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How We Tested Laptop Backpacks

Wednesday October 7, 2020

To test laptop backpacks, we did what most people would — we put our laptops in them and took them everywhere! For us, this meant walks to the coffee shop, biking to work, and short jaunts to the local hot springs. In this review, we consider six important metrics to rate each contender.

We take these laptop backpacks everywhere. From the trail to the office. We commute with them and bring them traveling. We've tested for many years  with the best options in hand. Here  we bike commute to work on a cool day in the Fall.
We take these laptop backpacks everywhere. From the trail to the office. We commute with them and bring them traveling. We've tested for many years, with the best options in hand. Here, we bike commute to work on a cool day in the Fall.

Laptop Protection


We enumerated and evaluated all laptop protection components while putting each through the test. We took these backpacks and threw them around to see which provided the best protection, and which didn't.

Comfort


Using testers of different sizes and genders, we provide some feedback on the fit and comfort of these packs. We also considered features such as the type and amount of padding, breathability, strap thickness and location, and the use of a sternum or hip strap.

Storage


Here we look at the practicality of the storage space and enumerate the number of pockets, compartments, and the relative volume each pack can hold. We also look at the versatility of the storage. To do this, we stuffed each contender to the max to see how much it could hold and how well it performed loaded up and loaded down.

Ease of Use


Here we look at the features that make a laptop backpack either or easy or difficult to use. For example, we consider if the laptop easily comes out when loaded down or if the storage can be accessed effectively.

Water Resistance


In this test, we took each pack out whenever it rained to see how the exterior construction worked to protect from rain. We also subjected each to a shower test where the bag was put under the shower for several minutes to mimic a rainstorm.

Style


As a subjective metric, we look at current fashion trends and provide stylish recommendations for each pack. Also, we consider the color options available for both men and women.

Putting our laptop backpacks to the ultimate test. How does it perform while in the shower?
Putting our laptop backpacks to the ultimate test. How does it perform while in the shower?