An agile workplace requires you to be mobile and adaptable – so when you run to and from the office, without a desk to call your own, you need something you can carry all your stuff in. A laptop backpack allows for just that.
Previously your options used to be a sports backpack – which was big and bulky. There was nothing designed for taking your laptop around stylishly, and the only other options were briefcases, which hardly carried anything. Nowadays your options are unlimited!
So how do you choose? Well, if you’re in the market for a new laptop backpack, here at SmartSpace we have your back.
What is the best laptop backpack?
The average office worker carries at least two pieces of tech to work, so when it comes to choosing your laptop backpack, a well-cushioned, sealable laptop and tech storage is essential – to keep your expensive gadgets safe and secure.
As an on-the-go worker, built-in USB power options are an excellent addition, so that you can charge your phone or tablet on the go, and don’t run out of juice if you forget your charger (so frustrating!).
You want your bag to be functional and spacious, so you’ve got room for everything you need for a productive day at the office – water bottle, laptop, notebooks, folders, pens, portable mouse, phone, chargers, your lunch, even a sweater or scarf for overly-cold AC!
But with all that stuff it can get quite jumbled, so a well-thought-out interior with compartments for organisation is key – making it easier for you to stack contents neatly, fit everything you need inside, and protect things from the bottom-of-the-bag crush zone (no more broken screens or scrunched reports!).
And with one bag housing your office essentials, ergonomic straps that distribute weight and stop you experiencing back pain are very important. Some backpacks even have technology that reduces the pressure on your shoulders.
If you’re looking for a fantastic everyday backpack that has ALL of those features, look no further than the Urban backpack. This smart, minimalist backpack stylishly protects your laptop and tablet, and cleverly organizes your other daily gear for easy access. Sleek and stylish, you can pack away your laptop, tablet, stationery and anything else you might need to get you through your day.
What is the best laptop backpack for commuters?
Of course, certain lifestyles demand extra functionality. And as an active commuter, there are a few features that you should be looking for from your backpack, to ensure your security, safety and comfort as you travel to and from work.
You’d ideally want your laptop backpack to be water-resistant, so even if the heavens open while you’re en-route to the office, the rain won’t damage your laptop or smear your notes.
Breathable back panelling is a good idea if you run, bike or walk to work and don’t want to deal with sweat patches from a full bag. (Not ideal when you’re trying to look cool and collected during an important meeting!) And anti-theft technology should really be on your wishlist. The best commuter laptop backpack should definitely include a variety of safety features.
Pickpockets are unfortunately very common all over the world, especially on public transport. So, to make sure that no one can get into your bag without you knowing about it, go for an option with hidden zips, anti-cut materials, and even a secure combination lock.
This way, with all your valuables in one laptop backpack, you won’t have to worry about the safety of wallets, phones or computers while you ride the bus or train!
3 Tips for carrying your laptop backpack ergonomically
Although a laptop backpack is far more ergonomic than a messenger bag or briefcase, it’s still important to carry your backpack ergonomically. So we’ve put together some handy tips to help you do so:
- Go for a backpack with wider and cushioned shoulder straps to help prevent the straps cutting into your shoulder.
- Tighten the straps of your backpack so that it sits as close to your spine as possible. This will also place your backpack higher up your spine which makes it easier to carry as it is closer to your centre of gravity and reduces the sensation of being pulled backwards.
- Don’t carry it on one shoulder, however tempting!
If you’re in the market for a new laptop backpack as you head back to the office, get in touch with the team at SmartSpace and we’ll kit you out with something stylish, ergonomic and durable.