, you’ll want to carry more in your backpack than just your laptop, so look at interior space. Is it large enough to hold your gym kit, study books, or work essentials? Does it have additional pockets for your charging cables, wallet, and keys? Is there a water bottle pouch?

If you frequently travel for work, you might want to attach your laptop case bag to your suitcase or fasten it to your little one’s stroller when running errands. Either way, you’ll need a luggage sleeve. If these things are important to you, check before you buy to avoid disappointment.

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Outer Material

There's nothing more luxurious than a leather laptop backpack, but they are heavier than the synthetic alternatives, and they do not offer the same level of weather and dust resistance. If you dash from your car to the office, a leather backpack could work, but if you spend much of your time commuting in wet weather or traveling to business meetings, a heavy-duty canvas laptop backpack might be a better option.

Nylon laptop backpacks are extremely lightweight and ideal for those looking for a low-cost bag, but they can feel flimsy, particularly when wet. Neoprene laptop backpacks are becoming extremely popular with students thanks to their light design and enhanced water resistance, while PU leather laptop bags remain the number #1 choice with frequent flyers. They look as good as the genuine leather options but typically last longer, and they are cheaper, too.

Shoulder Strap Padding

One thing many people overlook when buying a laptop backpack is shoulder strap padding. It may seem insignificant, but if you intend to wear yours for more than 30-minutes a day, it will make a big difference to your daily commute. Backpacks with padded shoulder straps are more comfortable than the non-padded alternatives, and they can help relieve pressure on your back by supporting heavy loads.

Consider Your Needs

A laptop backpacks is more than a fashion accessory; it is a mobile workspace for many. Before you buy yours, it is worth considering the following:

Your Daily Commute

Millions of US workers rely on public transportation to commute to work each day, and if you are one of them, you will need a secure laptop backpack to protect your essentials.

If you ride the subway, you’ll need a backpack for commuters that is comfortable enough to wear for the duration of your journey or small enough to sit between your legs (if you are lucky enough to get a seat). Safety can also be a concern in crowded environments, so you might need an RFID pocket to protect your wallet and ID and a secure backpack lock to prevent tampering.

If you take the bus to work, and the closest bus stop is over a mile from your workplace, you’ll need a lightweight laptop bag with padded shoulder straps. Many options include a waist strap to distribute the weight of heavy loads, so try before you buy and choose comfort over style.

Laptop backpacks are perfect for those who ride a bike (or scooter) to work or school. If this is your preferred commuting method, look for a bag that is lightweight, fully adjustable to fit comfortably on your back, and perhaps most importantly of all, 100% weather resistant.

If you live in one of the wettest states in the US, invest in a waterproof backpack cover to protect against road spray, and save any leather backpacks for the weekend.

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Your Working Area

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many of us work, an estimated 65% of US workers still commute. But not necessarily to a traditional office. Many of us now set up shop in a co-working space, a local coffee shop with a reliable internet connection, or even a work colleague's house.

If you work away from home, a laptop bag will help you carry all your essentials in one compact carry-all, but not all backpacks are equal. Think about your working area and how your bag will fit in. Do you need a bag that stands up on its own? Would a small bag you can slot underneath your chair improve your workspace?

You might not think of these things when shopping for a laptop backpack, but they could make a big difference to your working day.

Backpack Size

As we’ve mentioned before, size matters when choosing a laptop bag, and while a 15L backpack may be large enough for some, others may need a 30L backpack or more. Unfortunately, sizes vary from brand to brand, making online shopping a challenge.

If your laptop backpack needs to carry your lunchbox, gym kit, notepad, and tech accessories, in addition to your laptop, go for a slightly larger bag with a capacity of at least 30 liters.

If you only need to transport a small Notepad or MacBook, choose a neat and compact 15-liter backpack. Your back will thank you for it!

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our post on the best personalized laptop backpacks.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or email us at info@vonbaer.com.

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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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