The Osprey Flapjack continues its reign as our favorite laptop backpack. It possesses a winning combination of durability, a modern inspired chic look, and plenty of features to help you navigate everyday life with serenity. It boasts some of the best protection for your laptop and smaller devices without looking like a tank. It is a sleek top-loading laptop backpack that is well-thought-out. The large main compartment has a separate laptop compartment that fits a 15" laptop and has a great velcro strap to secure it in place. This contender is explicitly designed as a laptop backpack, which we appreciate, and has many little features that help it accomplish this purpose. With its excellent usability and comfortable straps, this can also be an ideal choice for a day hike on the trails. It is one we would highly recommend to any office commuter. It won our Editors' Choice Award for excelling in all the things that make a laptop backpack worthy.
If $110 price tag feels steep, The North Face Borealis is less expensive without dropping the ball on performance. It lands behind the FlapJack in most metrics, but not by much, and therefore could be the budget solution you're seeking.