There are a lot of purely functional laptop bags out there. If you’re looking for that, my top recommendation is the Timbuk2 Command, which is super-sturdy and also has a neat feature that makes it easier to take through airport security. (The water bottle holder is a little small, though.)
However, if you are a professional and/or are at all vain, you might want something more formal-looking. Structured. But also, you probably want a bag with actual functioning pockets and/or organization, and maybe one that will not kill your shoulders. This post is for you!
I have not actually tried any of these bags. (Largely because right now I do not have a functioning laptop, and getting one is a higher priority than getting a bag for it!) But, as you’ll see, I have done ridiculous amounts of research into their functionality.
Timely! Some discontinued colors of the Mini tote I reviewed last week are on final sale on Dagne Dover’s website through 4/10. Bright red, bright blue, basically any shade of muted and/or metallic pink, dalmatian print, hideous olive, and hideous blue-and-white print versions are on sale for $129-$189–it’s usually a $245 bag. I’m not planning on taking advantage myself– if I get a new one at any point it’ll be in a more neutral color that will let me more easily replace the crossbody strap.
If you were interested in their laptop bags, there are also a few of those available in various colors. Full sale is here.
Probably also for neatniks. Neatniks are welcome to check it out and give their seal of approval. 😀 Despite some drawbacks (it is massively heavy, and also massive), it is the only purse I have ever actually been excited about. I am finally no longer worried about losing my keys, wallet, or phone.