Lap top bags come in various different sizes, shapes and designs. The primary purpose of a lap top bag is to make it easy to carry your laptop around with you. Other purposes for a lap top bag include keeping the laptop safe and also providing storage for other peripherals and equipment that comes with your laptop.

If you are a business man or woman you may also have documents, manuals and other material that you also carry around, along with your laptop. These items can also go in with your lap top bag, depending on the design.

bags for different sizes of laptops

When looking for the perfect lap top bag the first thing you should check on is your laptop size. Bags often come in various different sizes and it is important to get the right size of lap top bag for your particular model of laptop.

The most common sizes of laptops are:

  • 11.6″
  • 13.3″
  • 14″
  • 15.6″
  • 17.3″

You will normally find that lap top bags will be designed specifically to accommodate these popular sizes of laptop. If you have another size of laptop then you can pick a bag that is designed for something slightly bigger – you would normally want to allow a couple of inches where possible.

How do I know which size lap top bag I need?

If you don’t know the size of your laptop, then you can look for the model number on the front above the keyboard or underneath your laptop. Look this model number up on Google and you will find details of your laptop, including the screen size. Its the screen size that you should go by when picking a lap top bag.

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Standard Lap top Bags

The most common type of lap top bag is the shoulder strap carry lap top bag. This type of bag normally has several compartments – one for the laptop itself, one for chargers, a mouse and other small periferals and normally another compartment for documents.

A good example of a standard lap top bag would be the Targus Corporate Traveller 14″ Laptop Case available on the ebuyer website.

lap top bag by targus

Targus Laptop Bag

This bag is great for most standard lap top users and business users that don’t travel to far (commuters for example). The bags are lightweight, easy to carry and not too bulky.

Backpack lap top bags

Lap top bags also come in the backpack variety. These types of lap top bags are more suited to frequent travelers. In particular they would suit longer distance commuters, and especially people who travel on trains or by bike. These bags typically are carried on your back with two shoulder straps.

they will normally have a main area for the laptop and will often come with a laptop “sleeve” in addition, offering extra protection for the laptop.

They will normally have additional storage for chargers and peripherals, but wont normally come with document storage.

Wenger lap top bag backpack

A great example of this type of lap top bag would be the Wenger Hudson 16 Inch Laptop Backpack from Maplins UK website.

Trolley business suitcase lap top bags

If you are a business user and make regular plane trips or long distance journeys by public transport, you may prefer a lap top bag that doubles up as document storage.

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The Falcon 15.6 Inch Mobile Laptop Business Trolley Case comes with a substantial laptop compartment but also several document storage compartments. It also comes with a useful carrying handle and wheels to make it easy to transport.

lap top bag with wheels


Sleeve lap top bags

If you are a less frequent traveler, and you prefer something more lightweight and more for protecting the laptop rather than storing it a laptop sleeve may suit your needs.

Laptop sleeves and light weight material based lap top bags and are not much bigger in size than the laptop itself.

Ebuyer have a great selection of laptop sleeves.

Designer Lap Top Bags

Some people like to make a statement with their lap top bag and would prefer a designer element to the bag. For the designer lap top bag but also to retain the quality and protection required for your laptop, Samsonite is a great choice.

Samsonite have a very wide range of lap top bags available for order on their website. There is a grand choice of styles, sizes and designs that will suit the need of almost every laptop user.