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How to select a good laptop backpack

how to select a good laptop backpack

For a successful back to school with a good laptop backpack.

With remote work and learning that have become part of our new normal, having a laptop has become truly indispensable. Between the office, the library or the classroom; you need to ensure that your laptop is well protected so it doesn’t get damaged while in transit. Though it is a small device, it’s utility for both work and school are undeniable. Thus, you can’t take its protection lightly. 

That’s why having a backpack specifically designed to house your electronic devices is an essential needed for your daily commuting. With so many options on the market, finding the right one for you might prove to be a bit of a daunting task.

Bentley is here to help you make the right choice. Here are 5 key features that your laptop backpack should absolutely have:

Check the size of the compartment that is designed to hold your laptop.

It is imperative to ensure that the compartment is large enough to hold not only your laptop, but any other accessories like a case or cover. You can find this information in the title of the item or it’s description. The best way is to measure out your laptop and check it against the compartment. You’ll need the compartment to be slightly larger than your laptop or laptop case. You don’t want it too big though, that might cause your laptop moving around or hitting other items in your bag.

Make sure the laptop section is padded

Often the laptop section is designed as a more or less shock absorbing fabric panel; the more padded the section is, the more protected your laptop will be. So make sure that the section where your laptop will rest is well constructed.

Provide lumbar support

Laptops can be heavy to carry; do not risk injuring your back despite your laptop. Padded and adjustable shoulder straps are definitely a key feature you will need. It is also recommended to have padded back panels and chest straps for added support.  Read the article we published in partnership with a physiotherapist to break down some tips to avoiding injury from backpacks.

Have a separate laptop compartment

For a more organized bag, it’s important to have a separate pocket dedicated to your laptop. If liquid or food ever found its way into your computer, it could be catastrophic. The interior fabric of your laptop backpack is therefore something to consider; go for something that boasts a durable and waterproof material.

Plenty of pockets for extra storage

A good laptop backpack will enable you to store your tech accessories in a separate pocket. Whether it’s for your mouse or charger cord, make sure the laptop backpack has these handy pockets to help you stay organized. The longevity of your accessories is just as important as your laptop after all!

Recap of the 5 things you need to check out:

  1. Size of the laptop compartment
  2. Make sure the laptop section is padded
  3. Provide lumbar support
  4. Have a separate laptop compartment
  5. Plenty of pockets for extra storage

With these 5 features checked off your list, you’ll be in possession of the best laptop backpack possible. All that’s left is to choose the brand, design and color that suits your style. So you’re now ready to make an informed decision when the time comes to picking out your next back-to-school laptop backpack. Happy hunting!

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