The laptop bag is underestimated and sometimes people overlook the importance of buying one, but in fact, the laptop bag is one of the most important laptop accessories. The laptop bag makes it easier to carry your laptop around, protects it from scratches, dents and shocks and provides space for other laptop accessories.

There are many choices when it comes to choosing a good laptop bag. Some choices, like the style of the laptop bag are obvious, but others may not be. Choosing wisely will not only ensure you have good protection for your notebook, but also a functional laptop bag for years to come.

Here are a few hints on how to choose a laptop bag:

Style and design

There are many laptop bag styles, and the most common ones are the briefcase, messenger bag and backpack. Personal taste will dictate what style you ultimately decide on. The briefcase is gives a sense of professionalism but the backpack is easier to carry. The messenger bag comes somewhere in between.

A laptop bag should have a computer sleeve and several compartments. The sleeve will keep the laptop from shifting inside the bag. Compartments are good for carrying other laptop accessories like the laptop mouse, the charger, or other items you want to transport along with your notebook. Keeping these in other sections of the bag will prevent them from rubbing against the notebook and scratching it.

Sturdiness

Choosing a good material for your laptop bag is important. A good material will last and will be able to protect your laptop from shocks and bad weather. A good thing to consider is a solid bottom and reinforced stitching. These two factors will help extend the life of the bag. Choosing a cheap bag without much reinforcement could significantly reduce the life of the laptop bag.

Some of the materials used in laptop bags are cordura, nylon, polyester, suede, vinyl, cotton, denim, duralite, koskin, micro fiber and top grain leather. Leather laptop bags are more durable and will protect your laptop from adverse climatic conditions.

Size

Size is a key factor in choosing a laptop bag. Laptop bags are made to match your laptop, so if you have a 15 inch laptop you will buy a bag for a 15 inch laptop, if you have a 17 inch laptop than a 17 inch laptop bag, and so on. It’s very important to choose a right size because if the bag is too small your laptop won’t fit, or if it’s too big, your laptop will shift inside the bag.

Weight

You should also consider weight, when choosing a laptop bag. A laptop bag doesn’t have to weigh more than your laptop. Think about how much weight you will carry around with a heavy laptop bag, the laptop, accessories and other items.