Best Backpacks 2020: For students, laptops and travel Android Central 2021

It's the time of the year where you have to get off the couch and start getting ready for the next school year to begin. Perhaps one of the most important facets of your everyday carry at school as the bag itself. You'll want something that can handle everything that is thrown at you, including housing your various books, papers, and of course, your laptop.

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Anything and everything: JanSport Big Student Backpack

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If pockets are the name of the game, then the JanSport Big Student Backpack is the one you should consider. This bag includes two large main compartments, a utility pocket, stash pocket, water bottle sleeves, and much more. This bag will be able to hold the kitchen sink, and anything else you need.

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Top versatility: SOCKO Laptop Convertible Backpack

Versatility is super important when you are at school because you never know what projects may come up. The SOCKO Laptop Convertible bag is a fantastic option if you want to save some strain on your back and move to a shoulder bag. This convertible bag is water-resistant and will house up to a 17.3-inch laptop while providing plenty of pockets.

$40 at Amazon
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No nonsense: Herschel Heritage Backpack

What if you don't need a bag that can carry everything you own? That's where the Herschel Heritage comes into play. It has a basic, no-frills design that will carry only the essentials throughout your daily travels. Inside the main compartment is a laptop sleeve and enough room to throw some extras in, and there's a zippered pocket in the front for your smaller items.

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Tried and true: The North Face Recon

Head onto any campus and chances are you'll see loads of North Face bags everywhere. This is for good reason: The North Face is one of the most trusted and reputable brands, and the Recon is one of the company's best backpacks. Forget worrying about your shoulders or back getting worn out with the FlexVent molded shoulder straps. Plus, there is a large mesh pocket for convenient storage, and a large main compartment for your laptop and more.

$95 at Amazon
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Keep it safe: Mancro Anti-Theft Travel Computer Bag

Throughout the school year, you're bound to end up carrying a lot of valuable items. This Anti-Theft Travel bag from Mancro helps keep your items secure with the included lock with a pin code that you can set to whatever you want. The bag also makes it possible to have a portable charger in the bag, and a small pocket to run a cable so you can keep your phone charged up.

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Soft inner protection: Incase ICON Lite

Incase is known for making great backpacks with plenty of storage and protection, and that's what you'll get with the ICON Lite. This bag can house up to a 16-inch laptop, and has quite a few quick-access pockets to get to your accessories. The ICON Lite is also made from Woolenex, which is resistant to stretching, along with providing some water resistance.

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Stylish and basic: Timbuk2 Authority Backpack

Timbuk2 has been around for quite some time, so it knows what it's are doing. The Authority Backpack is one of the flagship offerings, with its ventilated back panel and extras such as a loop for attaching lights. The Authority is large enough to house a 17-inch laptop, along with providing different ways to organize your daily carry.

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Save your back: Targus Compact Rolling Backpack

It can be frustrating and painful to lug around a backpack all year long with little reprieve. The Targus Compact Rolling Backpack changes that with the built-in wheels that transform this into a roller-bag. That, combined with the support for 16-inch laptops and myriad of pockets, means you can spare your back the agony.

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Fly to class: SwissGear PEGASUS

With the SwissGear PEGASUS, you'll be able to house up to a 17-inch laptop, which will be protected by high-density foam on three sides. There's a built-in stabilizing platform to keep your backpack upright, and plenty of pockets for everything else you'll need. There's even improved back and shoulder padding so your back and arms won't get tired.

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Student athletes: Under Armour Hustle 4.0

From carrying your 15-inch laptop to making sure you didn't forget your gear for the game, the Under Armour Hustle 4.0 has all the space you need. With UA Storm technology, this backpack can survive the elements, including two water-repellent pockets for valuables. When the game or practice is over, you can throw your shoes into the shoe pocket in the bottom of the bag.

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Don't drift away: STM Drifter

The STM Drifter comes in three different colors, is designed to fit up to a 16-inch laptop, and has a mesh back panel to help the bag breathe on those hot days. STM also integrated "suspended" pockets for your electronics and laptop, so nothing bad will happen if you drop your bag. With the sternum strap and padded shoulder straps, your shoulders and back will be just fine, even if your backpack is loaded with textbooks.

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Added padding: Thule Accent

Instead of just having a basic zipper pocket to access the main compartment of your bag, the Thule Accent changes things up with its U-shaped opening. This pocket presents everything you'll need, front-and-center, while having more than enough pockets for your everyday carry. Thule even includes a SafeZone compartment with a hard-shell cup to add extra protection for your smartphone, sunglasses, or other valuables.

Get ready for the school year

It can be tough gauging what backpack will be the best one to survive the school year with you. However, when it comes to something like the Jansport Big Student backpack, this will handle just about everything you throw at it. With its huge pockets and comfortable straps, you'll be able to cram everything you need in just one bag and be able to keep rolling throughout the year.

If you are looking for a backpack that can keep up with everything that is thrown at you, then you'll want to take a look at the SOCKO Convertible Backpack. This bag includes two shoulder straps for a traditional carry, but it can also be transformed into a briefcase-style with a shoulder strap and handles on the side. There are many different pockets and compartments, including one for up to a 17-inch laptop, a tablet compartment, and more pockets than you'll know what to do with.

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