There's a lot to think about when choosing a laptop bag, but by far the most important is size. We carry almost 2,000 different bags from over 20 designers and with so many beautiful styles it's easy to get carried away with the look of the bag and forget about what it's supposed to hold! Bag size is the #1 reason for returns on Careerbags.com, so it's definitely something to pay attention to while browsing our selection. Before purchasing your new laptop bag, be sure to ask yourself these three things!
1. How big is your device?
The first step to figuring out what size bag you need is to figure out how big your device is. While most tablets are a similar size, laptops can range in size from small and compact to large and bulky. To determine what size device you have, measure diagonally across the screen! Most of our device specific bags show the maximum size device it will hold as well as the device compartment dimensions, so you can be sure your computer will fit! While some bags will hold laptops up to 18 inches in screen size, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best fit your your 13 inch Macbook. You want your device to fit snugly in the sleeve to avoid damage from moving around.
2. What else do you need to carry?
Once you've figured out how large your device is, you can use the Bag Finder feature on CareerBags to browse for bags designed for your size computer. The next step is to determine what else you need to carry with you in your laptop bag. If your laptop is all you need, we offer a wide array of sleeves and cases that are lightweight, slim, and will still keep your computer well protected. However most of our customers are interested in a laptop bag that can also act as a purse or carry on. We carry tons backpacks, totes, and rolling laptop bags that will hold not only your computer but also your textbooks, toiletries, a change of clothes, and even a camera depending on your needs!
3. How will the bag look while I'm carrying it?
Sometimes it's difficult to get a good sense of the size of a bag based on the pictures. On a white background, it may look relatively small when in reality it's much larger. We try to provide images of bags with models to show how they will look while being worn, but it's important to pay attention to the dimensions so you're not overwhelmed by it's size when it comes. We recommend using a tape measurer to map out the exact size of the bag before ordering it to get a good sense of how big or small it is.