Finding the right case for your laptop is not an easy task, especially if you are not a tech guru who knows everything about laptops. You basically carry your machine everywhere with you, to work, while traveling, why should you risk losing your laptop bag, while you can use a laptop case?
Is it the right size? Will my machine fit in it? Does it have space for the chargers as well?
These are the questions, that you may be asking yourself when searching for a laptop backpack, and these are the questions that we are going to answer.
We have handpicked ten, to create the list of the Top 10 Backpacks for 17-inch Laptops in 2017.
The prices of these rucksacks vary greatly, but we hope this list will help you choose one that meets your budget and needs.
The Top 10 Best 17 Inch Laptop Backpacks in 2017 – 2018
Choosing the right one may seem easy, but it’s not. There are a lot of specifications to keep in mind like size, weight, is it waterproof or not. But that is why we have created this top 10 list for you, to make buying a 17″ laptop backpack an easy task.
Here is a table of the products that we have reviewed, feel free to click and look around in it. If you find one interesting, but would like to read the review about it, just simply click on it’s name, and it will take you right to the review! Go on!
|Laptop Backpack Name||Size (Inch)||Backpack Weight||Compatible Laptop Size (Inch)|
|SwissGear Travel Gear 5977||8.5 x 17.5 x 13.5 inches||2.8 pounds||Holds up to 17.3” laptops|
|Targus Drifter II||14.6 x 7.9 x 20.1 inches||2.8 pounds||Holds up to 17.3” laptops|
|Samsonite Luggage Tectonic||13 x 9 x 19 inches||3.2 pounds||Holds up to 17.3” laptops|
|Oakley Mens Kitchen Sink||8 x 14 x 20 inches||5 pounds||Holds up to 17” laptops|
|Everki Titan Checkpoint||15 x 8.3 x 21.3 inches||4.4 pounds||Holds up to 18.4” laptops|
|Elleven E12933113300 Wheeled||12 x 6.5 x 18 inches||5 pounds||Holds up to 17” laptops|
|ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad||13.8 x 7.3 x 20.1 inches||3.5 pounds||Holds up to 17” laptops|
|Pelican U100 Elite Backpack||19.3 x 7 x 13.8 inches||8.1 pounds||Holds up to 15” laptops and 17" Apple|
|Uoobag KT-01 Business Backpack||19.8 x 14.6 x 2.9 inches||2.6 pounds||Holds up to 17” laptops|
|Mobile Edge Razer Tactical||9 x 19.5 x 14.5 inches||4.5 pounds||Holds up to 17.3” laptops|
SwissGear Travel Gear 5977 – The Best Waterproof 17-inch Laptop Backpack
If you are into traveling, the name SwissGear might ring a bell for you. This company sells the best travel gear on the entire planet and they are only waiting for Elon Musk to populate Mars so they can call themselves “best travel gear company on Mars” as well. They sell everything that an explorer like you might need, from suitcases to belts, they got you covered.
Have to bring your machine with you, while traveling? No problem. The SwissGear Travel Gear is currently one of the best 17 inch laptop cases on the market that you can get, if you are traveling a lot. This pack can hold laptops up to 17 inch, which most people use.
What is the greatest enemy of travelers? Yes, you guessed right, water. You don’t only get wet and soaked and shiver if the weather is cold, but I am sure you know that water and electronic parts are not really the best friends. Only a drop of water can fry any electronic device, may it be a computer, a USB charger, or a phone. Although phones are usually protected against water and dust to a certain degree (IP), you have to be careful.
That is why the awesome people at SwissGear have decided to make the entire thing water resistant. Thanks to that, this waterproof backpack can easily hold a 17-inch laptop without having to worry about your precious electronics getting wet. Nothing gets in, nothing gets out that you don’t want, just like in a high-security prison. Just be careful and don’t put an Apple and an HP laptop next to each other, or they may start a riot. (I hope you appreciate my jokes!)
The bag has padded laptop and tablet sleeve, which is great, if you are like me and toss it around too much. I used to have an HP laptop, which I broke because I forgot it’s in my backpack, and smashed it against the side of my desk. I know, I’m stupid.
There are bottle pockets on the sides as well, which is is standard if you ask me, so nothing fancy about it.
Although this is waterproof, it has a thin material, which may not be very durable if you are planning on doing some extreme sports, or very rough hiking.
Many people have reported that the clip on the outside of the pack has come loose after extensive use, possibly because it’s poorly installed. I have used this bag for around 2 weeks, and didn’t experience this issue during that time period.
The first thing I noticed about it when it arrived, is that it was bigger than i thought it would be, which is not a problem for me, but could be a problem for anyone who doesn’t like big backpacks, or wants one that can fit anywhere.
All in all, this is a great 17″ laptop backpack for people who aren’t trying to climb the Himalaya, or fight crocodiles in Cuba. If you are planning on any of these, you should choose something bigger, and more durable. But you shouldn’t fight crocodiles, they will win. Trust me.
Targus Drifter II – Most Comfortable 17″ Laptop Backpack
Working in an industry, maybe in IT, where you have to travel around a lot and bring your computer with you, but tired of carrying around and wearing an uncomfortable backpack? Hell, when I used to have one, I totally looked like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Targus is a well-known brand when it comes to messenger bags because they are good, and the same holds true for their 17 laptop bags as well. The People at Targus know that you work hard. They spent a lot of time learning about how you work, and what you need to perform at your best.
If you are one of the on-the-go professionals that carry around a lot of stuff with them like, USB hard drive, pens, flash drives, chargers, tablets, phones this is the dream 17-inch backpack for you to buy.
While this rucksack is thin, don’t let it’s profile trick you, because you can pack a lot of things in it. And I mean a LOT.
The rucksack has 11 sockets, 7 inside, and 4 on the outside. 4 of these inside pockets are perfect for smaller items like flash drives, business cards, keys, your earbuds, cases, or any smaller everyday stuff you have to carry around while traveling.
The other 3 are kind of bigger in space, you can keep your cables, tablets, smaller notepads in them, or really, anything you would like. You don’t have to stick to electronics, this luggage can really hold everyday stuff as well.
The rucksack has a lot of space, but if you are looking for something extra large, you should look at the SwissGear I reviewed above. After switching to this backpack, I felt that I had slightly less space than before, but nothing too serious.
You can fit any laptops up to 17.3′ in this backpack, while still looking stylish and not like a Sherpa.
This rucksack is very durable, so feel free to use it as a work bag. It is made out of a strong nylon material, which means you pack it full and throw it around, it is not going to tear.
The shoulders straps are very comfortable thanks to the added padding in them. You are going to love this feature if you are used to carrying around a heavy backpack.
What I like about this luggage, it’s it style. I have came across a lot of bags, and let’s be honest, many of those aren’t looking good. I mean you look like someone who just put on the streets and has to carry his/her stuff around. It’s not good. But this rucksack definitely has a very good style.
Although this rucksack is durable, the weakest part about is again, its straps.
All in all, if you are looking for a backpack that has a great style, and comfortable, buy this.
Samsonite Luggage Tectonic – Stay Stylish
When I was working as a consultant, I used to carry around my messenger bag with my laptop in it, to be able to show documents, images, presentations to my clients. Eventually, I got tired of carrying that messenger bag around, because let’s be honest, it is not comfortable at all, and it looks bad.
That was when I decided to do some research and buy a decent looking one instead of my old messenger bag.
If you know me, I like to be as thorough with my research as I can be, so it took me about 2 weeks to go through every review on Amazon, until I found the right rucksack, the Samsonite Luggage Tectonic.
This seventeen inch rucksack is all black, and made out of nylon, with red accents on it. The most important part of these 17 inch laptop backpacks are the shoulder straps. Many are uncomfortable and many seem to break easily.
This luggage has an evenly spread out and good amount of cushion in the shoulder area, and you can resize them just like you could in every backpack.
Keep in mind, this is not really a backpack that you would carry around while hiking, and it does not have a chest strap.
On the downside, it looks a little bit longer than other ones do, so if you are a short person, this might not be the ideal choice for your height.
While the Samsonite Luggage does not have 11 sockets like the Targus Drifter II does, your everyday stuff can fit into it.
The luggage has a smaller front pocket that you can easily find. This can hold smaller items like your keys, headphones, or even your mouse. The next mentionable space is a pen pocket, where you can put the pen or pencil or small items like flash drives you usually use. You might even be able to fit a calculator in there, but since most people have a smartphone, what has a calculator built in, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Well, the main part of the luggage is the largest space where you can literally fit anything in. Clothes, Boots, bigger devices. It can hold at least one pair of shoes.
The next socket on the luggage is for your 17-inch laptop. The Samsonite Luggage Tectonic is able to hold computers up to 17-inch, but even if you have a smaller laptop, that is not an issue, because it has an adjustable sleeve, that completely adjusts to the size of your device.
There is an auxiliary pocket on the top of the rucksack, where you can put your headphones, sunglasses.
The downside of the rucksack is that it is not waterproof. If you would like it to be , I suggest spraying it with some 3M.
It seems that the straps are the most vulnerable parts of these bags because, for many people, these seem to break after a certain period of use. Mine didn’t brake, but I am usually very careful with this stuff.
Mobile Edge 17″ Razer Pro Tactical Backpack – The Swiss Army Knife for Gamers
Although the Razer Pro Tactical is a premium product, it is worth it, if you are a gamer, or you are carrying around a bulky laptop.
If you are a gamer on the go, like razor products and own a bigger laptop like one of the Asus ROGs, this is the right rucksack for you. A ton of space for your electronics and cables, the notebook sleeve is exclusively designed to make these bigger computers fit.
As I mentioned the Razor Pro is the king of the 17-inch laptop backpacks when it comes to quality. The rucksack is made out of ballistic nylon, which is the same material that soldiers used in WW2 for flak jackets. You can imagine how tough it is.
Another gold point for Razer, because, thanks to that strong material, this luggage is tear, water, and scratch resistant on the outside. If that is not enough, it has a rain cover that you can pull out, to protect your gear from any element.
Now when it comes to compartments, this 17″ notebook backpack is loaded with them. Razer said that they tried to take inspiration from military utility bags, which is completely true. The 17 inch laptop from Razer can fit in this bag as well.
On both sides of this awesome gaming seventeen inch notebook backpack, there is a large pocket, with a velcro flap cover. You can easily fit a bottle or larger items like headphones in them. These also have MOLLE attachment points, so in case you have any MOLLE Pouches, you can connect those.
On the front, this 17.3 gaming notebook backpack has a zipper sack, where you can store a tablet, and smaller gadgets. You can find two removable razor pouches on the front as well. Remember, these also have the MOLLE design, so you can customize the rucksack the way you want.
Wait, there is more. You may be surprised when you find out that there is a zippered part on the bottom. Like, who the hell would put anything there? But no worries, that is where the rain cover is, what you can pull out to protect the rucksack and your stuff from the rain. Neat if you ask me.
The main space of the Razer Pro Tactical is huge. It’s big enough to hold several days worth of clothes, or any other stuff that you might need to survive any trip.
This awesome rucksack fits up to 17.3″ computers, may it be a gaming or a simple one.
Thanks to the padding on the straps and the rear, it is very comfortable to wear even after traveling for a long time.
The only thing that may be an issue with this luggage, is its size. The Razer Pro Tactical is bulky, so you can’t really sit with it while it’s on your back, unlike with many laptop cases.
Good job Razer.
Oakley Mens Kitchen Sink – Look like a Space Marine
Although this is a very large rucksack, you can still look cool wearing it, while carrying a ton of stuff.
The Oakley Mens Kitchen Sink is 17 notebook backpack made out of mostly nylon, with added polyester.
There are a ton of pockets on this rucksack that you can use for literally anything. On the top of the Kitchen Sink, there is a smaller pocket for you sunglasses or smaller items. This pocket is protected by some kind of foam material (i didn’t want to cut open the rucksack to check it), so you don’t have to worry about breaking anything that you put in there while throwing the rucksack around.
A pocket is located on both sides of the knapsack, which can hold everyday items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorizer, a bottle or anything about this size.
On the front, there is a zip pocket with an accessory organization panel, where you can store smaller items without mixing them up. The worst thing is the world is when you quickly have to pull out from your knapsack, and you can’t find it.
There is a bottom compartment as well, for your shoes, or any clothing which you might need.
The main socket has a side-access sleeve, and can hold any computer up to 17″. It has enough room to literally carry around everything you need, you might even be able to fit in two slimmer computers.
The lot of space comes with a price though. This rucksack is heavy even unloaded, so keep it in mind.
The shoulder straps on this knapsack could be wider and more padded, and while the style of this backpack looks amazing, it takes more time to get into the compartments.
Everki Titan Checkpoint – Largest 18.4″ Laptop Backpack Ever Made
This notebook backpack was designed to be huge, but still stylish. Has huge space, but it’s still easy to find everything in it because it’s intuitive.
What do I mean by intuitive? I mean that although the Everki Titan Checkpoint has a ton of space and large spaces, it has smaller pockets, where you can organize your stuff, so you will instantly know what you put where.
This beasts computer holder can store any laptop up to 18.4″, while you can store your cables, chargers, power supplies in the large divided spaces.
There is a table pocket in this backpack as well, with added smaller pockets where you can store smaller items like business cards, calculators, flash drives, pens. Next to it is a dedicated media player pocket, with a soft, scratch-free lining. The cable outlet on the backpack is positioned right at the shoulder level, so it’s easy to use.
The separate sack is great, but hate to mix up your stuff? The Everki Titan comes with a separate accessories punch for your cables, or mouse.
What I like the most about this knapsack is that it is extremely secure. The guys at Everki tried to add as many security layers as possible. From padded straps that hold your stuff in place, to the large metal zippers that have lock holes.
Oh, and did I mention that this backpack is completely waterproof?
If you are traveling a lot by plane, you know for sure, how much it sucks when the airport security asks to unpack your knapsack. The Everki Titan 17″ notebook Backpack can be opened 180 degrees, what you can lay flat on the conveyor after. It’s really simple and awesome.
The ergonomic shoulder straps and back panel give you that nice and comfortable feeling, that you rarely get with these. The padded straps come with a 5-point balance strap system that will help you reduce muscle strain, and distributes the weight load on your torso evenly.
The Everki Titan Checkpoint is a high-end product, but it’s worth every penny.
Elleven E12933113300 Wheeled – Wheeled Laptop Backpack
It has several zippered compartments, and the main compartment of the 17 inch wheeled backpack is completely TSA friendly. You roll in, put it on the conveyor, show the 20 pounds of cocaine you are smuggling, you roll out, that’s it. Jokes apart, don’t smuggle anything, you are going to get caught. Every if you have a wheeled laptop backpack like this, and you can run fast. Trust me.
This backpack holds any notebook up to 17 inches and the removable sleeve will make your life easier when it comes to airport x-ray inspection.
On the top of the ruck, you can find a zippered media pocket and an earbud port, where you can place your media player, and headphones.
There are three zippered pockets on the sides of the knapsack, one bigger on the left, and two smaller ones on the right.
The bigger pocket can hold a bigger bottle, and in the two smaller ones you can fit any smaller item you want like keys, glasses, cards.
There is a bigger zippered compartment on the bottom part of the knapsack, you can use this to store your headphones.
The wheels make it easy to carry around, although they could have added a shoulder strap, if your hands get tired, or you get to a terrain where you simply can’t pull it anymore. This makes it hard to carry if you can’t use the wheels.
The wheels are made out of rubber and are pretty high quality.
All in all, it is a pretty good , but there is nothing fancy about it.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad – The Gamer 17″ laptop backpack
If you have an Asus ROG gaming laptop, or any bigger gaming laptop this knapsack will fit your needs.
The Asus ROG Nomad can hold any laptop up to 17 inches. The main notebook compartment has an internal suspension system that helps to keep your gear in one place.
The nicest thing about the Nomad is its shoulder paddings. As you may know or may not know gaming laptops can be pretty heavy, so if you are carrying around one, and your usual stuff as well, you will soon realize that your bag weights a ton.
I tried packing this knapsack and fitting in my usual gear, and had no problems. It is very comfortable even when heavily loaded. Thanks to the ventilated design, you don’t have to worry about sweat.
There is one zippered pocket on each side of the knapsack, one on the left, and one on the right side where you can store your smaller peripherals.
On the front of the knapsack, there is a bigger zippered compartment, where you can store your tablets, smaller notebooks.
It’s easy to keep your things organized in the Nomad, because of it’s design. In the main notebook compartment, there are tailored compartments for your other gaming gear.
What really blew my mind is the multiple pockets for keyboards, mouse, cables and even a hanging hook for your headset. With this little extra the chances of you breaking your headphones is practically 0%.
Although it can get pretty heavy when packed, without loading it it’s lightweight. Its made out of 1680D nylon, which again is durable and completely water-resistant.
The bag can carry up to 30kgs. I don’t know if anyone besides people who are climbing Kilimanjaro carries that much stuff, but this knapsack can handle it.
The only downside of this knapsack is that it is pretty big, so it might not fit under a plane seat, or in small places.
Pelican U100 Elite – The 17″ Laptop Backpack for Apple Mac Products
The first thing that you notice about this backpack, is that it’s got an awesome design. It’s a bulky backpack, but once you see how much stuff you can fit in this beast, you’ll understand.
If you want a backpack that protects your notebook , the U100 Elite is the best choice. Honestly, at first, it seems like you are carrying a cool looking weapon case, but it’s just the built-in crushproof and watertight notebook case. If you worry about the case being hard to open, it is not. You just simply push a button and done.
This case can fit up to 15″ computers and 17″ Apple products. I’ve tried putting one notebook in the case and another one in the main compartment, it completely fit.
The back is padded, making it fine to carry even when loaded. The straps are padded as well, but they could have added more padding to it to be honest.
There are several smaller compartments where you can store your smaller items organized. The Pelican U100 Elite has a tablet sleeve as well.
Thanks to the safety features, the knapsack is a little heavy unloaded. The only thing I wish is that it was a little bit bigger.
Apart from that, if you are looking for a safe case for your computer or Mac, it’s a good choice.
Uoobag KT-01 Business Laptop Backpack for 17 inch Laptops
Most people are scared of buying products from a chinese manufacturers, because of the cheap products and knockoffs that people sell on ebay. It’s true that there are cheap items that are not worth it, but it’s not the case with this 17-inch business backpack.
The Uoobag KT-01 has a very great design, and it is very well made. It’s made out of a durable nylon material, which is also water-repellent.
Most bags are a pain in the ass to carry, but the Uoobag KT-01 has a padded handle on the top which makes it very easy and hassle-free to carry around, if you can’t wear it on your back.
The most common problem I experience when reviewing 17″ backpacks is that their shoulder straps break easily or not comfortable. The shoulder straps of the Uoobag KT-01 are well cushioned, which makes is comfortable under heavy load as well.
On the right side of the knapsack, there is a feed through for your headphones.
There is one zippered sack on each side of the knapsack, these are mirrored which means they look the same.
The Uoobag KT-01 has three main sections, one for your 17″ inch computer and two for your additional items like your phone, tablet or smaller stuff.
There is a separated anti-theft hole for your computer, so you don’t have to be afraid of it being stolen.
One very cool feature I like about this is that it has a USB port on the left side. You can simply connect your USB power bank to it from the inside, and just simply plug your phone into the outer USB port to charge. It is a nice feature if you are on the go.
I have tested the backpack if its really waterproof or not, and I have to disappoint you, but it’s not completely. It can survive a small amount of rain but don’t stand in the rain with it on your back.
Final Words – Summing it up
Finding the right 17″ laptop backpack that fits your computer and your needs is not easy, but I hope that my list have helped you in some way. This top 10 17 inch laptop backpack list is made from items that i have touched, worn and reviewed.
And if you are looking for a 17 inch laptop to put in your awesome backpack, click here for the list of the best 17 inch laptop.
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Since most of these bags are for men, we have decided to create the best laptop backpack list for women.
Which laptop backpack is the best choice for your 17 inch machine in 2018?
The Oakley Men’s Kitchen Sink is still far the best backpack for you to choose because it offers a great price/ratio and it is good to wear for any scenario that we can possibly think of. Hiking? Sure. Chasing three-legged sheeps in Iceland? Well, you are a weirdo, but it’s good even for that.
Even if you have a smaller laptop it is still a good choice to buy a bigger bag, since who knows when you will get a bigger machine or pack some extra stuff.
Hope you liked this review and feel free to comment below!