Top Picks of Must-Have Laptop Cases

For the discerning commuter or business traveler, a great laptop case can make all the difference in how comfortable and secure your device feels while you’re on the go. But not all cases are created equal. If you want to protect your computer with the least amount of bulk and fuss, consider a simple sleeve or briefcase-style laptop bag. For a bit more security, you’ll want something with a hard shell that will take the sting out of bumps and drops. And if you’re in the market for a little extra style, a backpack laptop case is an excellent option.

During our tests, we found that there are some fantastic must-have laptop cases cases that offer all three: sleek designs, plenty of security and comfort, and durable materials. The best laptop cases come in a variety of finishes, colors and sizes to suit your unique look. So whether you’re looking for a case to match your new work uniform, or a sophisticated case to add some panache to your daily commute, read on for our top picks of must-have laptop cases.

If you’re in the market for a slim, stylish laptop case that protects your Apple or Windows device, the Nomad Leather Sleeve fits the bill. This minimalist design looks ultra-luxe and features 48 magnets that snap shut as soon as you slip your MacBook inside. This sleeve is also super cushy, with a plush layer of padded fabric protecting the rim of your screen. Plus, a PU leather carrying handle and zipper pulls add a luxurious touch to this case that comes in sizes to fit 13-inch and 15-inch laptops.

This soft-sided case is a slimmed-down version of a traditional briefcase laptop bag with a main laptop pocket, a padded carrying handle, and a zippered front pocket with a key ring strap, two slip pockets (and a pen sleeve), making it an ideal choice for a work commute or weekend getaway. We especially like that this case loads from the short side, which makes it easy to insert your laptop without opening the flap.

It’s a good fit for MacBook Air, and has enough wiggle room to accommodate other laptops with screens up to 15.6 inches. It’s also a cinch to get your laptop in and out thanks to the clamshell design, which has corner straps that balance it open at 90 degrees for you to work with it while still inside the case.

We love this case from interior designer and blogger Madison Popper of Chill Casa Home because it’s “sleek and refined” without adding too much bulk to your daily commute. This laptop case is a great choice for those who tend to wear their cases in the office, as it can hold a full day’s worth of documents and books while keeping your computer protected. This case comes in black, navy blue, and tan and is recommended by our editors Clint Proctor of Investor Junkie and Christiane Lemieux of Lemieux Et Cie.