How To Choose A Laptop Briefcase by Tom Rowe

“Briefcases, like CEOs, should never look new and unused.” The laptop briefcase always means business - timeless, professional and a smart way to carry your mobile office. From your device to your chargers, to your files and notes, you carry your life in your work bag. That is why it’s so important to get it right when deciding which laptop briefcase is right for you, your lifestyle and your needs. Whether you’re back in the office for a couple days a week or back full time, you’ll want peace of mind knowing your work laptop and other essentials are safe while you on your commute.

With so many different variations of laptop briefcase on offer out there, it can be hard to know which is best for you. So, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when choosing a laptop briefcase to try and make the process a little bit easier.

What to think about when choosing your laptop briefcase?

- Size

- Material

- Style

- Weight

Size

Firstly, and probably most importantly, you’ll want to consider the size of the briefcase you’ll need. This should be based on the size of the laptop or device you carry for work, if you’re wondering how to measure your laptop before choosing a bag or case, we recommend checking out our guide here before looking at anything. Once you have your device dimensions you should have a good idea of what size laptop briefcase you’ll need.

You want to make sure that your device fits snuggly into the compartment, you do not want the compartment to be too small. However, if the compartment is slightly bigger than your laptop, you should be okay providing the compartment padding does its job. All our KNOMO laptop briefcases come with a padded laptop compartment to protect your laptop.

If you need to carry anything else in your laptop briefcase besides your device, you’ll also want to consider whether you need a slim or thick briefcase. For quick trips to and from the office carrying just your laptop and charger, you won’t need an especially large briefcase. However, if you’re carrying a few more extras such as thicker files or if you’re travelling frequently with your laptop, you’ll want to make sure you go for a laptop briefcase that’s big enough.

Material

The material you choose will very much depend on your own personal style & what, or where, you wish to use your laptop briefcase. Everybody has their own style and type of material they feel most comfortable wearing, so it’s really up to you.

However, there are some things to consider that may skip your mind when you’re deciding which material you’d prefer, as this can affect other things such as the cost, durability and weight of the laptop briefcase.

If you’re planning on using your laptop briefcase for commuting a few times a week then consider choosing a lighter, hard-wearing material like a high-quality nylon such as the Hanover Laptop Briefcase. Combining a professional look with a premium feel, while offering an exceptional durability that you’ll need if you’re using day-in-day-out.

If the true purpose of your new laptop briefcase is to look and feel the part, choosing a more luxurious leather bag is perfect. A leather bag will most likely increase the weight of the bag depending on the size. Most of our nylon laptop briefcases weigh up to 1kg. Whereas you’re looking at 1kg+ for a leather one such as our Amesbury Laptop Briefcase.

All our leather bags are made from a high-quality full grain leather that develop a patina over time. Our leather bags are highly durable and are the best cost-per-wear value for money. If you’re looking for something a bit more lightweight, then consider our Dalston Collection of Laptop Briefcases such as the Copenhagen or the Amsterdam. Made from an ultra-lightweight, dust and water-resistant polyester, the Dalston collection laptop briefcases are perfect for carrying for long stretches of time while packed to the brim with your belongings.

Style

Laptop Briefcases come in many different styles all with slightly varying features. A lot of our laptop briefcases come with a range of clever little features to help you on your everyday journeys. Some of our laptop briefcases are more slimline & minimalist in style such as the Hanover whereas we have more bulky & practical styles such as the Newbury.

The Hanover comes with the signature KNOMO double zips as well as a handy cross body strap to keep your hands free on your travels. Our Brompton collection of laptop briefcases are favoured by our male customers.

Conclusion: How To Choose The Best Laptop Briefcase for you

Above all, you want to know that your bag is going to do its job well and that it will continue to do so for a long time. KNOMO bags are meticulously crafted from purposefully chosen materials to do the best job for that design – be it lightweight, feel luxurious or... Every bag comes with a two-year warranty to make sure that should the worst happen, your bag can be repaired or replaced if necessary, to make sure you’re always got your KNOMO by your side.

Finally, choosing the best laptop briefcase is the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident. When we each go and make it happen in our own way, it's essential to do so with pride in how we feel. At KNOMO, the bags that we design, and carry are a huge part of this.

We hope you have found this guide very helpful to thinking clearly about what kind of laptop briefcase is right for you. Remember the three main questions: what material, which style and of course which size laptop the bag is meant to carry. KNOMO have a wide range of laptop briefcases that we are delighted to talk through on email, Instagram or Facebook – or simply use the Live Chat function to speak our customer services team while you browse.