Laptop Bags: Ratings of Sources
Total of 26 Sources
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The Best Messenger Bag Review
by Max Neale
Our AssessmentOutdoorGearLab.com does a hands-on comparative review of laptop bags in two segments, one for messenger bags and one for backpacks. The best-reviewed bags are given Editors' Choice, Top Pick and Best Buy ratings. All are rated from 1 to 5 stars and scored from 1 to 100 based on a number of factors, and a few have video reviews. Ratings are detailed, and helpful grids with pros, cons and summary information compare similar bags. Detailed reviews include comparisons between bags on a number of factors ranging from weight to durability to security.
Laptop & Netbook Computer Accessories
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentA huge number of bags on Amazon.com receive positive reviews from users ranging from 4.5 to 5 stars, and most popular bags have more than 50 reviews. Many of the top-rated bags are not those reviewed elsewhere (likely because they do not provide reviewers' samples), making this a good place to look for brands you may commonly find in stores but not in reviewers' lineups. Quality of reviews varies, as with all user-review sites.
by Editors of FutureLooks.com
Our AssessmentReviews of all products are lumped together on this site, making it easier to search for particular products than browse the list. But the work is worth it: each review is incredibly detailed, with a host of photos, pros and cons and a 10-point rating scale. The best bags receive an Editors Choice or Recommended rating.
Browse Tag: Laptop Bags
by Editors of Macworld
Our AssessmentMacworld's plentiful laptop bag reviews are concise, but do a good job of including pros and cons from a practical, hands-on point of view. Reviews are oriented towards owners of Apple laptops, but cover the features most laptop and netbook owners would care about. Each bag is given a score out of five possible mice, and unlike most bag review sites, those mice are not given out freely. Only the Rickshaw Zero Messenger Bag earns 5 mice in reviews over the past 18 months.
Recent Backpack News
by Editors of NotebookReview.com
Our AssessmentNotebookReview.com collects most of its laptop bag reviews here, mixed with announcements of new product collections. However, reviews are clearly identified, making it easy to pick out those stories. Each detailed hands-on review includes pros and cons, though numeric ratings are not assigned to most bags.
by Editors of The-Gadgeteer.com
Our AssessmentThe-Gadgeteer.com's plentiful laptop bag reviews from the past eight months are posted here, along with new product announcements. Reviews are detailed and hands on, including dozens of photos and pros and cons, though no numeric ratings are applied and there are few comparisons between products. The site reviews all types of laptop bags, including messenger bags, sleeves, backpacks, totes and briefcases.
Cases & Carrying Gear
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com collects its reviews of cases and bags here. Each hands-on review awards a rating based on 5 stars, with pros, cons and a summary bottom line. Many include comparative reviews of other bags in their category. The best bags receive an Editors' Choice designation, though none has been awarded to a full laptop bag since 2009, despite many more recent reviews. It is easy to narrow down the category by price, brand and ratings.
Cases & Bags
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET reviewers award laptop bags a rating based on 5 stars, making it easy to compare bags in the same categories. A summary list includes current prices, editors' and users' ratings and filters by bag type, color, material, brand, price, features and type of carrying strap/handle. However, only a few reviews in the past 18 months fall into this category.
Laptop Bag Reviews: Nine Tested
by David Bayon
Our AssessmentU.K. magazine PC Pro reviews nine laptop bags in this roundup, dividing them into three categories: rucksacks/backpacks, shoulder/messenger bags and briefcases and sleeves. In two categories, it awards a Recommended designation. While the reviews of each bag are short, they include pros, cons and hands-on comments. The comparative reviews here are rare in this category, though some better-reviewed models are not available in the U.S.
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine compiles all their bag-related stories and features here, so it takes a little work to winnow out the reviews from product announcements for things like Gucci cases for $2,800. Reviews are adequate, but short and heavy on product feature descriptions. A review of Ful's Powerbag Backpack praises its internal power system and comfortable style; a separate review of Cocoon Innovation's Central Park Professional Backpack gives high marks to the bag's waterproof hood and internal organization. Reviewers also like Cocoon's Sleeve, which includes a compartment for a smaller-size laptop and a second pocket specifically designed for a tablet.
7 Best Laptop Messenger Bags
by Melanie Pinola
Our AssessmentAbout.com mobile office guide Melanie Pinola makes her picks for the best laptop messenger-style bags on the market in this undated roundup, based largely on the bags' features. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Top 7 Rolling Laptop Bags
by Melanie Pinola
Our AssessmentMelanie Pinola, About.com's guide for mobile offices, shares her picks in rolling laptop bags in this undated roundup. Short descriptions accompany each listing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Laptop Bag Reviews
by Contributors to LuggagePros.com
Our AssessmentUsers of the LuggagePros.com shopping site rate their favorite laptop bags here, with a reasonable number of reviews accompanying the more popular models. Each receives a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with summary comments by the reviewer and shopping information. More than 150 bags receive at least one review, with a half-dozen receiving high reviews from a half-dozen users or more.
by Kate Trgovac
Our AssessmentBlogger Kate Trgovac's site is devoted to nothing but reviews of laptop bags of various types, though the pace of reviews has slowed considerably since the end of 2011. (She also reviews bags for other sites, including Squidoo.com.) Reviews are hands-on, but focus on features and style, catering mostly to female users who would like their bags to be somewhat stylish. Reviews are not comparative and have no ratings, tending on the whole to be positive, though she does point out pros and cons.
Laptop Case Reviews & Ratings
by Contributors to LuggageOnline.com
Our AssessmentAnother luggage-sale site compiles user reviews, with more than 50 users weighing in on some models. Each reviewer awards the bags 1 to 5 stars and includes summary comments. Most reviews are positive, but a little digging in the specifics reveals pros and cons for each model. Reviews are sortable by price, rating and number of reviewers, and filterable by bag type.
by Editors of CultOfMac.com
Our AssessmentReviews of bags on CultOfMac.com can be hard to find; the easiest way to track them down is to search for "bags review" or "case review." However, the site hosts dozens of them. Each bag is given a hands-on review with thoughtful, even-handed pros, cons and a verdict, and assigned a star rating of 1 to 5. Reviews are, for obvious reasons, biased towards Apple laptop models (especially the MacBook Air).
by Editors of TechCrunch.com
Our AssessmentPopular tech site TechCrunch.com gathers its laptop bag reviews, news stories and first looks here. While its reviews are not as thorough as some sites', they include a large amount of detail and pros and cons, and the large audience size means the comments on reviews can sometimes be as valuable as the reviews themselves. Very few compare one bag against another, but the site does host an annual Bag Week of reviews in the fall. Some reviews have videos.
Bag Reviews Search
by Editors of OkayGeek.com
Our AssessmentOkayGeek.com doesn't make it easy to find their laptop bag reviews, but if you search, you'll find a number of them. Reviews are moderately detailed, including pros and cons, pictures and a 1-to-5 rating of Epicness. A good number of bags are reviewed here, though comparative comments are rare.
by Contributors to Targus.com
Our AssessmentTargus hosts user comments on its bags here, with both positive and negative comments. Bags are divided by category (cases, including rollers; messengers; backpacks and sleeves) and sorted by rating. Though summaries do not identify the number of reviewers, reviews are sortable by the number of users who weighed in. Some categories have few reviews; others have a half-dozen per model.
Laptop Sleeves, Bags & Lids
by Contributors to Staples.com
Our AssessmentStaples.com store users rate their favorite bags on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, including summary comments about each. Filters allow you to narrow your search to laptops of a particular brand, average rating or price, and you can sort by review total. The selection is more limited than at Amazon.com, but the user reviews are useful.
by Editors of MacLife.com
Our AssessmentMacLife.com's laptop bag reviews include some details and hands-on testing, though they are not as thorough as some on other sites. Each bag is summarized in a bottom-line statement and receives a rating out of 5 stars. Semi-annual Best Case Scenario summaries list the best of the best.
15 Best Back-to-School Bags, Backpacks and Sleeves
by Anna Attkisson
Our AssessmentThis slideshow of top student-oriented laptop backpacks, carrying bags and sleeves is based on features included, rather than actual tests of the bags. Each has a short description and a photo. None are rated, so choosing top bags from the list is not possible, but it's a good survey of styles.
Rickshaw Skinny Laptop & Backpack Bag Reviews
by Chase Reeves
Our AssessmentThis daddy-blogger site takes a break from its fathering-oriented reviews to review two bags by Rickshaw: the Skinny Laptop Bag and Backpack Bag. Author Chase Reeves has used both, and receives samples from the company for review (common in this product area). He enthusiastically recommends both based on their features and longevity in a detailed video review.
Tag Results for Laptop Bag
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com reviews laptop bags every couple of months, and when they do the reviews are collected here. They vary widely in length and are full of attitude, making entertaining reads, but sometimes lack hands-on experience or detail. The site also has an annual gift guide to bags and packs for the holiday season.
by Editors of MobileTechReview.com
Our AssessmentMobileTechReview.com divides its case reviews into categories, depending on what they carry (ranging from smartphones to full-size laptops). Reviews include pros, cons and a 1- to 5-star rating as well as a detailed, dated review. Most reviews are older, however. The site calls out two bag models as good for frequent fliers in reviews from 2010: the Booq Taipan Lift and the Brenthaven Prostyle II-XF.
Laptop Bag News
by Editors of Gizmodo.com
Our AssessmentReviews vary widely in quality on Gizmodo and are limited in number, but they're always entertaining reads. They do not carry numeric ratings and rarely compare a bag to others in its category, but are frank about positives and negatives of different models. To see past laptop bag reviews, scroll the list on the right side of the screen.