Mobility is the whole point of laptop computers, but how do you keep your laptop safe and secure on all those bumpy journeys? These top laptop cases protect your laptop and make toting your computer along with you more comfortable and convenient. From wheeled laptop cases through backpacks, there are more options than ever before for safely taking your laptop wherever you go.
The Targus XL laptop case is my top pick because of its carrying abilities and storage space. Being able to carry your laptop hands-free gives true mobility - and this laptop case has a separate, padded notebook compartment that fits most notebooks with 17 inch screens. There's also plenty of storage room inside the laptop case to keep your accessories and papers organized and a lined side pocket. The detachable mobile phone pocket on the padded shoulder straps is a nice touch.
I find rolling laptop cases are the easiest to use and this rolling laptop case has all the basic features to keep you organized, with top-loading compartments and expandable utility pockets. Snugfit padding helps keep your laptop secure. The laptop case's handle telescopes, so you can carry it as a shoulder laptop case if you wish - and if you do, the contour system will supposedly reduce shoulder fatigue by up to 35 percent.
The problem with backpack laptop cases is that while they do a great job of protecting your laptop, they're not particularly good-looking. Mobile Edge's TechStyle Portfolio laptop case, on the other hand, is extremely good-looking. Although the case's surface looks like crocodile, it's made of molded foam plastic. Inside, there's a padded space for a laptop with up to a 15.4-inch screen, a pocket and a zippered pouch for your power cord. So you give up some organizational features but add a lot in sleek good looks. I’ve pictured the pink choice here but this laptop case also comes in green, black and yellow.
What do you need most if you pack your laptop around a lot? A durable laptop case that's going to be easy on your neck and shoulders. A rolling laptop case like this one from Samsonite is the perfect pick, then. It fits laptops up to 17 inches in a foam padded laptop compartment, is packed with organizational features including an accordion file folder, and is easy to pull around because of its retractable locking handles and smooth rolling wheels.
They claim that this ergonomically designed laptop case "eliminates stress and fatigue". Maybe, but what I like about this laptop case is its design. Made of heavy duty ballistic nylon, this top-loading laptop case is divided into three separate compartments that you access through a single zipper. Your laptop has the additional protection of a padded laptop protection compartment that keeps your laptop off the base of the case - in case you drop it or set it down hard.
While it's stylish, this laptop case makes the list because of its winning combination of laptop protection and organizational features. For organization, this laptop case has removable adjustable dividers, a separate expanding file section and two external pockets. For safety, the case's computer compartment has extra foam padding and two self-closing straps to make sure your computer is secure. And a detachable Air Strap with a pressurized Air Pad makes carrying your laptop less of a strain.
Designed to carry laptops up to 15 inches, this laptop case is a smart carrying solution. The backpack design, with its padded shoulder straps and removable waist straps protects your back and shoulders; the SafePORT Air Cushion system protects your laptop. I especially like the feet that keep this laptop case upright and off the ground. And with accessory pockets galore, including a detachable phone pouch, this laptop case's organizational features are outstanding.
It's not a laptop case, but anyone taking a laptop on the road should definitely have some sort of anti-theft device. The Targus DEFCON 1 combines a steel cable with motion-sensor alarm technology; a siren sounds if the cable is severed or your laptop is moved. You can easily attach the DEFCON 1 to your laptop case, luggage, or any computer with a security slot lock.