There are different kind of opinions about carrying your Macbook pro/Air in a backpack and what type of backpack you should buy for this purpose. For me, it is simple math – if you can buy an Expensive macbook Pro, you should probably spend at least 100-200 Dollars for buying a high quality rugged backpack, to protect it of course.
In my opinion, higher price doesn’t determine the quality of backpack either. And that is why I do research before buying a backpack, or anything for that matter. I have used dozens of backpacks in past couple of years and I thought to share some of my own experiences with You guys so that you can make a calculated decision of whether which backpack you should buy.
I Personally own a 13-inch Macbook Pro but the backpacks I am going to share in this List are mostly for 15-inch Macbook Pro/Air and Obviously Compatible with 13-inch Models as well. I am doing this because there are a lot of people who own a 15-Inch Macbook Pro or some other Windows Laptop too, so it cuts for all of them and people owning a Macbook pro 13-inch.
Best Macbook Pro Backpacks 2016:
This backpack is a perfect choice for the owners of 15-inch Macbook Pro, who want to carry their laptop around with bunch of other stuff. It is a Stylish backpack made out of Water-Resistant nylon. You can carry your Macbook or any other laptop of same size, with 2-3 textbooks, pencils, pens and college accessories easily.
The front pocket can be used to carry macbook Charger and ID cards, etc. The shoulder-straps are comfortable enough that a biker to carry it around without any problem.
This backpack is not Huge in size, unlike other backpacks. It does not offer a lot of room so don’t buy it if you want a lot of room for your stuff. This backpack is perfect for any high-School guy.
This is one hell of a backpack for Macbook pro 17/15/13-Inch or Dell XPS 17 owners. It is features a lot of room, a lot of pockets and every system to keep your stuff organized. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the reinforced handle on the to contributes to how you can carry it around.
The deep air channels on the back make sure your back don’t get wet with sweat in heat of california. The zippers are of high quality and in excellent conditions even after 3 years of use.
The Dedicated Laptop compartment can accommodate an iPad easily. I easily carry my iPad Mini, Macbook Pro 13-inch, Chargers, battery packs, Binders and college accessories with ease.
I wish it was a bit wide though but still one hell of a backpack at such low price tag. Definitely recommended for college students who like to carry God-knows-what around.
A Well-padded Backpack from Everki to keep your stuff organized with its multiple pockets and sub compartments. It is also convenient for travelers. It is convenient through checkpoints because it semi-splits from middle to get through the security without taking all of your stuff out.
The exterior is is made of water repellent nylon to keep your gadgets safe in rainy weather. The laptop compartment is fully rigged and padded, to fit a macbook Pro 15-inch or a 14.1″ laptop. The laptop compartment also features a separate sub-compartment dedicated for tablets like iPad or Surface Pro.
The laptop compartment is equipped with a Patent-Pending Corner-Guard Protection System which makes sure your macbook is safe if you accidently drop your bag.
The main compartment is Roomy enough to carry 3-4 textbooks and feature small sub-compartments to carry other stuff, like some macbook Charger, Charge & sync cords, paperwork, spirals and ID cards, etc. There is a Crush-proof compartment on the top to keep delicate gadgets or sunglasses.
The pockets on each side are high enough to keep a tea thermos or water-bottle in it and zip it up. Front pocket can accommodate any kind of pens, pencils, markers, keys and accessories like that easily.
This is a premium backpack which can carry all of your gadgets and books if you are a college or university student, what more you want?
Tumi Alpha Bravo Kingsville Deluxe – Most Premium Backpack for Macbook Pro?
This backpack from Tumi’s Alpha Bravo series is One of the most premium backpack I have ever used. It can easily carry a Macbook Pro 17-inch. Which means, it is also perfect to carry 13 or 15-inch Macbook Pro/Air.
Now this bag contains a lot of small pockets which makes it easy to manage your gadgets. There is a main compartment which is big enough to carry a tablet in it and still have room for few books. This main compartment also got a separate dedicated sub-compartment to carry an iPad or a tablet.
There are many small pockets on the both sides and on the front of the backpack. The main feature is a padded and rugged dedicated compartment for a Macbook Air or Pro. The most premium feeling is the material used in making this bag, which are ballistic nylon and Premium leather used for accents.
Coming to the conclusion, the only thing I didn’t liked about this backpack is its price tag. It is way more expensive than other backpacks with same or better features. The Leather used in the bag gives it more premium feel though.
Ogio Renegade RSS – Most Rugged Backpack for Macbook Pro?
Let me start by Saying: A LOT of Pockets and Ruggedness are combined to make this backpack. And later you’ll see why I am saying this.
This is one of the Most rugged backpack I have used for my macbook Pro 13-inch. Why? Because it features a suspension mechanism for the laptop compartment.
So if you drop it from normal height or mistakenly smash it on the floor, there is a system in place to make sure, that there is some resistance in-between your laptop and bottom surface of the backpack to prevent any kind of Physical damage to your laptop.
In addition to that, there is A LOT of cushion and rugged material protecting your laptop compartment, so you don’t need to worry about dropping it or something like that.
Another good feature (which we have also seen in some top of the line backpacks) is a crush-proof compartment for delicate tech gadgets/glasses or sunglasses on the top of the bag. It also features a rugged pocket dedicated for an ipad (or any other tablet of that size).
It got enough of the pockets and Extra space to pack ton of your gadgets, books and stuff to carry around. Doesn’t matter if you are a college student or traveling for short period.
That is all I have to say about this backpack. Go buy it if you are looking for this much ruggedness and space in a backpack.
Incase Icon Pack – Most Minimal Backpack for Apple Products?
Manufactured from 840D Nylon fabric this Backpack owns few unique qualities and few cons too. First I’d like to mention that this backpack is appropriate to fit Laptops upto 15 Inches, it means you can carry a 13-Inch Macbook pro/Air in it too. Obviously if it can carry a 15-Inch macbook, it is capable to carry Windows counterparts of macbook too.
Let’s Move on with the review, Shall We?
This bag was tested under my college routine conditions and this review is accordingly.
I carry at least 2-3 Textbooks and few other accessories like Pens, pencils, Markers, etc with me. I Carry my Macbook Pro 13-inch in it and a Surface Pro 3 as well, all of that stuff at the same time.
Other accessories include my sunglasses, at least one Rechargeable battery pack and a few charging cables (I like to keep short cables for charging with me all the time, incase I need em on the go).
This bag has two small zipper pockets on lower part of the sides, to carry any kind of small accessory or something like Currency Change (which was my case). The other pocket got a small hole which is good enough to pass a cable through it.
I used it for keeping my battery pack inside that pocket and take the cable out to charge my phone when I am travelling and I need to charge it quickly.
On the front we got a quick-access pocket with a zipper, deep enough to insert whole hand inside it. It got 2 small sleeves which I used to carry some markers and a pen, the larger sleeve was big enough to hold few documents, like a wallet.
Moving to the next compartment, I used this compartment for accessories of my Laptop, like Wall Charger for my Macbook pro, a Magic mouse, and few other cables, this one is a pretty big compartment too. This pocket also got a built-in keychain holder, if you like to carry your keys that way. I also used a big sleeve in it to carry my Casio Scientific calculator.
Moving on to next pocket, this one is fairly small pocket, but it is padded with a super soft cloth, which means you can carry your sunglasses, iPod or Phone, without worrying about getting them scratched, it not too big, but big enough to hold an iPhone 6 Plus.
The next compartment is main compartment, I used it to store all my textbooks, binders, etc. It features another fairly less padded sleeve, which can be used to carry a second laptop, incase you wanna carry another laptop alongwith a macbook.
Now comes the best part, The dedicated Laptop Compartment, which is well padded and its zipper position is designed in somewhat weird style. It opens from top half to almost lower half of the side, which looks good and can come in pretty handy for quickly grabbing the Macbook.
And another Dedicated tablet Pocket, I used it mainly to carry my surface pro 3 around.
Coming to an end, this is a fairly good backpack, but few cons too, but downsides are not that big if we compare it to what the bag offers. The biggest Downside of this backpack is its fairly high price-point, which could be your concern. It wasn’t a dealBreaker for me, AT ALL.
I’ll recommend this backpack if you are a College or school student and like to carry a lot of stuff including a macbook pro.
Brenthaven Broadmore – Best Backpack For College Students
Mentioning it earlier that this is Brenthaven we are talking about, they are known for the ruggedness and safety for their backpacks. Broadmore backpack is made up of mixed materials including Micro-ballistic material and leather.
Front pocket performs the important task of keeping your things organized. This compartment is ideal for Stuff like cords, calculator, chargers, keys, sunglasses, laptop accessories, etc.
Broadmore backpack comes with the iconic Brenthaven lifetime guarantee so you don’t need to worry about anything.
In the main compartment, there is a plenty of room for things like books, spirals, etc.
Also in the compartment there is a zip pocket to keep stuff like papers or some other things and a Dedicated pocket for an iPad. The iPad pocket is padded with special foam to keep your iPad safe. Now the specialty of this pocket is that you have bit more room so you can fit an ipad even if it is in a protective case.
Then there is a Well padded, isolated compartment, dedicated for Laptop pto 15.4-inches. So you can easily carry your macbook 13 or 15-inch around. There is one pocket on each sides which can be used as water bottle pockets.
Now, this laptop is airport friendly so you can just undo the zip in the middle and it separates in two parts on the bottom side, making it easier to get it through the security without taking out your stuff.
One hell of a Top-Notch backpack for Guys who like to travel for short period of time AND Students. An Ideal backpack for College Students who carry around lots of textbooks and spiral notebooks Calculator, pens, laptops, sunglasses and all sorts of things and this backpack got all the space you need to carry all those things around.
If you are an engineering student you can pack most of your textbooks, spirals, Macbook Pro 13/15/17-inch AND something for lunch in the college. That is how much room it provides for storage. Now all of the Storage compartments are padded for protection of your macbook or any other laptop.
Also there is a dedicated crush-resistant compartment to keep your glasses/sun-glasses. You can also keep your iphone or some other phone of almost same size in a pocket which is padded with soft fabric which will keep your phone’s screen scratch-free.
The shoulder straps are pretty comfortable, you can carry it around for at least 1-2 hours without feeling the pain in your shoulders. Obviously if you are a college student, you are not going to hang it on your shoulder while you are in class or sitting somewhere in cafeteria.
Wrapping it up, According to my experience, this is a pretty decent bag for a college or a university student who likes to carry a lot of stuff and still keep it organized.
Online/Digital Work/Freelancing is love, you can work from anywhere in the whole world, all you need is a laptop and internet connection. If you are a Professional Graphics designer/ Professional Animator or Video Editor who works from home, I am sure you understand that no other laptop is better for a workstation than a Macbook Pro/Air.
Now, Mostly I try to travel often and work from my hotel room or a cafe to kill boredom. It is never a long trip, that is why I don’t need to pack much and that is where this backpack comes in.
I can carry 2-3 T-Shirts, jeans, my macbook pro 13-Inch, few documents and my gadgets with this backpack.
The best part is I don’t need to take out my gadgets and stuff out of it when I am boarding a plane because it opens up and passed through security easily, so you don’t need to take out all of your stuff.
It is also easy to carry around if you are not wearing it as a backpack, because of its multiple holding straps. And when you are using it as a backpack, its padding on the back ensures that your back dont sweat much by letting the air pass through.
I like this back because I can also carry my Sunglasses or any other delicate gadget in its floating crush-proof compartment (I would call it crush resistant because anything can be crushed by applying the right amount of force, but it is great in daily life situations).
Another fully padded, dedicated compartment for my Macbook pro, which can BTW fit upto a 15-inch laptop which means you can also carry your 15-inch Macbook Air/Pro too.
If you travel often for short periods, this backpack is recommend for you.
Thule Crossover TCBP-417 32L – Best Backpack for Macbook Pro Ever?
Thule is one of the best if not the best backpack manufacturer out there and I am basically in love with their products. Maybe I am little bit biased because I’ve always had satisfying experience with their backpacks, that is why this Crossover TCBP-417 ranks at #1 in this list.
Starting of with the stuff it is made of – Nylon. because of Nylon this backpack is Water resistant, unfortunately due to the zippers, I don’t take it out in heavy rain, otherwise it is well made for traveling while Drizzling, I will not recommend it for heavy rain.
I like this backpack because of its larger main compartment which comes in handy for my gadgets like Battery packs, My macbook pro 13″, Headphones, Charger Cables and pretty much everything in my gizmo category when I am travelling.
It has a well-padded Sleeve for the Macbook pro up to 15″ or any other PC counterpart. alongside that it has another sleeve to hold a tablet or an iPad.
Otherwise it’s from zipper compartment is great for holding my college stuff, like pens, markers and stuff like that. Even its front Compartment is So organized with the help of dividers and more smaller compartments inside.
There is also a small “Crush-resistant” (it is well structured to make it rugged in case it is accidentally compressed, etc) pocket at top-front for delicate things like Sunglasses, which is what I mainly use it for.
There is a Secondary main Compartment which could be used to carry books if you are using it for college or an iPad, a Surface pro or you can carry both at the same time, thanks to A LOT of space it provides in comparison with most of the Incase backpacks.
The Straps are Quite Comfortable and it is comfy to hold or carry while you are travelling.
As I already said, I Love this backpack, lot of space to carry my stuff is the biggest Reason for all that Love. I’ll recommend it to you if You want a Big backpack which got all the space to carry Your Macbook Pro and all of your gadgets.